Prague: what to see for free
Prague is one of the most convenient places for budget travel. This beautiful city is located in Eastern Europe, which is quite easy to get to and where the prices are relatively low. To go to Prague cheaply, you need to find the right tickets and inexpensive hotel, as well as carefully plan your cultural program. And to travel cheaper and enjoy the trip without inflating their exorbitant budget, you can at least not pay for what you can get for free! After all, there are quite a few places and activities in Prague that you can afford absolutely free, or at minimal cost. So, what can you see in Prague for free, how to plan your trip and explore Prague cheaply?
Walk around the center of Prague
The center of Prague itself is an amazing place, full of magnificent architectural masterpieces and historical secrets and mysteries. There is no charge for a walk through the streets and squares, and yet, simply wandering through the narrow streets of the old city, admiring the unique buildings and imbibing their history and unique atmosphere is an experience that impresses and enriches no less than a visit to a museum. And if during the walk you also listen to fascinating stories, and you have a good audio guide to Prague, then the sea of vivid impressions is guaranteed!
Walking around Prague is not to be missed by any tourist – without them it is impossible to feel the unique atmosphere of this city. Walk around the Republic Square decorated by the medieval Powder Tower. Admire the Gothic appearance of the Powder Tower and recall that the Royal Route, the route of Czech kings prior to their coronation, began near it. You can also take it for free. Follow the Czech kings along Celetná Street until you come to one of the most important (and free) landmarks of Prague, Old Town Square. Here you should linger to admire the colorful and beautiful houses, the phenomenal Týn Church, the amazing Prague Astronomical Clock Orloj, the Old Town Hall tower, St. Mikuláš Cathedral and the Kinsky Palace.
These and many other attractions of the Old Town are best explored with the audio guide of Travelry Prague – on our tour “Secrets of Old Prague” we will take a short journey through time to get to know better the multifaceted, ancient yet modern, unique and invariably beautiful Prague!
Walk also on Wenceslas Square, where the statue of St. Wenceslas rises and where many different stores are located. The place looks more like a wide boulevard than a square. It’s a delight to walk around, and not only is it steeped in history, but also in the rhythm of the modern capital.
If you’re heading for Prague Castle, which is loved by all tourists, you should also pay attention to Hradcany Square, where the entrance to the legendary castle complex is located. All around the square are ancient palaces of incredible beauty!
And if you prefer not just to look at the silent buildings, but also to learn about their history, their peculiarities and secrets, then walk with an audio guide! The tour “Picturesque Prague” includes an inspiring walk through Hradcany. The guide can be downloaded for free, and the tour costs less than the usual souvenir from Prague, and therefore has almost no impact on the budget of the trip.
See a free show at the Old Town Hall tower
The Old Town Hall in the center of Prague is always crowded. Astronomical clock (also called Prague Astronomical Clock or Orloj) dating back to the Middle Ages is always a great tourist attraction and undoubtedly the landmark of the Czech capital. But at the beginning of every hour there is a great deal of excitement as many tourists try to take their seats on the square before the unique spectacle on the tower. It’s a medieval miniature spectacle, with figures of the Holy Apostles parading around and several allegorical figures each playing a role in the spectacle. You can see this medieval wonder for free! Just make sure you get there early enough to get a good seat on the square.
Visit the open-air sculpture gallery on the Charles Bridge
One of the symbols of Prague is the famous Charles Bridge . At the entrance in the Old Town you’ll be greeted by the Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower, and on the other side of the Vltava River two ancient Malostransk bridge towers frame it. The towers impress with their severe Gothic appearance, medieval furnishings and of course with their rich history. Along the entire length of the bridge it is adorned with amazing Baroque statues. It’s a veritable free outdoor sculpture gallery! The originals of most of them are kept in the Lapidarium of the National Museum in Prague (to protect them from the weather), and on the bridge itself today there are their skillful exact copies.
For many tourists the bridge is interesting not only for its history, architecture and sculptures, but also for its modern liveliness. During the day the bridge is filled with tourists, street artists and musicians, so when you walk across it you can get enough of people and pictures and listen to the music.
By the way, unlike today, in the Middle Ages you had to pay to cross the Charles Bridge! And it wasn’t just anyone, but the crusading knights who did it! We will tell you more about it in our free guided tour of the Charles Bridge. Download the Travelry audio guide to Prague and travel with inspiration!
Free guided walk around Prague Castle and watch the changing of the guard of honor
Prague Castle is the very center of Czech statehood, the heart of Bohemia, and the spiritual and cultural center of Prague. There are several types of entrance tickets to Prague Castle, which differ in the number of sites that can be visited. Of course, every tourist wants to visit the legendary St. Vitus Cathedral and other historic buildings. But if you are willing to do without, or just don’t have enough time, a simple walk around the castle complex, without visiting the historic buildings, is absolutely free!
