Prague is an enchanting old city, and many of the best places to visit are completely free, making it for a particularly cheap destination in central Europe. Whether you’re heading to Prague for the weekend or as part of a longer tour around Europe, don’t miss these must-see free sights in Prague.
Just a word of warning: because Prague is so beautiful and cheap, the city is often quite crowded, especially at these popular attractions. My tip? Either visit during the off-peak season, in either Spring or Autumn, or head out early in the morning for the best photo opportunities.
🐾 Dog-friendly: All these sights in Prague are dog-friendly, except for entry into buildings, such as at Prague Castle. Check out more of my tips for travelling in the Czech Republic with a dog.
1. Visit Prague Castle
Holding the record for the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century, but is still the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic. Whilst many of the buildings cost to enter, it is free to enter and walk around most of the precinct. The grand St Vitus Cathedral is hard to miss, and entrance into part of the cathedral is also free. Don’t also miss the hourly changing of the guards.
2. Cross Charles Bridge
The historic Charles Bridge connects the Castle District of Prague with the Old Town. Over five hundred years old, the bridge is lined with a variety of statues and features an imposing tower at either end. Buskers and trinket sellers are also usually found along the length of the bridge. This attraction is particularly busy during the day, so make the effort to also cross over during the early morning or wait until the evening and enjoy the lights on either side.
3. Stroll Through the Old Town Square
The heart of the Old Town of Prague, the Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th Century. There are two churches that it is possible to enter around the perimeter, Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and St Nicholas Church. Around Christmas time the square is the location of one of the largest Christmas markets in Prague, surrounding a towering Christmas Tree.
4. Gaze at the Astronomical Clock
Situated at one end of the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock is easiest to spot when the crowds surround it for its display each hour, on the hour. Whilst the actual display is short and somewhat disappointing, it is worthwhile to read or listen to an explanation of the different elements that make up the clock.
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5. Head to the Jewish Quarter
Located five minutes to the north of the Old Town Square is Prague’s Jewish Quarter, or Josefov It’s the location of the former Jewish Ghetto of Prague and still contains many fine examples of Jewish buildings, such as the beautiful Spanish Synagogue and the Old Town Synagogue, with its many tales. Close by to the latter you can also catch glimpses of the Old Jewish Cemetery, Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery.
6. Take a Free Walking Tour
Sandemans New Europe offer an excellent free walking tour of Prague. Lasting 3 hours and taking in the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter and many other surrounding sights, it offers the chance to hear about stories from Prague’s history, both recent and from over the centuries. Although the tour is technically a free, naturally a tip is welcome if you enjoy the tour.
Do you have any other recommended Prague must see sights?