When visiting a new place, you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to appreciate and fully experience it. There are so many things to see and discover in a city, with just a little bit of curiosity and a lot of walking :). And Prague is no exception.
Here are seven things you could do to explore this beautiful city without breaking the bank.
Walk along Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is probably one of Prague’s most popular tourist sites. I love that it is pedestrian only so you can take a leisurely stroll, appreciate each of the 30 statues decorating the bridge, and look out the Vlatava River.
Pass the time at Old Town Square
I could just stay here for hours, eating sausages and ham, and watch the people walking by. It doesn’t help that beautiful buildings surround the square. At one point, I felt like I was Belle (of Beauty and the Beast) about to belt out ‘Little town, it’s a quiet village. Everyday like the one before…’. Seriously.
Here’s one of the night entertainment at the square. Apologies for my voice, it escaped from me before I realized it!
See the Astronomical Clock
The clock was first installed in the 1400s and is said to be the oldest astronomical clock still working (thanks for the info Wikipedia! ;)). Every hour, crowds gather right in front of the clock to see the ‘show’ or the Walk of Apostles. At the strike of the hour, you see figures of the apostles peep out of the small windows on the clock.
Walk the grounds of the Prague Castle
Visitors can wander around the courtyards for free, but you there’s a fee to enter the historical buildings. Sadly, we weren’t able to witness the Changing of the Guards. That would have been interesting.
Stop and stare at beautiful buildings
I just love looking at old architecture. Why can’t we have more buildings like this at home? 😦
Visit the Infant of Prague
Coming from a family of Sto. Nino devotees, this was one of my must-do’s in Prague. The Infant of Prague is found inside the Church of Our Lady Victorious in the Mala Strana area, which was quite near our hostel. Nothing more peaceful than spending a quiet moment in church and being grateful for being here.
Find David Cerny’s sculptures
David Cerny is a Czech sculptor whose art always tended to be on the controversial side. A lot of his works are found all over the city. Unfortunately, I have only seen two of these, the In Utero (near Wenceslas Square) and Piss (inside the Kafka museum grounds).
I know there’s more I have yet see and do in Prague. Maybe St. Joseph will help me return someday.
Have you been to Prague? What other sites have you visited (and activities you’ve done) there for free?