And if you visit the main entrance to this Prague castle at noon, you will witness a peculiar show of the changing of the guard of honor. Actually, it happens every hour during the day, but the midday “show” is held with music and special solemnity. This too, of course, is free.
Our audio guide to Prague Castle will help to make your walk at Prague Castle fascinating and informative.
Visit Prague’s museums for free
In Prague, there are several interesting free museums. For example, you can visit an exhibition of the famous Czech glass and Bohemian crystal in the glass museum Mozer. The Moser Glass Museum, located on Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí 603/15).
And if you appreciate sculptures, you can go to the Lapidarium Gallery (Ramova 6, Prague 1). Admire the Baroque statues from various places in Bohemia and the historical graffiti on the walls.
Religious enthusiasts can visit the Museum of the Child Jesus at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Malá Strana (Karmelitska 9). There is an interesting statue of the little Christ, made in the 16th century in Spain. Specially for this figurine created 150 vestments. Catholics revere this ancient statue as a miracle worker.
If you are interested in military history, then you will be interested in the Museum of Military-Technical Museum Leshana. However, you still need to get there – the museum is located 30 km from the center of Prague.
Visit the Valdštejn Palace and have a rest in the Valdštejn Garden
To see the luxury of Bohemian palaces from the inside you should go to the Valdštejnský palace, where nowadays the Senate of the Czech Republic sits. Despite this, you can go there on weekends and for free! However, only from April to October (in April, May and October – from 10.00 to 17.00, and from June to September – from 10.00 to 18.00). In the summer season (from April to October) you can also get into the magnificent Walstein Garden. Entrance to it is also absolutely free. In addition, during the summer time there are regularly held concerts and theater performances.
Young people under 18 as well as students up to 26 years old can visit the exhibitions of the National Gallery absolutely for free!
The National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze) allows children and teenagers up to 18 years old and students up to 26 years old to visit its permanent exhibitions free of charge. Permanent exhibitions of works of art are held at various locations: Kinsky Palace, Anež Monastery, Schwarzenberg Palace, Sternberg Palace, Salmov Palace and the Järve Palace.
Don’t miss the open days
Many places that usually charge admission can be entered for free if you know when there are open days. This information is not hidden, but it can be difficult to find out in advance, because the schedule of free admission can vary from year to year, although it often coincides with the Czech national holidays.
For example on October 28 (Czechoslovak Independence Day) and May 8 is traditionally the Open Doors Day at the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (you can freely visit the Valdštejn and Kolovrat palaces). And on November 17 (the Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy) and on some other public holidays you can also take a free tour of the Grzány Palace, the entrance to which is usually not available. Check to see if your trip coincides with any holidays or special dates – you may be able to see something that is closed to the public all year round!
The Night of Museums, held annually not only in Prague, but also in other cities around the world, is very interesting. On one night of the year you can visit any museum for free. In the Czech capital this also applies to historical castles.
Listen to organ music in churches
Prague is famous for its churches, ancient organs and the tradition of organ music. You can listen to such music at classical music concerts. But you can also simply drop into the church during the evening mass and listen to the amazing sound of great sacred music, often played on an ancient instrument. Of course, all churches welcome donations, but of course they don’t charge for attending the masses themselves.
Soak up the people’s merriment at street festivals and noisy fairs
If you want a guaranteed trip to a cluster of free events, head to Prague for Christmas or Easter. During these holidays and also on New Year’s Eve Prague is full of all sorts of festivals, concerts, fairs, folk festivals and street performances. During these days you can just walk along the main streets and be sure you will see something interesting!
When planning a budget trip to Prague and exploring the possibilities for cheaper travel, it is still worth remembering that the travel experience is not measured by money. Neither how much was spent, nor how little… The main thing for tourists is to have fun, learn the world, expand your horizons, feel the real drive of travel and life itself. If sometimes it is necessary to splurge for this – do not be stingy
Happy travels to you!
Check out our guide to Prague to get ready for your trip!
Prague: 8 free museums and 17 places of interest
This article compiles free museums and attractions in Prague. Make your trip more economical, informative and even more exciting!
For many years now, all of the major museums of Prague are paid exclusively – there is not a single day of the year when it would be possible to visit the museums of Prague for free. However, there are no less interesting museums with free admission – this review is devoted to them. In addition, we have selected attractions in Prague, the inspection of which does not require a fee.
Where to look for cheap tickets? The best way to do this is with the search engines Aviasales and Skyscanner. To find the best price, check with both and see tickets for different dates. Read also the instructions on how to search for cheap airline tickets correctly.
Free museums in Prague
1. Museum of the Infant Jesus in Prague
The museum is located in the Church of Our Lady of Victory. It contains the legendary statue of Jesus Christ, made in Spain in the 16th century. Museum opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:30, Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00. Address: Malá Strana – Karmelitska 9.
