Great things to do in Europe this Summer for free

By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

Shooting stars, sunsets, love, advice, friendship… Some of the best things in life are free. This Summer, there’s no need to spend lots of money if you’re travelling to major European cities. The Summer season is full of free events and activities. We’d like to give you a heads up on what to do and where so you can save that extra cash for a fabulous dinner or an evening of cocktails at your favourite new hangout. Which is why we’ve compiled a  travel guide of everything free, so keep our list in mind when planning your Summer trip!

Free Walking Tours in Brussels

Care for a 2.5-hour walking tour that covers all the main sights of the old city of Brussels for free? We thought so. You can also stop by the Tourist Office at Hotel de Ville in the Grand Palace and learn what free thematic walking tours are available during your stay. We recommend the Comic Art, Sunday Markets and the Art Nouveau Walks. 

Tip: All museums are free of charge on the first Wednesdays of every month.

Free Shows and Mummies in Edinburgh

Every year, during the month of August, travellers flock to the Edinburg Festival. That is, travellers who can afford it. For the rest, there’s the Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival. From July 31st until August 24th, you can enjoy any of the 360 shows in 22 venues around town for free! Comedy, theatre, cabaret…you name it, they’ve got it!

Also for free, is the National Museum of Scotland featuring 16 galleries and displaying over 8000 objects including a life-size skeleton cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and 3000-year-old mummies.

Walk This Way in Berlin 

The famous East Gallery, with the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, a visit to Norman Foster’s dome at the Reichstag, flea markets, picnics in the park or the amazingly haunting maze at the Holocaust Memorial.

There are plenty of free things to do while you’re in Berlin. Would you like to discover Berlin’s underground sites, unusual places and secret beaches and views? Every day there are two free 3-hour alternative walking tours of Berlin. 

Free Music & Free Rides in Amsterdam

While in Amsterdam, would you care to join the free Wednesday lunchtime concerts at the Concertgebouw? How about Sunday Night Jazz at the Badcuyp or free concerts and jam sessions at Bimhuis?

Have some extra time to spare? Head towards Central Station and hop on the ferries that cross the IJ River.  Why not spend some time watching how the typical Dutch wooden shoes are hand carved and painted?

 Amsterdam also offers its amazingly green parks that are perfect for a picnic and flea markets open nearly every day. How about a free cycling tour?

Free Ceremonies, Dinosaurs and Workshops in London

How about free tours, talks and workshops available at some of the best museums in the world? Be sure to check days and schedules with the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.

London also has wonderful parks and neighbourhoods where to stroll and wander.  Another cool free thing to do is the Ceremony of the Keys that starts at 9:30pm when the Tower Chief locks up of the Tower of London.

Free Art in Madrid

In Madrid, from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 6pm until 8pm, you can take in the best of Spanish painters for free at the Prado Museum.  Sundays, from 5pm till 8pm.  If you´re interested in 20th century art, visit the Reina Sofia Museum on weekdays after 7pm, Saturdays after 2:30 and Sundays, all day long. 

How about a free-guided tour of the Duchess of Alba´s Palace that houses a stunning private collection of Spanish art? Every Friday there are 3 free tours available.

Free Sanctuaries, Films and Views in Rome 

With roughly 900 sanctuaries in Rome, you can spend a lifetime gazing at the architecture, art and history offered in each one. Start your tour with St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican Tourist Office offers free tours. You can also catch the Pope on Wednesdays.  And on the last Sundays of each month the Vatican Museums open for free from 9am till 12:30pm. You might have to go several times as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms alone will take you that long.

How will you be spending that extra cash you’ll be saving up this Summer? We’d love to know!

Photo Credits: Jason Paris, Rob Deutscher



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