Free Prague activities and attractions will give you an opportunity to see the best parts of the city without spending a dime. Prague has an abundance of free act ivies that appeal to all generations. If you’re visiting on a budget, let this Multigenerational TMOM help you explore the free side of Prague.
One of my favorite trips to Prague was with my sister and her son’s family. The boys were ages 4, 7, and 8 at the time. Prague is the perfect place for boys this age. We didn’t want to break the budget so we were over-the-moon happy that many of the city’s best sights could be seen and experienced for free. We were able to fill our two days in Prague with activities and attractions that kept everyone happy. You can read about Day One here.
Day Two we decided to explore further afield than the compact Old Town and its pedestrian squares we visited on Day One. When you plan to see attractions that require transportation or if you only have one day in Prague, it is a good idea to purchase the 24 hour Tram card. It allows you to use your ticket as many times as you want within that time—not only on the tram but also the buses, metro and the funicular railway up to the Petrin Hill.
These are the things we found to do for free in Prague—Day Two:
Strolling across Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is probably the most famous bridge in Central Europe. Originally built to connect Prague Castle and Old Town, it is a great place to people-watch and enjoy views of Prague’s top attractions. This beautiful bridge is always full of people using it as a means of crossing the river as well as taking in the spectacular views. All along the bridge you’ll find street artists, musicians, dancers and other entertainers. Get there early in the morning or late at night if you’re keen on seeing it without the crowds. A great time of day to come to the bridge is at sunset when one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully lit Prague Castle against the evening sky.
The bridge is lined with statues and statuaries. Our favorite was the statue of John of Nepomuk. Touching the statue is a Prague ritual. It’s supposed to bring good luck and to ensure your return to Prague soon. John wasn’t too lucky. In 1393 he was thrown into the river Vltava from the Charles Bridge at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia because of a dispute (not the same Good King Wenceslas of the Christmas carol).
All of the statues have been systematically replaced by replicas. It was done to protect them from weather erosion and vandalism. The originals are on exhibit in the lapidarium in the National Museum.
Stroll the Grounds of Prague Castle
Prague Castle is the city’s number one tourist attraction and is Europe’s largest medieval castle. Once the seat of ancient Czech Kings, it is an intriguing mix of great halls, palaces, state apartments, churches, and a monastery, viewing towers, fortifications, museums and art galleries. The Castle is set in a commanding position overlooking the city, from where the Kings of Bohemia once ruled.
You can explore the castle gardens and much of the grounds for free, and you’ll often find lots of events and concerts taking place around the grounds. There’s also the “Changing of the Guards.” The guards by the gates change on the hour from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. The best time to see the changing of the guard is at noon in the first courtyard because it includes fanfare and a flag ceremony. To see the Prague Castle’s interior you’ll have to purchase a ticket.
You’ll be glad you have a metro card for the journey from Charles Bridge to Prague Castle. The Castle is up a steep hill and even though you are rewarded with magnificent views, it is a challenging journey with young children and old ladies. It is so much easier to enjoy the views going downhill rather than up.
Golden Street and Castle District
The Castle District of Hradcany is a lovely area of old Prague, connecting the Old Town across the Charles Bridge. There are numerous cafes and restaurants offering genuine Czech food. The area is a visual delight. The architecture is unusual and colorful. There are beautifully, decorated historic buildings and far less people than round the Old Town Square.
Golden Lane is an ancient street dating from the 15th Century where fine artisans lived and worked, supplying the needs of the inhabitants of the castle. This was also where the mystical art of alchemy was practiced. There are 11 tiny historic houses and on the inside period scenes have been re-created to show the life of the artisans who once worked, ate, drank and slept in them. During the day you do need to have a ticket, but in the evening you can see this area for free.
St. Vitus Cathedral
To many people St. Vitus Cathedral is Prague Castle. While the Prague Castle complex houses many buildings, St. Vitus dominates the skyline wherever you are in city. As well as being the largest and most important temple in Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral has also overseen the coronation of Czech kings and queens. The beautiful cathedral is also a mausoleum for Bohemian royalty, and the crown jewels are stored here as well. It is free for visitors to enter the first part of St. Vitus Cathedral. Purchase a ticket to have access to the whole cathedral.
See the Views from Petrin Hill and the Observation Tower
The Petrin Lookout Tower offers the most unforgettable view of Prague thanks to its location on Petrin Hill. The tower is a miniature version of Paris’ famous Eiffel Tower, but it’s only one- fifth the height. Kids love climbing the 299-steps up to the top. On a clear day the view that to the highest peak in the Czech Republic. You don’t need to climb the 299 steps up the tower for a great, postcard-perfect view; the views from the surrounding gardens are also impressive. You’ll see both the castle and cathedral jetting up from Prague’s cityscape, and you’ll also have views of Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.
You can walk up the hill or take a funicular to get to the Lookout. The ride on the funicular is an excursion in itself. There’s also a kids’ playground close to the funicular station.
Day Two was a great success! Everyone had fun. We made good memories and we didn’t break the bank. On our trip back across the Charles Bridge we all stopped to place a hand on the image of St. Jan being tossed off Charles Bridge, and made a wish to return to Prague.
To help make your stay in Prague trouble-free, read my post How to Make Your Prague Vacation Trouble-Free and Stress-Free.