Europe has a long and rich history with various wars, negotiations, the Renaissance and more all shaping this great continent’s past.
These days, Europe isn’t afraid to showcase its greatness for free.
Some European destinations have a reputation for being quite expensive but we’re here to change that perception. While you’re travelling across Europe, save a few euros by heading along to these attractions that are free to visit!
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany
The Berlin Wall is one of the most significant monuments of Europe’s modern history. Until 1989, it divided East and West Berlin. The Soviet Union controlled the East while the allies took command of the West.
Today, few sections of the wall remain standing. Germany began officially dismantling the wall in 1990, uniting Germany again for the first time in over four decades. You’ll find the longest stretch of the wall near the East Side Gallery and a few sections also remain in the Alexanderplatz area.
War Museum, Athens, Greece
The War Museum in Athens depicts the history of Greek warfare over thousands of years. Here, you can view weapons from every era, including Bronze Age axes and a fighter plane. While you’re in Athens, check out other free attractions such as the Railway Museum and the Changing of the Guards.
British Museum, London, UK
The British Museum is undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive. Over eight million artefacts are in its possession, though only 80,000 can be displayed at a time. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Mummy of Ginger (3300 BC) and a fragment of the Great Sphinx. All permanent exhibitions are free to enter.
Schonbrunn Gardens, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most notable cultural monuments. Entrance to the Palace will set you back a few euros. But roaming the beautiful gardens won’t cost you a cent. Go to the Gloriette on the hilltop to enjoy panoramic views of the grounds or visit the Privy Garden to see 32 sculptures and landscaping worthy of royalty.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the Vatican’s most impressive structures. Despite having the largest interior of any Roman Catholic church, it isn’t technically a cathedral. Humans have occupied the site since the 4th century, though the building you can visit today was constructed in 1626. The Basilica contains over 100 tombs, 91 of which belong to popes.
Louvre, Paris, France
Paris is perhaps the European capital of art. And you’ll understand why if you visit the Louvre, where all permanent exhibitions are free to enter on the first Sunday of each month. The Mona Lisa is the most famous work of art in this stunning museum, but the Venus de Milo, the Raft of the Medusa and the portrait of Saint John the Baptist are all breath-taking.
Legends of Bruges Walking Tour, Bruges, Belgium
No matter where you visit in Europe, we highly suggest meandering the streets to observe historical buildings and architectural masterpieces. In many cities, there are companies that operate walking tours for free. We think Bruges, given its beauty, is the best European capital to simply stroll around. You’ll find the guides are energetic, lots of fun and have a fantastic way of bringing history to life. You’ll also get top tips on where to eat, drink and visit.
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