Is Margaret island worth visiting?

Many people come to Budapest with limited time. Maybe you only have 48 hours in the Hungarian capital. What are the most important places to visit? Which are the activities it would be a mistake to skip? Is the Margaret island worth a couple of hours during your trip to Budapest?

We have just updated our guide to Margaret island in our Budapest Guide. We have included what we believe are ten of the most convincing reasons to visit the island as you come to Budapest. If you read the article and think that it isn’t for you, then it probably isn’t worth prioritizing.

But, if you read the article and think this sounds fun, then you should probably add Margaret island to your itinerary. Are you ready to learn more about what the island has to offer?

Do not forget that you can read about many other cool activities, programs, and attractions in Budapest in our Budapest Guide. If you are looking for events taking place in Budapest during your trip to the city, look at our Budapest calendar to find out what’s going on.

Lumina Park

Lumina Park is a magical world full of illuminated decorations and buildings. It offers a fairy tale walk that will bring some light into a dark season (autumn/winter). The project first launched in Poland and has now arrived in Budapest where it was first arranged in 2022/23. Lumina Park Budapest is arranged at Palatinus Beach, romantically located at Margaret Island.

Budapest is known for its beautiful buildings. As you walk along the Danube at night (or enjoy a boat trip on the Danube), you can witness the true beauty of the city while looking at the beautiful Chain Bridge, the Parliament, the Castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Gellert statue, the other bridges, the National Theater, and many other buildings. But, if you come between the end of October and early March, you can enjoy even more lights if you visit the Lumina Park at Margaret Island.

Lumina Park opens in the evening (when it gets dark), meaning that it varies between 16:30 and 18:00 (depending on when you decide to visit the park). The last time for entry to the park on any given day is 20:00.

As you walk inside the park, you can see beautiful buildings, animals, characters, and more that will make you marvel. Below you can see some pictures from the first Lumina Park ever arranged in Budapest.

All pictures originate from the official website of Lumina Park Budapest. The exhibition changes every year, meaning that you will not see these objects (which were exhibited in 2022/23) if you decide to visit Lumina Park this year.

Margaret Island is a fantastic location in Budapest worth visiting for all tourists coming to Budapest. It is a quiet location without traffic where you can walk for hours, go for a run, get a SPA treatment in a hotel, or just bring a book to relax and enjoy life.

Lumina Park 2023-24

Dates: October 19, 2023 – March 4, 2024
Location: Palatinus, Margaret Island

How much does it cost to visit Lumina Park in Budapest?

It is cheaper to visit the park on weekdays than during weekends. The entrance fee for an adult varies between 4000 and 4500 HUF. There are family tickets available for families deciding to visit the park together.

Can I bring my dog to Lumina Park?

Even though Margaret Island is a perfect place to walk your dog, you are not allowed to bring the dog to Lumina Park. This is, most likely, because dogs might cause harm to the decorations within the park.

How much do I need to walk in the park?

If you walk around the entire park at the recommended route you will walk approximately 1,5km. Depending on how many photos you take and how fast you walk, you will most likely spend 1-2 hours in the park.

How can I get to Lumina Park?

The easiest way to get to the park is by using bus number 26 which leaves from Nyugati Palyaudvar and Arpad Hid. This stops by the entrance to Palatinus. If you arrive by car, there are some parking lots available at Margaret Island by the Grand Hotel Margitsziget, but these are limited. It is also possible to travel by tram 4 and 6 to the stop at the middle of the Margaret Bridge and walk from there.

Can I buy something to eat and drink in the park?

It can get quite cold in October, November, December, January, and February in Budapest. As a result, it is nice to know that there are stalls in the park where you can buy hot drinks and small snacks to enjoy while looking at the wonders of the park.

We hope you will enjoy your stay in Budapest and in Lumina Park. If you have further questions, write them in the comment field below. To read more about other concerts, events, festivals, and markets in Budapest, look at our Budapest calendar.

Budapest Summer Festival 2019

Every summer, Budapest hosts a fantastic Summer Festival. This is not the Sziget Festival, but a festival with classical music events, Opera, and more traditional music.

In 2019, the Summer Festival will be arranged between June 1st and August 23rd. The events are arranged at three different locations, with the biggest happenings taking place at the fantastic Open Air Stage at the Margaret Island.

Turandot during the Summer Festival in Budapest in 2019

Among the highlights in 2019, you will find Turandot from Puccini, Adolphe Adam: Giselle, Pink Martini, and some more interesting concerts and events.

You can find the full program for the Summer Festival in 2019 at

For more information about other programs in Budapest worth enjoying, look around in our Budapest Guide for information about wine tasting programs, beer tasting, river cruises on the Danube, guided tours and private airport transfers. We can help you with lots of programs, not only in the summer, but all year around.

Do not forget, the city is a big one and it has a lot to offer. That is why a private guide will help you understand the city better and to discover the most important sights within a couple of hours. The city is much more delightful if you get a grasp on it, so let us show you Budapest on a private guided tour!