Prague has cashed in on its reputation for the student and budget-conscious traveller. Here are 10 ways to save your money on a trip to the Czech capital
A 30 minute hop on the metro green line and you'll find yourself amidst waterfalls, creeks and small canyons in the natural park of Dikova Sarka. The park is full of romantic walking trails by trickling streams and jagged rock faces. For the more adventurous, abseiling and climbing are options, as well as hiking to the top of the hills for spectacular views of the valley.In the summer, head here mid-week to avoid the crowds of young couples and families enjoying the great outdoors. However, if you're in Prague in the winter and seek true solitude, Dikova Sarka is the perfect getaway for walking in a winter wonderland.
Havelske Trziste, an open-air market in Mĕsto Square, is a wondrous blend of scrumptious sights and smells. Local, fresh, home-made produce, colourful flowers and the usual tourist-tat line the streets. To get the most authentic feel from the busy market, shuffle through the people on a weekday, when seasonal foods (rather than toys, puppets and souvenirs) are mouth-wateringly displayed on the stalls.
Prague flea market is held on the river embankment every Saturday from April through the summer. Usually, the market only attracts locals but makes for a good stroll, filled with curios items, along the river when the weather is nice. Don't expect to pick up any unexpected bargains whilst browsing the flea market, as it's well known for being ridiculously overpriced.
Prague is not just home to Gothic and Baroque styles, an array of beautifully modern and strangely attractive buildings have started cropping up in the city. The Zizkov television tower was built between 1985 and 1992. As an ugly piece of architecture, the tallest building in Prague is not exactly an attraction itself, but artist David Černý's faceless, crawling babies on the tower's pillars are a must see – if only to believe their existence.The Dancing House, sometimes referred to as The Drunk House for it's lack of symmetry and wonky lines, was built in 1996. The Dancing House is said to represent a couple dancing together, if you squint you can make out a woman and man dancing together, holding hands, with a skirt that sways to the music.
One of two main squares in the city, it is one of the most beautiful historic spots in Europe. The square's most notable sights are the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock and the stunning St. Nicholas Church.
It's hard to spend a day in Prague without at least catching a glimpse of the main link between the city's two halves. This wonderful medieval stone bridge is peppered with Baroque statues of famous Czech leaders, saints and artists dating back to 1706.
The bridge is often packed with tourists, buskers and living statues during the day, so wait until night falls to take in the atmosphere and a quiet stroll across the river Vltava. Make sure you place your hand on the statue of St John of Nepomuk, to make a wish come true.
Easily recognisable, this statue looks polished and shiny from the millions of hopefuls who have previously touched it.
Obviously, this is not a free option, but when beer is cheaper than water it would be rude of us not to put it on this list. The Czech Republic comes in first place out of all the World's nations when it comes to drinking beer. Even us Brits can't consume 156 litres each of the good stuff a year. Beer is served everywhere and is drunk by everyone at all hours of the day.
With Europe's best tasting beer at only 50p a pint, we think indulging in a beverage or two deserves a mention. It is a bit of a steal after all...
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