Prague is one of the most iconic cities in Eastern Europe. A place like Eastern Europe is definitely somewhere known for its cheap currencies, amazing food and interesting, iconic sites to see. Prague definitely ticks all of these boxes! Eastern Europe has to be one of the most budget-friendly regions in Europe, making it extremely attractive to lots of different backpackers around the globe!
But in a city that’s so cheap can you still see all the must-see things for free? Of course! Pretty much all of the main sites in Prague are free, all very accessible by the trams the city uses. Free sites mean more money to spend on delicious Hungarian food and to not feel guilty about it!
Below are my Top 6 Sites to see in Prague…
#1 Prague Castle
Prague Castle offers some of the most spectacular views of the city! Situated on top of a hill, its a bit of a climb but definitely worth it for the awesome views. Founded in 880, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the largest castles in the world. Visiting this awesome site for the history and the stunning views is definitely something that is a must-do in Prague.
It is free to get in, however, be prepared to queue for a while due to security checks. But there are lots of fruit and drink stands along the way to keep you refreshed. Once you get in, you’ll be amazed by the huge walls and buildings that shape the castle! In the middle of the castle walls is St. Vitus Cathedral, a stunning gothic cathedral which took 600 years to build. You can go inside where there are a museum and some gorgeous stained-glass windows, but it is just as amazing to admire it from the outside!
If you continue further through the maze of castle walls, you will eventually reach the gardens of the castle. These castle gardens are stunning to walk through, decorated in lots of unique ways with beautiful flowers and plants. My favourite part about the gardens, however, is the awesome view that they offer of the city! The sea of typical European red-bricked rooves mixed with the steady flowing river is definitely a must-see sight for any traveller…
#2 The John Lennon Wall
The John Lennon Wall is an extremely iconic piece of artwork in Prague and a definite must-see. The wall was originally used for people protesting the communist takeover, but after John Lennon’s murder, the wall became a place for mourning and protest against his death. The wall is the only place in the city where graffiti is legal!
The amazing and colourful artwork is definitely something to admire. Covered in lots of meaningful phrases, calls for world peace and interesting artworks, its no wonder its always surrounded by lots of different tourists! The wall is also the perfect opportunity for photos – if you can squeeze through the crowd…
BONUS: Just a little bit up from the wall is a Beatles themed John Lennon Pub! We didn’t end up going inside but we heard lots of great reviews, and it looked pretty awesome from the outside!
#3 Charles Bridge
Another iconic – and historic – feature of Prague is Charles Bridge. It is a stone, gothic bridge which connects The Old Town and The Lesser Town which was finished being built in the 1500s. On each end of the bridge stands a tall tower, which you can actually go up the top to see another amazing view of the city.
Lots of different statues line the edge of the bridge, which are really interesting to stop and look at – if you can make it through the massive crowd! The bridge is constantly covered with tourists, street vendors and artists selling their pieces of art among other things. It’s definitely worth the visit and on a clear day you can capture a really amazing of Prague Castle up on the hill above.
#4 Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock is definitely one of the main things to see in Prague and is a favourite among many tourists. The clock dates back to 1410 and is the oldest still working Astronomical clock. Make sure you’re there on the hour between 9am-11pm, you will be able to hear and see the clock chime!
Unfortunately for us, the clock was under renovation when we were in Prague so we didn’t get to see it first hand. However, its location in the old town square still has lots of things to do. You can visit a couple of churches, eat and drink at many of the restaurants or simply admire the colourful buildings!
#5 The Rotating Head
The iconic rotating head sculpture of writer Franz Kafka is definitely something different to see. Located out front of a busy shopping centre, this 42 layer sculpture rotates back and forth, in and out of the shape of a head. We were definitely captivated for a while watching this head rotate back and forth!
Franz Kafka’s rotating head is an awesome sculpture that interests lots of tourists in Prague. You can check out a video of the head rotating in action here
#6 Dancing House
No, you didn’t read that wrong – The Dancing House! The building is shaped on a funny angle, making it appear to be dancing. Dancing House was built to resemble the two famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building mainly contains offices but it is free to enter the Glass Bar and restaurant which offers amazing panoramic views of the city of Prague.
Secret Bonus: Sedlec Ossuary
Ok so it’s not exactly a secret but Sedlec Ossuary is a little bit off the beaten path. Located about a 90minute train ride away in Kutna Hora, this unique church attracts lots of visitors all year round. Known to most people as the ‘bone church’ Sedlec Ossuary insides are decorated entirely with bones, complete with a bone chandelier made out of most of the bones in the human body…
Now I know seeing real human bones decorated in a macabre form might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely something that I recommend visiting! The ossuary was originally a cemetery, but eventually, the cemetery became overcrowded which meant that they had to put the old human remains somewhere to make way for the new bodies – so that’s where the idea of a church decorated in bones came from.
The church is decorated by more than 40,000 human bones and is definitely something interesting that is worth going out of Prague for. It costs 90 CZK to enter and is open all year round. You can even light a candle inside at an altar of the church!