Margharet Island - Margit-Sziget, Budapest
This island is famous of hot springs, there're some hot spring hotels on this Margit sziget(Margaret Island). It was extremely cold in Budapest when I was there In Jan. 2003, and nearly all the ponds were iced, only this one, not iced at all and still steaming although the water was cool. Amazing.
Margaret island used to be three differents island in the middle of the Danube. Flood defence work in the 19th century led to the creation of a two and half kilometer long island.
The place works as Budapest's equilvalent of New York's central park. There always seems to be vaious sports going on, lovers hand-in-hand, people chilling by doing Tai-chi etc.
Great place for an evening walk and to see the locals at play.
The Margaret Island (Margit-sziget) is the perfect area for relaxing walks between plenty of old trees. Some historical monuments like the ruins of two 13th century churches, a water tower and a Japanese Garden can be found on the island. Last but not least the island offers nice views to the banks of the Danube.
Margit sziget (Margaret Island) is located in the Danube river between Buda and the Pest sides. On this image I was trying to capture the island and the bridge that takes you to the island. The name of the bridge is Margit hid (Margaret bridge). At the other side of the island there is another bridge called Arpad hid.
There are many things to see on Margaret Island. My favorite is the Palatinusz. This a place where you can swim in big pools and take a bath in thermal water. They have a wave pool and many slides and fun stuff. The name of the place is: Palatinusz Strand.
There are restaurants, coffees and hotels on the island. At night, when the sun goes down, just sit-down in the park on the grass or on a bench and look at the huge water fountains. They are lit up with different colored lights and changing colors. It is stunning. The entire island is only about 1.5 Kilometers (1-mile) long.
The stretch of green between the banks is 1 1/2 miles long and makes a great place to get away and relax. You won't see any private cars, just some joggers, some lovers lounging on the grass and a lot of open space. There is a huge swimming complex, an open-air theater and some ancient ruins of a 13th century Dominican Convent and a Franciscan Church of the same era.
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 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.
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
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
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)
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.
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...
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
Margaret Island is a lush escape right in the heart of Budapest. There are walking-running trails, a beautiful fountain that plays to music, a waterpark for kids, a gorgeous restaurant, manicured gardens, a bird area with peacocks and geese, and much more. Take an afternoon and stroll around this beautiful piece of Budapest. More pictures in my travelogue.
This is one of Budapests biggest parks, there are many sport centers, polls, open areas where you can do picnics, amusement park, hotels and more.
In summer or in weekends, when the citizens of Budapest has spare time a lot of them come here to spend the hot days in this chilly park.
The park is big, green and suitable for almost everyonce leisure, so if you had enough from Budapests active city center you can visit the Island.
In summer the "Sziget Festival" which brings many young tourists to its music shows takes place here.