If you are visiting Budapest and you want to organize a trip out of town, a day trip to Szentendre is definitely a good idea. Personally, I always like to do something different from visiting the usual capital city because it’s just by going out of it that you discover the country in all its beauty. A day in Szentendre is the perfect compromise. Easily accessible only 22 km from the capital is a gem worth visiting.
Also, as I promised, at the end of this article you will find the free and downloadable guide “3 days in Budapest + Szentendre”.
HOW TO REACH SZENTENDRE FROM BUDAPEST
To get to Szentendre there are two different alternatives: By train: (HEV) departs from the Batthyány tér Station (You have to BUY a special ticket) 4.50 euros one way. (the journey takes about 40 minutes). By boat: available every day from May to September, first departure at 10:45 am from pier 11 at the Pest bank near the Elisabetta bridge (the trip takes about 2h). The last boat available for the return departs from Sentendre at 16.30 pm.
WHAT TO VISIT IN SZENTENDRE
Small town not far from the Hungarian capital gives an almost fairy-tale atmosphere. Colorful and well maintained, Szentendre is full of museums and art galleries. Surrounded by the Danube and green areas is the perfect place for a day trip. Among the different things to see the most interesting are definitely: Szamos Marzipan Museum: marzipan museum. Margit Kovács Museum: collection of the works of the ceramist and graphic artist Margit Kovács (1902-1977). Fő Tér: Main square where we can see a column from 1763 as a thanksgiving for the end of a epidemic. Blagovestenska Church: is a Serbian Orthodox church. The parish of the local church is under the jurisdiction of the Eparchy of Buda. The Hungarian Open Air Museum: The Skanzen, which dates back 50 years, is the largest outdoor museum in Hungary and is located at the foot of the Pilis Mountains, on the territory of a nature reserve. Ur Eleonóra Batik Galeria: The Ur Eleonóra Batik Gallery was opened in 2013 in the pedestrian street of Szentendre, Dumtsa Jenő Street. This is the only batik gallery in Hungary. Szentendre Art Mill: museum hosting temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Castle Hill: on this hill you can enjoy the view of the city and you can admire the medieval fortress. Szentendre Island: River island located within the Danube-Ipoly National Park.
WHERE TO EAT
Whenever I visit a new country I always like to experience the local cuisine, especially when I am outside the too touristy areas. During my visit to Szentendre I was lucky enough to come across this typical restaurant both in terms of food and furnishings.
Rab raby restaurant Szentendre, Kucsera Ferenc u. 1/a, 2000 Hungary
My advice is to try the Goulash that is served on a still lit stove to keep it always warm. Not even to say the prices are very affordable. Usually for a full lunch you spend about 15 euros each.
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