Article by: Michal, the founder and guide at Free Walking Tour Prague
Free tours with local guides are extremely popular in Prague. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world decide to explore the Czech capital on foot in the pay-what-you-wish model. We are not surprised. Here are a couple of reasons for that:
It's a well-known fact. Free city tours are a great way to get introduced to a new city. If you read through Trip Advisor reviews, visitors keep saying it is something everybody should do right after arrival.
Thanks to free walks not only will you become more familiar with the streets and squares where the most important tourist sites are located but you will also get a lot of useful local tips where to eat and drink and how to avoid all kinds of tourists traps (there are many of these in Prague!).
In cities like Prague, visited yearly by over 8 million tourists, travelling is a great opportunity to meet people from most distant countries and make new friends. The free tour groups are very diverse. On one free walk there can be people from all continents of the world. That’s why free tours are especially popular amongst solo travellers and couples wanting to socialize during their trip.
Free tours have no fixed price meaning that you can pay what you want at the end of the walk. The decision how much you pay is totally yours. If your financial situation is ok, you can pay a price similar to a standard city tour (or more if you really enjoyed the tour and you feel like it) but if you are on budget, you can pay whatever you feel comfortable with. Your tour guides have been students once, too, they understand.
Thousands of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor and Google confirm the highest quality of free walking tours in Prague. Of course not all the free city tour companies in Prague are that good, but if you choose us, i.e. Free Walking Tour Prague, you should not be disappointed. Our guides are licensed professionals with years of experience which makes them real “gurus” of their city. Most importantly, they really care about you, and will do their best to keep you satisfied.
Our free walking tour is a 2.5-hour mix of historical facts, fascinating stories and funny anecdotes. The guides of FWTP will make sure you are never bored. They know that if you get bored, you can just leave. This happens very rarely though because free tours are so much fun!
If you are planning a trip to Prague, definitely begin with a free walking tour. Then, you can continue exploring the city on your own , or… take another free walking tour. (If you are looking for some inspiration, we recommend reading our article about the top things to do in Prague.)
There are many different walks to choose from. After the morning Old Town free tour, there is the second Charles Bridge & Castle. On Sundays you can take the New Town tour. We recommend taking them all, it’s a great way to make the most of your stay!
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