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I’ve finally made it to Prague, a city that I had been idealizing for as long as I can remember. And for once, it turned out that my imagination and mile high expectations were matching the real thing. The beautiful pastel buildings, lavish ornaments, spires, bridges, even the statues and the slightly creepy and mysterious touch – everything about this city made me giddy as a schoolgirl and left me with a need to do some serious exploring.

So Prague is a pretty cool city. It has moved up all the way to the top of my list of favourite European cities, passing Berlin in a flurry, but Prague has also one big disadvantage. The crowds were absolutely insane. Choosing late fall for a visit, I had hoped that I would be able to avoid the worst of it, but it appears that Prague is popular with the tourists all year round.

Although the pictures below might give off the impression, that I had the place to myself, I assure you that quite the opposite was true. Sometimes I get asked, how I manage to photograph famous landmarks completely devoid of people. The answer is simple and requires a little bit of willpower (or someone dragging you out of bed). Get up well before sunrise, both to avoid the crowds and get some peace and quiet, as well as to make sure you get the best light for photography.

Still, apart from my early morning stints, I braved the days as well and elbowed and pushed my way all through the old town and up to the castle to catch the famous view. It was well worth it. Compared to the tight confines of small alleyways and squares, the crowds spread out more on the extensive and open castle grounds. I was able to breathe again and snap some beautiful photos high above Prague.

city square early in the morning

Old town square and the astronomical clock early in the morning

Marionettes - the witches are dancing in Prague

Marionettes – the witches are dancing in Prague

Boy dreaming of Prague

Little boy dreaming of Prague

View over Prague from the castle

View over Prague from the castle

Guards marching on the castle grounds

The guards of Pragues castle, the Hradní Stráž, marching on the castle grounds

Guards marching on the castle grounds

The guards of Pragues castle, the Hradní Stráž, marching on the castle grounds

The Charles Bridge early in the morning

The Charles Bridge early in the morning

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

5 Responses

  1. Lauren

    These are all really lovely, Tiff. Hard to pick a fave – competition between the boy leaning over the wall, and the Marionettes 🙂

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  2. Henry | @fotoeins

    Hi Tiffany. I especially like your photos at dawn. There are usually lots of people out and about on the “royal axis”, so “forcing” yourself to get up before dawn to catch the light and some of the sights with fewer people around is worth it in my view. Schöne Fotos, and they’re making me miss Praha. Despite the many times I’ve been there, I can always find something new to see and love in the city. Thanks for your post!

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    • Tiffany

      Thanks Henry! You’re right of course, dawn does produce some beautiful photos. I just wish I was more of a morning person 😉

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