Free things to do in Prague

Prague is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and prices have increased in some areas as locals find opportunities to capitalise on the volume of visitors. If you are travelling on a tight budget, the great news is that this city is absolutely jam packed with stunning historical sights and there is plenty to do that won’t cost you a penny. Here are some of the best things to do in Prague for free.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Prague and there is more to it than just great views. This 14th century structure connects two parts of the city and is packed with artists, musicians and entertainers to enjoy throughout the day.

The Museum of Music

Located in the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, the Czech Museum of Music houses around 700,000 pieces of musical history and archive recordings. If you’re lucky enough to be around on the first Thursday of the month, you can visit the museum free of charge in the afternoon.

Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock

The Old Town forms the medieval part of Prague and the Square at the heart of this is home to some fantastic historical architecture. One of the most notable and popular sights is the Astronomical Clock, which is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. Every hour from 8am to 8pm this amazing mechanical clock showcases its 12 carved apostle figures, as they appear and nod to the crowds below.

Explore City Gardens

Throughout the city there are some beautiful gardens to explore. Examples include the Palace Gardens in the grounds of Prague Castle and the formal gardens at Wallenstein Palace with its array of bronze statues.

John Lennon Wall

A short walk away from the hustle and bustle of the main city centre, the John Lennon Wall showcases graffiti inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles, one item being a striking image of John Lennon, which has unfortunately been mostly lost under layers of paint. During the eighties the wall provided a focus for students to vent their frustrations at the Communist regime.

Take a Walking Tour

A number of Prague tour companies now offer free walking tours of the city, taking in old and new town sights and scenery. These are very popular, so do book in advance to guarantee your place.

Old Jewish Cemetery

Not for the squeamish, in this cemetery 1,000 bodies from the 15th century are buried beneath an interesting array of tombstones. It’s located in the Jewish quarter of the city and is also home to the tomb of the influential novelist, Kafka.

Discover Local Wares at the Market

In Mesto Square, there is a fabulous open-air market showcasing local produce. Weekdays are the best time to visit if you wish to explore the stalls of seasonal foods. Even if you don’t want to buy, the smells here are fantastic. In high season, there is also a flea market held every Saturday where you will find some unusual local items.

Now that you’ve found the things you can do for free, all you have to do is book a flight to Prague online and start enjoying your trip!