What will you find on Margaret Island?
Margaret Island is a fantastic green oasis in the heart of Budapest, an ideal place for true relaxation. However, there are also many attractions worth visiting.
- Water Tower
This huge, octagonal tower was built in 1911. Its original purpose was providing the island with an uninterrupted water supply. However, today it has become more of a tourist attraction, with a full panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Go ahead and climb the steps. Believe us, it’s well worth a visit.
- Japanese Garden
Still your thoughts amidst the 100-year-old plants. Rest a while at the murmuring waterfall, and observe the peaceful inhabitants of the fishpond: the turtles, the wild ducks, the goldfish and the lovely water lilies.
- Ruins of a Dominican monastery
Visit the ruins of a monastery established in the 13th century by King Béla IV for his daughter Margaret (the origin of the island’s name) and her fellow nuns. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the Roman-style chapel, named after St Michael.
- Musical Fountain
Take the weight off your feet at Hungary's largest musical fountain, and allow yourself to be awed by the gigantic water jets, with their varied musical repertoire, which sound every hour. If you agree that there can never be too much beauty, simply take a walk to the historic Bodor Well on the other side of the island, which also plays music: here, you can listen to songs typical of the style in vogue around the turn of the 19th-20th century.
- Artists’ Promenade
Stroll along the promenade, and take a good look at the sculptures of Hungarian artists displayed along the road. It doesn’t hurt to have a keen eye, as some of the sculptures are hidden quite deep in the tall grass, just waiting to be discovered.