Margit-sziget
Margit-sziget
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Quiet walkways, flower gardens, romantic ruins and century-old trees make up this popular recreation spot located in the heart of Budapest.
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Neighborhood: Margaret Island
For Budapest, this island between the banks of the Danube represents a green oasis, especially during summer when its emerald spaces are much enjoyed by both locals and tourists. The gardens here are very picturesque; the flowers in full bloom give the landscape a variety of hues; the fountains add an air of freshness, making walks peaceful, joyful and romantic. A leisurely stroll will uncover a variety of sites, even the ruins of a medieval Franciscan church and convent are still visible.
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  • Dario A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful self-guided free experience
    Margaret Island was a wonderful surprise. We went there by renting a bike and then walked around all day from morning to nightfall enjoying nature, medieval ruins and the Japanese garden, too. The musical fountain was a highlight. I recommend seeing the fountain in the evening so you can enjoy the light show better. Definitely a must-see tourist and local attraction in Budapest.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Katie Harvie
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic to visit
    Something for everyone - lots of places to eat/drink, thermal baths, hire a pedalled bike… Fabulous fountains that dance to music and are lit up in the evening like a mini Bellagio and the small (free) petting zoo. Really worth the walk from the other side of Budapest and definitely will return for a run round the track and to see the fountains at night. Such a beautifully maintained public park and a real highlight of the city
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • GAR
    882 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    This island is basically a huge park, and there’s enough to see here to spend at least half a day. For me the highlight was the fountain, every hour on the hour they play some music and the water display matches the music. Wonderful
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Sara
    Haslev, Denmark148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to go and just explore and enjoy
    Margaret Island is a lovely place to visit and as a public area it is free entrance. It is obviously a place the people of Budapest also enjoy. A quiet place in the middle of Donau between Buda and Pest. You can easily walk around the island and explore places like the ruins of the old monastery or the art nouveau water tower and the Japanese garden. Afterward you can relax by the music water spring or have something to eat or drink. There are many places to choose between. If you like to run - there is an excel at trail around the Island. There is also thermal Spa a little Zoo ( we did not see this) and sun beds you can use free of charge. It is easy to go to the island either by bus, boat ,bike or simply to walk over the bridge😊I recommend reading a little bit about the Islands history before visiting- it makes it more interesting to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Blaze A
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing Visit 🪻🌷🌾
    Lovely little park in the middle of Budapest. We explored the mini zoo, gardens and the ruins of the Dominican Convent. Worth spending an afternoon here to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Zsoozsy
    Jerusalem, Israel137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must experience in anyway
    OK, it's not fair from me to write here anything, because I grew up here, in this green and healthy point of the smelly city. This time I brought my running shoes to run there, because I don't like running, but if I have to run, then only there! There's a small zoo for small children with a couple of animals and only one main road across, so walk, run, ride a bike or something else, go to swim to the sport swimming pool or to the beach kind of swimming pool and eat, party by night, more than recommended for everyone!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk
    Great place for a peaceful walk in the middle of Budapest. We got there via a Danube cruise. We did a loop around the island heading north from the boat stop, taking in the fountains and various towers and gardens and pools. We walked, but you can hire bikes/buggies, but they looked like hard work. Would recommend going to the island.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Ava H
    Liverpool, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Beautiful place we'll worth a trip ...garden are lovely and the fountain with the music was great . Its a good walk and was very hot when we were here. The bus service around the island is really good or u can hire bikes
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • nidriks
    Dorset, United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The lungs of Budapest
    I'm sorry, but I stole the title of my review from something I read on Google. I'm just getting that one out there before I start. When I planned my trip to Budapest I expected to visit the usual landmarks. I hadn't considered Margaret Island. I didn't really know anything about it until today. I had visited the parliament and walked north to find something to eat. I decided to eat on the big Island I could see on the map. That is when I realised what a magical place Margaret Island is. I started with the amazing fountain, staying for a second showing (glad I saw the GnR bit) and then wandered off to tour the island. I said magical. It really is. The gardens are beautiful, the ruins mysterious and I came across a lovely little church. The Japanese Garden, at the north end of the island was stunning. Right now I'm sat in the Light Garden waiting to see a light display and writing this. I should go for some dinner but I love this place. Food can wait. Need to see the light show at the fountain too. You know a place is great when food won't drag you away.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Sarah G
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you visit nowhere else in Budapest make sure to visit Margaret Island
    If you visit nowhere else in Budapest make sure to visit Margaret Island. Easily one of my favorite parts of our trip. Beautiful, tranquil and peaceful, it's the perfect respite from the busy city. And in spite of the size there's so much to see and enjoy. We didn't really get the best of it going so late in the year since the gardens were beginning to fade but were so lovely even so. I can only imagine how spectacular they'd be in full view.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
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Andydjp
Stotfold, UK638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We walked across from the bridge and up to the Water tower, hoping to grab a coffee there. It was very pleasant but most areas were closed, so no coffee.
