Free Things to Do in Budapest

My next trip isn’t until December, when I’ll spend a long weekend in Budapest. I love Budapest for so many reasons – architecture, romance, hot springs and even the rickety trolleybuses, among more.  And, you can enjoy almost all of it for free.

Yes, that’s right. Budapest is a great place to go if you’re on a budget as there’s so many free things to do. Here’s just a few…

1. Danube Promenade

Close to the Parliament and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Danube Promenade is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll in Budapest. Here, you can find the famous ‘Shoes’ holocaust memorial, a moving memorial dedicated to Jews short into the river during World War II.

2. Chain Bridge


The city is split by the Danube river into two parts: Buda and Pest. There are plenty of bridges connecting the two, although Chain Bridge is perhaps the city’s most famous one. Take an evening stroll across Chain Bridge using the pedestrian lane and collect photographs of both banks of the river.

3. Buda Castle

Unfortunately, entering the museums on the Buda Castle Hill is not free, but visiting the beautiful courtyards is. Open any time, the courtyards feature wonderful statues, fountains and stunning views of the city.

4. Heroes’ Square


Heroes’ Square is one of the most visited places in Budapest, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only is it located close to the city’s main park, but it’s also surrounded by the Museum of Fine Art and the Hall of Art. The square is also home to a magnificent monument, which was erected in dedication to the 1000-year-oold history of the Magyars.

5. Gellert Hill

Climb Gellert Hill for the most spectacular panoramic views of the city. Located on the Buda side, Gellert Hill stretches 235 meters into the sky and takes around 10 to 15 minutes to climb, depending on how fast you walk. At the very top, you’ll be treated to beautiful views, as well as the Citadella and the Liberty Statue.

6. Margaret Island

Technically this isn’t free as you’ll still need to pay for transport to get here, but once you’re on Margaret Island there’s plenty to do for free, such as siting down for afternoon picnic, taking a relaxing stroll or visiting the island’s musical fountain.


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