Immerse Yourself In the Enchanting Rose Garden on Margaret Island

Rose garden on Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a tranquil oasis that offers a perfect escape from the bustling city life. Among its many attractions, the Rose Garden stands out as a true gem, captivating visitors with its vibrant colors and rich fragrance.

Historical Significance

The first rose garden on Margaret Island was established in the 1810s under the initiative of Archduke Joseph, the Palatine of Hungary. The garden was created near the Palatine’s summer residence by the chief gardener, Károly Tost. One of the earliest depictions of the rose garden can be found in the notes of the famous Hungarian poet, János Arany, who referred to the area as “Rózsás” (Rosy).

In the 1870s, thanks to the support of Archduke Joseph, chief gardener György Magyar established a “rosarium” of European fame within the island’s horticultural facility. The garden underwent several transformations over the years, with the current layout being designed by Annamária Nemesné Kucsovszky in 1976-1977.

Architectural Features

The Rose Garden features a mosaic-like arrangement of flower beds on a vast lawn, with basalt cobblestones used as borders. The garden is home to a diverse collection of roses, including tea hybrids, floribundas, polyanthas, dwarf roses, park roses, climbing roses, and standard roses. In addition to the roses, the garden also features boxwood plants in the beds not occupied by roses.

The garden’s gentle slope towards the east is bridged by a 40 cm high retaining wall, which offers a stunning view of the rose beds as visitors ascend the steps. The garden also features benches and pergolas, providing visitors with a perfect spot to relax and admire the beautiful surroundings.

Getting There

Margaret Island is easily accessible by public transportation. Visitors can take the 4 or 6 tram and get off at the “Margitsziget” stop, which is located at the Margaret Bridge. From there, it is a short walk to the island’s entrance. Alternatively, visitors can take bus 26 from Nyugati Railway Station and get off at the “Palatinus fürdő” stop.

Nearby Attractions

While visiting the Rose Garden, be sure to explore some of the other attractions on Margaret Island. If you are filled with the lush scent of the roses, visit the nearby Japanese garden to soothe your senses, or listen to the charming music played by the Bodor Music Well. The island is also home to the famous Margaret Island Musical Fountain, which offers a spectacular display of water, music, and lights. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely stroll along the island’s scenic walking paths, rent a bike to explore the island, or relax in one of the many green spaces.

The Rose Garden on Margaret Island is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Budapest. With its rich history, stunning architectural features, and vibrant collection of roses, the garden offers a truly enchanting experience. Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a peaceful escape from the city, the Rose Garden is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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