Margharet Island - Margit-Sziget, Budapest

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  • View of the city from Margaret Island
    View of the city from Margaret Island
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    Concert on Margaret Island
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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 17, 2007

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    Originally a religious center, Margaret's Island is now a huge recreation are near the center of the city. A wonderful rubberized jogging path surrounds the island and the interior hosts open fields, trails, a rose garden, petting zoo, swimming pools, thermal baths, a tennis club, and two fancy hotels. From a historic perspective, the key attraction on the island is the ruins of Margaret's Dominican nunnery and chapel, founded in the 1200s. Margaret, the namesake of the island, was King Bela IV's daughter and lived here as a child. She was forced into religion to fulfill a vow her father had made if he succeeded in victory over the invading Mongols, and she lies buried in the chapel ruins. Though she died in 1271 AD at the age of 29, she was not canonized as a saint until 1789, 500 years later and much after any proof of miracles was long gone.

    There is also a semi-historic water tower form 1911.

    The island is 2.5 km long and about .5 km at its widest point. Visitors can reach the island via Margaret Bridge to the south or Arpad Bridge to the north.

    Petting the animals, Jan 2006 At the chapel ruins, Jan 2006 She still insists she sees the ghosts... Margaret;s tomb, Jan 2006 The bridge to Margaret's Island, Jan 2006

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    Margharet Island

    by eternel2002 Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    This is a small island in the middle of the Danube , I went there to see what is about!
    well, it's a park to relax far away from the city. Inside there are some water fountains, trees and green spaces where people are laying and relaxing, others are runing .. you can also have a good view of Budapest with the parliament building, Buda castel and some bridges.

    The entry of the island inside View of Budapest from the island View of Budapest from the island

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    Margaret Island

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 24, 2007

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    Margaret Island is a really beautiful island between the banks of Buda and Pest. Recognising its potential as a parkland the council cemented up the banks of the island and proceeded to turn it into a public park. Some of the features include a large dancing fountain, plenty of food and drink stalls, an outdoor water park and a really nice Japanese garden. Its a really nice place to spend just an hour or an entire day to get away from the bustle of the city.

    Dancing Fountain Water Tower Japanese Garden Japanese Garden Margaret Island

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  • Scenic and tranquil

    by mattalthor Written Feb 4, 2007

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    I went as dusk was falling.

    No cars are allowed here, only cycles and buses.

    It radiates peace and quiet.

    It is very green and easy to get to by foot.

    I thought maybe this would be a boring place but after runnig around seeing the more famous sights, it was extremely soothing to spend an hour walking around here.

    It is so much better than any guide book may suggest

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    The most green place in the city

    by metallemon Written Dec 12, 2006

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    It’s a small island in the middle of Danube, where Princess Margaret passed her life.
    It’s a green area which offers the opportunity for walks, especially during hot days.
    Most people use bicycle or small electronic cars. I drove one of these cars and it was an unforgettable experience.
    In the island there is the Olympic pool, a music fountain, also the monument of centenary and ruins of a temple

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    Green, green and even more green

    by 1courage Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    No, the Margareth island is not an "off the beaten path" tip. Indeed, every year lot of tourists visit this green paradise to relax, to take a walk in the immense green park, to try the thermal bath, or to spend some days in one of Budapest`s most luxorious hotels, in the Grand Hotel Margitsziget. On the vintage photos (before 1876) we can clearly notice that in that period, before the Margareth-bridge was built, the place, we call today Margareth Island, was still 3 bigger and some other islands. To enjoy the relaxation and to assure the fresh air to the visitors, no car allowed, only the taxis and the bus number 26 can enter, and few other cars.
    The island offer great sporting opportunities for runners, swimmers, waterball, tennis and football players, athlets.... This island hosted the Europian swimming championships in july 2006.

    The big meadow with a lonesome tree Very typical street in the Island Flowers Walking through the medow Meadow with flowers
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    Old church, ruins of a monastery, and 1 squirell:)

    by 1courage Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    hmmmmm...let`s start with the squirell of the 5th picture. One of the biggest disappointments since I make photos. This cutie was watching me from 2 and a half meters. And while I was setting my camera to make the best photo, suddenly he ran...well...."climbed" away. I could catch him only while he was climbing....pity...

    You can see on the island the ruins of an old monastery, built originally in the XII.century, and in the XIII.century was modified by the franciscans and later by the dominicans. Here lived Andrew the second`s doughter, Saint Margareth whose name wears the island.

    On the first two pictures we see the partially reconstructed church of the premontre orden, built in the XII.century.

    the church from behind The old church sidewards approaching the ruins The ruins from a shorter distance the squirell is leaving...
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    The "Singing Fountain"

    by 1courage Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    This fountain is very well known by the tourists.
    The singing fountain is a copy of an old fountain, constructed originally in 1820. The previous fountain sung melodies in every hour. The copy was constructed in 1936, and few years ago was modernized. It`s very pleasant just sitting there on the grass, and listening to the famous peaces of the international musical literature, while the water dances to the well composed coreographies, thanks to a sophisticated computer program. Enjoy it!

