Budapest with its mesmerizing atmosphere, gastronomy, nightlife and architecture is always quick to steal visitors heart. And this city is not the only favourite of the high-class tourist, but also the solo travellers, backpackers and student as its prices are way more affordable prices than in the other big cities around Europe. This post is for the ones who believe it is not necessary to spend tons of money to enjoy your time abroad and explore new destinations. The followings will show you why is it so easy to fell in love with this city while spending minimum money.
1. Enjoy the lookout from Fisherman’s Bastions
From this vantage point, you’ll get a great vantage point of the Danube River and the Hungarian Parliament building, but you won’t be alone. The Fisherman’s Bastions are one of the most visited spots in Budapest. The views are fantastic and the people watching ain’t bad either! Wander around the nearby streets and you’ll find plenty of cute cafes for an afternoon coffee or beer.
2. Try a Free Walking Tour
One more amazing fact about Budapest. We have a lot of free walking tours!!
Try to take a walking tour on the first day of your visit so you get an idea of the layout of the city and its history. There are also specific tours offered in the Jewish District and one that delves into the Communist history, so if you’re particularly interested in those topics, you can join those free tours as well.
Good to know: Although it’s called a FREE walking tour, the guides rely on your donations for their salary. You can pay them based off your satisfaction as well as your budget, but try to at least give a small amount for their time!
3. Explore the Ruin Bars
Budapest is well known for its ruin bars, you sure know someone who has been there or wants to go there. Even tho it might seem a little bit too touristy by now.. take an advice from a local… You don’t want to miss this experience. And I also have good news for you. Most of the ruin bars are really budget friendly. 🙂 Have a few drinks ahead of time if you want to save money, but even at the most popular of the ruin bars the drinks to be reasonably priced at 700-800 Ft ( 2,5 EUR) for a nice dark beer.
There are a few popular Ruin Bar “tours” organized mostly by local people. It is a perfect way to meet people if you’re travelling solo, or if you want to see the nightlife from a local’s point of view.
+Tip: Be sure to visit Szimpla Kert in the morning when it turns into a farmer’s market. Definitely, a trippy experience to buy local jam in the same corner you saw people raving the night before!
4. Taste Hungarian wines and Picnic on Margaret Island
Hungarian wine is also really famous and the city offers a lot of options for tasting it, plenty of wine bars and tastings around the city, but if you’re on a tight budget, you can do a tasting of your own. Head to the nearest Spar supermarket for a great selection of Hungarian reds and whites at great prices – sometimes as cheap as 4 EUR. Pack a bottle of Hungarian wine and head to Margaret Island, which you can easily reach from the city centre. With plenty of paths and grassy space, this is the perfect place to lay out your blanket, play Frisbee or soak up the sunshine.
+Tip: Watch the Musical Fountain show at 10:30 am, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7:30 pm, or 9 pm.
5. Explore Hungarian architecture
You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate the architecture in Budapest. There are a variety of styles, and it’s not uncommon to find a neo-classical building next to a modern office space. Many of the buildings are revival styles, so they were built quite recently taking their inspiration from styles of the past. So if you would like to have a completely free yet mesmerizing activity in the city, go out and walk. That’s it. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the beauty of the city.
If you decide to explore the architecture there is a lot for you out there, but make sure you don’t miss out on three of the most fascinating buildings: the St. Stephens Basilica, the Hungarian Parliament, and the Dohány Street Synagogue.