Here are eight postcard-perfect places in Prague that merit a spot in your Instagram feed.
Nowadays, Instagram plays a pertinent part in our travels. In fact, when we’re determining which angle to capture a certain site or landmark, it’s usually in regard to how it’s going to look on Instagram.
So with that in mind, we decided to take a look at Prague through the lens of an Instagrammer and share some sites that should stir up some travel envy among your followers…and just might even get you some more. Whether you wind up in the Czech capital for a weekend or longer, here–in no particular order–are eight of the most Instagramable places in Prague.
1. Spanish Synagogue
Built in 1868, this stunning synagogue stands where Prague’s oldest synagogue, the Altschul, once stood. The majestic Alhambra inspired the Moorish Revival Style architecture of this stunning structure, which houses exhibitions dedicated to the Czech Republic’s Jewish history.
2. Strahov Library
This magnificent monastic library dates back to the twelfth century, however, it’s best known for its two remarkable seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Baroque halls dedicated to theology and philosophy respectively as well as the Cabinet of Curiosities. The latter houses an unforgettable natural science collection that includes–among many interesting objects–the preserved private part of a male whale.
3. The view from Old Town Hall Tower
While the fourteenth-century astronomical clock (an Instagram darling in and of itself) just might be for what Prague’s Old Town Hall Tower is best known, we suggest climbing the 221 steps (or taking the lift!) to the top of this Medieval structure. The glorious view most certainly lets you see Prague from a new perspective….look down upon the square below or towards Charles Bridge and beyond.
4. The Dancing House
This whimsical asymmetrical structure, a collaboration between Czech and American architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, was built in the deconstructivist architecture style. The facade consists of 99 differently shaped panels and unaligned protruding windows. In fact, the exterior seems to change colors depending on the weather. Fun fact: Its nickname is Ginger and Fred.
5. Charles Bridge
If you’ve read Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, you’ll most likely recognize Charles Bridge (sans the bowler hat) from the cover image. A large tower stands at each end and thirty baroque saint statues flank this medieval pedestrian walkway that crosses the Vltava river. Don’t forget to stop at the St. John of Nepomuk to make a wish.
6. The Jewish Quarter
Also known as Josefov, Prague’s Jewish quarter dates back to the thirteenth century and is home to four historic synagogues (including the aforementioned Spanish synagogue) that comprise Prague’s Jewish Museum. Prague’s Old Jewish cemetery, also administered by the museum, is quite poignant, famous for its clutter of thousands of gravestones.
7. Pařížská Street
Located just beside Josefov, Pařížská Street is one of Prague’s most exclusive thoroughfares. Gorgeous nineteenth-century Art Nouveau architecture houses its chic designer boutiques.
8. Vrtba Garden
Nestled into Petřín Hill, this gorgeous Baroque garden is a must-see. Not only will you get some lovely shots of the picture-perfect landscaping, but also some amazing cityscapes starring Prague’s signature red rooftops. It’s especially gorgeous at sunset as the light is simply magical!