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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Margaret Island

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Margaret Island.

Margaret Island features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Budapest City Guide5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Landscape park with various attractions
  • Popular recreational area

Time required: 120 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 4: Margitsziget stop
  • Tram Line 6: Margitsziget stop


Things you need to know:

  • Margaret Island is a 2,5 km long island in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest
  • Originally it was 3 separate islands that were connected in the 19th century to control the flow of the Danube
  • In the middle ages the islands housed an imporant religious center. The island takes its name after St. Margaret, the daughter of King Bela IV, who lived here in the 13th century
  • King Béla devoted his daughter to god to thank him for ridding his country of the invading Mongoles
  • Today the island is covered with a landscape park, and it is a popular recreational area with running tracks, swimming pools and other sports facilities
  • The Music Fountain and the octagonal Water tower are protected UNESCO sites
  • Other highlights are: the Music well, 13th century ruins of St Margaret's abbey, the tiny zoo and a small Japanese Garden

What to do there:

  • Explore the island's attractions including romantic walkways, medieval ruins, a small zoo, a musical fontain, a water tower, the lido and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere

Tips & Insights:

  • For those who prefer not to walk but still want to explore, 4-seater pedal and motorized carts are available for rental
  • If you fancy a snack or an ice cream you will find many kiosks

Margaret Island features in these preplanned City Guides: