cobblestone street in Prague
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Prague has a lot to offer, from classical music and high culture to over a thousand years of glorious architecture. The Czech capital city is full of famed landmarks, from the Bohemian Prague Castle to Old Town to the bounty of bridges that cross the Vltava River (most notably the Charles bridge, framed by towers and decorated with statues). But if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see that the streets leading to these very attractions are a sight in themselves.

While it’s not always recommended that you stare at the ground lest you miss out on what’s all around you, we’re tossing that advice out the window when it comes to Prague. Cobblestone lines the streets throughout the city, no matter which neighborhood you’re in. Charming under any circumstances, the tiles often boast beautiful patterns that change from block to block, particularly in more pedestrian areas. Here’s a taste:


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cobblestone street in Prague
Nilina Mason-Campbell

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Planning to visit the 600-year-old astronomical clock in Old Town Square? After you marvel at the medieval landmark’s still-ticking hands and luminous gold accents, look down to admire the swooping circles laid in ivory- and charcoal-colored stone beneath your feet, too.

 

cobblestone street in Prague
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Just to the left, also in Old Town Square, the square tiles lend themselves well to a checkerboard maze.

 

cobblestone street in Prague - crosses
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Over in New Town, this geometric design welcomes visitors to the famed John Lennon wall, now one of the most popular sites for street art in town.

 

cobblestone street in Prague
Nilina Mason-Campbell

Regardless of what side of the river you’re traveling on, there are patterns to be seen everywhere… everywhere but up.

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