Looking for Free Things to Do in Europe? Attractions in 7 Top Destinations
A trip to Europe is always on the travel bucket list, the only problem is, it can be a pricey adventure. The first thing to do is keep your eyes out for cheap travel deals, as flights and accommodation are the big expenses and packages often help keep costs down.
Secondly, taking advantage of free attractions means you’ll see more of your chosen destination, while saving loads for shopping, eating and activities.
Let’s take a look at free attractions, in some of our favourite holiday hot spots.
The best way to see charming Amsterdam is by strolling through the city and a free walking tour makes it easy for you. Guides work on a tip only basis and the excursion will ensure you don’t miss any of the top sights. Other free options include browsing the Singel floating flower market, the Civic Guard Gallery and the Multatuli Museum.
One of the most iconic attractions in the ‘City of Light’, is free to enter. Notre Dame Cathedral, with its Gothic gargoyles, also presents a fabulous photo opportunity from the banks of the Seine. You do have to pay to climb the towers, but the view might just be worth it. Another top free spot is the Museum of Modern Art, for permanent collections.
Explore the history of gorgeous Lisbon and visit the Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which also offers panoramic views. Free museums include the Berardo Collection Museum. The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is free to visit on the first Sunday of every month, as are many landmarks, including Belem Tower.
Many of Barcelona’s best attractions are free, given the exteriors of Antoni Gaudi’s quirky constructs, the bustling beaches and mysterious appeal of simply strolling through the Gothic Quarter, won’t cost you a dime. However if you want to explore museums, the good news is that many offer free entry on Sunday’s, including the Picasso Museum after 3:00pm.
The iconic St Peter’s Basilica is free to enter in Rome, so you can see Michelangelo’s Pietà statue. So is the Pantheon, with its gigantic concrete dome and open ‘eye’ in the centre. In the Piazza Navona, free street entertainment is always on offer, a spot on the Spanish Steps is, arguably, one of the best people-watching areas in the world and the Villa Borghese charms with gardens, fountains and shady walkways.
Denmark’s capital is a walker’s dream and, along the way, you’ll see many of the city’s attractions for free. These include The Little Mermaid Statue, the Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace at noon each day and the vibrantly coloured buildings of Nyhavn, with Hans Christian Andersen’s number 20 house. For renowned artworks from Rodin and Van Gogh, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek offers free entry on Tuesdays.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Istanbul skyline, is the presence of historic mosques and towers. Best of all, most offer free entry in non-prayer times, including the Blue Mosque and the Eyup Sultan Mosque. If you have a fair amount of willpower when shopping, explore the exotic Grand Bazaar for free, simply to discover what it’s like to be in Aladdin’s Cave.