There are pedal cycles to hire and it is clearly a favourite for runners and walkers alike. The mini zoo has bird of prey coupled up in a small cage area - so not great or ethical.
Enjoy the walk as it is relaxing.
Written February 22, 2020
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GrecianChick50
Wallasey, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Spent a couple of hours here on our recent trip to Budapest. It's a tranquil, green space with lots of flora and fauna. Great for walking around and taking a picnic. We stopped at a cafe where there were plenty of tables and chairs to have a rest and have a drink/snack/ice cream. There are toilets dotted around but remember they are manned and charge 250 HUF which is easier to pay in cash as it's a tiny amount! The fountain is fabulous and has lots of seating in the shade which was very welcome as the weather was fabulous! Has historic interest with the story of Margaret and the ruins of the church and convent.
Written June 12, 2022
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Micheala B
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city; easily accessible by tram from the city centre. You can either walk through the park or hire a cart to cycle round; either are a great option. Beautifully maintained with lots of flowers, there is also a monastery at the end of the walk which is lovely. We spent about 2-3 hours here and it costs nothing for entry. There are food carts dotted around if you want to eat something as well as toilets, but these are usually 250 HUF per visit. Would recommend
Written June 23, 2022
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StuStu135
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Fantastic 5.3km dedicated running track round the island marked out in 0.5km sections. Was ideal for us to run off the excesses of the night before. Really picturesque and safe too. Wonderful.
Written February 24, 2020
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Sophia
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
We visited margaritas island with friends and thought to rent a bike around the island. We were 4 People and we were suggested a bike for four adults and two children and then a big blue bike. It was Quite difficult to pedal and we did not really enjoy as much the ride. Probably something wrong which required strong effort on our side to go around the island and return the bike . In case you opt for this sport activity we strongly recommend to avoid the blue bikes for six people - 4 adults and two children - to Make sure you enjoy your ride and have fun.
Written November 2, 2021
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Island is quite big in a couple of hours we had only seen about a quarter of it though we did spend half our time in a well priced bar Steg. There are a variety of rental vehicles from golf carts to bikes would recommend one of these if you wanted to look around whole island. We spent a bit of a time with a quite impressive fountain that danced to music both classic and more modern.
Written November 7, 2023
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lyndacoombes80
Merthyr Tydfil, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Used red hop on hop off bus to get to Margaret Island huge gardens especially rose garden and Japanese garden fantastic lakes and small zoo plenty of children’s playground swings slides and roundabout. Picnic areas we spent three hours but didn’t see all of the Island highly recommend a visit. It’s free plenty of food and drink outlets to sit and relax. Plenty of music really worth a visit highly recommend.
Written May 22, 2024
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Sara
Haslev, Denmark148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Margaret Island is a lovely place to visit and as a public area it is free entrance. It is obviously a place the people of Budapest also enjoy. A quiet place in the middle of Donau between Buda and Pest. You can easily walk around the island and explore places like the ruins of the old monastery or the art nouveau water tower and the Japanese garden. Afterward you can relax by the music water spring or have something to eat or drink. There are many places to choose between. If you like to run - there is an excel at trail around the Island.
There is also thermal Spa a little Zoo ( we did not see this) and sun beds you can use free of charge. It is easy to go to the island either by bus, boat ,bike or simply to walk over the bridge😊I recommend reading a little bit about the Islands history before visiting- it makes it more interesting to see.
Written August 1, 2023
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Robinjohn66
Clevedon, UK96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
What a lovely find Margaret island is.
It took us two hours to walk around.
The island zoo, the old ruined monastery, fountains and lovely open spaces, swimming pools and out side thermal spars.
You can rent bikes or electric buggies, or
Run/jog or just walk it.
It’s a shame we went in January so everything was closed and quiet quiet.
But sure it will be busy and very vibrant in the summertime.
Written January 26, 2020
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NoshandChat
Copenhagen, Denmark247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Magical island in between Buda and Pest. Easy to walk over the bridge and directly to this little paradise. As soon as you arrive there is a soundwall. You suddenly forget that you are in a big city. With a fountain that plays different kind of music coordinated with the water, cute bicycles everywhere, people relaxing and enjoying them selves. Spend a few hours walking/biking around the island, peoplewatching by the fountain or one of the lovely seating areas with beach beds.
Written August 8, 2020
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