Top 8 FREE Attractions in Prague!
The manuscript from my Travel Tuesdays YouTube Video
Welcome to Travel Tuesdays! In this video we take you to Prague, the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 13th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. This city has no shortage of beautiful attractions to keep you busy, but in keeping with the city’s historic reputation for being budget friendly, we wanted to showcase the following attractions while they are still free. Be sure to check out the corresponding Travel Tuesdays video to get all the visual! So without further adieu, we bring the Top 8 Free Attractions in Prague, starting with…
#8 John Lennon Wall
Situated opposite the French Embassy and close to Charles Bridge, this wall made its debut in 1980, after the killing of John Lennon. It started as an act of protest and defiance, as communist Czechoslovakia did not allow western images & symbols, but has grown into a beautiful memorial wall. Over the years the wall has been painted over by authorities on numerous occasions, only to have fresh graffiti appear shortly after. This is a popular, albeit short stop, for many who come to Prague, and attracts Beatles fans from all over the planet. As the wall is on a public street, this attraction is free.
#7 Wallenstein Garden
As the name implies, the garden belongs to the Wallenstein Palace, which is home to the Czech Republic Senate. Both the garden and palace were built between 1623 and 1629, and the garden was designed in the baroque style, with beautiful features such as fountains, koi ponds, a large pavilion, and yes even peacocks. The garden is closed to the public from October to April, and hours vary depending on the month & day you visit. Weekday hours are typically from 7:30 am to 6 or 7 pm depending on the month, whereas weekend hours are from 10am to to 6 or 7pm. Admission to the garden is of course free.
#6 Wenceslas Square
Is one of two main squares in Prague, and offers you everything from retail shops to food stalls, as well as beautiful views. You get a more modern vibe here, as opposed to the Old Town Square, but there is still plenty of history to be had. The statue of Saint Wenceslas watches over the square while the National Museum creates an anchor to pull it all together to form a quite visually striking experience. You’ll love visiting here after some time spent at nearby attractions, and as this is a public space, admission is free.
#5 The Prague Astronomical Clock
This clock dates back to the 15th century and is located in the Old Town Square, so it’s likely you’ll come upon it at some point during your Prague visit. Unlike traditional clocks that tell you the time of day, this one determines the phases of the moon and the equinoxes. It uses figures and symbols to depict things such as greed and death, and is truly unlike any other clock in the world. It’s free to gaze upon this marvel day or night, and takes very little time out of your day, so we’d recommend you stop by, if only for an Instagramable moment.
#4 The Jewish Quarter
Offers visitors a historical view of what it was like for the Jewish community in Prague. It is home to historically significant sites such as the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest surviving of its kind, as well as the Spanish Synagogue, and the Old New Synagogue, which is Europe’s oldest active synagogue. Though it is free to room the Jewish Quarter, individual sites may charge fees for admission.
#3 Charles Bridge
is a must see iconic bridge in Prague. It connects the old town with the lesser town and dates back to the year 1357. It is known for its 30 statues of saints that line the bridge, which were added from 1683 to 1928. During its busy times the bridged is lined with street vendors selling trinkets and souvenirs, and is packed with tourists. This is a spot in which you want to keep an eye on your valuables, because the crowds make it easy for pickpockets to prey on tourists. That being said, viewing the bridge at dawn or dusk is the most ideal, less crowded, and safest time.
#2 Prague Castle Complex
Is more than 1000 years old, the largest coherent castle complex in the world, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, the office for the Czech President, as well as one of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions. The grounds feature a variety of architectural styles, from 10th-century Romanesque to 14th century Gothic. You are free to roam the complex and it is open from 6am to 10pm daily, however you may have to pay to visit individual sites within the complex and their hours may vary. Inside the castle complex you’ll find other popular attractions such as St Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and St George’s Cathedral, just to name a few.
#1 Old Town Square
Established in the 12th century as the city’s marketplace, Old Town Square has changed very little over the years, and today is one of Prague’s most visited tourist attractions. The square is home to shops & cafes, as well as many attractions such as the astronomical clock, Church of St Nicholas, the Church of Our Lady Tyn, and the Old Town Hall. The square is always busy, but especially during the holiday season when they host a bustling Christmas Market there. You can visit the square for free day and night, but individual sites within the square may have fees and restricted hours of operation. For a great view from above, consider taking a tour to the top of the Old Town Hall, costing about $11 US dollars per person.
Have you visited Prague? If so, what are your favourite things to see & do there? If not, what attractions are on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out the corresponding Travel Tuesdays video and while you’re there, give us a subscribe!