The Water Tower Of Margaret Island In Budapest Turned 102 Years Old

  • 23 May 2013 9:00 AM
The Water Tower Of Margaret Island In Budapest Turned 102 Years Old
The historic Water Tower is a spectacular attraction of the Margaret Island, rising above the crowns of the massive trees in the court of the Open-air Theatre. Open from June until the end of September, daily: 11am–10pm. On performance days, between 7pm–11pm only the audience of the theatre may visit the Water Tower, with presenting a valid ticket.

Attention - Max. 30 persons allowed at a time.

Have you ever seen Budapest’s peculiar panorama from a bird’s-eye view?

Water Tower lookout in Margaret Island – exhibition hall
- with its 102 years, it’s Hungary’s largest and oldest water tower
- 360 degrees panorama dome hall, lookout point, amazing view
- unmatched Art Nouveau curved staircase
- includes the country’s _ rst visual exhibition hall
- photo exhibitions of contemporary artists seven days a week
- on Saturday nights concerts at the court of the Water Tower: folk jazz, soul, swing, jazz

Ticket purchase
Tickets are available at the venue.
Entrance fee:
Adults: 600 HUF
Children (under age 14) : 300 HUF
For the groups (over 30 people) 20% discount
Further information at

Imagine Budapest – Sightseeing tours and walks
Water Tower tours on Sundays and „Budapest Prisoners - Escape from the Water Tower” interactive games weekly.
Ticket purchase and more information at / or in the hotels.
Groups are welcome prior to preliminary booking. If you want to book please send an e-mail to +36-1 /301-0147)

Jazzy Tower concerts
Concerts for the 2013’s season int he court of Jazzy Tower:
15 June Balkan Fanatik
6 July FolkSide
27 July Majsai Swing Stars
17 August Budapest Jazz Orchestra & Tóth Vera

The concerts start at 8 pm!

 75 years - Festive Exhibitions - historic and contemporary photographers in the Visual Art Gallery

14 June – 30 September - I. Margaret Island on the mirror of historical photographs
The photographs present the island, the water tower and its remaining ruins or perished treasures between 1870 and 2010 through the works of well-known and unknown photographers. On the centenary of his death this year, the legendary city photographer György Klösz also appears among the artists.

14 June – 31 August - II. Budapest Positive – 10 Years of the Budapest Photography Grant

The Budapest Photography Grant was established in 2000 by the Pro Cultura Urbis Public Foundation, at the initiative of photographer Péter Korniss and János Schiffer MP, and has been awarded to an excellent photographer each year ever since. The grant provides monthly stipend for a year to help the grantee complete a photo series on the capital of Hungary based on their submitted thematic concept.

In 2011 the Hungarian House of Photography hosts an exhibition that endeavours to represent a vision of Budapest through the eyes of ten prominent photographers, former grantees of the Budapest Photography Grant. Our goal is to picture the diversity of the capital’s population, its rich cultural and social milieu through photography-based artworks, and present this panorama to the public – locals and tourists alike.

Former grantees: Imre Benkő, Zoltán Vancsó, Balázs Gárdi, Tamás Dezső, Gábor Arion Kudász, György Stalter, Márk Simon, Dániel Kovalovszky, Gyula Sopronyi, Norbert Hartyányi

1 – 30 September - III. The classics of Hungarian photography – photos of the city by Demeter Balla, Tamás Féner and Péter Korniss

The exhibition displays the work of three photographers whose outstanding contributions have revolutionized classical city photography and who have received the Kossuth Award for their artistic achievements. . The photos of Péter Korniss present the life of a guest worker commuting between Tiszaeszlár and Budapest, for 10 years between 1978-1988. Demeter Balla’s work as a photographer begins with pictures of the city from 1956 and continues into the 21st century. Tamás Féner’s strange compositions without people and with their inclined horizons convey interesting pictorial effects of the city.

Colleague of the Mai Manó Ház, photo-museologist Károly Kincses is the curator of the three exhibitions.

Further exhibitions on the occasion of the festive year:

- in the court of Margaret Island Water Tower
„Theater under the verdure.” - The story of Margaret Island Open-air Stage, 1938–1943
Documents of theater history, posters, photographs of the early ages of the Margaret Island Open-air Stage – In association with the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute – can be visited from 14 June to 30 September .

- on the Városháza Square
Budapest ANNO - Margaret Island
Nostalgic exhibition on the street – Margaret Island in the beginning of the 20th Century – old postcards from the collection of the Budapest City Archives – can be visited from 1 June to the end of August.

Boat service to Margaret Island over the whole summer, seven days a week
A river cruise in Budapest will offer an unforgettable experience! Go for entertainment and comfort all at once!
All boat services ensure transfer transportation options!
The departures times of theater boat services are adjusted to the starting times of the programs and may vary per port.
The boats depart back after the performances continuously from the ports, as the number of passengers require.
Theater boat service – tickets are available also on board!

If you are coming to the performances of the 75 years old Margaret Island Open- air Stage, then this service is for you – the most comfortable, quickest way of transport, plus you don’t even have to hassle with parking!

Departures from the ports of Vigadó tér and Dráva utca from the Pest side, and the port of Batthyány tér on the Buda side with arrival to the Open-air Theater and the Water Tower ports.

Scheduled boat service 5 times a day! – tickets are available also on board!

If you’re planning a trip to the Water Tower, the attractions of Margaret Island, or the theater’s matinee or family programs, arrive in comfort, with the scheduled boat service running five times a day, seven days a week, there and back.
Boats depart from the ports of Vigadó and Batthyány tér every weekday, 5 times a day, with services to the Open-air Theater and the Water Tower ports.

Jazzy special boat service – concert and boat ticket in one!
If you’re coming to the Saturday night jazz concerts in the court of the Margaret
Island Water Tower, do not miss this special boat service, as the fee of the cruise is included in the concert ticket price.

Boat ticket sales
• prior to departure at the ports, after departure onboard
• at the ticket office of Szabad Tér Színház
(1065 Budapest, Nagymezo utca 68., Tel. +36-1/301-0147, Mo-Fri: 9am–5pm)
• from May on, at the ticket office of the venue
• online ticket sales and timetable: and
Tel.: +36-1-484-4013 (MAHART) | Tel.: +36-1-301-0147 (Szabad Tér Ticket Office)


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