Margharet Island - Margit-Sziget, Budapest
Cast adrift in the Danube, the floating green lungs of Budapest is Margaret Island. It's the perfect summer get away when the temperatures soar, and a year round haven for joggers, walkers, and all kinds of athletes. In fact it's so popular with joggers, it can be considered jogger hell for those who are taking a more leisurely walk around the emerald isle.
The park is the biggest green space in the city, and can be reached from the middle of Margaret Bridge (Margit Hid). If you walk down the wrong side, no matter, as you can skip through the scary looking, but perfectly safe, underpass. You can also catch some nice views of the Danube and the city from the bridge.
Margaret Island is about 2 miles long and is a great place to escape the city. The island contains some medieval church ruins as well as many parks. Many people come here to walk, swim, cycle, play sports, run, or just simply relax and enjoy the day. There are a few hotels on the island, which allow you to be "based" here while visiting the city. Besides the medieval churches, you can the Japanese garden, a small zoo, the Music Fountain, water tower, and the Centennial Monument. Sometimes in the summer they hold concerts here. This is probably the best place in the city for runners because they have a special running trail and you don't have to worry about cars, stoplights, traffic, etc. Summer is the best and most beautiful time to visit since there are many activities or programs and the weather is nice. Overall, this is one of the best places for sports and relaxation in Budapest.
Marghit island is a beautiful spot on Danube. It is easily accessible from two bridges (Marghit Hid and Arpad Hid) which connect it to the mainland. There are 2 hotels in this island which are very popular by tourists. There is a big park where locals and tourists enjoy during weekdays and weekends. Another attraction here is the 5 km jogging track which is very popular by locals during evening hours after work. You can see people floating to the island by bicycles, by walking or by jogging. In the weekends, especially in good weather, the island becomes a perfect spot for a picnic. There is enough green area to lay your blanket and enjoy the picnic with friends. Moreover, you can rent bicycles or alike vehicles to make a tour around the island. I also have to mention about the small zoo within the island. You can bring your children to see some birds and animals. I used to come here in the evenings after work with my bike, lock the wheels to somewhere, make a full round along the 5 km track by jogging and return back home with my bike. Even if you stay for a short time, a couple hours in this nice island will make you feel better.
Margaret Island sits in the middle of the Danube and is accessible from the Margaret Bridge either by foot, bus or tram. There are no motor vehicles allowed on the Island except for access to the spa hotel and maintenance vehicles.
It is a haven of tranquility in the middle of the city. Around the circumference of the island is a jogging track with obviously the river on one side and the wooded interior on the other. The interior is criss-crossed by tree-lined paths, but you can just wander anywhere. It is actually possible to almost lose yourself in the middle and escape totally from everyone else for a short period of time.
There is a little zoo with exotic birds, an outdoor swimming pool, a couple of outdoor cafes, an outdoor music stage - all sorts of interesting little things which I came across just wandering aimlessly.
My personal favourite is the fountain just after the entrance which is synchronised with opera excerpts played over outdoor speakers - it had me transfixed for about half an hour.
Also worth doing is going up the water tower for an overview, there is a small charge but the view is worth it.
A perfect day, or even a few hours, can be spent on Margaret Island. Easy to get to by tram or on foot, there is lots to do here. My wife and I spent an afternoon walking, watching the fountain which was "dancing" to Strauss waltzes, and watching other people exert themselves riding bicycles and various pedal powered vehicles. In mid September there were thousands of conkers on the ground. There is an architecturally interesting water tower built in 1911 and various ruined buildings. The island is roughly 2.5 km long and 0.5 km wide.
The Margharet Island is a big, green island in the middle of Danube river. Even though the island doesn't look to be so far away, it's a long way to walk. You are dependent on public transport or taxi from the city centre. The Island is known for beeing a recreation area with grass and trees.
The Margitsziget , lies in the middle of the Danube. It was named after the daughter of King Bela IV, Margaretha who lived from 1242 - 1271. Shame they did not get very old in those days gone by.
Margaret Island is probably the most popular spot in the city where people come to relax. No cars are allowed on the island, but there is a bus that will take you there.
