You are probably coming to Prague to primarily see the following places: the Charles Bridge, the Old town Square, the Prague Castle and the Wenceslas square. No matter what the season is, these places seem to always be filled with tourists day and (almost all) night. Either you embrace it and go with the flow, bumping into people and having groups of strangers in your pictures…Or you set you alarm so that you are up and out by the sunrise. it can be done and it is well worth it! The only people out before 5am are the ones just returning home from a night out, people going to work for an early shift and the ones wanting to get great shots of the city and explore it in peace.
The best option to watch the sun rising above the city is from the overlook next to the Castle for some breathtaking views. In order to avoid the 15 minute uphill walk, take the tram 22 to “Pohorelec” station. Head East across a small parking lot, slightly downhill, keeping on the left (not completely downhill on the right), across the square called “Hradcanske Namesti” and you will reach the Prague Castle and the overlook in about 5 minutes. From there you can walk downhill either from the left on “Zamecke schody” street or right entering the “Nerudova” street. Both streets offer a view of the city along the way.
Once below the Castle, navigate your way to the Charles Bridge that is almost all empty as oppose to being “buried” under the crowds during the day. There you can entertain yourself watching all the photographers getting into uncomfortable poses trying to get the best Instagram shots. And when you get tired of watching the sunrise, turn around and watch the Castle and the entire Mala Strana get lit by sunlight. Once across the bridge work your way towards the Old town Square (a couple of minutes walk) and the Wenceslas square to stroll the streets. Surly you can get a cup of coffee at some of the just opening cafés, plus a bite of some of the delicious Czech pastries before continuing. Aim back towards the Vltava River for more amazing views of the Prague Castle.
You can use the, not too far on the left from the Charles Bridge, bridge called “Most Legii” to cross back to the South-West side of the city and turn right to walk through the Kampa park, where you will encounter many morning runners and dog walkers. Once outside of the park, you get into a web of small, picturesque, cobblestone streets where you will also find the famous John Lennon Wall.
By now, it is probably way past 8am and the streets are starting to get filled with people and it’s a good time to find a breakfast spot and relax.