Top attractions in Szentendre
The famous artist colony north of Budapest is a great place to visit if you're looking for
day-trip ideas. Szentendre brims with Baroque and has over a dozen galleries and museums
to soak up the local art scene. You can even reach it by boat on the Danube.
The defaced portrait of Christ reflects the hands of an anti-Habsburg mercenary in a
drunken state. When he learned of his actions the next day, he drowned himself in the
The museum houses an ensemble of the city's most famous artist. Her work combines
Hungarian folk, religious, and contemporary themes to form Gothic-like figures.
Founded in 1967 and known locally as the Skanzen Village Museum, it features typical
architecture, with farmhouses, mills, and churches from eight different regions.
Spread across three floors of this old mill, the gallery highlights local and national
artists, with space for paintings, sculptures, graphics, and applied arts.
Although it's a nice place to stop for coffee and cake, the small museum showcases
the creative use of the sweet confection, from cacti to Mickey Mouse.
Once the site of a medieval fortress, the early Gothic Church of St. John the Baptist is
the only structure standing, boasting frescoes painted by artists in the 1930s.
The suburban rail HÉV from Batthyány Square takes 40 minutes; from Árpád Bridge by
bus takes 30 minutes. A boat trip on Mahart Passnave takes 1.5 hours from the pier at
You can see the main highlights in one day, but think of adding another if you want to
spend more time visiting the art galleries and museums.
You sightsee around Szentendre simply by strolling its streets. To reach the Open-
Air Ethnographic Museum, which is 3 miles away, take bus 230 from bay No. 7 at
Szentendre's bus station.
If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find a scattering of
accommodations directly in the center.
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- Best time to visit
- Plan your visit for any time between late June and late August, when the streets come alive with the city's Summer Festival.
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What people are saying about Szentendre
The tour was very interesting! A taxi picked us up from our hotel to take us to the bus. The bus was super comfortable! The seats were more like sofas rather than the usual bus seats. We left on time and managed to do the whole tour on time and without any issues. The locations that we visited were absolutely beautiful and we could not stop taking pictures! It was truly a marvelous tour. The only reason why I could not give this tour 5 stars is due to our guide Helen. She treated us as if we were kids and she behaved inappropriately during the trip. We did not ask questions because she will not give you a straight answer - she starts talking and talking without answering questions. We started to avoid her because she gave us a big headache. She did not stop talking (crap) for 8 hours straight. Also, as far as I know this was an English speaking tour, but because there were 2 people (out of 21) who were Italians (who understood English), the guide kept translating the tour in Italian.
Little quaint town - good for a walk and to sip some coffee / hot chocolate + delicious cake in one of the many cafes. We also visited the museum of marzipan which was quite unimpressive but good for kids I imagine. The small museum of miniatures was way better and we spent some half an hour there to see the 10 or so exhibits. Not much else to do except souvenir shopping and getting food. We tried to have lunch at a restaurant but they were so painfully slow that we moved to a food court.
I totally enjoyed this trip. It was well organized and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. As with any group tour, it is a challenge to balance the time for individual exploring and the need for the group to move on. I felt I had enough time to explore the towns, but wished I had more time at the large church. If you want to go to the top of it, then don't delay, don't buy admission to anything else, and make sure you are in good shape! Oh, and the lunch was delicious.
We booked this trip for our final full day in Budapest having spent 11 days between the Grand prix then sightseeing we were looking for a more relaxing day trip and this certainly provided it. A lovely 1 1/2 hour scenic cruise to reach the charming little town. We spent a nice 5 hours just strolling and exploring the pretty little streets, trying the delicious langos, icecream and beverages.
The town of Szentendre is a must see for any tourist visiting Hungary. It is mere miles from Budapest but one is transported to a different moment in time courtesy of this visit. Mike (our tour guide) was an exuberant and kind tour guide with a great personality. We appreciated being shown around the town by him. All in all, a lovely way to spend a few hours in Hungary.