4 Budapest Parks to visit before you die
By: Oasis Apartments | Published: 23. June, 2017.
Venturing through the busy streets of Budapest may be tiring and exhausting, especially during summer.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with the turmoil and heat, the beautiful Hungarian parks might offer sanctuary.
Take a moment to unwind and relax in the shade, by visiting some of the most beautiful “green gems” of Budapest.
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Margaret Island (Margitsziget)
Margaret Island is located in the heart of the picturesque Danube.
This magical place is submerged in history – once called “the island of rabbits”, later on it received its current name after Saint Margaret.
The island is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Budapest, with dozens of monuments, including a 13th century ruins of a Franciscan church, a Premonstratensian chapel and a Romanesque tower from the 12th century.
There are also remnants of the Ottoman occupation from the 18th century, including resorts of the palatines.
Although the island is fairly small, it’s unique atmosphere and numerous attractions make up for its size.
During summertime, most people are drawn in by the Palatinus oudoor pools surrounded by beautiful ruins and lush plan life.
If that’s not enough, Margaret Island offers bicycles, inline skates and ‘bringóhintó’ (four-wheeled bikes for four people).
Other attractions include a Japanese Garden, a mini zoo, a historical water tower, an outdoor theater and the famous Danubius Health Spa known for its healing effects.
Gellért Hill offers some of the most memorable and spectacular views in all Budapest. Since 1987 the place has been listed as world heritage site, as a part of “the Banks of the Danube” region.
The hill was named after a bishop who was slain by pagans in 1046 – his statue overlooks the rest of Budapest to this day.
The breathtaking view from the top of the park stretches over the whole city, showcasing the geographical and architectural differences between the hilly Buda and the flat Pest side.
Other interesting tourist attractions in Gellert Hill include the Citadel, a fortress built by the Habsburgs; the Budapest’s Statue of Liberty, a remnant of the communist era and the Gellert Hill’s Cave Church, a network of caves within the hills, serving as a chapel and a field hospital during WW2.
If you brought children with you, be sure not to miss numerous slides placed in various spots in the park (look for wooden signs saying ‘csúszdák‘)
Budapest City Park (Városliget)
Budapest City Park is one of first parks in the world opened to public.
The area where it’s now used to be a vast swamp where the Hungarian kings were crowned between the 13th-16th centuries.
Much later that part of the city was transformed into an English-styled park and today it’s one of the finest “green sanctuaries” in Budapest.
One of the most breathtaking places in the park is the Vajdahunyad Caste located at the Heroes’ Square.
The edifice itself is a mixture of different architectural styles and holds many events and exhibitions all year round.
You can take your time and soak in the unique atmosphere of the place by taking a walk among its baroque facades and a giant, gothic portcullis.
The castle overlooks the enchanting City Lake, a popular tourist attraction during summer time with its boats and picturesque views.
ELTE University’s Botanical Garden (Füvészkert)
It’s the oldest botanical garden in Hungary, founded in 1771 with almost 7000 species of plants, including 150-year-old orchids, as well as 85 local and 250 foreign endangered plants.
The place is a true tourist-magnet, offering mesmerizing views and romantic walks among the exotic flora of the park.
When it comes to the must-see places, the Palm House is certainly one of those.
It was built in 1866 and is the habitat of numerous tropical and subtropical plants, including cacti and bromelias.
The Neoclassical administration building is also worth visiting.