Szentendre Travel Guide

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Szentendre Things to Do

  • ESZTERGOM BASILICA

    Esztergom Basilica is a little further on from Visegrad. The main reason to come here, is to see the Esztergom Basilica.I was really disappointed that something was on at the Esztergom Basilica, and that I wouldn't be able to visit.The Basiica is Hungary's largest church AND HAS the world's largest altar-piece.ADMISSION to the Basilica is free.A...

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  • MARZIPAN

    Szentendtre has a Marzipan Museum! I wanted to visit as I really enjoy seeing what creative people can do. Unfortunately, I was too early for the opening hours of the Museum! Marzipan is a sweet that dates back to the Middle Ages. In Szentendre, two excellent Confectioners come together to open a shop and museum. All I could view, was their...

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  • SAINT FLORIAN CHAPEL

    This tiny Chapel I found as I made my way along Kossuth utca towards the River. The unassuming white-washed Chapel was built in 1750 at the place where a huge wildfire was stopped. The chapel was founded in honour and praise of Saint Florian. It has quite a nice gate with Baroque wrought ironwork.Saint Florian is the Patron Saint of Fire fighters...

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  • CHURCH SQUARE - TEMPLOM TER

    The walled Templom tér on the top of Castle hill was once a Fortress in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, Catholic Croatians from Dalmatia settled here around the church. I visited the Churches and enjoyed the wonderful views from the terrace. I could see all over the town, lots of rooves and the Danube river - quite a lovely view and well...

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  • THE DANUBE PROMENADE

    The Danube promenade stretches for quite a way along Szentendre. I had seen all the old town that I wanted to, so instead of returning to my car through the village, I found some steps that led me to the top of a levee bank. A concrete pathway and some garden seats situated along the way, throw in great views of the river, making this an enjoyable...

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  • ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH

    Built in 1708 as an wooden Orthodox Church consecrated to St. Nicholas, it was rebuilt in stone in 1750 and consecrated to Saint Peter-Paul in 1796. A huge number of Serbian people settled in Szentendre and constructed the Church. This Church has the distinction of being the first church in Szentendre to close its doors and become a home for the...

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Szentendre Hotels

  • Hotel Roz

    Pannonia ut. 6/b., 2000, Szentendre, H-2000, Hungary

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Kentaur Hotel Szentendre

    This is a family run hotel, with a nice location & with very friendly staff. A double was 53 Euro,...

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  • Hotel Waterfront

    Dunakorzo,, Szentendre, 2000, Hungary

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

Szentendre Restaurants

  • Only tried the langos..

    .. but what a langos!! They were not a bit too greasy, but still original enough. Like the ones we had at last visit at 2006. In some places these look like pizza today, but we want them to be simple like the ones we had had at first visit. There was lots of other food also, but don´t remember what it was.The place looked little bit too fancy to...

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  • Dorothea bistro café

    This was a lovely spot. We had just returned from daytrip to Visegrad and were desperate for a beer. This cute place with just 4-5 tables outside under the tree seemed great. We ordered a beer (500huf for pint of Heineken) and a cold coffee(490huf but wasn’t good at all).It was very relaxing sitting there and watching the people passing by the...

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  • Art café

    Later in the evening we just needed a last coffee, the sun was already set and most places had placed small candles outside at the tables. We just stopped at this café, the service was very slow but the girl apologized with a big smile. It was so dark that I didn’t really take any good pic of the place itself (you can see it on pic 1) but just some...

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  • Lola Cukraszda

    We had just arrived at Szentendre and started to walk up the main pedestrian street. We stoped at this tiny café just to drink something before we start sighseeing. The sign on the door inform us that it dates from 1954. The temperature was really high that day (38’C!), so we just stood at one of the outdoor tables although there weren’t people...

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  • lousy cake, coffee same owners as...

    The place looks nice when you enter, I orderd a simple iced coffee because i wanted something cool and refreshing. It was so hot outside. She brings me 2 drops of hot coffee doused with whipped cream and some poor quality vanilla ice cream with a pirouette on top. It was horrible. They dont speak English very well so I couldnt communicate with her....

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  • Horrific food in Szentendre, Hungary

    All the silverware had food stuck on it ! We told the owner and he didnt even apologize. The goulash was served in a bread basket, overly salty with poor quality meat and no noodles, just awful potatoes. It wasn't hot enough and the quality was pure garbage ! The salmon dish with tagliatelle and truffles would have been good if the pasta wasn't...

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Szentendre Nightlife

  • Cosy night at Dorothea

    This small but super friendly bar gets my 5 out of 5 points for a warm summer night or even for a chilly winter afternoon.You can have light breakfast, lunch, even dinner, freshly made, with perfect quality drinks, a whole lot of different teas, or even cocktails.Thanks to the owner's musical taste, in the backgound You hear Your favourite tunes...

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  • Drinking at the Danube bank

    The nicest place to drink something at night in Szentendre is at the River bank. Here you have a nice boulevard, where the young ones of Szentendre like to hang out. It´s very nice to enjoy your beer here, at one of the many terraces.

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Szentendre Transportation

  • HOW TO TRAVEL TO SZENTENDRE

    Szentendre is a delightful village, one that it easy to visit from Budapest.As it happened, we had our own car, so all we had to do was follow Motorway 11 to Szentendre. NO CAR - NO PROBLEM - PLENTY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTA TRAIN departs approx. every 10 - 15mins from Batthyány Square in Budapest (M2 red metro line). Your there in approx. 40mins.BUSES...

