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Margaret Island

Popular with tourists and locals alike, the 2.5km long, 500m wide Margaret Island provides a tranquil haven from the hustle and bustle of Budapest city life. Covering an area of around 100 hectares, the car-free island is essentially a playground for active types such as joggers, cyclists or walkers and nature-lovers. As well as getting some fresh air and much needed exercise to burn off all the holiday food, there is also the Centennial Memorial which commemorates the 100 years since the joining of Pest, Buda and Obuda into one city, a zoo park with many unusual and exotic bird species, an art-nouveau water tower (which is used as a lookout post these days) and a Japanese garden. If you wish to extend your stay, there are in fact two hotels to choose from on the northern part of the island. Getting to Margaret Island is relatively straightforward - simply take a bus (number 26) from Nyugati tér.