We visited Budapest in February so we didn't go to Margharet Island. According to our friend and guide Margharet Island is the place to be in the warmer months. The island is briming with picnics, people swiming , playing sports,and touring some of the island's ruins, churches and convent.
The Island was named after King Bela IV's daughter, Margharet. His daughter lived in the covent and had dedicated her life to religion.
This pavillon with its music clock is a replica of one which once stood in Transylvania. It worked with a complicated mechanism which was lost in the centuries. Today, it uses an electronic system to play a folk song every hour. Note that the clock seemed to have a slightly delay of some minutes. The tape first plays some information about the clock in Hungarian, English and German before beginning with its song. The nptune figure of the original clock was rotating, but this one stands still...
The ruins of two churches are located on Maragret island. One is the former Dominican Monastery with the burial place of St. Margaret. The monastery was destroyed during the turkish occupation in the 16th century. The other is the Premonstratensian chapel of St. Michael. This church war destroyed too. In the 20th century, its 15th century bell was found when a storm disrooted a tree under which the bell was buried for centuries.
Margaret Island with its large park is a popular spot to relax, especially during summertime. The island on the danube has a couple of sport facilities on it, some of it (like the swimming bath), can also be used by the public. Restaurants, cafés and bars will supply you with the necessary refreshments. Attractions on the island includes two church ruins and a pavillon which serves as a large music box (see separate tips for them). On a nice day, have a walk on the island, enjoy the view onto both banks of the Danube and if you have some time, relax a little in the park.
Margit Sziget is an island of park land in the middle of the Danube. It can be reached by the number 4 and 6 tramlines or you can walk there from Svent Istvan Krt (which separates districts 5 and 13) then going across Margit Hid (bridge). You can get down to the island from the middle of the bridge.
It is a great place to come and relax, walk dogs or have a picnic and get away from down town Budapest even if it is down town itself! The air is cleaner and there are thousands of shades of green among the pretty flowers.
You can also go to eat and drink at the tower restaurant area or one of the other bars dotted around. If you come in summer and it is hot, follow the lead of the locals and take a dip in the water park swimming pools also located here (Budapest's version of a beach). Or if you don't fancy paying for soaking up the sun by the water go down to the rivers edge and sit beside the Danube (although it is rather polluted).
You can also go running here on specially laid down tracks.
As you walk down to the park you will hear music playing and see a large fountain dancing to the almost 'fairground' music.
Margaret Island (Margit-sziget in Hungarian) is an island in the middle of Danube , covered with trees.
While cars are not allowed to enter the park , a lot of people enjoy this place to run , or have a small rest.
The island is located a little bit north from the center , in the area of district 13 , between Margaret bridge to Arpad bridge.
You will also find here a nice water tower , a japanease garden , ruins of old monasteries.
The japanese people surely have a very big talent in constructing gardens. Copying their style is surely not a crime. Budapest did this, even though this one is quite little so cannot compete with the famous ones in the Land of the Rising sun. You find it in the Northernmost part of the Margareth Island, quite close to the Árpád bridge. It`s a complex of little lakes, cute sculptures in the middle of the lakes, interesting trees and a cascade,
You also see the house of the fountains near the garden wich is a reconstruction of a previously destroyed similar monument.
According to my research Margaret Island (named after Princess Margit, daughter or King Bela Iv) was a religious contemplation retreat starting in the 11th century. The island is located in the middle of the Danube and is considered Budapest's most beautiful park. There are ruins of monastic churches and a convent which was home to Pricess Margit, King Bela IV's daughter.
A few places of interest when exploring Margaret Island
Hajos Olympic Pool Complex
14th Century Franciscan Church
Water Tower of St. Michael's Church
13th Century Dominican Church and Convent
Grand Hotel Margitsziget
St. Micheal's Church
Thermal Hotel Margitszet
There is quite a bit to see while taking your stroll on this beautiful island.
I didn't have time to pay a visit to Margaret Island, but hopefully next time. The pic you see here is from the top of Fishermans Bastion.