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The Best Free Sites in Prague

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Because much of Prague’s splendor lies in the streets and facades, some of its most important sites are free. You can experience Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Wenceslas Square, with their bustling market stalls, talented street performers, and tales of intrigue, without spending a dime. Add to that Prague’s gorgeous views, ideal from lush parks, and a splash of anti-communist peace graffiti, and you’ve got a beautiful and satisfying travel experience—for free. read more about The Best Free Sites in Prague

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

This stunning stone bridge in the Gothic style replaced the Judith Bridge, which collapsed in a flood. Called the Stone Bridge for several centuries after its construction in 1357, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) connects Old Town to Lesser Town. Allegedly, egg yolks mixed into the mortar strengthened the bridge's construction. Perhaps it is those egg yolks that helped Charles Bridge to survive many disastrous floods. At each end of the bridge stands a tower, like bookends for the row of 30 Baroque statues that have lined the bridge since 1657. Today, Charles Bridge is a constantly bustling pedestrian bridge, lively with artists, musicians, and vendors. read more about Charles Bridge

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

  • Staroměstské náměstí
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Since the 10th century, Old Town Square (Staroměstsk nměst) has been the central square in Prague. At its conception, it was the city's main market place. Then, in the 20th century, buildings began to rise around its rim, bringing with them stories of ghosts and intrigue. Now, the square stirs with cafes, souvenir shops, and art galleries. A mixture of Romanesque and Gothic buildings surround the Old Town Square, the most notable being the Old Town City Hall (on whose exterior the Astronomical Clock can be found), the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, and Kinsky Palace. Old Town Square's centerpiece is a monument to reformer, martyr, and Czech hero, Jan Hus. read more about Old Town Square

Vysehrad Castle

Vysehrad Castle

  • V Pevnosti 159/5b
  • Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument
  • tel:+420 241 410 348
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 12800

Poised atop a hill, Vysehrad was the seat of Czech power for many years after its establishment in the mid-10th century. After losing its position to the Prague Castle, Vysehrad was left to fall into ruin. Now, there is still much to see in the area. The grounds form a massive and beautiful landscape, which contain the Gothic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, the exceptionally old St. Martin Rotunda, the culturally-significant Vysehrad Cemetery, the Tabor Gate, and the ruins of a former fortification of the castle. As if that wasn't enough, an absolutely stunning view of Prague awaits here. Crumbled stone walls, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor sculpture make Vysehrad and enchanting place to visit. read more about Vysehrad Castle

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

  • Václavské námestí 68
  • tel:+420 (0)2 2171 4444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Historically, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) has had many faces. Originally the central horse market in Prague, it later became a hub for political demonstrations (exemplified by the monument to local students who committed suicide in the square in protest of the Soviet invasion of Prague) and local celebrations (such as of major sporting victories). More like a long boulevard than an actual square, the Wenceslas Square of today is lined with restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, and shops. At the top of the square, you'll find the square's namesake and Czech hero, St. Wenceslas, seated valiantly atop his horse. Behind him lies the National Museum and, just next to that, the Prague State Opera. read more about Wenceslas Square

Letna Park

Letna Park

  • nábreží Edvarda Beneše
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 170 00
Kampa Island

Kampa Island

  • Next to Charles Bridge
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 110 00
John Lennon Peace Wall

John Lennon Peace Wall

  • Velkopřevorské náměstí
  • Prague, 118 00

Lennon, a symbol of pacifism worldwide, was a hero to the dissident subculture bubbling underneath the Soviet-controlled surface. The Lennon Wall began simply as a mock grave created clandestinely by a group of young Czechs but evolved into a monument to free speech and peaceful rebellion against neo-Stalinist despotism. As hard as the powers-that-were tried to silence the subversive voices singing banned music and crying out for change, this wall became an outlet for frustrated young people to proclaim their desires for peace and freedom. Over time, the wall's original words have become concealed by hippie clichs and tourist tags, added by people who experienced nothing of what brought about the wall, but the historical significance of the John Lennon Peace Wall can't be whitewashed away. read more about John Lennon Peace Wall