Top attractions in Szentendre
The 7 best things to do 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.
1. Serbian Ecclesiastical Art Collection
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
2. Margit Kovács Ceramic Collection
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.
3. Hungarian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum
Founded in 1967 and known locally as the Skanzen Village Museum, it features typical
architecture, with farmhouses, mills, and churches from eight different regions.
4. Szentendre Art Mill
Spread across three floors of this old mill, the gallery highlights local and national
artists, with space for paintings, sculptures, graphics, and applied arts.
5. Szabó Marzipan Museum
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.
6. Castle Hill
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.
7. Sightseeing Day-Trip from Budapest
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
Planning Your Visit
How many days to spend in Szentendre?
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.
Where to stay in Szentendre
If you plan to spend more than just a day of sightseeing, you'll find a scattering of
accommodations directly in the center.
Good to know
- Hungarian forint (HUF)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- 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
We would definitely recommend this trip to people who would like to see 3 towns in 1 day. Although we were not able to see every single detail of each town, we were able to have a glimpse into the 3 towns. Our tour guide was brilliant and was full of information and fun facts for us about every place we visited. The lunch had a great view on top of the mountain with large portions, we were definitely full after the 3 courses! The only downside to the trip was we wished we could have spent longer in Szentendre as we were only there for 1 hour, although as Budapest residents we will be able to visit again. We would really recommend this trip!
Klara was an excellent tour guide! She was so helpful with answering all of our questions and really went out her way to bring us a special and unique experience outside of the city. It was hard to pick a favorite on the tour, though we were pleasantly surprised to check another country off of our list when we made a short stop in Slovakia. The views of the Danube from the Basilica and the restaurant in Visegrad were absolutely stunning, and shopping in Szentendre was quaint and fun.
It was a good day trip to see outside the main city. Not something special but nice. The guide was a very sweet lady who knows a lot about history and willing to give you all information in depth. The lunch was just ok. The Szentendre a very beautiful-must see village but way too touristic.
A little of many things to learn about Hungary and its people. I liked the visit to the first Hungarian capital. May be I would like to visit the castle in Vishegrad, but meanwhile we had enough time for wonderful lunch with exchanging impressions with the others of the group.
A darling village along the Danube within easy drive of Budapest. A visit here gives a nice comparison to that of Hungary's largest city. Be aware that many shops will be closed before, on & after Christmas.