The city hides a lot of retreats from summer heat. Palatinus Strand on peaceful Margaret Island is one of the most enjoyable ones. One of the oldest of its kind, it opened in 1919 during the short-lived Communist regime of Béla Kun. Since 2013 it was extended by two thermal pools and thus it’s a combination of STRAND and FÜRDŐ.
As opposed to thermal baths (TERMÁLFÜRDŐ), STRAND (sometimes funnily labeled as ‘beach’) is a recreational establishment with cold water swimming pools and typical ’strand food’ like lángos and all those Hungarian fast food. Thanks to the flexibility of the language the word can be easily converted into a verb ’STRANDOL’ which means much more than just BATHE. ’Strandolás’ is a full day activity including bathing, sunbathing, eating, drinking, reading and socialising.
The name PALATINUS is a reminder of the fact that Margaret Island was the property of the NÁDOR i.e. palatine, the most famous of whom was Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (József Nádor) in the first decades of the 19th century. It was only in 1908 when the island became the property of the capital and was opened to the public but until 1919 you had to pay an entrance fee.
To combine leisure with pleasure, a shady terrace at Palatinus is the ideal scene for a Hungarian fun class accompanied with a LÁNGOS and a chilled ROSÉ FRÖCCS. Such strand classes can be easily arranged at request: http://fungarian.hu/hungarian-language-classes-in-budapest/