On a whim I decided to visit Margaret Island (Margitsziget) after a rushed morning tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building. It is within walking distance and the rain, although it refused to altogether stop, had lightened considerably. Along with ordering grey beef steak at Zeller Bistro and entering an escape game run by Claustrophilia to escape a heavy rain, it was one of my best decisions during my too short a trip to Budapest.
Margaret Island is beautiful in a way that takes centuries to cultivate. It is the old and new, local and global, cheers erupting from stadiums and water rising from music fountains that somehow works wonderfully together. I was in awe within a few minutes of arriving.
My favourite attractions were the medieval Franciscan ruins and the Japanese Garden. Between the 13th century stones and the turtles I barely knew where to look.
This barely scratches the surface of all there is to see and do on Margaret Island. It’s definitely a destination I would recommend to anyone travelling to Budapest and a place I’ll visit the next time I’m there. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!