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Palatinus Strandfürdő
 

1138- Budapest
Margitsziget

 


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If you want to refresh your self after walking around Budapest, the Palatinus Baths complex is a great place for this. The spa is fed by the natural waters of the island’s springs. The main pool is enormous, over 100m in length. The hole complex is very attractive with grass and trees. It has different kinds of pools for children, thermal pools. There is also a wave machine and slides.

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The great complex is on the island on the Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. It is one of the city’s most popular parks and recreation spots.

Place of interest


The original name of the Island was The Island of Hares. It was a royal game reserve under the Árpád dynasty. From the 12C it was the home of the Premonstratensians and from the 13C it also gave home the Franciscans and after Dominican nouns. For them Béla IV has a convent built. As the legend runs, he made a promise when the Mongols invaded Hungary in 1242. If Hungary were victorious, his daughter Margaret would be brought up as a noun. She was only nine years old when she was brought in to the Island to the nouns according to his father’s promise. There are legends about her self-sacrificing submissive life and extreme asceticism. She lived here until her death in 1271. The Island got its name from her in the 19C.


Until the end of the 19C, when the bridge was built, the island was closed to the public. In the 16-17C it was the Turks land, after passed into Habsburg possession. Palatine Joseph had rare vines planted here. He arranged some great vintage festivals on the island, where lots of dignitaries participated.


In the 19C baths were built on the island exploit the natural waters of this land, but all were destroyed under the Second World War. Until 1945 people had to pay for entering the island, but nowadays you don’t have to pay a fee.


If you start your walk from Margit Bridge, you’ll see a stadium and grounds first. This is the Athletics Centre on the island.


After entering the island you’ll see the bronze Centenary Monument. It was erected on the 100th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. The inside of the monument shows important mementoes of the city’s previous 100 years. It was made by István Kiss in 1975.


To the left you’ll reach Alfred Hajós Swimming Pool. The swimming pool got its name after the winner of the 100m and 1200m swimming races at the first modern Olympics in Athens.


Continue your walk this way a little, than turn right and after 500m from the main road you’ll see the Ruins of the Franciscan church. Along the main road is the Palatinus Baths.


If you cross the island, inside there are great parks and peaceful walks inside. There is also a small reserve of animals. If you walk north from here, you’ll find the ruins of the Dominican church and convent, where St Margaret lived as a noun. North of the ruins are many busts and statues of Hungarian poets, musicians and actors. Take an attention of the interesting trees around. Under the Second World War these trees were also injured, but lived through, and remind you of the terrible devastation of the war.


To the left you’ll reach the Open-Air Theatre, where you can visit concerts during the summer. Nearby stands the Water Tower. It was built in 1911. To the northeast of the tower is the Premonstratensian Chapel which was reconstructed in the 20C.


At the end of the road stands the Thermal Hotel, which was a sanatorium before. It has own swimming and thermal pools inside. This is the end of the island, from here you can reach Árpád Bridge, and continue your walk to Óbuda which has a great small-townies atmosphere, or simply reach some vehicle of transport and go back to the Inner City.

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