Welcome to Margaret Island & Northern Pest
Leafy Margaret Island is neither Buda nor Pest, but its shaded walkways, large swimming complexes, thermal spa and gardens offer refuge to the denizens of both sides of the river. The island was always the domain of one religious order or another until the Turks turned it into a harem, and it remains studded with picturesque ruins. Northern Pest in this section means Újlipótváros (New Leopold Town). Vaguely reminiscent of New York’s Upper West Side, it has tree-lined streets, boutiques, cafes and a largely Jewish population. Unusual attractions abound.