15 Sites to See in Prague for Free
Prague is without any doubt one of the most charming european capitals. It’s also one of the cheapest. But if being cheap is not enough for you, notice that you can actually experience the best of Prague for free. So, here’s a list of everything you can see in ‘The City of a Thousand Spires’ without spending a single czech crown:
– 1: Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is one of the icons of Prague, what means that it tends to be very crowded all day long. If you want to avoid the crowds, make sure you arrive early, so that you admire the beautiful statues and towers of the bridge calmly. When passing by the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, who, according to the legend, has thrown from the bridge in 1383, touch it. It’s said that doing so brings good luck and ensures you will return to Prague one day. And who doesn’t want to?
– 2: Saint Vitus Cathedral
Although if you want to explore St. Vitus Cathedral properly, you will have to buy a ticket, you can still visit this impressive monument without paying anything. In this case, you will be confined to a small area near the entrance door, from which you can’t admire the altars and chapels of the cathedral. But if you don’t have the intention of doing so and you want to save a few czech crowns, this might be a good option for you once you can still have a general view of the monument and of its stained glasses designed by the famous czech artist Alphonse Mucha.
– 3: Prague’s Castle Gardens
The Prague’s Castle Gardens, also known as the South Gardens, are composed by three different smaller gardens, the Paradise Garden, the Garden on the Ramparts and Hartig Garden, which are the perfect retreat after a tiring history lesson in the castle. Also notice that it offers some of the most breathtaking views of Prague.
– 4: Prague’s Astronomical Clock
Prague’s Astronomical Clock is undoubtedly another icon of the city and it really deserves the title because it’s a true masterpiece. Being the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating, as well as the most famous and beautiful one, you simply can’t leave Prague without having watched its hourly show! It’s not as astonishing as I thought it would be but, yeah, still worth it.
– 5: John Lennon Wall
John Lennon Wall used to be a normal wall in Prague’s Old Town until the 1980s, when it started to be filled with grafittis inspired by the famous british singer. It’s now in constant modification. If you want to, you can even bring a grafitti spray and left your mark there like your name, your country, an inspiring quote or a draw.
– 6: Zizkov Army Museum
Being property of the Czech Army, this museum is one of the few ones in Prague that are totally free of charge. The exhibition captures the First World War, the interwar Czechoslovakia, the Second World War and the persecution of members of the Czechoslovak Army after the coup in 1948. It’s very close to Florenc Subway Station.
– 7: Wallenstein Palace and Gardens
Wallenstein Palace is a vast baroque palace that serves today as the seat of the Czech Senate. From April to October, you can visit it on weekends and on public holidays and from November to March, only on the first weekend of the month and on public holidays as well. All the visits are completely free of charge. Wallenstein Gardens, which are open everyday from April to October, are also worth the visit.
– 8: Vinarna Certovka Passage
Vinarna Certovka Passage is not an actual attraction but I find it so cute and so curious that I couldn’t left it out of this list. Being Prague’s narrowest street, the passage measures roughly 50 centimeters and runs for a length of about 10 meters. Because it’s almost impossible for two people to pass by each other on different directions, traffic lights were installed to avoid colisions, which still happen because no one takes them very seriously. C’mon, how cool is that?
– 9: Vysehrad Castle and Cemetery
Vysehrad Castle, often called Prague’s second castle, is actually its first one. It was the first seat of the czech princes and, so that, there are tons of legends and miths about it. Inside its walls, there are many monuments. Most of them charge a fee to visitors but others don’t, including the Rotunda of St. Martin and the Vysehrad Cemetery, the last resting place of many notable czech personalities like Alphonse Mucha, Bedrich Smetana, Jaroslav Heyrovský, among many others.
– 10: The Dancing House
In the past few years, photos of the Dancing House have been crossing the world, blowing everyone’s minds. It was designed by Vlado Milunik and Frank Gehry and its original name is Fred and Ginger, a famous pair of dancers, due to the fact that the building resembles two people dancing. And the best part is that you don’t have to pay a single czech crown to admire the splendor of the Dancing House because crossing the road is all you have to do to have the best prespective of the building!
– 11: U Fleku
U Fleku is the oldest pub in town, dating back to 1499. Because of that, its decorated historic halls have as much history as the rooms of many european castles. Unlike the other attractions of this list, a visit to U Fleku will actually cost you something, a mug of beer, at least. The one I recommend you to purchase is Flekovský Lezák 13°, which is actually brewed there. If I were you, I would also order a cup of Becherovka, a czech herbal bitters, and a cup of Mead, a delicious honey liqueur and a personal favorite. For further reading, check A Czech Republic Guide for Beer Lovers, where you will find more information about it and many other places that you might like.
– 12: Kbely Aviation Museum
Located in the suburbs of Prague, this museum is open from May to October and is one of the best aviation museums in Europe and in the world. Its collection includes 275 militar and civil aircrafts, some of which are unique in the world. This museum is intimately connected with the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Aviation.
– 13: Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
Even though this is not the most important church in Prague (the most important one is actually St. Vitus Cathedral), the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn is probably the most famous due to its exceptional location, right on Old Town Square, the most vibrant square of the czech capital. It’s also worldwide famous because of the numerous spires of its towers, that, as it’s said, inspired Walt Disney to create the Sleeping Beauty Castle, even though I don’t find any similarities between both.
– 14: Church of Our Lady Victorious and Infant Jesus of Prague Museum
The Church of Our Lady Victorious is an important pilgrimage site because people from all over the globe go there to see the famous statue of Infant Jesus of Prague and to pray. On the right side of the main altar, you will find a spiral staircase that leads to a room where many of his vestments are on display, including one that was made by the Empress Maria Theresa herself.
– 15: Other free churches
Other churches I visited on my trip to Prague completely for free were the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Church of St. Saviour. Others like the Church St. Cyril and St. Methodius and the Church of Our Lady Beneath the Chain have glass or grid doors that allowed visitors to admire their interior from outside. It could be better but it also could be much worse.