7 Best Things To Do in Margaret Island, Budapest

Dreaming of a day trip, far from prying eyes, but close to downtown? There’s a place on my mind – the beautiful St. Margaret Island (Margitsziget), a secluded island on the Danube, in between Buda and Pest, stretching between Arpad Bridge and Margaret Bridge across the river Danube. There are many things to do in Margaret Island which makes it quite a popular place for a day outing. The island is a park which remains open from 9 am to 7 pm and can be reached by trams, bus or cab from the city center or by ferry too.

Let’s get to The 7 Best Things to do in Margaret Island

Ride unique vehicles across the park to reach from one spot to the other. The Park is spread across 96 hectares and is difficult to cover on foot. Cabs and bus no 26 runs across the island. Vehicles can be booked from Margaret Bridge itself. However, riding the toy train, cycling around, and riding the uniquely designed golf carts provide a more ‘feel-good’ experience. There are numerous unusual vehicles. It’s fun to ride them.

Eat langos and watch the Musical Fountains dance to the rhythm of the music. Langos are fried dough with sour cream, easily available Hungarian snack. You can get them from the cafes and canteens on the island. The musical fountains are fountains that ‘perform’ 4 times a day and the timings are specified at the entry. There is a musical well too.

Climb the spirals of the Margaret Island Water Tower to reach its top for an amazing 360-degree view. Feel the breeze on your cheeks. The tank supplies water to all the businesses on the island, like the cafes, bars, management offices, restaurants, and hotels. The ground floor of the tower is a venue for art exhibitions and also the Budapest Summer Festival.

Take a dip in the Palatinus Bath which is an outdoor thermal bath with various pools, even with a beach style swimming pool with waves, saunas, and a few fun water slides. This is one of the coolest things to do in Margaret Island. Even though this is not the most popular bath in Budapest, it is a wonderful one for a family picnic. The kids just love it here. People, who have claustrophobia, enjoy it here as the thermal baths are under the open sky. The facilities and security services are good and can be booked at a far lesser price than those in the city. Be careful of not losing the given bracelets tags for they are the key to your locker. You can safely keep your belongings inside the locker and have a gala time at the pool. There are even drier facilities to instantly dry your wet swimwear. Towels and swim gears are available on rent so that even if you come unprepared, you can always plunge into the pool.

Stroll across the wondrous gardens- the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. Begin with the English styled Rose Garden opposite the bath. The vast garden gets gorgeous in spring with colourful roses and other flowers.  There is also a Japanese Garden in the northern part of the island with lots of trees, smooth paving, statues, and a central pond with calm water and flowers. Strolling across instantly relaxes the mind and the body with the emanating Zen from the surroundings.

Visiting the mini zoo is one of the most important things to do in Margaret Island. The zoo has deer, rabbits, fowls, and other birds. This zoo is significant because in the medieval times the island was known as ‘Rabbit Island’ and had numerous animals on it.

Soak into the history of the island through the 13th-century remains and the ruins of the Dominican Convent. Margit or Margaret was the princess of the island who discarded her earthy life and luxuries and became a nun to follow the path of enlightenment and selfless love. King Bela got the convent made for Margaret to reside in it. Among the things to do in Margaret Island walking through the Dominican Convent, Franciscan Monastery, Saint Michael’s Chapel is a must. This is a way of paying tribute to the people who resided here in the past.

This island is a joggers’ paradise, a great picnic spot for families and a place to be engrossed in amazing outdoor sketches by artists. Last but not the least, the bonus tip on things to do in Margaret Island is to sit down quietly on a bench at the South-western bank and watch one of the best sunsets in the world with the majestic Buda Castle against it.

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Dipannita

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20 thoughts on “7 Best Things To Do in Margaret Island, Budapest

  • May 19, 2020 at 2:45 am
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    Oh, we’d love to visit the mini zoo, or even Budapest in general. It looks beautiful and fun.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 3:40 am
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    Love the photos especially the one of the Japanese garden. Budapest looks like it is full of adventure.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 6:13 am
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    Budapest looks like such an amazing place to visit. I can’t wait to travel again!

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  • May 19, 2020 at 9:02 am
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    This is such a beautiful place. The ruins and the Japanese Garden are by far my favorites.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 12:44 pm
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    I loved visiting Budapest, but I totlly missed out on margaret island… bummer!

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  • May 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm
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    Nice Margaret island travel guide.I would love to go to the zoo and see some deer. Reading travel guides makes me happy because it makes me feel like i am traveling right now.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 7:11 pm
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    Margaret Island seems like a good place to visit in Budapest. I will definitely add this place to my bucket list and wish to visit this in the future.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 8:29 pm
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    i LOVE budapest ! its such a beautiful place to visit and people are oh so lovely as well kind regards Pati Robins @ style squeeze blog

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  • May 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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    The Japanese garden looks really amazing. The river looks serene and the trees are colorful and relaxing.

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  • May 20, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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    It would be great riding the toy train, cycling around and riding the golf carts. I would probably do all of them. I would definitely not miss out a dip in the platinus bath. The Rose garden and Japanese garden would be a great way to be with nature. Lots of unique things to look forward to.

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  • May 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm
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    Budapest is a nice travel destination. Japanese garden is so beautiful and a nice place when wanting to relax in nature.

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  • May 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm
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    I was in Budapest years back. I hope I was able to see Margaret Island, Budapest. It looks amazing!

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  • May 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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    I would love to go to Budapest is a great place to visit it looks very historical

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  • May 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm
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    This looks like a beautiful place to visit someday. I’ve heard a few thing in Budapest and it makes me crazy to visit it.

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  • May 20, 2020 at 8:20 pm
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    I’ve noted all the things to do when going to Margaret Island. I’m gonna use this when I travel there. Thanks for sharing!

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  • May 21, 2020 at 7:43 am
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    I’ve always wanted to go to Budapest but have never heard of this island before. So many things to add to my bucket list

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  • May 21, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    Budapest sounds like a great place to visit one day with the family. Sounds like you guys had tons of fun during your stay.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 4:26 am
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    I’m gutted I didn’t hear about the island before I visited, or more the fact that there’s such cool things to see there! Will be making a note of it for my next visit!

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