There are plenty of free things to do in Prague that won't cost you a single cent. Museums, activities, attractions, churches, and parks are numerous in this city and although many cost a pretty penny, many do not. Follow our insider tips and enjoy the best of the Golden City without spending an ounce of gold.
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This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been updated to include fresh content & new places! Thanks again to our readers for some of the suggestions. If you have any other ideas and recommendations, please feel free to let us know!
Free museums & attractions
#01 Military History Institute in Prague provides free entrance to all its museums
#02 Náplavka - Riverbank is full of life all day long: feed the swans in the morning, go for a stroll during the afternoon and attend some open air concert or party at night
#03 Parks with stunning views of Prague – Petřín, Letná, Vítkov or Vyšehrad are the most favorite spots and always full of people
#04 Gardens – Wallenstein Garden, Vojan Gardens, Černín Garden or Prague Castle Gardens are perfect for relaxation and contemplation
#05 John Lennon Wall – not far away from the Charles Bridge, very popular place to get a photo (especially on a sunny day)
Free for kids
#06 Sports centre Na Františku – offers many options for bigger or smaller kids: table tenis, playgrounds, swings, climbing frames, rope pyramid, climbing wall...
#07 Air Museum Kbely – the museum's collection holds many unique aircrafts - from the German World War II ME-262 jet fighter and to a large collection of MIG's
#08 Playground in Franciscan Garden - a quiet oasis with a beautiful view of the church of Our Lady of the Snow, right in the heart of Prague.
#09 Střelecký island offers a leafy respite from the hustle and bustle of the city for parents and new playground for children
#10 Museum of Miniatures - Combine it with your Prague Castle visit and you won't be disappointed. Small admission fee applies
Must-see for free
#11 Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle – the ceremonial including a fanfare and the flag ceremony takes place daily at 12.00 in the first courtyard; the Changing by the Castle gates is held every hour (7am to 8 pm in the summer season, 7 am to 6 pm in the winter season)
#12 Astronomical Clock (Orloj) - an oversized cuckoo clock located in the Old Town Square
Most tourist think its cool, take and photo and move on, but the clock is even cooler if you know how to read it
#13 Charles Bridge – start your day with walk accross the Charles Bridge, or go at night for a truly romantic stroll to avoid the crowd
#14 Infant Jesus of Prague (or Bambino di Praga) - the charming statue of the Child Jesus, displayed for people to venerate in the church of Our Lady of Victory, receives visitors from all over the world every day (voluntary admission)
#15 Church of Our Lady Before Týn – a gothic church dominating the side of the Old Town Square with free (voluntary) admission. Take a close look at the two spires, are they symmetrical or not?
Clubs – free admission
#16 RADOST FX offers free entry for ladies every Thursday all night long or Saturday till midnight
#17 Chapeau Rouge is open every day with no entrance fee
#18 Roxy - discover every Monday (except summer holidays) czech & foreign bands and DJ's for free
#19 Club Lávka situated in the historical downtown provides the best local and international DJ's for free
#20 Heaven cocktail & music bar – visit at least one of them - Křemencova street, Wenceslas Square or Celnice
(Admission depends on type of event, please check the actual information on their websites)
Seasonal activities & free events
Luckily, the city offers a variety of great activities that keep the whole family busy (without spending much money) during the whole year!
Spring is the perfect time to visit various Easter markets across the city, summer is all about being outdoors , fall foliage color marks the start of the Signal festival and during the winter holiday, everything is aglow – especially Christmas markets.
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