Living in Budapest has its perks. The walking culture, the open and free playgrounds are fantastic. And what better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than visiting a beautiful free island park at Margaret Island in the heart of the Danube River.
Things to Do
Holy smokes, there is so much you can do at Margaret Island! You could spend a whole day and feel like you haven’t explored the entire island. But here is a list of activities you can do on the island:
- Palatinus Strand – water park/swimming pools/outdoor thermal baths
- Musical fountains
- Medieval ruins
- Tiny zoo (recommend the Budapest Zoo instead)
- Walkways and gardens
- Street food vendors (cotton candy, ice cream, langos, alcoholic drinks, etc.) and restaurants
- Picnic areas
- Casinos (currently under construction)
- Bikes, skates, and other cool rides
- Running trails
Take a look! Here are the gorgeous rose gardens:
A Day at Palatinus Strand
But we spent our glorious afternoon at Palatinus Strand, which had at least seven different swimming pools, thermal baths and water slides combined. We arrive in the mid-afternoon, but we wished we got there sooner to spend more time. For about 8100 HUF, which is the price of a family ticket for four people. I’d say that’s a pretty decent price.
After a lovely afternoon at Palatinus Strand, we noticed these cool bikes around the island:
What’s so great about these bikes? You can rent these bikes for two people, four people or six or more. And then you can also find little tiny versions for your little preschooler to ride and drive around. Or you can check out this medieval ruin and explore the history of Margaret Island. This place reminded me a bit of our exploration of St. Hilarion Castle in the northern occupied territory of Cyprus.
The musical fountains are a whole other fun activity to enjoy the day or make a romantic gesture.
Much like the fun street artists in Prague, we saw more bubble makers on Margaret Island. The kids had a blast!
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And if you feel like having a snack, you can eat a bunch of sugary stuff from a color infused cotton candy vendor.
How to Get There:
You can take Trams 4 or 6 and walk to Margaret Island (southern side of the island), or you can ride the BKK ferry to Margaret Island, which was our mode of choice. But you should note that you have to pay the fee to ride it on the weekends. Monday through Friday is a commuter ferry, so you can show your pass. You can also take a taxi and ride Buses 26 and 234, which is accessible on the island.
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