If you want to grasp the urban flair of a new place, there is no better way, than getting on your feet and roaming the streets and neighborhoods.
Although Prague is home to talented artists, the walls here are not as flooded with street art as major European capitals like Berlin or Lisbon. However, if you put a little effort in your search, you will be rewarded by marvelous examples of urban arts.
This article provides a splendid collection of the most beautiful and notorious street art around Prague, captured from 2016 until the present day. As we still live here, we made it our goal to update this list whenever we spot a new gem. We hope you enjoy the photos and get motivated to follow our footage. In case you come across something that is not covered here, we would be happy if you leave us a photo and location in the comments.
Enjoy the ride through Prague’s vivid street art scene!
Jan Palach & Josef Toufar Memorial Banner
Two relevant figures of the Communist resistance Jan Palach and Josef Toufar capture passers-by with their vigorous eyes. One a student, the other a Catholic priest. United in their fight against the Communist oppressors and the same building where they died ultimately of their wounds.
While Jan Palach set himself on fire January 16th, 1969 on Wenceslav Square as a symbol of protest against the Sovjet invasion, Josef Toufar was assassinated on February 25th, 1950 by the Czechoslovak secret police after rumors of a miracle in the church he was holding services at arose.
Both men died in the building on Legerova Street, the former Borůvkovo sanatorium. Today the site is still in a dilapidated state. However, the city has announced plans to acquire the building and turn it into a memorial for the two well-known and much honored national icons.
Golden autumn days
This is a romantic piece from 2018 which covers a former blank wall at the entrance of Kampa Park by the water side. Fitting the season in which it was made, it shows a natural autumn landscape with a couple cuddling up under an umbrella.
The other part of the wall painting captures the face of a girl sheltered by an umbrella.
Concrete and nature interplay
Smíchovské nádraží – A Hotspot for Street art
Can you think of a better playground for street artists than train stations?
Have a look at Smíchovské nádraží and you will get what I mean. You cannot pass without noticing the numerous artworks scattered in and around the train station.
Big Brother is watching you
Spaceships in the shape of human heads and monstrous eyes symbolize the prevailing surveillance in our society, endangering our fundamental privacy rights.
Tiger vs. Pinkman
Probably the most stunning footprint of urban artistry was composed on the building of an abandoned train station. The building does not exist anymore but the graffiti that used to be on it contained some powerful messages.
1. Criticism of prostitution and human trafficking
Women with naked bodies are offering sexual services to men.
2. Criticism of accelerated technological progress leading to mass consumption and pollution
In a world of permanent change, there is no need to fix things as long as they can be replaced no matter if machine or human being.
3. Criticism of media and internet, empowering the stupefaction of the people
Society killed the teenager by Pasta Oner
Take some time to soak up the messages behind the pictures and pay attention to the many details.
Update: The buildings were torn down in 2020 due to reconstruction on the Na Knížecí area.
Out of space
Girl on Vespa
Karlovo náměstí – Metro station
Waiting for the metro at the station Karlovo náměstí passes by fast while observing a collection of artworks and trying to get the message behind. Biblical scenes are placed into the modern world and into a satirical or rather absurd context.
Jesus is portrayed in daily life situations, being photographed at his birth, checked by the ticket controller or ignored by smartphone obsessed people. All the scenes clearly criticize social media and the dangers of slipping into a parallel cyber world losing touch of reality, becoming ignorant and passive.
Update: the artworks were removed around 2018.
It’s a long walk from one end of the wall to the other, but you won’t feel it in your legs because your attention will be caught by the thoughtful messages of the artists, who transformed the Argentinská Wall into a visual zoo.
Vltava station is known for its splendid streetart. In late 2019 the walls were repainted, depicting the world map and the ongoing destruction of our environment. A very powerful statement in these days.
Kissing under the Charles Bridge
Historical Pepsi Billboard
Remember who you are?
Graffiti Park Těšnov
Elephant color splash
These shots were captured on a house in Bubeneč in 2017.
In 2018, we passed by the same house and were amazed about the transformation. We don’t know if it was done by the same artist or someone else took the opportunity to shoot the elephant into space.
Flying cardboard men
How many animals can you see in this piece spotted in Radlicka?
If you are happen to find yourself in the Holešovice neighborhood, don’t miss out on Vnitroblock. This conceptually designed space attracts tourists and locals alike. Whatever the mood, this place can most likely satisfy it. The former industrial building harbors a cafe/bar, a shoe store, as well as multipurpose event and work spaces.
The terrace on the back side led us straight onto an open street arts gallery. Grab a cold beer and lose yourself in the colorful brick walls.
We hope you enjoyed the virtual street art tour through Prague’s neighborhoods. We surely enjoyed discovering each single of these fascinating pieces. Whenever we spot a new one, we will add it to this post as it is our ongoing mission to provide a complete street art guide for Prague.