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Prague: Free walking tours every day

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When in Prague, why not spend a couple of hours walking the town with a local? And not just any local—a local who’s a history buff! “Free Prague Tours” offers just that. The organization, made up of English-speaking tour guides, offers twice-daily walking tours of the Old Town and Mala Strana. And yes, they’re free! (Although a tip is expected at the end.)

We’re big fans of guided walking tours, especially when you’re lead around town by somebody who knows their stuff. Of course, we also enjoy the “do-it-yourself tour,” with a Lonely Planet or Rick Steves book in hand. But a guided tour offers the chance for dialogue with a local who can answer questions that will inevitably arise. Walking tours also let you relax (stop reading and walking!), and give you a chance to focus on the subject at hand.

Free Prague Tours

Prague Walking Tours offers two free tours daily:

The 10:30 AM “Right Bank Tour” focuses on sights to the right of the Vltava River. It starts in the Old Town Square and astronomical clock, and hits the “Powder Tower,” Wenceslas Square, Franciscan Garden, National Museum, and Jewish Ghetto. Along the way, your guide will discuss communism, the “Velvet revolution,” and Franz Kafka, among other subjects.

The 2 PM tour focuses on the sights of Prague’s Left Bank. The tour also starts in the Old Town Square, then heads to the Rudolfinum, crosses the Charles Bridge and explores Malá Strana. You’ll visit Parliament, Prague Castle (the courtyard), St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Strahov Monastery, among other places of interest.

Both tours last two and a half to three hours (depending on how quickly you walk and how many questions you ask).

Taking a walking tour

No reservations are necessary to take a walking tour with Free Prague Tours. Tours begin in the Old Town Square, at the corner of Pa?ížská street. You’ll see a small brown sign in front of the Czech Tourism Office.

Note: Although the tours are free, tipping your guide is essential. The guides are students, academics, artists, and professional guides who give these tours to supplement their incomes.

Free Prague Tours also offers a nightly “Ghost and Beer Tour” of Prague for 200 Czk (about €8).

Also see: Our guide to budget hotels in Prague.

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16 Responses to “Prague: Free walking tours every day”

Craig says:

My days in Prague were a dreamy blur of buildings, Kafka and Christmas snow. I could have done with one of these rather than the uber-cheesy old town ghost walk I was talked into.

I am a huge fan of guided tours – Locals have insights and great stories that guide books never do. And Free is the best price when traveling on a budget. Thanks for the tip!

Praha Expert says:

I’ll have to pass on this tip to my clients :-)

Irene says:

We have never been to Prague. The tour begins in the Old Town Square which looks large — how do we pin point your office and can we park our car there?

Mona says:

The vest way to see prague. Michael the guide captivAtes his audience with his deep knowledge and love of prague and through a combination of stand up comer? and dramatic stories. What a great dat. Thanks to kate top for the castle tour. The best trip in prague so far. Do not pass this one.

sue says:

I have found similar walking tours very informative in Paris Budapest and now Prague

Coje says:

This is just great! Does somebody know-how much should we leave for the tip? I don’t want to leave to much or too many (:

alhambra alfafara says:

If one uses a wheelchair for better mobility, will this pose a problem in the walking tour?

Malik says:

how much tip is appropriate?

Rey Pansoy says:

My wife and I are visiting Prague on Nov 27. Is there a complete itinerary for both walking tours? Are the tours limited to the places as listed below in your website?
Tour 10:30
It starts in the Old Town Square and astronomical clock, and hits the “Powder Tower,” Wenceslas Square, Franciscan Garden, National Museum, and Jewish Ghetto. Along the way, your guide will discuss communism, the “Velvet revolution,” and Franz Kafka, among other subjects.
Tour 2:00PM
The 2 PM tour focuses on the sights of Prague’s Left Bank. The tour also starts in the Old Town Square, then heads to the Rudolfinum, crosses the Charles Bridge and explores Malá Strana. You’ll visit Parliament, Prague Castle (the courtyard), St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Strahov Monastery, among other places of interest.
Please advise. Thank you.

Rey Pansoy

Dear Rey,

Thank you for your comment and question. It looks like Prague’s Free Walking Tours website no longer works. (My post, above, was written in 2008.)

However, you should check out Sandeman’s New Europe Tours, which also offers free walking tours of cities across Europe, including Prague. Information on their tours can be found on their website: http://www.newpraguetours.com/

Many thanks and happy travels,
Tom

heather harrison says:

Just returned from Prague and went on one of these free tours. Our guide was a young lady named Karla who was very informative and had a great personality – she carried a blue umbrella! We did the morning and afternoon tour. I am a muture lady and she took care of me and we had great time. Many thanks Karla!

Jay says:

Hi there people

My friend and i, a group of 7 students are touring Prague in the coming June and is wondering whether the daily free Prague walking tour is still valid till this date? i’m asking because the comments wall seems to be not as active as it used to be. and if it is still on-going? may i ask if its 7 days per week basis and how much tip is appropriate for our group of 7 people. thanks

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