With Budapest, frugal travel gets two cities in one visit. Buda and Pest on the west and east banks of the historic Danube River merged in 1873, forming the top city to be seen in Hungary.
Buda Castle, Funicula and Castle Castle
The facade of the Buddha Castle is magnificent, especially illuminated at night. There are several museums in the castle (Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum) with paid tickets.
Funicula connects Clark Street with Castle County. You have to climb up, but if frugal passengers take the stairs, they have the same great view and don’t have to pay.
Castle is a labyrinth of medieval streets. There are quite expensive shops and restaurants, but also the remains of a Dominican monastery, the Church of Matyas with a plague monument and Turkish tombstones. All lovers of history and wandering the streets need it for free.
Large market and flea market Ecseri
Travelers who want a little history with the purchase go to the Grand Market Hall, the largest internal market in Budapest.
However, for shopping, the Ecseri flea market is a place to pick up cheap food (try goulash) and souvenirs. A souvenir to bring home to that chef in the family? Paprika.
To really experience Budapest, you have to cross the famous Danube several times and what better place to cross than at the Chain Bridge? One of the city’s most famous landmarks, this was the first bridge connecting the two cities. Huge lions guard the entrance.
The transition is free.
There is a small fee for climbing the bastion, but the views are fantastic. It’s free to see the Bastion with its domes outside and it’s a great opportunity to take photos.
Budapest offers diligent travelers two cities for the price of one. Surrounded by history, a free walk through the castle town gives travelers the opportunity to ask themselves.