Getting to know Budapest
What you can do for free in Budapest
- Enjoy the Fisherman’s Bastions
The Fisherman’s Bastions are one of the most visited spots in Budapest, so keep in mind, there’s going to be a crowd there. Give this spot a chance while you’re in Budapest’s Old Town, because the views from here are worth the hassle.
- Visit the Buda castle
Built in the 13th century, this castle is a great tourist destination to this day. You are free to roam around the courtyard and the gardens all you want, but you need a ticket to enter the castle itself.
- Take a free walking tour
Luckily, Budapest is one of the many cities that has a few free walking tours available for tourists. The guides can give you a lot of insight regarding the city and its best spots to visit.
Top spots to visit
- Parliament Building
The Parliament is more than just an administrative building in Budapest. Its fascinating architecture also makes it a very nice to look at tourist attraction. The neighbouring buildings, the Museum of Ethnography and the Ministry of Agriculture, also at to the area’s appeal.
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
This cathedral’s impressive architecture, alongside its beautiful interior and the mesmerizing panoramic view that you can enjoy from its dome, make it a “must-see” for any trip to Budapest.
- The Museum of Fine Arts
This is one of Budapest’s most important art galleries. It is divided in six departments: Egyptian Art, Ancient Art, the Old Sculpture Gallery, the Old Painter Gallery, the Modern Collection, and the Graphics Collection.
Hidden spots to visit
- Gül Baba Street
Hidden away from most visitors’ curious eyes, this steep cobblestone road is one of the most historically significant streets in the Hungarian capital.
- Vajdahunyad Castle
This fascinating castle was originally built entirely out of cardboard and wood. At first, this was supposed to be a temporary exhibition, but its popularity grew so much that it was decided it needs to be “upgraded” to stone and made permanent.
- Füvészkert Botanical Garden
This is Hungary’s oldest botanical garden. It features over 400 species of Hungarian flora, over 200 endangered plants, and a palm house with tropical and subtropical plants.
Enjoy the European and Hungarian cuisine in some of the best restaurants in Budapest! Try out the fantastic meals in Cafe 57 Restaurant, Stand Restaurant, Hungarikum Bizstro, Porc & Prezli Budapest and many more.
Recommended time for visiting
Budapest is a very popular destination, and it has plenty to offer all year round. Spring and autumn bring warm and pleasant temperatures, as well as many festivals and events. Winter in Budapest can look like a fairytale scene, and the Christmas markets are wonderful. Summers are the time for parties and an active nightlife in the Hungarian capital, becoming a very vibrant scene, perfect for tourists who are looking to have a lot of fun.
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