Szentendre. The name is even translatable: In English it would be St. Andrew (szent = holy). The name derives from the parish church with the same name and was used since the Middle Ages.
Szentendre lies in the central part of Northern Hungary and stretches along the right (western) bank of the river Danube. →Budapest is only 20 km away to the south. The area in and around Szentendre is rather hilly, which makes it an interesting place.
The town stretches along the rivershore, but wide parts of the old town tower over the river Danube on the top of a hill. The train station is outside the old town in the south. From there, visitors first have to pass an underground passage and than walk along Kossuth Lajos utca. After a while, there's a tiny river. From there, walk along Dumtsa Jenõ utca (a few metres behind the river on the right there's the tourist information). After a while you will see the central square called Fõ tér. Further to the north on the top of the hill, there's the Templom tér (Church Square) with a church attached to it. A few metres away from Church Square there's the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The old town mainly consists of very narrow and scenic lanes and many churches. And even more tourists. Day by day, countless hords of tourists flock through the ppr old town. Because of that, there are also many souvenir shops and other appropriate facilities. Szentendre shouldn't be missed, but many travelers will be glad when they can leave this overcrowded place.
Centuries ago, especially during the 17th century, many people fled from →Serbia because of the advancing Ottomans. And so many Serbs decided to settle in a small town north of the capital →Buda. Soon they built their own churches and started trading. Visitors will soon notice that the atmosphere in Szentendre is different to other Hungarian towns. Artists seem to love that, and so the town became very popular with artists. In the centre, it rather looks like a village than a town. But there are seven churches and 14 museum and galleries in town. Especially during the weekends, day trippers from Budapest heavily outnumber the citizens of Szentendre.
Getting there / transportation
The best way to get to Szentendre are the HÉV (Budapest's local traffic company) commuter trains from →Budapest. Most of the trains start from Batthyány tér subway station. Halfway, the train stops in Aquincum (the old Roman ruins of Budapest). The ride takes 40 minutes only, the fare is less than 200 ft. From Szentendre, buses run along the Danube to the north to →Visegrád (45 minutes) and as far as →Esztergom (1½ hrs, around 500 Ft.). The bus station is adjacent to the HÉV-station.
The whole area around Fő tér (Central Square) is dominated by narrow lanes, with all of them being closed to traffic. In the vicinity, there are some museums and the Blagoveshtenska-Church, which is a Greek Orthodox church from the 18th century. From there, stairs lead to the St John Parish church, providing a fine view over the entire old town.
|The old town of Szentendre|
Further to the north there's the characteristic Belgrade Cathedral, which is the largest Serbian church in town.
Among the museums, the large Hungarian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum north of the town is worth mentioning. Not all museums in Szentendre should be taken seriously. There are also curious museums such as the Marzipan Museum near St Peter & Paul church. Passionate museum lovers can easily spend two full days in Szentendre. As for everyone else, the town is just fine for a nice walk in the afternoon.
For details on interesting places around Szentendre see →Budapest, →Esztergom and →Visegrád & Vác. All of them are close to the centre. The Danube is particularly beautiful between Szentendre and Visegrád in the north.
Campsites, hotels, private accommodation - there's no lack of options in the small town. However, most people go back to Budapest the same day.
Rosinante Country Inn
|2015 Szentendre · 2015 Szigetmonostor hrsz. 057/2.|
Number of floors:
Number of rooms: 20
Rates from: US$100
|The 3.5-star Rosinante Country Inn offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Szentendre. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Facilities like airport transfer, meeting facilities, pets allowed, bicycle rental, room service are readily available for you to enjoy. Designed for comfort, guestrooms offer satellite/cable TV, complimentary bottled water, desk, ironing facilities, non smoking rooms to ensure a restful night. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including outdoor pool, water sports (motorized), massage, sauna, jacuzzi. Convenience and comfort makes Rosinante Country Inn the perfect choice for your stay in Szentendre.|
A Hotel Panzio 100
|2000 Szentendre · Ady Endre street 100|
Number of floors:
Number of rooms: 8
Rates from: US$74
|Set in a prime location of Szentendre, A Hotel Panzio 100 puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the A Hotel Panzio 100. The well-appointed guestrooms feature jacuzzi bathtub, satellite/cable TV, in room safe, balcony/terrace, air conditioning. Access to the hotel's pool (kids), sauna, fitness center, spa, garden will further enhance your satisfying stay. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Szentendre has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at A Hotel Panzio 100.|
Bukkos Hotel & Spa
|2000 Szentendre · Bukkos Part 16|
Number of floors:
Number of rooms: 22
Rates from: US$93
|Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Szentendre, Bukkos Hotel & Spa promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. Bar/pub, coffee shop, salon, bicycle rental, safety deposit boxes are on the list of things guests can enjoy. The well-appointed guestrooms feature shower, in room safe, satellite/cable TV, internet access – LAN (complimentary), television LCD/plasma screen. Access to the hotel's steamroom, garden, sauna, spa, massage will further enhance your satisfying stay. A welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are what you can expect during your stay at Bukkos Hotel & Spa.|
- www.szentendre.hu Official website of Szentendre with plenty of information. English and other languages available
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