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Top Attractions In Budapest For Free

Budapest is a great city to visit. It's one of the cities in the world that welcomes millions of tourists each year. Depending on the kind of traveller that you are, there's always something in Budapest to keep you entertained. If you are traveling on a budget, there are many cheap things to do in Budapest that can make your trip even more entertaining and fun. For instance, you can explore those areas beside the Danube River, which is a truly relaxing and pleasurable experience.

Although Budapest many not be a cheap city to visit, there are certainly lots of free things to do in Budapest that even the most budget traveller will find entertaining. For instance, if you're someone who loves history and culture, then check out the many free museums in Budapest. Of course, there are also lots of free attractions in Budapest that are truly mesmerizing. Among them are the St. Stephen's Basilica, City Park, Gellert Hill, Millenáris Park, Margaret Island, and Károlyi Gardens.

Regardless of the time of the year that you visit Budapest, there will always be something great to look forward to. For example, one of the free things to do in Budapest this summer is to explore the Danube Promenade and enjoy the good weather. For tourists visiting the city with kids, one of the free things to do in Budapest with kids is to visit the City Park. This sprawling park offers a wide array of attractions and a great place to spend quality time with the family.

So are you excited to visit Budapest but worried that you'll go beyond your travel budget? Then check out this list of free things to do in Budapest.

Free Attractions in Budapest

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Danube Promenade

A walk alongside the river in Budapest is a rewarding, educational and invigorating experience. The best plan is to start at the Chain Bridge and head either north towards Margit Bridge or south towards Erzsebet Bridge and on towards Szabadság Bridge. You can walk on either side, but the official Promenade runs from Chain Bridge to Erzsebet Bridge on the Pest side.

The Shoes Monument is an important and moving memorial located on the...

Private Budapest Bike Tour with Cafe Stop

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • Get a taste of the Hungarian tradition and culture as you ride through the city either by day or night.
  • Explore many interesting sites of Budapest.
  • Take a coffee break and refresh your taste buds with delicious traditional Hungarian pastry.
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St Stephen’s Basilica

This stunning neoclassical church is named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary, and contains his right hand as a holy relic. It is the joint highest building in Budapest, alongside the Parliament Building, at 96 metres. The construction stretched over 54 years, finally being completed in 1905. The delay is explained by the dome collapsing in 1868, meaning work had to start again from scratch.

The basilica has a rich musical life...

Budapest Electric Bike Tour

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A 4/2.5 hour E bike tour of Budapest.
  • A charming way of exploring the grand boulevards and fascinating side streets of Budapest.
  • A guided tour to the history of Budapest.
  • A charming way to explore the sights of Budapest without worrying about traffic.
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Gellért Hill

This 235-metre-high hill is one of the best places to get panoramic views of the city. It makes for an invigorating walk, although public transport is also available, and there are several interesting features on the hill.

It is named after St Gerard, a bishop who was said to have been rolled down the hill in a barrel to his death during the Pagan Rebellion of 1046. A bronze statue of the saint can be seen near the Elizabeth...

Budapest Bike Tour

clock Duration: 150 to 240 m
  • A bike tour in the exciting sites of Budapest.
  • Fun and innovative way to enjoy Budapest.
  • A guided insight to the history of Budapest.
  • A non-tiring and stress free introduction to Budapest.
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Margaret Island

This island in the Danube is a restful place to spend an afternoon with its beautiful wooded landscapes and ruins of churches. It is named after St Margaret who lived in the island’s Dominican convent.

Today there are a wealth of activities on offer, including a 5 kilometre running track around the island’s perimeter and the Palatinus water park, and bikes are available for hire. There are also tennis courts and an athletics...

Budapest by Bike with a Goulash Meal

clock Duration: 4 hours 30 m
  • A 4.5 hour bike tour around Budapest.
  • tour ends with a traditional meal of Goulash.
  • A ride around the city with a local guide.
  • Bike tour on bike paths with clear safety instructions.
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Walk Across Chain Bridge

This iconic bridge physically and symbolically links Buda and Pest, on the western and eastern sides of the River Danube. It was opened in 1849 after a nine-year construction period and was the first permanent bridge in Budapest.

