From my colleagues at i-escape.com, comes this great list of Free Things to do in major cities around Europe. i-escape is a UK-based website dedicated to helping discerning independent travellers find and book exciting and unusual places to stay in some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating locations. I write reviews for them – check out my thoughts on Riad Kniza in Morocco, or Casa Susegad in Goa, India.
1. London – there are heaps of free museums and galleries to explore. An unsung hero is the excellent Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, which shows the changing style of English sitting/dining rooms in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
2. Berlin – visit the East Side Gallery, a section of the old Berlin Wall which has become a gallery for freedom with paintings from over 100 worldwide artists.
3. Paris – on the first Sunday of each month, lots of museums and galleries give free entrance. Includes the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre and the Musée d’Orsay. Arrive early!
4. Valencia – wander around the massive City of Arts & Sciences at sunset to admire the spaceship-like architecture.
5. Rome – Angeltoursrome.com offer a free guided walking of the Pantheon at 7pm every day (Nov – March).
6. Prague – visit the Strahov Monastery up past Prague Castle – and taste the beer brewed by the monks! The view of the entire city is amazing.
7. Madrid – explore the open-air sculpture museum (under a flyover off Paseo de la Castellana), which has works by 20th-century Spanish greats such as Miró.
8. Athens – walk up Filopappos hill to the ancient monument at the top for superb views across to the Acropolis, especially at sunset.
9. Venice – visit the island town of Murano, famed for its beautiful glass-making showrooms.
10. Barcelona – visit Park Guell, a Unesco site designed by Gaudi, showcasing many of his mosaics and his old house.
Shelley & Keith