Prague is an enchanting old city, and many of the best places to visit are completely free, making it for a particularly cheap destination. Just a word of warning: there’s many other people who think the same, so the city isn’t often quite crowded, especially around the following must-see free sights in Prague.
🐾 Dog-friendly: All these sights in Prague are dog-friendly, except for entry into buildings.
1. 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. 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 a tower at either end. Buskers and trinket sellers can also be found on the bridge. This is particularly busy during the day, so make the effort to also cross over during the early morning or evening, and enjoy the lights on either side.
3. 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. 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. Jewish Quarter
Located 5 minutes to the north of the Old Town Square, the Prague Jewish Quarter, or Josefov, is the former Jewish Ghetto of Prague. It contains many fine examples of Jewish buildings still standing, including the Spanish Synagogue and the Old Town Synagogue. Close by to the latter you can catch glimpses of the Old Jewish Cemetery, Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery.
6. 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. Naturally, a tip is welcome if you enjoy the tour.
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