Népsziget ranks among the least known Budapest beauties. It is nothing more than a calm, tucked-away, post-industrial fisherman’s favorite peninsula. Get off at Újpest-Városkapu metro stop on line 3 and follow the pedestrian/train bridge (you can also get off at Gyöngyösi utca the stop before). You can also take the public boat (check the Spotted by locals article on BKK boats), should drop you off at Újpest-Árpád út (warning: metro 3 is suspended during the week-ends as of now). No one lives on Népsziget permanently, except for a MAV retired man who raises goats in his backyard (it’s actually a mini farm with ducks as well) by a high-tension electric line!
During the summer season, there’s some camping sites open as well as a few Goa-party places (most of them boat-shaped!). And there is also some kind of abandoned house… In the winter there is hardly anybody and it feels like an eerie place with all those abandoned factories!
The sight of the sun raising and setting on the Danube is particularly beautiful on Népsziget. There were talks about developing a real estate complex here but apart from the Gyöngyösi utca metro 3 stop and some new residential buildings (and a few cafés/one restaurant) I don’t see much progress, so far so good!
In the summer, Népsziget is perfect for a good beer, a nice walk, for camping (there is actually a cool camping where you can drink some very nasty stuff) or make a goulash party, a Sunday picnic, or go fishing!