Aug 29

How to Have a Freebie-Filled Holiday in Prague

by in Czech Republic, Europe

Prague used to have a reputation as a relatively cheap destination for a European getaway. Thanks to an unprecedented rise in popularity and an influx of tourism to the city however, this is less true nowadays. The Czech capital is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in Europe at the moment and pondering the attractions, the general vibe of the city and its undeniable cultural significance and variety, there is absolutely no reason why this should not be the case. It is truly one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting cities.

Touring the City

Prague riverside

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Despite the fact that Prague has recently become a little most pricey for the average tourist, there is plenty to here do on a budget. The city is packed with points of interests, beautifully preserved architecture and a diverse cultural scene. And Prague is certainly a city for walkers with squares and gardens and river side paths which are so beautiful and surrounded by wonder that the whole day could easily be spent wandering around without a strict agenda.

If more structure is desired on your city break, tours are available – and they’re free of charge. The guided walks aren’t a bad way to get a look at some of the most important sights such as Charles Bridge and the Vysehrad Citadel. If you combine this with comparing online for low airfares at somewhere like http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/Flights/Prague/, then you’re on your way to a very economic holiday.

Museums and Galleries

national gallery

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Prague is a city which is steeped in culture and history, and its museums and galleries are some of the best places to visit to absorb the most traditional aspects of the city. Firstly, the National Gallery, free 3pm to 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month, exhibits art from a broad range of eras, from modern to medieval.

The Museum of Decorative Arts, great for those with a passion for decor, is free every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. An especially exciting prospect for those looking to delve into a museum for the day is the Czech Museum of Music. Prague is particularly proud of its musical history so this homage to Czech musicians is one of its most proud locations. Located in the grounds of what used to be the Church of Saint Mary Magdalane, the venue provides a perfect environment for the soaring strings and choral sounds within.

Jewish Quarter

Kafka grave site.

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A vital spot to visit if visiting Prague is the Jewish Quarter, above all the cemetery, where Frank Kafka’s grave attracts particular attention. As the country’s best known literary figure, Kafka is beloved by the Czech people and the residents of Prague and it is worth a visit – if not merely for the author’s resting place then for the beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Something that everyone can enjoy, without spending a single koruna, is the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square. The square is the hub of the city and a constantly buzzing area of activity so there is plenty to do around the area. But the hourly show, from 8am to 8pm, is a consistent attraction to those in the square and when the mechanics begin to whir and the wooden characters emerge from the huge clock, you can be assured many will stop what they’re doing and stare up in curiosity, if only for a moment.

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