European capitals are expensive places for young tourists. However, the best things in European cities are free.
Transportation is usually the largest item in the tourist budget. Riding the metro is perhaps the fastest, bus is the most interesting, taxi the most elegant, but cycling is – free. Furthermore, major cities, in an attempt to reduce pollution, offer tourists the use of bicycles free or for a fee of Euro or two, and at the same time on every corner are parking lots for bikes. In Barcelona, look for a logo “Bicing,” in UK is “OYBike”, in Germany “Call a Bike”, etc. During the summer, many cities have festivals in the open air, so check the internet for the list of such festivals.
Boat ride through Amsterdam canals can be expensive, but there is also a free ferry which starts its journey behind the Central railway station. While Rijksmuseum is under renovation, most exhibits are displayed in the garden and can be seen free of charge. In Madrid every first Monday of the month you can enter “Prado” for free. Barcelona – Spaniards eat tapas all day but mostly at the evenings. In the cafes, while the guests are having a drink, waiters carry around trays from which everyone take tapas, the payment is made at the end according to the number of toothpicks in guests’ hand.
Budapest – enjoy free view of the Danube, as well as an acrobatic race “Red Bull”, that is considered an event with best pilots in Europe participating. The race is held in August.
In Brussels with every coffee order you get free chocolate. Also, sign up for free sightseeing tours of the “Nestle” factory and others, because here you can also taste chocolate for free. The same goes for beer and cognac factories in France.
London – entrance to the famous British Museum, Natural History and Science Museums, as well as the National Gallery and the Museum of Victoria and Albert is free. There is also free entry to the Tate gallery, and from the coffee shop you have the best view of London. An unforgettable and also free scene is change of guard at 11:30am.
You can visit Pergamon and National Gallery in Berlin free of charge after 2pm. Ticket for the Eiffel Tower is expensive but for Notre Dame there is no fee and this is considered the most beautiful cathedral in Europe. Also the best view of Paris is free and it can be seen from the plateau in front of the Sacre Cathedral in Montmartre.
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