Centennial Monument


This monument, in the flower-bedded roundabout 350m north of the tram stop on Margaret Bridge, was unveiled in 1973 to mark the 100th anniversary of the union of Buda, Pest and Óbuda. As it was an entirely different era in Budapest more than 40 years ago, the sculptor filled the strange split cone – hatched egg? – with all sorts of socialist and nationalist symbols. It's like a time capsule on exhibition.

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1. Musical Fountain

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One of the highlights during the warmer months on Margaret Island is this musical fountain, which dances and sprays and pulsates to music on the hour…

2. Margaret Bridge

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Renovated Margaret Bridge introduces the Big Ring Rd to Buda. It's unique in that it doglegs in order to stand at right angles to the Danube where it…

3. Szent István Park

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St Stephen's Park is home to a Raoul Wallenberg memorial portraying a warrior doing battle with a snake (evil). Erected in 1999 and titled Kígyóölő …

4. Újlak Synagogue

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A short distance north along Frankel Leó út and tucked away in an apartment block is the Újlak Synagogue, built in 1888 on the site of an older prayer…

5. Gül Baba’s Tomb

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This renovated tomb contains the mortal remains of one Gül Baba, an Ottoman dervish who took part in the capture of Buda in 1541 and is known in Hungary…

6. Franciscan Church & Monastery


These ruins – no more than a tower and a wall dating back to the late 13th century – are in the centre of the island. Habsburg Archduke Joseph built a…

7. Pinball Museum

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This quirky museum housed in a basement is one of Budapest's hidden attractions. It’s home to 140 vintage pinball museums – yes, you can play all but the…

8. Ábrahám Ganz Foundry Museum

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This museum – a lot more interesting than it sounds – is housed in the Ganz Machine Works foundry, which was in use until the 1960s manufacturing the …