Margaret Island, Budapest
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- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Margaret Island
Anchored by Árpád Bridge at one end and Margaret Bridge at the other, Margaret Island sits between Buda and Pest in the middle of the Danube. The paths, lawns and gardens offer a refuge from the city’s more crowded spots, and the island is a favourite with picnickers, sunbathers and joggers. The island is named after St Margaret, the daughter of King Béla IV. When the Mongols sacked Hungary in 1241, the king swore that if his people were spared then his next child would spend his or her life in the service of God. Margaret was born the following year, and she lived piously in a monastery here on the island. You can still see the cloister ruins. Elsewhere there’s a fountain that is illuminated at night, and a complex of outdoor pools at the Palatinus Strand.
A car park is situated at the northern tip of the island and costs about 500 forints per hour. If you are staying at either of the hotels, you can park your car free of charge.
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- Margaret Island, Budapest
- Months open:
- All year round