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Main parks in Budapest

CITY PARK (Városliget)
Városliget, budapest

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 two big museums, the Zoo, the Transport Museum, the Municipal Circus, the Funfair and the Garden Of Blinds - unique in Europe - where a Braille-map informs the guests about the flowers and greens around.

GELLÉRT HILL (Gellért-hegy)
gellert hegy, budapest

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.

MARGARET ISLAND (Margitsziget)
margitsziget, budapest

The 2 km long, 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.

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