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Top 5 Must-See Activities in Budapest

These are the most famous Budapest tourist attractions & sight tours which sees thousands and millions of visitors each year:

Free Things To Do In Budapest

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...

Szechenyi Spa with Massage and Private Cabin Skip Line Pass

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  • Szechenyi Bath is a thermal spa made up of three outdoor pools and 15 indoor pools.
  • The spa sits inside City Park, the largest green space in Budapest.
  • The baths boast a neo-baroque style, were built in 1913 and are the largest baths in Europe!
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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 Card

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  • The Budapest City Card is the cities most popular transport pass.
  • It offers unlimited free rides on Budapest's efficient public transport system.
  • It also allows free or discounted entry to over 100 museums and a handful of restaurants in the city.
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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...

Fast Track Entrance to Gellert Spa with Optional Massage

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  • Full day entrance to Gellert Spa including skip the line privileges.
  • Gellert Spa was built in 1918 and is today visited by tourists from all over the world.
  • The building features an Art-Nouveau style and boasts both indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam rooms.
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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...

Skip the Line: Chocolate Museum Visit and Tasting Ticket

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  • A tour of the Chocolate Museum and a chocolate lesson from an expert guide
  • A chance for visitors to sample some of the finest chocolates in Europe and make their own chocolates.
  • For adult visitors, tastings of Palinka, a domestic liqueur, and a dessert wine.
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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...

Lonely Planet Experiences: Buda Castle Tour Including Ticket to Matthias Church

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  • Historical overview of the Buda Castle District with a guided private walk.
  • Guided tour through one of the most beautiful and symbolic places in Budapest, the Royal Palace which sits on a hilltop overlooking the beauty of Danube River.
  • Tour exploring part of Budapest's UNESCO world heritage site.
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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.


Skip the Line: Budapest Pinball Museum Admission Ticket

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  • Entrance to Budapest's famous Pinball Machine Museum.
  • It's Europe's biggest interactive museum and is listed as the No. 1 museum in Budapest on Tripadvisor.
  • The museum is also of historical importance as it houses the worlds very first pinball with flippers and the largest pinball machine in the world.
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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...

Castle District Tour

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  • We made this tour for those, who are interested in architecture, history, hungarian cakes and amazing stories from the past and present life of the Buda Castle...read more

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...

Castle Walking Tour

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  • The most historical part of Budapest is waiting for you to discover how people lived in this flourishing medieval...read more

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...

Private Sissi Castle Tour

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  • Follow the footprints of Sissi and explore the Gödöll? Palace, the former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth and Francis Joseph. The walls tell you the secret stories of her life… Come and listen it. Visit the beautiful Baroque Palace in Gödöll?!

    After only a 30-minute drive from Budapest we arrive to the former summer residence of...read more

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 3 hour walking tour

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  • Meet your Budapest (Hungarian) tour guide to visit the most significant landmarks and monuments of the city. During this tour you will visit:

    Heroe's Square

    Andrássy Avenue

    St. Stephen's Basilica

    Budapest's oldest Chain Bridge

    Gresham Palace

    Academy of Sciences

    Gellért Hill and Buda Castle Hill...read more
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