Main parks in Budapest
(Városliget, 14th district.)
The one sq. km area is Budapest's largest park, a favourite recreational and entertainment district. The first written record mentioned it as a marshland in 1241. After 1298 several national assemblies were held here (standing!), while King Matthias may have used it as a game park.
Planned afforestation began in
1817, turning it into one of the world's first planned public park.
A part of the City Park Pond is an ice-rink in winter. Other sights in the park include the Zoo, the Transport Museum, the Municipal Circus, the Funfair, the Petőfi Hall with the Aviation Museum and the Garden Of Blinds - unique in Europe - where a Braille-map informs the guests about the flowers and greens around.
M1 Széchenyi fürdő BUS 4, 20, 30 Trolley bus 70, 72, 75
(Gellért-hegy, 1st and 11th district.)
The 235 m high hill, a rare sight in the middle of a city, is a natural reserve area and a favourite strolling place.
The view which opens up from the top, is said to be even more breath-taking than the one from the Fishermen's Bastion.
Sights: Citadel, Liberation Monument, reservoir, St. Gellért Cave Chapel, St. Gellért Monument, Urania Observatory.
Bus 27, Tram 18, 19, 47, 49
The 2 km long island, up to 500 m wide island of an area of
96.5 hectares in the centre of town, between Margit and Árpád Bridges is a
treasure of Budapest and its most beautiful park.
Already inhabited in the Roman times, the island had churches and cloisters in the Middle Ages.
The island is
named after a daughter of King Béla IV who lived here as a nun. Medicinal spring
was found in the second half of the 19th c., which gave rise to taking the
waters. An arm was added to Margit Bridge in 1900, which made access by road
possible. Major sights: ruins of a Franciscan church, ruins of a Dominican
church and cloister, St. Michael Church, water tower, Artists' Promenade, rock
garden, rose garden, music fountain, Palatinus Swimming pool, Hajós Alfréd
Sports Swimming Pool, Athletic Center, mini-zoo, open-air stage.
Bicycles can be rented, and a peculiar vehicle the bike carriage (sedate
pedal-car),which makes getting around the island a truly memorable experience.
Open: free admission all year round. Access by car from the Árpád bridge as far as the car park.
Cars are prohibited on the island.
Bus 26, Tram 4,6
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