Europe on a Budget: 15 Cost-Free Activities for Backpackers and Thrifty Travelers

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The glittering Eiffel Tower

If throughout all this time you believed that a journey to Europe is expensive, we don’t really blame you. The attractiveness and magnificence surely appears extravagant, but there are numerous cost-free things that make it possible for backpackers and budget travelers to plan a trip here. From walking tours and museum hopping to the breathtaking Northern Lights, there is a wide variety of complimentary activities in Europe.

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Plan a vacation in Europe and enjoy the finest it has to offer!

1. Observe the extraordinary Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Scotland

Midnight Sun in Finland

The Polar Night

2. Witness the Midnight Sun in Finland, Norway, and Sweden

3. Experience the longest night of your life! The Polar Night – observed in Norway, Finland, and Iceland – lasts over 24 hours

View of Amsterdam in a sunny day

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Hotel de Ville

4. Take a leisurely walk alongside Amstel River in Amsterdam

5. Participate in the Comic Art Walk in Brussels by enrolling in the tourist office at Hotel de Ville

Change of Guards ceremony in London

6. Observe the Changing of Guards Ceremony in front of the majestic Buckingham Palace, London

Hike the picturesque mountain trails

7. Explore the idyllic mountain trails

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Top hiking trails in Europe: Tour Du Mont Blanc (France), Kungsleden (Sweden), Bernese Overland Trail (Switzerland), Slovenian Mountain Trail (Slovenia), and El Camino del Rey (Spain).

walks in the city

8. Engage in complimentary guided walks around the city. You can also opt for themed walks such as culinary and cultural heritage walks

museums in Europe

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Some of the finest free guided tours in Europe are:

9. Visit the most renowned museums in Europe

  • Vatican Museum, Italy – Final Sunday of the month (between 9:00 am and 12:30pm)
  • Louvre Museum, France – Fridays 6PM onwards (Free entry for visitors under 26 years) | Bastille Day (July 14) | First Sunday each month (From October to March)
  • Berlin Wall Memorial, Germany
  • Copenhagen National Museum, Denmark

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10. Attend invigorating concerts if you love jazz, metal, pop and music in general

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  • Paris, France – Notre Dame (Sundays 4:30 PM)
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – Boekmanzaal Opera House
  • Berlin, Germany – Little Stage (Free gigs are organized usually every Monday)
  • London, England – The National Theatre, St. James’s Piccadilly

view of Edinburgh

11. Embrace volunteer tourism and experience the joy of giving

12. Delight in the soulful view of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

13. Witness Cooper’s dance performance in New Town Hall, Munich. It is known as the Glockenspiel show.

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14. Witness the glittering Eiffel Tower at night

15. Scale the glass dome of the Reichstag Building in Germany

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With the mentioned top complimentary activities to enjoy in Europe, you can explore without spending a single cent. Which country will you visit first?

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