There are many interesting features of the bridge including the stone lions which resemble those in Trafalgar Square, London, although they were built earlier. The bridge makes for a beautiful sight at night...

Budapest Highlights Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A 3 hour bike tour along the major sights of Budapest.
  • A way to visit places and landmarks that are closer to the culture.
  • An expert guided tour, which takes you around various attractions like the Hero's square, Vajdahunyad Castle and the city park.
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Walking Tour

There are a range of companies offering free tours of Budapest. For this article let’s look at one of the most acclaimed, Free Budapest Tours. They actually offer three different tours at different times of day: the Orientation Tour at 10.30am, giving you an overview of the twin cities, including Danube Promenade (link), Chain Bridge (link), Clark Adam Square, Royal Palace (exterior), President’s Palace and the Castle Quarter.


Budapest City Tour by Bike

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A 3.5 hour biking tour of downtown Budapest.
  • a close up view of the magnificent world heritage buildings.
  • A relaxing way to travel around Buda and Pest.
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Central Market Hall

This large hall is a great place to browse for a huge variety of meats, spices, fruit, vegetables, fish, pastries, sweets and spirits. It is divided into three levels; on the ground floor, you will find the fresh produce, the first floor has souvenirs and food stalls where you can buy some readymade lunch, while the basement has a supermarket, fish market and pickles. There’s also a money exchange in the building.

The oldest and...

Adventure Bike Sightseeing Tour: Downtown - Budapest Hills

clock Duration: 4 hours 30 m
  • 4.5 hours of adventure tour of Budapest by bike. .
  • An opportunity to cycle past many of the city's most iconic landmarks and thrilling downhill sections..
  • Includes a picturesque train ride on the cog-railway..
  • A unique way to experience Budapest in an intimate way. .
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City Park

This large park has a diverse array of attractions, and is an ideal place to spend a whole day with the family. The main entrance is Heroes’ Square, itself the sight of notable features including the Millenium Monument, Museum of Fine Arts (link), and the Palace of Art.

In the main park you can visit the Zoo (one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1866), the thermal baths and swimming pool, Vajdahunyad Castle which houses the...

Budapest Small Group Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A comprehensive 3-hour tour of Budapest by bike.
  • Includes wheeling past the UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • An exclusive guide for the entire trip to get an up close version of the city's history and culture.
  • Opportunity to interact with the wonderful local people.
  • Trip includes cruising along the...
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Millenáris Park

This leafy and attractive park, established in an old industrial site in Buda, is great for a stroll and also offers a range of concerts and cultural events. There is a large pond, playgrounds and exhibition halls.

Concerts feature performances from jazz, soul and alternative bands as well as sets from top DJs. There is also a gallery and theatre. A big emphasis is on kids’ entertainment, with puppet shows, theatre workshops and...

Budapest Private Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • An exclusive private 3.5-hour tour on the comfortable two wheels of the bike.
  • A sightseeing tour on a bike to where regular tourists don't go.
  • Private bike tour with special itinerary including the off beaten tracks around the Hero's Square and St. Stephen's Basilica.
  • Anecdotes and historical background of...
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Károlyi Gardens

Known as Károlyi-kert in Hungarian, these relaxing gardens, once the reserve of the Károlyi family, are now open to the public. It’s a secluded spot away from the noise of the city, with its winding, shaded walkways, fountains, and diversity of rare plants including Caucasian wingnuts, honey locusts, and trees such as silver poplars and horse chestnuts dating from up to 200 years ago. There is also a football pitch, a playground and a...

Budapest Highlights Bike Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • A two hour bike tour through central Budapest passed some of the cities most renowned monuments and biggest attractions.
  • It's an alternative, easy and fun way to explore the city.
  • It's also an efficient way to fit lots of wonderful sights into your day, making it ideal for first time visitors.
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Budapest

There are many things you can do for free in Budapest like booking free entry into some Budapest museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.