How to enjoy prague on a budget?
If you’re looking for an art fix, the city offers plenty of opportunities for a no-cost art experience. The National Gallery, which includes a number of permanent exhibition spaces under its umbrella, offers several free admission days throughout the year. Check out their schedule. More of an experimental art lover? Head to Meet Factory, an international center for contemporary art (as well a music and theater venue) founded by Czech enfant terrible David Černý, where admission is often voluntary.
Other places with free admission include the Czech Centre Gallery, the Hall of Architects at the Old Town Hall and the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass.
Extra Tip: if you’re in Prague during summer, don’t miss out on Prague’s Annual Museum Night, where hundreds of art spaces around the city open their doors for free.
Free concerts in Prague
Looking for some classical music to stir your soul or some beats to get you tapping? No worries, Prague offers a number of free music opportunities, both indoors and outdoors.
At the Czech Museum of Music, you’ll find various offerings – from local choir concerts to orchestra performances. The Czech Philharmonic offers a free open-air concert in Hradčany Square by the Prague Castle at the end of each season.
One of the highlights of the year, United Islands of Prague is an annual, multi-genre music festival that brings acts from around the world to the city. With several stages, the event takes its name from the unique location on the islands of the Vltava River. The festival usually takes place over the course of three to four days in late-June and admission is completely free. You might have missed it this year, but make sure to book your trip to Prague around mid-June next year and enjoy all the free concerts.
Discover Prague’s peculiar outdoor sculptures
Outdoorsy type? Well, you’re in luck: Prague has plenty of sculptures and artworks throughout the city.
Famous for his provocative art works, David Černý has a number of controversial sculptures around Prague’s historic spots. Some are peculiar, like the bronze babies crawling up the legs of the TV tower in Žižkov; some are amusing creations such as the urinating men in Mala Strana; and some transpire political criticism, for instance the hanging sculpture of King Wenceslas riding an upside down horse.
One of Prague’s most famous former residents, Franz Kafka, has, not one, but two sculptures dedicated to him, and both of them are distinctive in their own way. Just by the Spanish Synagogue you’ll find Jaroslav Róna’s Kafka sitting on the shoulders of a headless man. Located across city hall, David Černý’s mechanical statue featuring a 42-layer sculpture of Kafka’s head is something to marvel at.
Prague is also the only place in the world where you’ll be able to see a cubist lamppost, tucked away in a corner in Wenceslas Square.
Finally, inside Prague’s metros you’ll find over a 100 works from important 20th century Czech artists.
Cuisine, art and spontaneous parties at Náplavka
On Saturdays locals flock to the Náplavka riverside to stock up on cheese, fresh-baked bread, fruit and veggies, and many other local goodies, in one of the city’s most popular farmers’ markets.
But Náplavka is so much more than just a weekend market. It’s a unique public space along the Vltava River that has been transformed into a vibrant hotspot where Prague’s residents gather throughout the week to enjoy the lively vibe and the panoramic view of the city.
Hop aboard the (A)Void Floating Gallery for a complete art experience featuring live music, poetry readings, film screenings and exhibitions, both above and below the deck. At Bajkazyl – a bar/bike rental/cultural space – you can pick and choose between swing lessons (every Tuesday), circus workshops, open-air concerts and spontaneous dance parties, all with a voluntary admission fee.
Free yoga sessions in the park
If you feel the need for a breather, getting your Zen on in the city’s parks is an excellent option. Every Thursday evening between April and October there are free yoga sessions in Vyšehrad and Letná Park.
Free guided walking tours
Packed with architecture, history and culture, Prague is a city best explored on foot. Discover every nook and cranny on a free walking tour.
Running from two to three hours and covering all the major sights, there are a number of options to choose from. Discover Prague on these all-encompassing tours: Royal Walk Free Tour (2.5 hours), Sandemans New Europe tour (3 hours) and White Umbrella’s Old Town Free Tour (3 hours).
Since these tours are popular, remember to reserve ahead. And remember: yes, the tours are free, but don’t forget to tip your trusty guide if you enjoyed the tour!
Cultural offerings in the public square
BMXers parade their tricks and skaters glide along, while groups of people continuously pass through. The piazzetta in-between Prague’s Nová Scéna (New Scene) theatre and the National Theatre has turned into a cultural epicenter over the last couple of years, where you can experience dance performances, art exhibitions, musical performances and other cultural events.
Hang around for a while and let yourself be surprised!
Cultural center and open bar in Letná Park
Prague is home to many cool spaces. One of the latest is Containall Stalin, a cultural center and bar that hosts movie nights, live music and other cultural events – all for the price of a song!
Located in Letná Park, just below the huge metronome that towers above the city, the venue takes its name from the massive memorial of Stalin that once stood there. Although many of the events are free, it’s the view of the city that’s truly priceless.
Free Mondays at Roxy
Opened in the early 1990s, Roxy is an iconic place on the Czech club scene. Rough around the edges, the legendary music hall has hosted world renowned DJs, such as Grooverider and Luke Slater, as well as diverse acts from around the world.