Get your dose of culture and entertainment at these 10 places, for free! These free attractions in Europe will justify you to spend the cash you save on a special dinner or gift to bring home.
Over twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down to the ground and the German families were finally able to reunite. One of the most popular attractions in Europe, ironically, most of the Berlin Wall does not exist today. When you visit the area, make sure to see the East Side Gallery and Checkpoint Charlie to relive history.
Astonishing and filled with religious energy, St. Peter’s Basilica was constructed in the 16thcentury and completed in the early 17th century. It remains a famous place of pilgrimage. If you want to see the Pope, visit on Sundays at noon and look for the second window from the right of the Apostolic Palace. The dome and the chapels are gorgeous with rich art decorations. The best way of avoiding large crowds is to visit early in the morning.
Probably the most visited Roman Catholic cathedral, Notre-Dame was constructed in the 12th and 13th century and suffered desecration during the French Revolution in the late 18th century. Don’t be intimidated to walk in and visit the interior of the grand structure. You are even welcome to participate during mass if you wish.
With its fascinating arches, the Pantheon is the most praised and best-preserved architecture of ancient Rome. Once you enter the Pantheon and start looking around, you will find yourself taken in by the grandeur. Take a free walking tour or download podcasts from the internet before visiting if you wish to learn more about its history.
The Charles Bridge is a historic attraction that crosses the Vltava River, linking the Old Town to the Lesser Quarter. From the bridge you have picturesque views of the Prague skyline. The bridge is particularly famous for the Baroque statues along its sides. During the day, visitors flock to the bridge for the magnificent view of the city. For a romantic stroll, visit in the evening or early morning.
The Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art is a must see in Nice, not only for art enthusiasts, but also for amateurs. It is home to world-renowned pop art and new realism artists, including Andy Warhol and Yves Klein. It has a vast collection, mostly featuring the New European Realism. You will also see different techniques the Italian avant-guard artists used in the naïve works and the graffitis.
7. The Glockenspiel Clock, Munich, Germany
No doubt a crowded tourist spot, however it is worth waiting on the Marienplatz
square for the Glockenspiel show. The New Town Hall, which houses the Glockenspiel itself, is an impressive example of gothic architecture. The Glockenspiel clock recounts all the significant stories in Munich’s popular folklore. The dancing dolls and the golden chirping bird are something you don’t want to miss next time you visit Munich.
Many of London’s top museums and galleries are free, including the city’s most popular attraction – the British Museum. It contains a remarkable collection of human history and unique treasures from world cultures – the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies just to name a few. Immerse yourself under this Greek Revival façade and experience the cultures of the world.
St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is a beautiful square in Venice with lots of dining options and chic Venetian cafes. Food on the square can be rather pricey, so budget conscious travelers pack their food, take in the ambiance, and enjoy a free live performance by the café orchestras.
10. Free concerts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is home to literally hundreds of museums and it can be a quite expensive city to visit. However, the lunchtime concerts (12:30-1pm) at the Concertgebouw and Muziektheater can be a pleasant cultural treat. On Wednesday from September to June, the Concertgebouw offers a public rehearsal concert from world-famous orchestras or permanent ensembles. At the Boekmanzaal (Muziektheater), you can also hear free performances by some of the Netherlands’ best orchestras and choirs.