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How to Have Fun in Prague on a Budget
So you’ve arrived in Prague and you’re on a limited budget. Or maybe you’re a local, a true “Pragueois”, who’s sick of spending money on crazy expensive sports clothes and řízky (um.. inside joke. For more info, check out our previous blog post… it’s totes worth it). Whatever the reason for your sudden frugal mindset, fear not – we’re here to show you that Prague is indeed full of cool places where you’ll be able to have a great time without shelling out the big korunas. Read on…
Feed the swans
“But I’m not an animal lover. I’m not even a bird lover!” Yes, we can hear your “Woe is me” cries. But trust us – this is a Czech “pastime” that you don’t want to leave out of your Prague itinerary. It’s totally romantic (somehow… even though swans are actually kind of vicious… shh!!) and it costs next to nothing (and you can even get rid of your old bread.. YES!!). And if you don’t have any bread on you at the moment, just go for a walk on Náplavka. Prague may be a landlocked city, but Czechs are very fond of the riverside area. Maybe they’re compensating for their lack of an ocean, maybe it really is an awesome place to hang out… Find out for yourself!
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Go back in time
No, we’re not saying there’s a police box in Prague straight out of Dr Who that you can take to whatever-time-period-you-want (we wish), but we do have something similar(ish) – the Nostalgic Tram Line No. 91. This little shiny and totally old-school tram will take you through all the key Prague sights IN STYLE. PLUS, you’ll be able to hang out with an old-timey conductor (Instagram time!!!). We really don’t get why the Nostalgic Tram Line doesn’t get the spotlight it deserves. The tickets are only 35 CZK (you can get them from the charming conductor) & the tram operates from the 30th March to the 17th November on Saturdays, Sundays holidays. All aboard!
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Ride a retro bike through the streets of Prague
Although Prague has a pretty great public transportation system, nothing beats getting to know the city on foot or on bike. We’re totally into the latter option & we recommend renting a Green Lemon retro bike (it won’t set you back a gazillion dollars, we promise). Good old sturdy retro bikes are totally having a comeback moment – they’re colourful (turquoise!), easy to use and super stylish (and make you look like a local). Plus, they’re a great conversation starter. Tell us, where did you get your bike again? ;)
Go for some cheap eats
Getting tasty Czech food in the city center on a BUDGET can be tricky – there’s loads of “amazingly authentic Czech places” that are overpriced and actually aren’t that amazing anyway. We suggest finding a good local pub (these places can be a good start) and going for some Czech pub grub. Go for a pickled cheese or an “utopenec” (don’t ask us to explain what this is… we know you would never go for it if we did.. you’ll love it though!). Usually these two pub “snacks” can be quite filling and cheap. BTW, what are you going to do with all that extra money?
Visit the Prague Castle
Yes, visiting the Prague Castle is probably on every Prague visitor’s bucket list. The Prague Castle appears in hundreds of Pinterest boards, it’s on most of the Prague panorama postcards… You catch our drift. You might say that it’s overrated, but the truth of the matter is that it’s pretty awesome and visiting it is (wait for it) FREE. Yes, there are some sights and monuments (such as the Golden Lane) which have an entrance fee, but the castle complex itself is open to the public. If you want a real dose of history (or you just want to see what the fuss is about… fair enough, fair enough!), check it out. You’ve got nothing to lose – literally!
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Be a graffiti artist (with a meaningful message)
You’ve probably heard of the Lennon Wall – a place for people to let their creative juices flow and write & draw messages promoting peace and love. The wall is an ever-changing piece of art – even though you can’t see the original John Lennon picture anymore (it’s covered by layers and layers of graffiti), it’s still a really cool place to visit & a place where you can legally become a ‘graffiti artist’. Just make sure your message is tasteful. And colourful. Definitely colourful.
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Wake up & smell the coffee
…and then go explore the city. Seriously, there’s no better time to enjoy the Czech capital than in the early-morning hours. After 10-11 am, the city is swarming with tourists and when you leave the house before or around 8 am, the city looks completely different. Apologies for the cheesy text, but it’s true! And if you REALLY want to smell the coffee in the morning, drop by a Farmer’s Market – they’re becoming quite popular and you can always get EXCELLENT coffee there. And no, the coffee they serve does not start with an “S” ;)
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Go see a film without knowing what you’re in for. Plus… BEER!
Two of our favourite Prague cinemas, Aero and Bio Oko, offer a really cool experience: “Kino naslepo” or “Blind Movie Screening”. You go in without knowing what film they’re going to show and after the screening is over, you pay whatever price you think the film deserved. And yes, we know what you’re going to say now… “What if I’ve already seen the film?” Well, fear not friend, fear not, for these two cinemas offer a free beer to grumpy moviegoers who had to sit through a film twice (THE HORROR!). Pretty good deal, yes or yes?
Even though Prague has looooads of amazing museums and galleries (Kampa, National Gallery, DOX… do you really want us to go on?), most of these places have one thing in common: ENTRANCE FEE. But there are quite many (super cool) places where you don’t have to pay anything (or maybe only A BIT). Jiri Svestska Gallery is one of these places: this is one of the most famous contemporary art galleries & the entrance is always FREE. OF. CHARGE. Plus, if you’re into architecture, there’s 2 interesting architecture-centred places which won’t cost you the big bucks. One is the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, which is located on Bethlehem Square (entrance fee is around 40 CZK). The other place is the Architects’Hall, located on the 4th floor of the Old Town Hall – completely free! You can also visit the ‘People & Money’ exhibition in the Czech National Bank – ironically, it’s also free.
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