Travelling doesn’t have to break the bank. Aside from making the most of low cost means of travel and budget accommodation, there are a multitude of attractions to enjoy all over the world that cost nothing at all. Here’s a few ideas, some more well known than others, for attractions around the world that are entirely free!
The East Side Gallery is a colourful section of the Berlin Wall, which once divided the city into East and West Berlin. This last piece of the original wall has been turned into the largest open-air gallery in the world, displaying more than 100 paintings by international artists. In fact Berlin has lots of free attractions, including the Brandenburg gate, the Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial.
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s greatest markets and has been open since 1461, with over 58 streets and more than 4,000 shops. Browsing is free if you can avoid temptation – and avoid getting lost!
It’s not just London’s beautiful Royal Parks that are free to roam. Kensington High Street Roof Gardens, London, comprised of three different gardens, covering one and a half acres in the heart of the West End.
Going on a parliamentary tour is usually free of charge and this applies to the US Capitol. Look out for some stunning baroque architecture on a tour of the United State’s political nerve centre.
St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican is not only one of the world’s holiest Catholic sites, it also has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world and contains works by Michelangelo and Raphael among many others.
The Smithsonian, Washington DC, the world’s largest museum and research complex offers free attractions like the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum and the National Zoological Park.
Notre Dame, Paris, is surely one of the world’s best known landmarks, featuring spectacular stained glass windows and a lovely setting on the Seine. Free English language tours run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Saturdays at 2:30pm.
You’ll find landmark bridge walks all over the world, from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, London’s Tower Bridge or the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Or check out Pultney Bridge in Bath, the only bridge in England that is still lined with shops.
Parc Güell in Barcelona is one of Gaudí’s outdoor masterpieces, perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon.
Gateway of India, Mumbai: there’s no fee to stand under the monumental arch that faces Mumbai Harbour and bask in the chaos of touts and strolling locals.
The nightly Hong Kong Symphony of Light show is a great way to take in the skyline of Hong Kong Island.
The British Museum is just one of the many world-class museums and galleries in London for which there is no entry fee. You might also want to take in the National Gallery, the V&A, Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum…the list goes on!
Bangkok has dozens of beautiful and amazing temples; Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat in Chinatown, Wat Indraviharn in Dusit, and Wat Patum Wanaran in central Bangkok are just three that don’t charge any admission fee.
See the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace; it takes place every other day at 11.30am.
Check out the Pantheon in Rome, in Piazza della Rotonda, originally a pagan temple, converted into a church in 608AD. It’s the best-preserved monument of imperial Rome, entirely rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian around AD 120
Admission is free to The King’s Garden at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen. In the summer months, there are puppet shows for children and the lawns are crowded with sun-bathers.
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne operates daily along a city circuit that passes a number of Melbourne attractions… and it’s free! In addition the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a free hop-on, hop-off bus service with stops at a number of popular Melbourne attractions.
The Residence in Munich is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, and its oldest buildings date back to the 14th century. You can roam ten impressive courtyards and beautiful historical gardens without paying.
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