Best things to do in Budapest for free
Budapest has been frequently listed among the most affordable tourist destinations, and this title is well-deserved. There are many activities you can do for free in the city. Tripsavvy.com collected ten of these.
Scan the stunning skyline: The writer of the article, Rachel Erdos recommends hiking up to one of the tall points of the city, like the Elizabeth Lookout Tower on top of János Hill. The entry is free and the breath-taking panorama is guaranteed.
Free walking tours with locals: Visiting the famous sights of a city is probably the most obvious free activity. You can join one of the Free Budapest Tours and explore the main sights and learn about the Hungarian culture.
Budapest’s street art scene: Try to get lost in the streets of the city, because you are more than likely to find beautiful treasures. The article highlights the “Shoes on the Danube Bank” monument, the colourful murals of the Jewish Quarter and Filatorigat, Budapest’s only legal graffiti wall.
Budapest’s top museums: If you’re interested in the historic museums of the city, consider planning your trip so that it falls on a national holiday (15th of March, 20th of August, 23rd of October), when the admission is free to the greatest museums.
Ancient buildings: There’s a special event series in Budapest, which gives visitors an insight into the oldest buildings of the city. Make sure to pre-register for the Budapest100, which is held on the 100th day of every year.
Saint Stephen’s Basilica: The beautiful neoclassical cathedral named after Hungary’s first king towers in the city centre. It’s free to enter, you only have to pay if you want to access the dome for an incredible view of the city.
Free music at the Palace of Arts: The cultural complex commemorates the foundation of the state (20th of August) with free jazz concerts held outside and indoor jam sessions.
Margaret Island: If you want to escape from the buzzing of the city, you can find peace at the Margaret Island, which is the home of medieval ruins, a musical fountain, a thermal spa and a Japanese garden.
Free music festival: The Downtown Festival celebrates live music every year in the 5th district. Besides the diverse musical selection, visitors can enjoy film screenings, dance performances and kids’ workshops.
Hungarian gastronomy at market halls: The market scene is quite rich in the city, so it’s no surprise that tourists adore tasting Hungarian flavours at markets. The current favourites are probably the Great Market Hall and the Downtown Market, which are perfect spots for sampling traditional Hungarian food.
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