Margaret Island is one of the greenest treasures of Budapest, along the River Danube. The beautiful oasis can be approached from both parts of the city, and it is a popular leisure destination for both locals and tourists, offering several entertainment opportunities for visitors. Come along and discover what they are. 😉
As it is located almost in the middle of the capital, Margaret Island offers a great view of both the Pest and Buda waterfront. From the Margaret Bridge, you can admire the Parliament, while on the other side, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Buda Castle.
As Hungarian news portal Magyarországom reports, the history of the island dates back to antiquity; therefore, several church-style buildings can be found here. By way of example, you can discover a nunnery in the area, and the chapel of St. Michael, where one of the oldest bells of Hungary is guarded. Along the Art Promenade, you can discover statues of famous Hungarian poets, writers, and artists.
Besides Budapest Zoo, Margaret Island can also provide a tiny “zoo experience” for animal fans. The island’s wildlife park gives home to animals that inhabited the medieval Margaret Island that was called Rabbit Island in the past.
Margaret Island is often visited by swimmers as the Hajós Alfréd National Swimming Pool is located on the island, named after our first Olympic medalist who also designed the building.
One of the most beautiful parts of Margaret Island is undoubtedly the amazing Japanese Garden, located in the northern part of the island. The calm, quiet area is a real refuge from the noisy city.
The water tower can be seen from most parts of the island; besides its historical value, it actually supplies water to the island even today. If you are brave enough to climb up to the top, you will be rewarded with a beautiful 360-degree panorama.
One of the most popular attractions on Margaret Island is the musical fountain, accompanied by a light show in the evenings. When visiting Budapest, you should not miss this experience either.
Margaret Island is bordered by a 5-km-long running track, making it a popular training destination for sports enthusiasts. As the island is relatively far from the noise of the city, many people choose this venue for their sporting activities, during which they can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Danube. Margaret Island is also a destination for marathons and half marathons in the city.