Hajogyari Island is the biggest island in Budapest, being located just north from Margaret Island. However, unlike the peaceful and tranquil Margaret Island, Hajogyari Island, also referred to as Obuda Island, has gained the reputation of party island, a genuine nightlife hub of Budapest.

Hajogyari Sziget has gained international fame as a result of the annual Sziget Festival, first organized in 1993. From that moment on, all that is related to uninterrupted partying started to build up, and resulted in one of the most appealing nighttime leisure opportunities in Budapest. The plethora of bars, clubs and discos are constantly searched out by tourists and locals of the city, and not only during the festival, but all the year round.

On top of that, Hajogyari Island is also said to be one of the top sites for keen bikers, since a cycle path has been laid out approximately overlapping the geographical contour of the island. Several tennis courts and a driving range can also be spotted here.

However, the history of the island does not start in the 1990s, but goes back to the Antiquity, when a Roman palace (said to be the height of all palaces in Pannonia) was built here. After centuries of dereliction (chiefly, the Middle Ages and the Modern Era), when the island was left in its nature state, Count Istvan Szechenyi, the same who initiated and funded the construction of the Chain Bridge, turned the island into the largest shipyard in Hungary (hence the name of the island, since in Hungarian “hajogyari” means precisely “shipyard”).

The access to the island is made by means of the so-called K Hid (K Bridge), which links the island to the Buda region of Budapest. At present, major construction works are being carried out, since the authorities envisage turning Hajogyari Island into a shining and complete leisure complex able to better whatever options one can identify in Budapest.

Hajogyari Island (Hajogyari Sziget)
Budapest, Hungary
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