Szentendre is just a short ride from Budapest, so it's become popular as a side-trip when visiting the capital. Its laid-back Mediterranean flavor and photogenic streets make it worth a visit - but be prepared to share!
Szentendre has been inhabited since Roman times, and has been a center for populations of Serbians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Macedonians and Greeks. Its different waves of inhabitants have lent it a feel more Southern than Eastern Europe. Looking around at the Baroque architecture and cobblestone lanes, you could think you're in Croatia.
The town has a lively arts scene, as well as some fine museums. And, of course, there's everything a tourist would need - hotels, restaurants and bars all crowd for the service of the visitor.
If you want to see Szentendre with a bit more elbow room, time your visit away from weekends, particularly in summer, when it's peak tourism season. The town sits on the Danube Bank not far north of Budapest. You can get there on Highway 11 by both car and bicycle; otherwise, trains and buses leave regularly from Budapest and take about half an hour.
Tours & Tickets
Venture to Szentendre, town of museums on a half day sightseeing trip from Budapest. Located at the South Gate of Danube Bend, the tiny town squares, ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Hop on a bike and cycle from Budapest to Szentendre on a full-day tour with a guide. The varied route combines Budapest sightseeing with Danube River ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)