These talented musicians spend the day entertaining the people that take a rest on the park benches or just pass by. This relaxing music is really something special, and it's a beautiful addition to the peaceful surroundings.
Buskers are an acquired taste. Some pass them by like a lamp post on the street, considering them as beggars, while others actually take the time to stop and listen to the music these artists are performing, even drop some gratuities for them. Not everyone is familiar with the determination required to gain permission to perform of the streets of Hungary's capital.
The first thing that anyone who's interested in performing their art for the passerby's on the streets of Budapest must know is that regulations require you to sign a written contract, as a permit to use public property for your performance. Buskers are not allowed in confined spaces, such as underpasses, which leave the streets, where performing music can be difficult with all that noise.
The bureaucracy involved can be merciless, taking months for a judge to issue the permit. Even then, you have to play in front of a committee first and they decide whether your music is good enough for Budapest's public. When given the green light, all you have to do is pay your “rent” for the space you want to occupy.
So next time you are in Budapest, take your time to listen to these performers. Enjoy the music and don't forget to visit the lovely Budapest in case you haven't done so already!