Mini-Car Ride in Margaret Island

28 July, 2009

Margaret Island MapMargaret Island

Margaret Island is named after Princess Margaret who lived in a convent here in the thirteenth century (the ruins of which can still be seen). In the 13th century King Béla IV. founded a nunnery on the island after the Mongol Invasion.  The king had made a vow to sent her daughter, Princess Margaret to a Dominican nunnery if he could rebuild the country devastated by the Mongols.  The Mongols had to suddenly return to their homeland so King Béla had a chance to reorganise and rebuild the country.  Faithful to his vow Béla sent the 11-year old Margaret to the convent.  Since then the island has bore her name. The former water tower is a UNESCO protected monument and is now an unusual exhibition space. There are no cars are allowed, but bicycles can be hired and the number 26 bus runs the entire length.  There is a swimming pool, lido, two hotels and a number of eateries.

We rented a electric mini-car at a booth near the Danubius Thermal Hotel for an hour for 3400 HUF and took turns driving it around the island.  A more fun way of exploring the island’s sights. It was easy to drive with just 2 gears – forward or reverse gear.. the reverse gear had an additional safety feature: a beep-beep sound as u reverse.
Margaret island Electronic Mini Car

Some drivers’ facial expression as they navigate the narrow sidewalks (sharing with bicycles, pedestrians), roads (avoiding buses and cars) and low-lying tree branches…

Driving Experience in Margaret Island

We managed to see most of the sights that guidebooks said are must-sees e.g.

  • The Centennial Memorial of 1973 (the sharp-looking structure), commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the city’s (Buda + Pest = Budapest) unification;
  • A small Japanese Garden with a mildly thermal fish pond;
  • An octagonal Water Tower of 57 m (built in Art Nouveau style in 1911, today functioning as a lookout tower and an exhibition hall) – listed as a UNESCO protected site
  • Ruins of the convent where Princess Margaret stayed during the 13th century
  • + many many swimming pools and sports facilities

Margaret Island

A video of what to see and do in Margaret Island (w/o the electric car)

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (8)

  • BorneoReply

    28 July, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Cute little car

  • dblchinReply

    28 July, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Ur blog’s real sweet~ Love it. My blogspot ‘new post’ has been having huge problems. I can’t even do proper posting.
    .-= dblchin´s last blog ..Trailer’s out! the trailer’s out!!!! =-.

  • MarcusReply

    28 July, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What a cute little pink car! Haha. You all probably became attractions yourselves in that vehicle.

    • TingyiReply

      28 July, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      Yup.. the colour of the car itself already attracted alot of attention!! We made it worst by keep “honking” at people!! Haha opps…

  • Veto CorleoneReply

    23 April, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    that island is a very beautiful place and driving one of those mini cars inside the island would fill the day with good memories , comfort , and fun 🙂
    .-= Veto Corleone´s last blog ..The Club Brake Lock Vehicle Anti-Theft Device # CL 606 =-.

  • Tow TrucksReply

    3 November, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    You drove nice electric car which helps you to travel whole Margaret Island, which was simple also for drive and had fun also.

  • PatriciaReply

    19 December, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Perfect adventure! I am very excited to be here and experience the wonders of the island.

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