Right in the heart of Budapest in the middle of the River Danube is Margaret Island, the city's equivalent of London's Hyde Park. This lush and verdant oasis is home to running trails, playgrounds, restaurants, a petting zoo, walking paths and beautiful gardens that are perfect for a photo op. You can also explore the island's history by paying a visit to the ruins of a 13th-century Dominican convent.
Margaret Island is sandwiched between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. It's just 2.5km long and 500 metres wide, but there's plenty to explore here. Rent a bike, hop on a "bringo cart" (sort of like a golf cart) or tour the island on foot for a day to get the full experience.
One of the many treasures to seek out on Margaret Island is the musical fountain. Renovated in 2013, this magical fountain shoots water up as high as ten metres and plays music in the background several times a day. At night, the Musical Fountain is lit up by colourful LED lights that flash and move to the beat of the music.
The UNESCO-listed Water Tower and its distinctive Art Nouveau style are quite the sight to behold. Built in 1911, the water tower still provides water for the residents and businesses located on Margaret Island. Climb to the top for stellar views of the city, or stand in its shade during the Budapest Summer Festival.
All in all, Budapest has about 125 thermal springs, with spas and pools an integral part of the culture. On Margaret Island you can take a dip in the outdoor Palatinus Bath, a complex of thermal pools, water slides and wave pools. Relax with a loved one or bring the whole family for a day of fun!
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