Some of Prague’s top hot spot destinations are completely free to visit! Here is Marco Polo’s pick of the best attractions, plus where to dine, stay and shop on a budget:
Týn Church, Prague. Photo credit: Tim Kelly
Every day at 11am (also at 2pm in summer) there are free guided tours in English that commence at the corner of Old Town Square. The tour guides are usually Czech students and they make their money from tips.
The Dancing House is an awe-inspiring building and offers fantastic art for free! The bizarre structure, which actually looks as though it is dancing, has become the new face of Prague and is loved by all of the city’s residents. Rašínovo nábreží 80 | Metro: Karlovo námestí
A visit to Prague’s famous Golden Lane, where Franz Kafka once lived, is simply obligatory. If you go after 4pm between November and March or after 6pm between April and October then there is no admission charge and you will avoid the busy crowds. Visitors are able to view this famous street until the castle area closes (between 11pm and midnight).
Take a stroll through the city’s streets and follow in the footsteps of famous Hollywood stars. Where did 007 give his pursuers the slip in Casino Royale? Where was Miloš Forman’s Oscar-winning Amadeus filmed? Where did Angelina Jolie once stand against the Prague skyline? Head to the tourist office and pick up the free city map entitled ‘Lights! Camera! Prague!’ to find all of these film locations!
The beer garden in Letná Park has a good atmostphere and a spectacular view over the Old Town. Beer is sold at the drinks stall for very reasonable prices and you can sit on the wooden benches under beautiful chestnut trees to drink it. Letenské sady | Tram 1, 8, 25, 26: Sparta
For many years, clubbers have nominated Roxy as ‘Club of the Year’. Head down to the club on a Monday night when DJs play for free! Daily 7pm–2am | Dlouhá trída 33 | Metro: Námestí Republiky
You can find the Czech alternative to fast food called chlebícky in the Zlatý Kríž delicatessen. It consists of thin slices of baguette with various toppings and mayonnaise! Open Mon–Sat 7am–7pm | Jungmannova | Metro: Mustek
There is a traditional pub in the Lesser Town called Barácnická Rychta where you won’t find many tourists. In a wood-panelled tavern in the maze of narrow lanes, you can sit alongside the locals and polish off a delicious goulash. Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11–21 | Tržište 23 | Tel. 2 57 53 24 61 | Tram 12, 20, 22: Malostranské námestí
Many pubs and restaurants (even some gourmet restaurants) offer a low-price lunch menu on weekdays from noon to 3pm.
Have a browse around the department stores or craft shops. Wooden toys made in the Czech Republic are not only inexpensive, but they are often imaginative and encourage creative play.
Havelská market is one of the oldest markets in Prague and is the place to go for cheap vegetables, woooden toys and jewellery. If you can’t find it here, then you are unlikely to find it anywhere. Mon–Sat 10am–7pm | Havelská | Metro: Mustek
The Lesser Town Square is not exactly a tranquil spot, but it’s in the heart of the historic core and where most of the action is. At only 450 Kc per person, the Little Town Budget Hotel is a good place to rest your head. Malostranské námestí 11 | Tel. 2 42 40 69 64
The Travellers’ Hostel is quite basic but it’s very popular with young people due to its central location. A double room including breakfast costs 750 Kc. Multi-bed rooms plus breakfast cost around 350 Kc per person. 164 beds | Dlouhá 33 | Tel. 2 24 82 66 62 | Metro: Námestí Republiky
As a general rule, book early online and get the best price! www.prague.st offers good value deals for all price ranges.
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