There’s no need to let a little shortage of money stop you from visiting one of the most amazing capitals in Europe – Prague! Located in the heart of Czech Republic, there won’t be a problem visiting neighboring countries such as Germany and Poland – but you might not want to, because Prague has so, so much to offer!
Pro Tip: If you decide to utilize the great public transport in Prague, make sure to have your ticket validated on entry, or it will be invalid.
If you know where to go – and we do! – you won’t have to spend a lot while visiting the capital of the Czech Republic, so come along on a trip to Prague on a budget with us!
Perhaps it would be easier to name things you can’t do in Prague, seeing as this city is bursting with events and fun things to do. We’ve done our best to let you know about some of our favorite experiences to have without breaking the bank, so let’s have a look!
Walk along the winding streets of Prague and see all the stunning architecture – all while hearing all the inside knowledge and getting to walk past not only the more popular and iconic spots, but also lesser known areas that are as fascinating. While the tour is completely free, try to have some spare change to tip the guide if you can.
This ancient, truly majestic castle is perhaps the most significant Czech monument and also an important cultural institution, and if you don’t feel like going on a guided tour, you can still explore the castle gardens and much of the grounds and get an idea of how the Czech kings spent their days. And, there’ll be lots of spots for amazing photos.
This is a fun one! There are various kinds of boats – small motorboats, pedal boats and the famous swan boat – up for rent on the river Vltava, which lets you combine even more sightseeing with both fun and exercise, what a trifecta! You can go any time of day, but seeing the city at night, your pedal boat being lit up by a kerosene lantern, is a truly wonderful and unique experience.
There’s lots of live music performances happening in the city of Prague: catch some rock at Lucerna Music Bar & Club or some amazing cover bands at Bordo. A visit to Futurum Music Bar or La Loca Music Bar, which you can find at the Mosaic House Hostel, will give you even more opportunities to check out local talents – the perfect way to get to know the city!
There are so many great insta locations in Prague: all you need to do is step outside and you’ll see canals, gorgeous buildings and lots of fun people. Keep your camera ready and your phone charged, because you’re about to take hundreds of amazing photos!
If you haven’t had enough of sightseeing yet, strolling along the route that the Czech kings took on the way to the castle for their crowning will take you to many of the must-sees in Prague: have a closer look at the amazing Astronomical clock at the Old Town square and cross the famous Charles bridge – if you listen closely you might hear the echoes of history in the air.
Josefov is the Jewish quarter of Prague, is located in Old Town and dates back to the 10th century. Here you can visit one of the world’s oldest synagogues, you can walk around the Old Jewish Cemetery or just take in the history of the place that once housed 18,000 inhabitants, one of which grew up to be the legendary Franz Kafka. Hopefully your phone still has some juice.
The former Beatle was known for his strong political views and advocating peace, and even though John Lennon never set foot in Prague there is a wall, covered in graffiti and more or less political messages, dedicated to his memory. Even if you don’t feel like adding to the wall yourself, this is a unique, dynamic piece of both culture and art and well worth a visit – and as many photos as you’d like.
If you’re only going to visit one museum during your stay in Prague, this is the one you can’t miss. It’s almost like cheating though, seeing as the National Museum consists of five different institutes: natural science, history, library, Asian, African and American cultures, and music. Pick your favorite or try to visit all of them, either way you’ll get a fascinating insight in Czech culture and history.
If you’re up for it, there are excellent food tours in Prague that lets you try food almost as tasty as the food Czech grandmothers used to make, but you can find delicious food all over the city without the help of a guide, don’t worry!
Prague is known for sauces and soups, so trying some of the scrumptious, creamy dishes is almost mandatory. What about a hearty goulash steaming with paprika and flavor, or why not try a bowl of kulajda, a heavenly creamy potato soup with mushrooms, dill and vinegar. Perfect on a warm day, a chilly evening, well at any time, really.
Czech cuisine is all about the sweetness – you can even get fruit dumplings as a main course. Other sweet treats include buchty, made from a sweet yeast dough and is the first choice for any fairy tale heroes embarking on a journey, and palacinky, slightly different from crepes but as delicious, trust us. As with crepes, these bad boys can also go savory, if you fill them with lovely spinach and cheese.
That’s all from Prague and its gorgeous architecture, fantastic sights. Delicious food and vibrant music scene for this time, folks! As a traveler you see and experience new things all the time, so please let us know about any hidden gems that we’ve missed!