Budget is always a concern when going on holiday. Why not make the most of your vacation by hitting some of the best free offerings in the Continent? Depending on where your travels take you, there is a chance that you will experience breathtaking sites, brilliant culture, or even decadent treats for free.
Travelling about on foot is always an excellent, free way to see any city you visit. You can enjoy the everyday culture of any area by travelling on your own. However, you are more likely to get lost and wander into an unsavoury area if you do this without preparation. Look for free walking tour guides online before you set out on your own two feet.
It is impossible to visit any city without finding at least a few freebies. However, some European cities have more than others. Amsterdam is filled with courtyards and museums that are open to the public for free. The Amsterdam Public Library has a revolving art exhibit, the Begijnhof courtyard is beloved by all, and even the Amsterdam Music Theatre offers free performances on Tuesday afternoons.
Travel to Rome on the last Sunday of each month for a free ticket to the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. Make sure to arrive early. The museum does not let in new visitors after 12:30 on Sundays. After your visit to the Vatican, look for Michelangelo’s David at the Piazza San Pietro. Then go to the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.
Arguably, the best free feature in Barcelona is the Barceloneta Beach, which is only a 10 minute metro ride from the city centre. If you prefer your freebies indoors, go to the Picasso Museum on Sundays after 3 PM, enter the Catedral de Barcelona, or head into a tapas bar. Though you’ll have to pay for your drinks, there are several around the city that provide food with a beverage purchase.
Possibly the most notable attractions in Prague, The Astronomical Clock can be viewed by anyone for free. Go to the Petrin Observation Tower for a steep climb and fabulous views. At the end of your day in Prague, go to Kampa Island for a walk that has been argued to be the most beautiful in the world.