2. Gallery Lapidarium at the Czech Baroque Foundation
The Lapidarium preserves copies and originals of Baroque sculptures. Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 to 18 hours / Thursday 13 to 20 hours. Address: Ramova 6, Praha 1. Web site: www.barok.cz/GALERIE.htm
3. Military Museum in Žižkov district
History of the Czechoslovak army and the Resistance movement in the years 1914-1945. The museum consists of three exhibition halls devoted to the First World War, the period 1918-1939, the Second World War.
Opening hours: Daily (except Mondays) 10:00 – 18:00. How to get there: Take buses 133, 175 or 207 from metro station Florenc, stop U Památníku. It is also possible to walk from the station – it takes no more than 10 minutes. The museum is located next to the National Monument on Vitkov.
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4. Kbela Aviation Museum
In the museum you can learn about the history of civil and military aviation and parachuting in the Czech Republic. Opening hours: daily (except Mondays) 10:00 – 18:00. The museum is open from May to October. Address: ul. Mladoboleslavská, Praha 9. Getting there: By buses 185, 259, 280, 302, 375, 376 – 10 minutes from the metro station Letňany. Stop Letecké museum. Website: www.vhu.cz.
5. Museum of Technology and Energy
Address: Jankovcova 960/40, 170 00 Praha 7 – Holešovice, 200 m from Holesovice subway station. Entrance from Vrbenského street. Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 till 15 o’clock. Booking is possible. Tel: +420 267 052 315.
6. Moser Glass Museum
An exhibition of the famous Bohemian crystal and Czech glass. The museum is located on the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí 603/15). Another museum is situated in Karlovy Vary – but the entrance is not free of charge. Opening hours in winter (01.11 – 30.03): Mon – Fri 10:00 – 20:00, Sat – Sat 10:00 – 19:00. Opening hours in summer (01.04 – 31.10): Mon – Sat 10:00 – 21:00.
7. Grzan Palace
The exhibition “Symbolism of the Republic: The Pillars of Czech Statehood” takes place in the palace. Address: Loretanska 177/9, Prague 1. Opening hours: Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit by appointment by phone 224002189. Tour time – 40 minutes.
8. Leshany Military Technical Museum.
The museum is situated 30 km from the center of Prague – between the villages Krhanice and Leszany, on the left bank of the Sázava river. It will be of interest to those who are interested in military history – there is a large collection of military equipment and machinery since 1890.
Opening hours: the museum is open in June from 9:30 to 17:30 (weekends only), in July and August from 9:30 to 17:30 (daily except Mondays). How to get there: by train from the main station in Prague in the direction of Týnec nad Sázavou, to the station Krhanice. Then you have to walk about 500 meters to the museum. Web site: www.vhu.cz.
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Interesting places in Prague
What else is free to see in Prague? So, if you are a budget traveler, we advise you to see:
- The ancient Týn Church, built in 1256;
- Astronomical clock of 15th century on the Town Hall, which is located on the Old Town Square;
- Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague; – the largest presidential residence in the world. Some parts of the fortress are open for viewing;
- changing of the guard at noon with live music;
- majestic St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Prague;
(photo © Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho / flickr.com)
- the crystal chandelier in the Church of St. Nicholas on Old Town Square, a gift from the Russian Emperor;
- The Powder Tower, built in 1475 as one of the gates of the city wall. There are exhibitions in the tower, but they are paid. From the top you can admire the view of the city;
- The Art Nouveau Municipal House, the former residence of Czech rulers, one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague;
- Waldstein Palace (Senate) in Baroque style and the Waldstein Garden.The Palace is open on weekends from April to October (from 10 to 17 hours) and from June to September (from 10 to 18 hours).From November to March it is open only on the first weekend of the month from 10 to 16 hours; and the synagogue and birthplace of Franz Kafka;
- Wenceslas Square with the building of the National Museum, the center of the New Town, whose architectural appearance was developed in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is here that demonstrations, festivals, and meetings are held. From here you can get to many of the sights.
- The bright wall of John Lennon (Velkoprevorske Namesti) next to the French Embassy in the district of Mala Strana;
A side note: tips and advice on what to see and where to go on New Year’s Eve in Prague.
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- The Dancing House is an example of deconstructivist style designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunich in 1997. It is located in the district of Prague 2, on the corner of Reslová Street and the waterfront.
- Vysehrad is a castle built on a hill above the Vltava River. Also visit the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul and the cemetery, and take in a stunning view of Prague
- Letná Park, covering about three hectares, Petřín and other gardens and parks in Prague;
- A variety of curious sculptures scattered throughout the city.
You will also find articles about independent travel to the Czech Republic and a trip to Prague useful. To calculate how much your trip to the Czech Republic will cost, read about prices in Prague. We also recommend exploring our picks of the best budget hotels in the center of the Czech capital and apartments.