In today’s post, Drew of Hungry Partier is sharing with us his 5 budget-friendly things to do in Prague. If you don’t know where to go and you don’t have much money in your pocket, Prague is definitely the place!
After spending 5 months living in Prague in the spring of 2012, I can confidently say that it’s my favorite city on the planet (even after visiting 50 countries around the world). In my mind, there isn’t a city that compares to Prague’s incredible and blissful atmosphere.
In addition to the beautiful cobblestone streets and medieval castles surrounding the city, Prague is one of the most budget-friendly cities in Central Europe. Everyday needs are extremely affordable, such as accommodation, transportation (taxis and metros), food and BEER. In fact, beer is cheaper than water in Prague, and the Czechs are known to be the biggest beer drinkers in the world.
Geographically speaking, Prague is conveniently located just a short train ride away from big cities like Berlin, Munich, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.
What more of a perfect combination can you ask for? You must add Prague as a destination on your next Eurotrip!
Prague is one of those magical places with so many things to do that you can’t turn a corner without seeing something interesting and unique. The lively nightlife scene, combined with delicious Czech traditional food and the ever-flowing amount of local beer will make you never want to leave this place.
So, here are my top 5 budget-friendly things to do around Prague that are guaranteed to keep you entertained. I hope you enjoy!
1. Be Amazed by Prague Castle.
A visit to Prague is not complete without a visit to the largest and one of the oldest medieval castles in the world. The area around Prague castle is over 550 meters wide. The views from the outside are nice, but you must go inside the castle and check out the crazy designs and colorful stained-glass windows.
It is free of charge and you can easily spend hours there with your jaw-dropped to the floor in amazement.
2. Have a Picnic on Petrin Hill.
Petrin hill is a giant, 1,000 foot hill spreads along the Vltava river. It is one of the happiest and greenest greenest places in Prague. When the weather is nice, there are always people hanging out with their friends, drinking beers and having a picnic on the hill.
The mini Eiffel Tower of Prague can be seen at the end of Petrin hill towards Prague Castle. Don’t miss out on the amazing views of the city from the top!
3. Hang Out in Old Town Square.
Despite being the biggest tourist area of Prague, Old Town square has virtually remained untouched since the 10th century and is nothing short of amazing. Seriously, it’s like straight out of a fairy tale.
Around Old Town Square, you will see amazing buildings such as The Gothic Tyn Church, the Astronomical Clock tower (oldest clock tower in the world), the Baroque St. Nicholas Church and much more.
There are people riding horses around Old Town Square and many street vendors selling all sorts of delicious foods and goods. Sit down at one of the outdoor cafes and enjoy the blissful atmosphere!
4. Wander around Wenceslas Square.
Wenceslas Square is the main shopping area and the center of business and cultural communities in Prague. Here you will find many bars, hotels, retail stores, offices, shops and delicious fast food vendors. Although the shopping can be somewhat expensive, you can find local dive bars and cheap street food all around this area.
Wenceslas Square has also been the traditional place for gatherings and large demonstrations as many historical events have taken place here, specifically during the Velvet Revolution in 1989.
5. Walk over Charles Bridge.
Originally constructed in 1357, this is one of the oldest standing bridges in the world. You must walk across if when you are going from Old Town Square to Prague Castle.
Charles Bridge has over 30 baroque statues of religious figures spread over the 1,700 feet of pure cobblestone. As you are walking on the bridge, you will see street performers, vendors selling food and goods, and people drawing Characture faces. Get there for sunset for a picture perfect scenery!
I hope you enjoy Prague as much as I do :) Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want any advice.
Drew is a recent college graduate who has visited 43 countries since the beginning of 2012. His favorite things about traveling are eating the local foods, meeting awesome people and experiencing the nightlife scene. Drew is currently teaching English in South Korea and he blogs about food, culture and nightlife at the Hungry Partier.