Csepel Island

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Satellite picture of Csepel Island. Note its mainly urban northern part and the other suburbs of Budapest along with its centre on the Danube to the north

Csepel Island (Hungarian: Csepel-sziget) /ˈpəl/ is the largest island on the Danube River in Hungary. It is 48 km long; its width after 3–km sections of bifurcation and rejoining (confluence) is 6–8 km. Its area comprises 257 km² and its population is 165,000.[1]

The isle extends south from Budapest; its northern point or section is Csepel – Budapest's District XXI. Most of the island is accessible from Budapest by the suburban railway. Notable towns include Ráckeve, Szigetszentmiklós, Szigethalom and Tököl. Csepel island was the first centre of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin (Hungarian: honfoglalás: "conquest of the homeland"), being the early homestead of Árpád's tribe. The island is named after Árpád's horse groom, Csepel.

It features Hungary's tallest structure, Lakihegy Tower, a 314 metres (1,030 ft) radio mast used today intermittently for power network control purposes.[2][3]


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Csepel at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°15′N 18°57′E / 47.250°N 18.950°E / 47.250; 18.950