The real thrill of Prague is simply getting lost in the city’s narrow lanes and side streets taking in the history. So for those of you who have never had the opportunity to explore Prague (and, of course, for Prague fans), we put together a little virtual tour using full-screen Google street views. We’ve chosen six popular starting points, but don’t be afraid to set out on your own and explore. Guide to Google street view controls
Just Click a Starting Point Below
- Old Town Square (Dlouhá) – This is the heart of Prague’s stunning old town. The striking Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn rises up on the far side of the square when the street view first loads. Take off in any direction. If you want a challenge, walk to the clock tower at the 14th century Old Town Hall to check out the astronomical clock, and then head south by southwest and follow the crowds towards the Charles Bridge.
- Charles Bridge – Prague’s most lively and photogenic bridge over the Vltava. When the street view loads, if you turn to your right, you can see the famous Malá Strana waterwheel. Afterwards, walk straight ahead through the gate into Malá Strana, explore the bridge a little, or turn around and walk back over the bridge into the old city. Unfortunately, there was construction on the bridge when this street view was made.
- St. Vitus Cathedral – This phenomenal Gothic cathedral is the heart of Prague Castle, which somewhat controversially claims to be the largest ancient castle in the world. Regardless of its size, it’s a fascinating place to wander around. Circle the church to check out the architecture. Move east to visit St. George’s Basilica, the oldest surviving church in Prague. Walk west to work your way out of the castle into Hradčany.
- The Municiple House (Obecní dům) – Obecní dům is one of Prague’s Art Nouveau treasures. Just to your left, you’ll find Powder Tower, one of Prague’s original city gates. Walk through the tower to enter the eastern part of the old city. You can follow the crowds back to the Old Town Square or, if you’re feeling adventurous, walk southwest along Na Příkopě to Můstek and then turn southeast to get to Wenceslas Square.
- Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) – Once home to Kafka, this miniature lane with its tiny houses sandwiched into the northeast corner of Prague Castle are straight out of your favorite fairy tale. But these days, many visitors to Prague don’t visit Golden Lane because entry is now part of an overpriced ticket package. (Damn, I remember when you just walked through for free.) Well fellow cheapos, it doesn’t cost you a thing to check out the street view.
- The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) – Walk straight ahead to check out the simple Pinkas’ Synagogue and the Ceremonial Hall, where Prague’s famous Jewish cemetery is located. Or from the street view loading position, turn around and walk over to the Old New Synagogue, which, despite the word “new” in its title, is Europe’s oldest actively used synagogue.
Not Tired Yet?
To reward those with extended attention spans, I’m including a selection of links to some additional 360 panoramic views of important sites in Prague, which will open in separate tabs/windows. Enjoy.
- Interior of the Prague State Opera – WOW!!!
- Interior of the Spanish Synagogue – AMAZING!!!
- Malá Strana Charles Bridge Tower
- Interior of St. Vitus Cathedral
- Old Jewish Cemetery
- Interior of the Church of St. Nicholas in Old Town Square
- Old Town Hall Clock Tower View
- The Tower at The Church of our Lady before Tyn
- Potrefena Husa Andel – A dash of modern Prague
- Petrin Tower View
- Lucerna Arcade
- Night View of Krizovnice Square
Dig into the Prague section of 360Globe.net and explore Prague neighborhood by neighborhood.