5 perfect parks and gardens for joggers Budapest

Margaret Island / Margitsziget

Between Buda and Pest, between the Margaret and Árpád bridges
Named after a medieval princess this is a kind of Central Park of Budapest, with a great jogging track, a swimming pool and an all-year-round beach called Palatinus. At the northern tip there are two hotels. Until 1919 Margaret Island was privately-owned and people had to pay an entrance fee. You can get to the park by bus or water bus.

City Park / Városliget

Zugló
Two hundred years ago this was the first planned public park in the world, and it has grown into more than just a green oasis: it is also home to institutions of culture, entertainment and recreation like the Museum of Fine Arts. To make the park 21st-century proof it will get a complete facelift: the institutions will be renovated and the park’s green area will be rehabilitated and enlarged. The – controversial – project will be completed by 2020.

Kopaszi-Gát

Újbuda
South of the Lágymányos Bridge, on the Buda side, you’ll find this nice park, with a large pond in the middle of it. It was the first step of a successful city gentrification project on a former industrial site. There are nice restaurants and cafes, a playground, a rekortan running track and even an award-winning building that houses the water police station.

Népliget

Kőbánya
The biggest public park in Budapest is also the most neglected and undervalued one. For many decades it was used as a motorcycle race site and a practice ground for wannabe drivers, and it has never really recovered from that period. However, ‘Walking Solar System’ is a nice garden project: it’s about 650 metres long and it represents the solar system on a 1: 10 billion scale.

Vérhalom Tér

Hegyvidék

A square with a bus terminus, on the top of Rose Hill, a traditionally chic middleclass area. The park is never really crowded – young mothers from the neighbourhood like to come here when they want to get out of the house, or students who need a little distraction. There’s a 415-metre-long rekortan running track.

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