NileGuide Expert Says:
This "Central Park" of Budapest, situated on an island in the Danube between Buda and Pest, is a great escape from the heat and hubbub of the city. Ideal for kids, joggers, swimmers, bikers, or a long, romantic walk with your loved one.
Margaret Island, Budapest, Hungary
+36 (0)1 322 4098 (Budapest Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Rent a Bringóhintó to tour the island. This funny type of pedal carriage is available in sizes for singles to a family of four. Canopies cover the top, preventing too much sun exposure. Child sizes are also rental for children to ride along side their parents.
Once called Rabbit Island due to a rabbit infestation, the name changed to Margaret Island honoring the daughter of King Béla; she spent her life as a nun on this island. Today, Margaret Island is a recreation spot for all ages. On Margaret Island, you will find walking and jogging trails, a petting zoo, bicycle rentals, beautiful gardens with seasonal flowers, and lush green spaces to sunbathe or benches to just relax. Historical remains include remnants of the Dominican convent and a 13th century Franciscan church. During warm seasons, Margaret Island hosts a number of eateries ranging from a quick snack to full meals. It is also the home to the seasonal Palatinus swimming complex and open-air theater.