Free Things To Do in Prague – Explore Prague Without Spending Any Money!
Finally you are in Prague! It’s only been a few hours since you arrived to Václav Havel Airport. Although you are tired, you still want to explore this city from the very first day that you have been in for a short time. Maybe you want to travel on this first day without spending any money. Then we have a great list for you of free things to do in Prague!
Cross the Charles Bridge and make a wish
Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). The Charles Bridge is an important pedestrian connection to the Old Town and it is also popular with sightseeing attraction. This bridge is always full of people, artists and music. So we definitely recommend you to visit the Charles Bridge also during the night. Don’t forget to make a wish while you are crossing!
Take a trip to Kampa Island and visit the John Lennon Wall
Close by to Charles Bridge on the banks of the Vltava River you’ll find Kampa Island – a part of Prague that is often regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the city. A walk around the island is a great way to spend a few hours amongst its picturesque houses and beautiful park. Also, there’s one part of the island with a string of houses standing right by the river which earned the vicinity the nickname of ‘The Venice of Prague’.
John Lennon Wall is also closes to Kampa Island. John Lennon Wall is started off as just any old wall, but since the 1980s it has become a tribute to the famous band member. After Lennon’s murder in 1980, his image was painted on this wall opposite the French Embassy along with song lyrics and political graffiti. Despite numerous coats of white wash from the secret police in the early years, along with the property owners in recent years, the graffiti was always reposted and they have bowed down to the posting of it in recent years.
Prague’s Narrowest Street
In Lesser Town of Prague, hidden among medieval houses, you can find and visit the city’s narrowest street which is so tiny that traffic lights have been installed to stop people colliding.
Náplavka is a stretch of pavement next to the banks of the Vltava, between the Palackého most (Palacký Bridge) and the Výtoň tram stop, and serves as a board walk of sorts during Prague’s warm-weather moments. Take a walk by the river underneath the Vyšehrad which is also in our list of free things to do in Prague. The most popular farmer’s market of Prague is taking place in here every Sunday. During your walk you can feed the swans, enjoy some Czech foods and drinks. Náplavka is also in our list of 10 + 1 Best Hipster Places in Prague.
It’s said that Vyšehrad is oldest seat of Czech princes and symbol of the most ancient history of the Czech nation. It was built, around in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Even though Vyšehrad is situated close to the city centre, you will be in quiet surroundings out of traffic. If you go to this stunning place, you will meet impressive views of the city, and the park area holds hidden architectural treasures including the rare Romanesque Rotunda of St. Martin, Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, the national cemetery Slavín, where a whole range of the most prominent representatives of Czech politics, culture and society have found their final resting place. Vyšehrad is the ideal place when you would like to rest and get a new energy or just enjoy romantic walks.
Selfe in front of the Dancing House
Dancing House was built in 1996 where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time. Czech president Václav Havel, had supported it, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity.
Walk around Prague Castle and Prague Castle Gardens (Zahrady Pražského hradu)
The entrance to Prague Castle is not free, but you can explore the castle gardens and much of the grounds for free. Dont miss the ‘Changing of the Guards’ which you can see every hour (6am – 11pm). The Royal Gardens are historically the most valuable of all the castle gardens. Founded in 1534 by Ferdinand I. Habsburg, they were inspired by Italian designs; the current form of the garden, however, follows the English adaptation of the 19th century. One of its greatest treasures is the Singing Fountain, one of the most beautiful fountains in Renaissance Europe. Opening hours for summer: 10:00 – 21:00.
Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička)
These small houses were built on the castle’s Gothic fortifications. Castle marksmen and artisans lived here during the 16th century. Franz Kafka lived and worked in house no. 22 from 1916 to 1917. In 2010, the Golden Lane underwent a comprehensive renovation.
Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada)
This strictly geometrically designed early Baroque garden was created in parallel with the construction of the Wallenstein Palace from 1623 to 1629. At first sight, one’s eyes are drawn to the massive sala pavilion, which at the time of its construction was unprecedented, and an artificial cave with stalactites (grotto). In summer the garden is the venue for concerts and theatrical performances. Opening hours for summer: Monday – Friday: 7:30 – 18:00, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 19:00.
Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock
This is where the heart of Prague beats! The Old Town Square is the oldest and most important square of the historical Prague. The square and surrounding streets are pedestrian zones.
Prague’s astronomical clock is one of the most popular historical building in the city. Every hour, you will see the crowds gathering in front of the clock to watch the ‘Procession of the Twelve Apostles’. As the bells chime, two doors above the clock face slide open and statues on a rotating platform move into view, one after another. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy; a ghost, mounted on the clock, was supposed to nod its head in confirmation. According to the legend, the only hope was represented by a boy born on New Year’s night.
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem)
It is a dominant feature of Prague Old Town, located as it is just off the Old Town Square. The opening hours are a little tricky (10:00 – 12:00 & 15:00 – 17:00) but it is free to enter.
Jewish Quarter Josefov
You will feel sadly, but it is definitely one of the places you should see when you come to Prague. The Jewish Quarter known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. The painful past is based on the 13th century, when Jewish people has to evacuate their homes and settle in a territory.
Nikon Photo Gallery
This gallery, located in the Lesser Town, was founded by the Czech Photo with the support of Nikon. It is a venue for photography exhibitions by renowned Czech and international artists as well as lectures and photographic workshops. This fantastic little gallery near the funicular. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 19:00 free admission.
Petřín Gardens (Petřínské sady)
Petřín Hill is one of the largest urban green areas and its slopes are an oasis of calm in the center of Prague. The Rose Garden, or rosarium, at the top of Petrin Hill, Nebozízek Garden and the Seminary Garden with more than 2,100 fruit trees are particularly magical.
Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze or UPM (Museum of Decorative Arts)
It is a lavishly designed neo-Renaissance building with permanent display of textiles, toys, graphic arts, furniture, ceramics, and Bohemian glass. P.S. It is free on Tuesdays from 17:00 – 19:00.
Funicular of NH Hotel Prague
Did you know that just a few blocks away from Petřín Hill there is a second, “secret” funicular hidden behind the Hotel NH Prague City? This Funicular which is less known links two buildings of the hotel NH Prague and is accessible for FREE. It is possible to go high 156 metres long and it goes from 205 to 256 m above sea level via this unique funicular. It is open to the public 24 hours a day.
Nostalgic Tram Line No. 23
The whole Tram Line No. 23 is served only by the oldest type of T3 trams. The nostalgic line operates between Královka and Zvonařka, servicing Prague Castle, Malá Strana, Vinohrady, and other centrally located neighbourhoods which are the most popular areas in the city centre of Prague. Tram Line No. 23 takes passengers through the historical centre of Prague. To use this tram line you will need a standard ticket according to tariff of public transport in Prague, so it is not completely fee thing to do in Prague, but you use this nostalgic tram line, you get a free sightseeing tour around Prague.
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