Szentendre

Artist’s colony

The best of Szentendre

  • Famous Margit Kovács museum of ceramic works
  • Main Square and historical centre
  • Szentendre open-air village museum of folklore architecture
  • Szabo Marzipan Confectionery and Museum

SZENTENDRE – “Artist’s colony”

Szentendre is a picturesque riverside town near to Budapest. Szentendre boasts a well-preserved 18th-century Baroque townscape, and because it has been home to several generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century, it is known for its museums (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum) and galleries. Its proximity to Budapest it makes it an ideal day trip for visitors and tourists staying in the capital.

Most visitors begin exploring from the Main Square, which is presided over by a monumental Baroque cross, erected in 1763 to commemorate the lucky fact that the Black Plague avoided the town. Winding streets leading off from the Square are packed with fine architecture, museums, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Of the 9 churches in Szentendre, the Baroque-Rococo Greek-Orthodox Blagovestenska church is the best known, built in the mid-18th century by settlers living in the nearby Greek quarter.

Many artists come to find inspiration and work in Szentendre. Here, you can experience a Mediterranean atmosphere rarely found elsewhere in Hungary.

Not far from the town is the idyllic riverside village of Leanyfalu, an elegant holiday resort offering beaches, campsites, Mediterranean villas and thermal baths. Visitors there can enjoy an unforgettable bathing experience in healing waters.