Budapest has long been a proud cultural staple of Europe, and these days, you would be pressed not to find at least some arts and music events to attend around the city. Unfortunately, not all of these events are free, and for those traveling on a budget, it would be a pity to miss out on what Budapest has to offer.
Start off with a free 2.5 hour walking tour of the city to get yourself acquainted with the town and its fine architecture, many fine monuments, history and restaurants. The meeting point is at “Vorosmarty ter” at the lion fountain, but check ahead for times because they have different themes, such is the case with the communist walking tour, where you get a history lesson of pre- and post-communism in Hungary. These free tours can be easily found online by searching “free walking tour Budapest.”
Probably the most popular free thing to do in Budapest is head over to Castle Hill, located just west of the famous Danube River. Any and every visit must see it at least once, so march on down the cobblestone streets and make your way to the medieval district, full of great little shops, cafes, and the Buda Castle, or the Royal Palace. Other recommended places to go see, which are also free of charge are Heroes Square and Fisherman’s Bastion.
If you are looking to soak in some traditional music, join St. Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday’s at select times for some amazing organ music.