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We’ve spent our last few nights in Prague, marking my 2nd visit to this great city, so I felt it only appropriate that I should pay tribute to one of my all time favourite cities by dedicating this Friday post to the capital of the Czech Republic. Hopefully, I will return again a 3rd time!
Here are some great spots to head to if you’d like to be stunned by some jaw droppingly amazing scenery.
1. Petrin Hill Observation Tower
There are 299 spiral steps to the top observation deck of this mini Eiffel Tower. It gets very windy and cold up there, especially in the winter time, to the extent that at times I was worried I might be blown over or at least lose my red beret. But the views are totally worth the chattering teeth and cold fingers! Please pay attention to the arrowed signs, as there is a separate staircase up and a separate staircase down. Going up isn’t a problem, as there’s someone manning the entrance at the bottom. Heading down was annoying though, as we encountered several groups of people who obviously had difficulty understanding the concept of an arrow with a green tick pointing one way and an arrow with a red cross pointing the other way (kudos to the Czechs for using what I should have thought were universal signs instead of Czech language signs). Either that or they were just inconsiderate. Anyway, aside from that slight irritation, I thoroughly enjoyed the fairly easy climb up and the views like this one of the castle complex with the twin spires of St Vitus’ Cathedral dominating.
Cost: CZK120, or CZK180 if you prefer to use the lift
Hours: 10am-6pm Nov-Feb, 10am-8pm March and Oct, 10am-10pm April-Sept
2. Petrin Hill, Strahov Monastery
If you’re counting your korunas, the view from the base of Strahov Monastery at the western end of Petrin Hill is just as spectacular. And FREE! Though you’re not as high up, I love the rolling green hills in the foreground, adding a sense of peace and tranquility. There are ample park benches placed neatly in a row, making it a great place for a picnic or just somewhere to sit and relax.
3. Prague Castle complex
The Prague Castle grounds are free to walk around and offer stunning views over the city from all angles, like this one of the Tyn Castle and Zizkov TV Tower in the distance. My favourite spot is the South Gardens, but they were unfortunately closed during my visit this time. This photo was taken from just outside the South Gardens, at the top of the Old Castle Steps.
4. Old Town side of Charles Bridge
This spot gets crowded but offers an iconic image of Prague with Charles Bridge to the left and the Castle front and centre. If I were here in spring or summer, I’d get up at the crack of dawn and hot foot it here to hopefully get some people-less or at least less-people shots. In the winter, it was simply too difficult in the cold!
5. Town Hall Tower, Old Town
The observation deck is very small and therefore gets very crowded, so again, please pay attention to the signs clearly marking the direction of traffic. In case you’re interested, it’s clockwise, or a right turn as you exit the door. There’s a sign with a large arrow right above the door, and again on the wall outside the door as you exit, roughly at waist height. It’s not that hard, people – you don’t need to understand any Czech! There I was, shoulder to shoulder with everyone else, packed like sardines, and there were 2 groups trying to go against the flow of traffic. I told them they were going the wrong way in an effort to get people moving, but they had the cheek to accuse me of making things up! Aside from that, the views over the Old Town Square are amazing and shouldn’t be missed.
Cost: CZK110 (includes lift)
Hours: 11am-10pm Mondays, 9am-10pm Tues-Sun
What are your favourite spots in Prague, either for the views, or for food and drinks, shows, shopping, or something else? Do share – I’ll add it to my list for my next visit!
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