'We Love Free Budapest' - How To Enjoy Hungarian Capital For (Nearly) Nothing?

  • 26 Jun 2013 9:00 AM
'We Love Free Budapest' - How To Enjoy Hungarian Capital For  (Nearly) Nothing?
With temperatures in Budapest about to peak, now’s the time to enjoy the natural splendour of the city. But what if you’re a bit short on cash? No worries. Be it picnics in city parks, panoramic views, relaxing bike rides or market stalls with free nibbles, Wizz Air’s Facebook friends and Budapest’s residents show us all the best things in the city are free.

* “Jog on Margaret Island! This pedestrianised island [Margit Sziget in Hungarian] is in the middle of the Danube and gorgeous to visit on a summer’s day. It only takes 20 minutes to walk around – quicker if you fancy that jog.” Mati Ricardo Karaskiewicz

* “Hungary’s magnificent Parliament Building, facing the Danube, is one of the largest in the country. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it is easily one of the most beautiful, too. If you’re an EU citizen, you can go inside for free.” Gianina Vranau

* “Walk up to Budapest’s Citadella, a fortress perched on top of Gellért Hill. It was built in 1851 and stands 235m above the city. It offers panoramic views of Budapest and beyond. It is open until 11pm, but it’s at its most romantic at sunset.” Harri Beau

* “Don’t miss out on Budapest’s free walking tours (freebudapesttours.hu) . They run twice a day, every day, and offer a great insight into the city. Choose either the Orientation Tour (meet at Deák tér at 10.30am) or the Essential Pest Tour (meet at Deák tér at 2.30pm).” Cristina Checchi

* “My suggestions are to lie on the grass on Margaret Island; get soaking wet in the interactive fountain on Szabadság Square; hire a bike and cycle along the banks of the Danube; and get your photo taken with the fat policeman near St Stephen’s Basilica!” Oksana Pashchenko

* “Now that summer is here, I say pack a picnic with all your favourite Hungarian delicacies and find somewhere to hang out in Városliget, our city park. In Budapest, there’s nothing better than whiling away an afternoon in the sunshine!” Maria Maska

* “Budapest is full of truly beautiful buildings, but for me there is one that stands out from the rest – the State Opera House, set majestically on Andrássy Avenue, the grandest boulevard in the city. It’s free to go inside and that’s the best bit: the interior of the Opera House glitters like a giant jewellery box.” Albert Esmendía Baltasar

* Cave Church is a quiet place of worship, carved into the rock at the foot of Gellért Hill, which overlooks Liberty Bridge. During the Communist years it was blocked up, but now it is open, and looked after by the Hungarian Paulite monks. There is a modest entry fee of 500 Hungarian forints (less than €2) to go in. If you are of a religious bent, you should attend a service and marvel at the church’s fantastic natural acoustics.” Andre Varni

* “The Chain Bridge, or Széchenyi Bridge, connects Buda and Pest and is one of Budapest’s best sights. It’s free to walk across and offers beautiful views of the city. Just make sure you get an iconic shot of yourself with one of the four lions that stand guard at each side of the bridge!” Louisa Johnson

* “I love Budapest’s Central Market Hall. It’s my top tip for foodies visiting the city – it’s packed with row upon row of stalls selling speciality foods! It’s a great place to nibble on free tasters while you take in the sights and aromas.” Kaska Rubinc

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