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“Crowded, run-down, and boring” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

Margaret Island (Margitsziget)
Margitsziget, Budapest 1138, Hungary (Várkerület)
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Ranked #32 of 261 attractions in Budapest
Type: Islands, Parks
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Quiet walkways, flower gardens, romantic ruins and century-old trees make up this popular recreation spot located in the heart of Budapest.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Budapest, Hungary
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“Crowded, run-down, and boring”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

So, I actually live near Margitsziget and decided to check it out when I had a free Saturday with pleasant weather. It wasn't a very pleasant experience. One, there is not a lot to do there and a lot of the buildings are run-down looking or closed. There are literal historical ruins on the island, which is fine, but there are also "modern ruins" that are just eyesores--buildings that have been abandoned and covered in graffiti. But the worst problem was how crowded it was. Maybe the day I went there was an anomaly, but the crowd seemed incredible to me. I felt like I was back in the States at Six Flags or something like that, with young couples and families running every which way. It was the very opposite of relaxing. And forget coming here to do something you normally do in parks, like play frisbee or something. You'd never find that much unoccupied green space. You'll be lucky if you find a place for your picnic blanket.

Visited April 2013
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“Pleasant but not spectacular”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Margaret Island is a pretty parkland setting. There is nothing spectacular about it but it provides a pleasant few hours of strolling and just enjoying nature. There is access to it by boat or by just walking over the bridge.

Visited April 2013
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Nice small island in the middle of the Danube”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you are a runner, you'll find this small island in the middle of Danube especially attaractive. Besides, it is also a very nice and green place.

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“hire a bike and cycle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

a nice island in the heart of budapest, would recommend hire a bike and cycle there. there are a few things to do for both the parents and kids; water park, zoo and health spare.

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“It is but do not expect too much!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

It is good to go there and spend some time. I would say that 2-3 hours are good... you can rent some electrical vehicles which are for 4 people and I think the price was 4500 HUF or you can have some bicycle vehicles again for 4 people.

You will be able to find some plases to eat and drink but there are only few.

In reality what this "island" offers is some nature and a good place to walk.

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