The largest city in the Czech Republic, Prague is home to over 1.2 million people (and even more tourists). Prague is one of those cities that doesn't matter when you visit. If head over to this Eastern European city in the summer, you'll be around live music and warm weather. Likewise, in the colder months, you'll be around the same live music and most likely Christmas markets (if you're traveling over the holidays). It really doesn't matter when you visit Prague, what matters is what you get to see and do once you're there!
When traveling overseas to Europe, most travelers will do anything they can to save money, partaking in cheap (or free) activities before anything else. Luckily, that's very doable in Prague. With churches built in the 1400s and a bridge that's even older, Prague is filled with history, culture, and a profound sense of self. There's nowhere like Prague, so the next time you plan a trip to this Czech Republic city, try doing these 10 free things.
10 LEARN ABOUT THE CITY FROM A FREE WALKING TOUR
There are many cities in the States that offer free historical walking tours and the same goes for Prague! There are a few tours that run throughout the day, each with a specific meeting place and language of your choosing (if available).
When wandering throughout the city, you'll see large herds of people following a guide that's holding up a sign or a flag — that way tourists will know where their guide is if they stray off course.
9 SEE THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK DO ITS MAGIC IN OLD TIME SQUARE
The Astronomical Clock in Old Town is something that needs to be seen. Built in the 1400s, it's the third oldest clock in the entire world! What's even more beautiful about this clock is it still works! Between 9am and 11pm, this clock will strike on the dot and perform a song. It's quick but considering it's been around for over 600 years, it's a sight to see.
8 SOAK IN THE CULTURE ON THE CHARLES BRIDGE
Charles Bridge started construction back in the 1300s and is still alive and well in 2019. Throughout the years it has seen damage from the weather, WWW II, and disastrous floods in 2002. Yet, with dedicated locals who wanted the legacy of the bridge to live on, millions of tourists can stroll across the bridge today.
The Charles Bridge has gorgeous medieval statues along the edges, and on the bridge, there are artists selling work and live music to enjoy while looking at the Vltava river. Cross over from one part of Old Town to the next and discover even more history along the way.
7 TAKE INSTAGRAM PICTURES AT THE FAMOUS JOHN LENNON WALL
Even though John Lennon was from the UK, he has his own wall in Prague. Over the years, the wall featured a few graffiti arts of the famous Beetles singer, along with lyrics to his songs. It all started in the '80s after he was killed when an artist painted his picture on the wall as a tribute. Well, over 30 years later and the wall has become an inspiration and dedication to his fingerprint in the music world. It's definitely something to be seen.
6 ENJOY THE FLIGHT UP Old Castle Stairs
When you're standing on the Charles Bridge, you can look up and see Prague Castle. It almost seems like there's another village above you that you have no idea how to get to. In reality, find your way to the Old Castle Stairs where you'll—most likely—sweat on your way up to the castle.
However, these aren't just typical stairs; they serve some of the best views of Prague as you get higher and higher away from Old Town. With over 120 stairs to climb, these 17th-century steps are still here to be stepped on.
5 ... AND THEN ROAM AROUND PRAGUE CASTLE
Once you've climbed all the way up Old Castle Stairs, you've finally made it to Prague Castle! Crazy enough, it's free to roam around the castle's grounds. Built in the ninth century (!), it was home to both kings and presidents. There's even a gorgeous church on the grounds. With a bird's eye view of the entire city, there truly is no better place for a castle than this. It even won a Guinness World Record for being the largest ancient castle with over 750,000-square-feet of land!
4 EXPLORE THE JEWISH QUARTER
The Jewish Quarter (or Josefov) is a section in Prague where the Jewish population lived. Over time, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor emancipated the Jews, allowing them to move out of the quarter and spread out around Prague.
In the late 1800s, early 1900s, most of the Jewish Quater was demolished, yet some buildings and synagogues still stand. In a world filled with highrises and 20th-century buildings, it's nice to roam around this area to appreciate what once was and how far we've come. For a fee, tourists can even roam the Old Jewish Cemetary, one of the oldest cemeteries with graves stacked on top of each other.
3 MARVEL AT Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
Prague has many beautiful churches that have been around for centuries, but the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn cannot be missed. Not only is it in the center of Old Town (right across from the Astronomical Clock) but it's kind of shaped like Batman, if you ask me. This gothic church is free to the public and has been the city's main church for over 600 years.
2 CATCH SOME PANORAMIC VIEWS AT Petrin Hill Park!
One-hundred-and-thirty meters above the Vltava River (and Charles Bridge) is Petřín, a large hill that is now home to many parks. There have been many famous stories revolving around this hill, and it's perfect for a light picnic and panoramic views of the entire city. After a long day of walking, it's refreshing to lay in the grass for a little.
1 SEE THE DANCING HOUSE
Prague's Dancing House is unlike any other building in the city. Built in the early '90s based on the designs of Vlado Milunić, the Dancing House is also known as Fred and Ginger — a pair of dancers.
Being nine floors tall (with two floors below ground), it's used for business offices and a restaurant on the top floor. Sure, you can go inside and eat at the restaurant, but all the beauty of this house is outside!