Margaret Island (Margit-sziget): Sunrise to sunset, you can find a number of garden areas on the enchanting island in the Danube. During the summer months, the whimsical fountain, set within one of the beautiful garden areas, plays classical music while spraying water in time to the music. The island did not become a public park until 1908. Before that time only the leaders of the upper classes could set foot on it. Plebeians should take advantage and visit with a picnic.
Szabadság tér: The name is Freedom Square in English. Surrounded by historical buildings, including the U.S. Embassy, this well-tended green space has gardens interspersed with pedestrian walkways. There are plenty of benches under shady trees for relaxing and even a small children's playground for a family rest stop. It is also home to the tall obelisk with a star on top, the last remaining monument to the Soviet Union's liberation of Budapest after World War II.
Szent István Park: This attractive green park in the XIII district is often overlooked by visitors who don't even know it's there. It's a flowering oasis during spring and summer. To reach it, take tram no. 4 or 6 to Jászai Mari tér and walk parallel to Margaret Island three blocks along the Danube to reach it. The gardens are open from 6am to 8:30pm.
Kodály körönd: If you take the Millennium walking tour, you will discover the four pleasant garden areas, each with its own statue.
Jókai tér and Liszt Ferenc tér: Where they are intersected by Andrássy út just past Oktogon, each has attractive flower gardens. The Liszt Ferenc side is always shaped like a giant valentine heart. If you continue down Liszt Ferenc tér, an umbrella of trees will shadow you as you walk along the winding path.
Nagymezo utca: Again, just off of Andrássy út in district VI, you will find an extended sidewalk with a planter built up from the ground filled with flowers. Beyond the flowerbeds is a modern, tranquil water fountain. Benches are provided for a rest stop, so give your feet a break and enjoy the views.
Hollán Erno utca: Just as the street starts off Szent István körút in the XIII district, there is a pedestrian street for one block. Like Nagymezo utca, a new pedestrian area has been created complete with flowers and a water fountain decorated with colored lights.
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