Prague is one of Europe’s biggest tourist destinations, many visitors flock here to admire the historical architecture and absorb the culture and activities in the capital. We have put together a list of 12 places to visit in Prague for FREE.
The astronomical clock date’s back from the the 15th century, you can find it located on the side of the Old City Hall Tower and is one of the most visited attractions on Prague. On the hour visitors gather round to witness the clock’s‘ Procession of the Twelve Apostles’. The clock has 12 medallions which shows you each star sign. To read more on Prague check out this post Prague “The City of a Hundred Spires”
Josefov is Prague’s Jewish quarter, it is located in the Old Town, and dates back to the 10th century. Inn Josefov you can visit the Jewish cemetery and synagogue, this is a beautiful part of Prague to immerse yourself in some history of the capital.
Another very popular landmark in Prague is the magnificent “Charles Bridge”, it is the crossing across the River Vlatvain and connects the old town with the rest of the city. The bridge is very lively and you will find may street performers here such as musicians, dancers and street artists. This is a wonderful place for photography due to the amazing views from the bridge.
Petrin Hill & Observation Tower
Wear comfortable walking shoes to climb the 299 steps of the tower, and once you get to the top you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city. The tower is approx 60m tall and is a mii version of the Paris Eiffel Tower. Don’t forget your camera.
Wandering around Prague will give any visitor a great opportunity to see it’s beautiful architectural sights. Prague’s architecture is what one would call magical history buffs will see the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences dotted all around the city.
Visit the following to see more of Prague’s Architectural wonders:
This dramatic, 65-meter-tall gothic tower was built as one of 13 gates to the city. Modelled after the Old Town Bridge Tower and studded with sculptures, its name comes from its use as a gunpowder store in the 17th century
Located on Prague’s fairytale-like Old Town Square, the Kinský Palace, notable for its attractive pink and white Rococo façade, was built between 1755 and 1765. It was originally owned by the aristocratic Kinsky family and once contained a secondary school that was attended by one Franz Kafka…
This immense Neo-renaissance piece of Prague architecture, which looks grandly out over Wenceslas Square, was designed by Josef Schultz and built between 1818 and 1891.
John Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall, or John Lennon Wall, started off just as an old wall, however in 1980s it became a tribute to the famous band member. After Lennon was murdered in 1980, his images were painted on the wall which is located opposite the French Embassy. Light up some herb and get inspired by the messages the previous generation left to us! It’s a very amazing wall filled with so many piece quotes and art.
Prague Castle dates back from 870 AD, the Castle is a very popular tourist attraction that dominates the city skyline and was once the seat of the ancient Czech Kings. You can leisurely spend a few hours roaming the lovely gardens for free and taking some snaps. Check before you visit as sometimes the castle has different shows and events taking place. The castle has ‘Changing of the Guards’ which you can see every hour on the hours from 6am – 11pm.
Prague is a fantastic place for exploring on foot, and a greta opportunity to see the cities sights. You’ll find a free walking tour running twice a day in the city which starts in the Old Town Square in front of the Tourist Office at 10.45am and 2pm. This popular 3 hour tour covers all of the main sites along with some lesser known areas. While the tours are free, the guides make their money from tips so please do leave one.
In the lower part of the Malá Strana District you’ll find the decorative and gorgeous Wallenstein Gardens. These beautifully manicured gardens are lined with fountains, trees and bronze statues, the best thing is it is free to enter. During the summer months there are also many free concerts and performances taking place here.
Museum of Music
The Baroque Church of Santa Maria Magdalena is the Czech Museum of Music which is home to a unique collection of musical instruments. It’s free entry to this great attraction on the first Thursday of every month and it’s definitely worth checking out.
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
In the Old Town Square, one of the most dramatic buildings is the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. The Gothic style church is easily recognisable with its two spires, a great a sight to check out and definitely one for your instagram. feed.
Architecture – Dancing House
The Dancing House, or ‘Fred and Ginger’ as it was nicknamed, is the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Miluni. It is a very popular building in the city. and onne which attracts many visitors.