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  • HEV

    Probably the most convenient way to get to Szentendre is Budapest's suburban rail service (HEV). This runs from central Buda, the first stop is Batthyány tér on M2 directly opposite the Parliament. From here you should buy a special ticket, as it's just outside the Budapest zone and so isn't covered by your day tickets, etc. For Szentendre you'll...

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  • How to move around

    Szentendre is a small town so you can easily walk around and see everything. There’s a map outside the train station (pic 1) that you can see all the sites and orient yourself although later you will see a Tourist Information anyway. From the train station just walk under the main highway (pic 2) and walk straight for about 5 minutes and you will...

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Szentendre Shopping

  • THE BEST PAPRIKA

    I noticed there was plenty of Paprika for sale as I walked around the shops and stalls at SzentendreI thought they must be big eaters of this spice, which I believe they are. Since 1529, Hungary has been growing its own species of Paprika. The Hungarian Paprika is often specified in recipes because it is bright red and said to be sweeter with a...

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  • PLENTY OF SOUVENIR SHOPS

    Souvenirs shoppers paradise! Well, I think so!Once I entered the old village, I turned a corner and found a street full of quaint shops. Some were actual shops and some opened out onto the footpath. Further investigation took me into small arcades where I found many stalls selling beautifully embroided linen. So sad that I didn't need any! The...

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  • "Handmade" glass items

    We saw this glass at their window, and went two times to see it. Finally, just before we left the town, we had to go and buy it. We had only a little money, so we could only buy one version. There was three different. It´s like a schnapps glass, but we don´t use it. It´s just a decoration for us.I´ve lost the name of the artist. Jewellers and...

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Szentendre Local Customs

  • History

    Szentendre was founded in the 14th century by Serbian refugees who fleeing from the Turks. Most of the Serbs left during the Habsburg era which made the town loose it's commercial importance and now is just another quiet little town on the Danube. In the early 20th century it began to attract many artists who have suceeded in putting the town back...

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  • The tourism influence in the last decade

    If this was once a town that time forgot, it was only a temporary amnesia. The tourist influx of the last decade has created a series of contrasts that open the mind's eye. Stout peasant women in babushkas lick cones of gelato, over the door of a restaurant advertising "O Magyar" (Olde Hungarian) cuisine hangs an American flag, and the driver of...

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  • Travelling there at winter

    Absolutelly lonely streets, I met about 5 tourists in tottal, despite wondering around all old city center. Feels like time stucked there, if dont mind parked cars (many trabants eh eh ). It was cold and raining, and some cozy cafes with awesome hot wine saved us. No regrets of going there in bad weather at dead season, this city deffinatly has its...

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Szentendre Warnings and Dangers

  • WALKING SZENTENDRE

    Szentendre is a village I really enjoyed exploring on foot!The elderly and people with walking difficulties may find it quite difficult, as to reach the top of the hill is a steep climb up many steps. If your asthmatic, remember to bring your "puffer" along and to use it! The streets are all cobblestoned and look great, but not great for wearing...

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  • Traffic jam

    There can be a biiig and long traffic jam on the roads back to Budapest (after long weekends, or summer weekends) because lot of families have weekend houses in this area.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Szentendre Tourist Traps

  • Aranysarkany Restaurant : The Golden...

    This restaurant is a definite tourist trap with the worst goulash and the filthiest silverware. the prices are too high for the bad quality of food served in this overrated dive. Stay away from this place which douses their poor quality food with tons of salt which will definitely give you a stroke. The goulash wasnt served hot enough, and there...

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  • the city

    The entire city is a tourist trap to me... yes, they have beautiful houses, too bad you can't see them because of all the shops in front of it. Make the best of it, it's still worth it.Just go for a few hours, it's not a day trip!

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Szentendre Off The Beaten Path

  • A TRIP TO VISEGRAD

    Time to depart Szentendre and follow Highway 11 alongside the Danube river to Visegrad. As we were making our way to Vienna, we only stopped for morning tea beside the Danube River.It was here, the ferries crossed to the other side of the River. The scenery was lovely and a found a beautifully done Mural!There is more to offer than what we did...

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  • Take a hike in the Pilis hills

    This was a foggy day in Autumn on a 30 km hike with my then wife and daughter on her back aged 1. You should be quite fit for the hike in Pilisszentlaszlo.

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  • Serbian Orthodox Museum

    As testimony to the influx of Slavic groups in the 17th and 18th C there is a small but lovely Serbian Orthodox Museum. Quite frankly I cannot give you the exact location as we stumbled upon it while wandering the narrow back streets of Szentendre. Your visit should include such wandering if for no other reason than to escape the hordes of tourist...

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Szentendre Favorites

  • Where is the station?

    The station is located quite a distance from the "main" part of town, or is that the old part of town?

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  • Discover what is around the corner

    One of the best things to do here is to wander around and discover what is waiting around the next corner. Some little streets were quite steep.

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  • Tourists everywhere

    Being a local here, must drive you mad. The place is flooded with tourists especially over weekends. So if you visit, be careful that you do not bump into another tourist causing them harm.

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