1) Florence: Catch a sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo—Located a swift twenty minute walk from Florence’s city centre, Piazzale Michelangelo affords anybody who goes there one of the most breathtaking views in the whole of Italy. It’s also where you’ll find one of the city’s ‘fake Davids’.
2) Paris: Visit the Louvre for free—If you’re under the age of 26, good news – the Louvre is free for you to enter! It’s also free to everyone on the first Sunday of the month.
3) London: Enjoy the choir singing in Westminster Abbey—While visiting one of London’s most famous attractions may cost £16.00 during the day, if you leave your visit until ‘Evensong’ takes place every evening at 5.30pm you won’t have to pay anything. Not only that, you’ll be treated to the sounds of the Abbey’s choir too!
4) Granada: Enjoy the view at Mirador di San Nicolas—If there’s one thing not to miss in Granada, it’s the Mirador de San Nicolas and the spectacular views of Alhambra afforded from its lookout. By day you’ll be accompanied by musicians and can grab some food and drink in nearby cafés, but it’s in the evening that is especially recommended. The sunsets here will blow you away!
5) Prague: Walk through the grounds of the Prague Castle—Overlooking the Czech capital and the River Vlatva, the Prague Castle is the city’s number one tourist attraction. Walking the grounds is free of charge and if you visit around noon, try to catch the elaborate changing of the guard.
6) Budapest: Stroll over Fisherman’s Bastion—Found up on the Buda half of the Hungarian capital, Fisherman’s Bastion is a short terrace on Castle Hill. Taking no more than five minutes to walk from one side to the other, you’ll find yourself spending much more time there thanks to be unforgettable views of the city.
7) Munich: Catch the ‘Glockenspiel’ show—Catch the amusing 15 minute show twice daily at 11am and midday at the New Town Hall, located in one of the city’s most notable squares, Marienplatz. This local tradition attracts a crowd and features 32 life-size figurines acting out the ‘Cooper’s Dance’.
8) Milan: Chow down on some free food—Buy a drink at any number of bars across Milan and help yourself to plate upon plate of finger food. Nachos, sausages and much more are offered, during what is known as Aperitivo time. The all-you-can-eat bonanza begins around 6pm every evening. Two top spots offering this free food are Le Biciclette on Via Torti and Bar Brera on Via Brera.
9) Brussels: Embark on a comic strip walk—Without a trained eye you may miss some of Brussels lesser known attractions. Stop into the city’s tourist office at Hotel de Ville in the Grand Palace and request either the Comic Art Walk or the Art Nouveau Walk. The Comic Art Walk is especially interesting, taking you to over 30 walls that have been transformed into story book comics!
10) Athens: Climb Filopappou Hill—Located just 15 minutes from the gates of the Acropolis, Filopappou Hill is the best place in Athens to get a view of the Parthenon, meaning it boasts the best view in the city. Entrance to the site is free and the climb isn’t that strenuous.
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I’m traveling on a round-the-world trip from Glasgow to Japan entirely overland, and I’ve been looking for lists of budget options just like yours to stretch my time and money. Thanks for the ideas!