Prague from above: A photo essay

It’s been five months since I visited Prague and I’m still trying to figure out how best to describe it in words. “Magical” and “fairy tale” come to mind the most. This city of charming vistas and spectacular panoramas, at times, made me feel as if I was transported to a different era and even a different realm. The sensation was especially prevalent when viewing the city from above, as we did more than once during our time in Prague. Rather than continuing to struggle to find the words to describe the wonder that is Prague, I am hoping these views of the city from above will do the explaining.

Prague | Old Town Hall Tower

View from Old Town Hall Tower

Prague | Old Town Hall Tower

View from Old Town Hall Tower

Prague | St. Nicholas Church

Kostel svatého Mikuláše | St. Nicholas Church

Prague | Old Town Square

Old Town Square

Prague | South Gardens of Prague Castle

View from South Gardens of Prague Castle

Prague | Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady before Týn

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37 Responses to Prague from above: A photo essay

  1. Traveling Ted September 17, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I visited Prague 10 years ago and took many pictures that by today’s standards are pretty awful. Nice to see these gorgeous photos of this amazing city. They do much better justice than my old pics. I long to go back and of course drink their fantastic beer.

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Ted. The beer in Prague is incredible and cheaper than bottled water. Can’t go wrong there.

  2. Jenny | A Thing For Wor(l)ds September 17, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    I visited Prague 7 years ago but only for a day or two, so I hardly remember it. I hope to go back at the end of March with my best friend—and these pictures are getting me even more excited!

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      Ooooh, I hope you make it there in March, Jenny!!

  3. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer September 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Wow! You captured some really beautiful shots from above Francesca! 😀

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks so much, Chanel!

  4. Susan September 19, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    I haven’t been here since 2005 – makes me want to jump on a plane and get myself down there!

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      You should, Susan. You’re so close! (Well, much closer than I am.)

  5. Aggy September 19, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Wow it really looks like you’ve gone to a different era! I’ve always regretted not visiting Prague during my stay in Europe. Someday Prague…someday!

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Awww, hopefully you’ll make it there soon, Aggy!

  6. Maria September 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Stunning pictures! NIce done!

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

      Thank you, Maria!

  7. Lisa Goodmurphy September 20, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Beautiful photos, Francesca! I have wanted to visit Prague for so long that I worry a little that I have built it up in my mind so much that I may be disappointed when I finally get there – then I see a post like this and I’m convinced again that it will be magical!

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      I’ve been disappointed by cities I dreamed of visiting (Florence comes to mind) so I, too, was a little nervous about visiting Prague. I did not want to be let down and I wasn’t. Prague is everything it’s hyped up to be.

  8. Casual Traveler September 21, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been to Prague very, very long time ago, and just wandered the streets. I do hope you will write a longer post about Prague, with tips for visiting and more photos.

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Thank you! I just published a new, more detailed post about Prague today. Hopefully you will find it helpful 🙂

  9. Kieu September 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Oh you know Prague holds a special place in our hearts– its where we got engaged. I LOVE this city from every angle but a view from above is extra special. I never did make it up its many spiral stairs, I was lazy. But we elevator up one restaurant to enjoy a beer and a great view of the clock! Hehehe..

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

      Yep, I sure do remember why Prague is special for you and G 🙂 It’s an incredibly romantic city; G picked a perfect place to propose!

  10. Aimee September 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Great job in capturing the magic of Prague! My husband and I were just in Prague – and we used the word “magical” a lot while we were there, too.

    • Francesca October 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      “Magical” is so fitting when it comes to Prague! “Fairy tale” comes to mind a lot, too.

  11. Lucy September 23, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Lovely shots – I spent my birthday in Prague a couple of years back and spent lots of time photographing the city from above too, I think they were my best shots (not least as it was packed with people back on ground level!)

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Those rooftops and colorful buildings just beg to be photographed, no?

  12. the lazy travelers September 24, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    when we went on our tour of prague last summer, our guide told us that the absolute best way to see prague was from above. (we might argue that it’s inside one of its many bars, drinking czech beer, but heeeey, to each his own). it’s definitely a stunning, beautiful, magical city and you captured it perfectly! xo

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Thank you, daaahhhlings! While your guide knows what he was talking about, I pretty much agree with you, too. Drinking Czech beer and absorbing the city that way was one of the best things to do.

  13. Cassandra September 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Beautiful shots! I love seeing big cities from above after I’ve had time to walk around and get acquainted with the layout. It’s so fun to see everything from a different perspective and point out the places we had walked before. I hope to make it to Prague one day, too!

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am #

      Thank you so much, Cassandra! I can’t recommend Prague enough.

  14. Cathy Sweeney September 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    Fantastic photos — I love Prague and have been lucky enough to visit twice. It really is magical — that’s a great word for it and your pics convey that well. Both times we’ve been there has been in December in the time for the Christmas markets — talk about magical!

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Oh, Cathy…. I can’t even imagine how magical Prague is at Christmastime! I’d love to see the city and the markets at that time of year.

  15. Pola (Jetting Around) September 27, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Gotta love those red roofs! When I lived in Poland, I got to visit Prague three or four time, it was that close. I haven’t been back since, but it’s overdue. Every time I see an article about the city, I realize that I do miss it… Great shots, FF!

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Thanks, Pola! Those red roofs are rather photogenic 🙂

  16. Erin at The World Wanderer September 28, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! Can you believe that I still haven’t been to Prague – so sad. I was supposed to visit on the Rally, but you know how that turned out…

    One day!!!

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      The Rally… wamp wamp 🙁 I’m so sorry you missed out on the race and on Prague. I know you’ll get there one day soon, though! xx

  17. Lance | Trips By Lance October 1, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    We aren’t ones to climb towers or high vantage points for the views below (Stacey is afraid of heights) but you show us with this what we would be missing if we skipped something like going up the Old Town Hall Tower.

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Heh. Mark is afraid of heights, too, but he’s done quite well on our travels, climbing to the tops of towers, waterfalls, and the like. He didn’t feel so well, though, when we rode the Ferris wheel in Vienna…

  18. Stephanie Mayo October 4, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Absolutely stunning photos and even though I already want to visit Prague, these images pump up my urge to go. I’m so excited to finally be exploring Prague next spring and will be sure to check it out from above!

    • Francesca October 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      So happy to hear that, Stephanie! Prague in spring was lovely; a little cool, but I imagine the crowds were smaller than they would be in warmer months. You’re going to love it there!

  19. Svetoslav Dimitrov October 27, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Wow, these pictures are simply mesmerizing! I have been to Prague once for half a day and I loved it, but I have never seen it from such a perspective!

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