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 thoughts on “Prague: Free walking tours every day”

  1. 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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  2. heather harrison

    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!

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  3. 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

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    1. 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

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