We’ve touched on budget-friendly journeys through some of Europe’s most spotlight cities like Copenhagen and Paris, and now it’s time to offer some love to one of the continent’s most underrated gems - Prague.

Apart from being rich in diverse history, showing off its centuries-old facades and culturally-rich timeline, the Czech capital also boasts formidable gardens, tantalizing local foods, and a unique brew-cultured nightlife.

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Compared to the Londons and Berlins of the area, this highly-walkable city is already one of the cheapest in Europe.

10 Explore all that Charles Bridge has on offer

Let’s start our journey around the Czech Republic’s capital city with a visit to what is arguably the region’s most iconic landmark - the Charles Bridge. Not only is the infamous, historic bridge a means for curious tourists to cross over to Old Town, but it’s also a popular attraction in its own right.

Aside from its impressive architectural structure which has been standing since the beginning of the 15th century, the bridge also boasts its own unique, eclectic atmosphere - day in, day out, the bridge welcomes plenty of artists, musicians, and dancers, as well as photographers hoping to capture a stunning sunset or two.

9 Observe the hourly show at the Astronomical Clock

While the Charles Bridge might take the cake as Prague’s most notable landmark, the Astronomical Clock inside the Old Town Hall Tower falls a close second. Dating back to the 15th century (close to when the Charles Bridge was completed, and a number of other city-wide attractions as well), the clock shows off its ‘Procession of the Twelve Apostles’ on the strike of the hour, every hour.

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Whenever the clock dances, anyone in the immediate vicinity stops, cranks their head skyward, and takes in the intricate show - locals, on the other hand, usually avoid it altogether.

8 Sample some live music

The stunning Eastern European city might have a reputation for its decadent history and coveted, centuries-old architecture, however, that’s only the front page of its glowing resume. The Czech capital also churns out a number of widely-popular and lesser-known beers across a large selection of inviting bars and restaurants. While the drinks aren’t free (we haven’t reached paradise just yet), they are extraordinarily cheap, and often come hand in hand with catchy, free, local, live music.

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Futurum Music Bar, for example, offers something different every night of the week - from DJs to local bands, and touring trios. Similarly, its sister locale, Lucerna Music Bar & Club, puts on various themed nights and welcomes local rock bands.

7 Admire the stunning Castles

After making the most of a night out on the town, our next day is all about taking in the stunning, historic architecture dotted around this euphoric city. Simply put, it wouldn’t be a trip to Prague without visiting at least a few of its revered castles.

There is no shortage to choose from either - no matter where you’re staying, a piece of ancient architecture isn’t too far away. The mid-10th century Vyšehrad, for example, which translates to ‘upper castle’, is a historic fort that sits atop the hill adjacent to the Vltava River.

6 Head to an open-air market

We’ve admired the stunning history and dipped our feet into the city’s nightlife, and now comes our chance to scour through Prague’s best local products. While the opportunities to taste regional dishes are aplenty at the Holešovice Market, there are also clothes and electronic stalls for anyone after a knitted sweater to deal with the dropping fall temperatures or an extra camera battery.

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While it might be smaller size-wise, the Pankrác Market’s ambiance is as grand as it gets. There’s a range of seasonal produce on offer throughout its numerous vendors, plus relatively clothes as well. When the markets really thrive, however, is during the festive season.

5 Wenceslas Square

Assuming that you’ve already wandered through Prague's Old Town (home to the dancing Astronomical Clock we stopped at earlier), then the next point of interest worthy of a quick stroll through is none other than Prague’s Wenceslas Square, the heart of the city’s New Town. Don’t let the moniker fool you though - by ‘New Town’, what they really mean is the newest of the old towns, still dating back to the mid-1300s.

From cheap restaurants to storefronts and streetside entertainment, there's always plenty on offer in the area.

4 Take in the surroundings at Josefov

Like all of Prague’s equally historic and aesthetic streets, it’s completely free to stroll through Josefov, Prague's famous Jewish Quarter. As a former Jewish ghetto, the area has been rejuvenated into a flourishing locale, with respected kosher restaurants, upscale designer stores along Pařížská Street, and fascinating landmarks to appreciate. Josefov's Old-New Synagogue, for example, is actually the oldest preserved synagogue in Central Europe, while Old Jewish Cemetery, Holocaust memorial and Jewish Museum each offer their own intriguing slices of cultural significance and history.

Josefov is nestled right in the middle of Prague’s Old Town, so tick it off on the same day as the clock tower and Charles Bridge.

3 Letna Park

We’ve walked many miles through built-up environments so far, and while they might be doused with history and culture, it still all falls under the umbrella of urban city atmosphere. If you’re after a breath of fresh air and craving a touch of nature, then Letna Park is waiting.

On the other side of the river, with impressive views that overlook the center of Prague, Letna Park provides a touch of green, outdoor bliss in a city that tends to focus on culture and history. It’s a perfect spot for a quick hike, bike ride, or lazy Sunday picnic.

2 Kampa Park

Not too far from the western entrance to the Charles Bridge, Kampa Park, assuming that you’re yet to satisfy your nature fix - is one more free-entry park to take note of. With splendid views of the river and the infamous aforementioned bridge, Kampa presents itself as an ideal spot to kick back for an hour or two, read a book, snack on some Oplatky Kolonada (local wafer-style sweets), or just bathe in the sun.

Compared to the much larger Letna Park, Kampa is easily accessible and won’t make you work up too much of a sweat.

1 Wander through Hradcany

We’ve strolled through cobblestoned streets, admired impressive, centuries-old buildings and quenched our thirst along the way - but to wrap up our budget-friendly adventure through one of Europe’s most underrated cities, we’re taking one more castle stop - this time at Hradcany, also known as the Castle District.

With a name like that, it’s easy to imagine the kinds of endless photo opportunities that await. Fascinating structures will pop up around every corner, and there’s never a shortage of things to do, see, and savor. While there are paid tour options on offer, it’s just as easy to wander through the area and take in the sights on your own accord.

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