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Europe for FREE

All across the student universe students look for free stuff. This page is dedicated to providing students with free things to do in major European cities.

Students may want to print this page and tuck it away in their backpacks for reference on their trips.




Amsterdam
Lunchtime Concerts: Hear Free Performances at Concertgebouw and Muziektheater.
Ferry over the IJ connecting the city center and North Amsterdam.
Visit the Bloemenmarkt - Flower market.

Barcelona
Placa del Pi and Bar del Pi - "a perfect place to hang out and daydream."
La Boqueria - a huge market where fresh food, flowers and other things are sold.
Dancing "sardana" in the street.

Brussels
Bruxelles Les Bains (Brussels-on-Sea) - Visit the artificial beach with palm trees, olives and sand (1-2 months every summer).
Take part in Bazaar parties - free Friday-Saturday, from 11pm.
Music Tuesdays at Université Libre de Bruxelles - free concerts from 8pm to 12am.

Budapest
Public transport free on European Car Free Day (Sept. 22).
Margaret Island - parks, memorials, sports establishments, a bird refuge. Great place for walking, jogging and relaxing.
Castle District, walk around and admire the amazing scenery.

Dublin
Research your Family Tree at the National Library, the National Archives, or Heraldic Artists Ltd. in Nassau Street.
National Botanic Gardens, housing a great variety of European and exotic plants, plus free guided tours every Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm!
Temple Bar Food Market in Meeting House Square - every Saturday 9am-5pm where you can find quality food from nearby farms, PLUS if you're hungry, enjoy the free samples!

Edinburgh
Visit the Annual Fringe festival.
Go to the City Art Centre and have a look around.
The Spirit of the Tattoo.

Lisbon
Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) - A beautiful, cool oasis right in the heart of the city.
Baixa district - a commercial area with plenty of fashion shops, clubs and cafes, window-shopping is free!
Have a look around the Roman theatre remains.

Madrid
Take a trip to the Museo del Prado, free on Sundays 9am-7pm, always free under 18.
Parque de la Montaña - a small park featuring a 4th century BC Egyptian temple in the middle of a pool, a great place to contemplate and to relax in the shadow.
Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum), embrace the culture and tradition behind this pastime.

Munich
Visit the P1 Club for a little fun.
Relax at the Feldmochinger See, Munich's largest lake.
Take a walk around the English Garden.

Prague
Walk and watch splendid old city views.
St. Vitus Cathedral free again after break.
Meander down the Charles Bridge.

Rome
Settimana della Cultura (Week of Culture): free access to most cultural sites (usually 2nd or 3rd week of April).
Exploring Roman antiquity and middle ages: Forum, Capitoline Hill, St Peter's basilica.
The Bocca della Verita - place your hand in the mouth and legend says that your hand will be bitten off if you've lied (located in Piazza Bocca della Verita).

Stockholm
Have a good time at The Cultural Festival of Stockholm 2007 - August 13-19, 2007 - all for free.
The National Museum of Cultural History - Children/Youth 18 years and under: free, Wednesdays 4pm-8pm free.
A Taste of Stockholm - June 1-6, 2007, partake in the annual food festival - music, performances and tasting for free.

Venice
Experience Carnival (mid-February).
Jogging - the only sport really available in Venice itself. It is best in the morning to avoid crowds of tourists and gives you the chance to see authentic Venice.
Devote some time to the Redentore Festival (mid-July).

Vienna
Witness the view from Heldenplatz, where Hitler proclaimed the Anschluss. Amazing view of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Rathaus (city hall) and the Burgtheater.
Rathaus Sunday night concert - near the city hall, free seats in front of a screen showing classical music concerts.
For those under 15 - free public transportation on Sundays and holidays.

Warsaw
On Sundays enjoy all Chopin Recitals in the Royal Lazienki Park, free piano concerts May thru September, each Sunday at noon and at 4pm near monument to Frederick Chopin.
July - August 2007; Saturay only (annual) - the Old Town Square stages a series of open-air concerts by international jazz artists.
Take a look around at the International book fair (annual).

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