Budapest’s green hearts – parks, green areas

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Are you longing for a little piece of nature, would like to have a little break while touring the city? Visit these places to just enjoy the sunshine in the company of a good book or have a croissant, we heartily recommend them!

Kopaszi-dam

This a 10 acre land next to Rákóczi bridge in south Buda.This is a wonderful and nicely kept green area where you can even swing your legs in the water, or get friendly with the ducks or feed them, they would be happy to have a bite of bread. The grass well-tended, and there are many nice benches to choose from where one can have a little rest, but for those who would like to have a nice cup of coffee, there are several coffee places with terraces to choose from. For those with little children, there is also a playhouse and a playground at the dam.

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at the Buda-side of the Rákóczi-bridge

How to get there?

From the Pension at the Petőfi bridge on the Buda side you can take bus 153 till the Magyar Tudósok körút and then just walking a little bit further from there you get to the Kopaszi dam, it takes about 25 minutes.

Opening hours

06:00-02:00

Margaret’s Island

It is also called the green heart of Budapest. Bela the IV, king of Hungary named the island after her daughter Margit, who was canonized later after her death. During the Mongol invasion of Europe, Bela the 4th in his despair, during the Mongol invasion of Europe had offered his daughter to God for his help of saving Hungary. After banishing the Mongols out of Hungary he kept his promise to God and built a monastery on the Island for her daughter where she lived till her last days. The ruins of the monastery are still there on the Island. It is a great idea to have a walk to the north side of the island where there are two nice hotels, a modern one and then an older classical one. There is the Grand Hotel of Margaret Island where one can experience the old traditional bath culture of Hungary.

Have a seat on a bench or out a blanket down on the grass and enjoy the colourful scenery of magnificent flowers and sunshine. On the entrance of the south side of the island there is an enormous fountain which plays music time to time,.

In the heat of the summer there is a beach located on the island called Palatinus where one can enjoy the nice and cool water pools. We can rent one of the Bringos if we do not really feel like walking, which is a four wheeled vehicle similar to a bicycle. There is an open air theatre every summer where they organize several programs like, plays and all kinds of concerts.

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Where?

Between the Margaret-bridge and Árpád-bridge on the Danube.

How to get there?

Take the tram 4 and 6 to the direction of Széll Kálmán square and get off the Margaret island stop where we can just walk to the entrance of the island, we can also take the tram 2 to Jászai Mari tér and walk from there.

Olimpia-park

The park is located between the Parliament and the Jaszai Mari square and it is a fenced area where we can lie down on the grass or find a bench to sit on and just relax, it is also a nice place to have a look at all the ships floating down the river. There are many families visiting the park because of its great playground, which the children enjoy very much so.

At the entrance of the park there are little points which form the map of the world and those cities which held the Olympic Games before. Everyone who loves sport will enjoy the little square in the middle called Olimpikon’s square where we can read all the names of great sportsmen and their sports in which they had won a gold medal.

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Where?

Between Kossuth-square and Jászai Mari square

How to get there?

From Boráros square take tram 2 till Kossuth square and walk from there.

Opening hours

07:00-20:00

Károlyi-garden

This the oldest garden of city centre. It used to be part of the palace’s garden but now it is open for the public. It is nice to spend a little time here just sitting on a bench and enjoying the birds chippering, this is a real oasis for the birds of the city with its many trees. It is an English style garden which used to be a private garden of Karolyi palace, during history’s difficult times it had got damaged and almost perished completely but now its old glory has been restored.

The park combines the geometric style from the Baroque era and the English styled gardens’ winding promenades.

The park has its own little rabbit who used to live in a shelter before settling in to his new home in the park where the visitors care for him with great love.

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Where?

Near to Kalvin-square

How to get there?

Walk down on Kálvin square until Kecskeméti Street, and take a right turn to Magyar Street, and walk straight into the garden.

Opening hours

08:00-21:00