    The fountain with lovely girls(on the right:) ) The Singing fountain The fountain from a larger distance View of the fountain from the Margareth bridge The fountain
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    Imre Nagy Statue

    by barryg23 Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Imre Nagy was a colourful Hungarian political who was executed in 1958 following his role in the 1956 rising against Russia. He was prime minister twice: from 1953-55 and again in 1956 during the rising. As long as the communists were in power in Hungary there was no memorial to Nagy, but this all changed in 1989, when over 100,000 people attended his reinternment and later a statue was erected in his honour near the Parliament building.

    Imre Nagy statue near Parliament

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    Hard To Believe You're In A City

    by AnnS Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Margaret Island lies in the middle of the Danube and is neither in Buda or in Pest. It became a public park in 1908 and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike as it provides a quiet haven away from the bustle of the city.

    Most of the island is parkland but there is also a hotel with thermal spa, a large water park, an athletics stadium, an open-air theatre and a few relics from the 12th century, when the island was inhabited by religious orders.

    Unfortunately, due to limited time, I was unable to see all these things but I DID see the rather wonderful musical fountain close to the park's entrance. Its jets of water jump in sequence to classical music and it made a nice feature amongst the trees.

    The island is 2.5km long and if you don't want to walk, there are canopied bicycles to rent and a miniature train, although the latter didn't appear to be running in October when I was there.

    Musical Fountain on Margaret Island Margaret Island Margaret Island

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    Maragret Island

    by alancollins Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    The is a wonderful place to go for walks, with private cars banned from the island, but a regular bus service travelling around it. Set in the middle of the Danube, it is popular place in the summer, with a spa, swimming pool, gardens, snack bars and a number of ruins. It has been a public park since 1908 and is also known as Rabbit Island.

    Water Tower built in 1911

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    Creepy Ruins at Night

    by Lhenne1 Written Sep 14, 2006

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    Margitsziget is an island dedicated to St. Margaret who is believed to have lived there as an offering to God after her father, the king, was successful in saving Budapest from foreign attacks. Today, there is a small petting zoo, a running track, a summer club, some tennis courts and the ruins of an old church on the island.

    We ended up on the island in the late afternoon and by the time we reached the ruins it had become quite dark. Since pretty much anyone else who had been around was gone, the area was eerily quiet. The ruins are the foundations of a chapel and convent that once stood on the site and the foundations give a good idea of how the building was designed.

    Inside the "chapel" is the tomb, or a memorial at least, to St. Margaret. It is decorated with flowers and candles left by visitors.

    Margaret's Tomb

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    chilling out in the park

    by kirmarsh Written Aug 28, 2006

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    after a few days of exploring the city we headed to margrit island for a quieter day. the island is lovely and peaceful and you could spend the day just walking and relaxing. but due to the heat we headed for palatinus strand baths, which a huge open air water park with slides, wave pool and thermal pool(it is one of many pools in budapest) you can either spash around in one of the many pools or just relax and people watch. the thermal pool is a great tonic for tired legs

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    A nice break from the hustle and bustle

    by SueWarwick Written Aug 25, 2006

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    Budapest is a busy city with a lot of traffic so it is very nice to get away from it all for a while.
    I headed to Margret Island (Margitsziget) Margaret Bridge (Margit híd)

    The island got its name from Princess Margaret who lived here in a convent in the 13 th century. The island was inhabited by Dominicans and Franciscans from the 12 th century who built their monasteries on the island.
    From the late 18 th century it became a summer resort for aristocrats and the upper middle-class

    One of the first things you notice on this two-and-a-half kilometer long island is the impressive 'musical fountain' which changes to the music played over speakers.
    The island contains gardens, woodlands, huge outdoor swimming complex and a seperate outdoor pool which, when I was there, was hosting and international swimming competition.
    A springy running track runs around the island alternatively you can hire bikes.
    I walked from one end of the island to the other to cross over to the Buda side of the water using Arpad Hid (bridge)

    Margitsziget Fountain
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    Margaret Island /Margitsziget

    by Heniko Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    The 1 half mile long Margaret Island which is connected to both Buda and Pest by the Margaret and Arpad Bridges, is one of the most beautiful open spaces in the city. Visitors wanting to take time out from the noise and bustle of Pest will enjoy the serenity of the island's park, which was established over one hundred years ago (1869). The island was named after the daughter of King Bela IV (1235-1270) who lived in a Dominican convent here during the 13th century. The ruins of the convent can still be seen today on the island's east bank.

    Heading south from Arpad hid along the Pest side of the island, you'll find two spa hotels situated in close proximity to each other (they are actually linked by an underground tunnel). The first is Miklos Ybl's attractively designed Grand Hotel which shares its facilities with the relatively modern Thermal Hotel. A short distance away is the island's distinctive and colourful rock garden, which leads on to Szent Mihaly templom, a 20th-century reconstruction of a 12th-century church.

    There are two public baths on the island - the first being the sprawling Palatinus strand, which can hold up to 20,000 people in the summer (with both cold/warm water pools and an artificial wave maker). The smaller Hajos baths to the south is named after Hungary's first Olympic gold medallist in swimming.

    The Matthias Church (Matays Templom)

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