"At the bend of the Danube" Top 5 Page for this destination Szentendre by rexvaughan

Szentendre Travel Guide: 203 reviews and 570 photos

Szentendre is one of the oldest settlements along the bend of the Danube and dates its origins to Roman times when it was an important fortification guarding the river. In the middle ages thanks to St. Stephen (who else?) it became an ecclesiastical center as seat of the archdeacon and the town priest was vice chancellor to the queen. In the late 12th C it was named to honor Saint Andrew (Sanctus Andreas) which gives us the present name.

Today the town's industry probably still includes trade and viniculture but I would guess the main one is tourism. It is a beautiful place with lots of museums and shops and tons of tourists. The cross in the photo dates from the mid 18th C and, like so many others, was erected in gratitude by those who survived the plague.

Szentendre is an artsy kind of place and you can see why painters in particular would be attracted here by the lovely curve of the river and the closely clustered baroque houses, narrow streets and tile roofs.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely town, easy access from Budapest
  • Cons:Crowds
  • In a nutshell:The Pearl of the Danube Bend
  • Last visit to Szentendre: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Nov 10, 2005
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  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2010 at 7:31 AM

    Looking at you secod photo here I have realised that I have one like this too. Lovely that small place in the middle of the city, isn't it?Do you know what is so special here? You can smell Mediteranean Sea and it is so far ;)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Thought I would take a peek as it was a featured tip! What a nice place, and isn't it great when you run into Festival's etc. unexpectedly, I love it when that happens.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    This is the featured tip, Rex! To get lost --- I love it! Sometimes it is really nice to get lost and then find your way back (profound)...Norman :)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    Nice experience to wander about those old streets... I would gladly do it too...

  • Segolily's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    I love the little shop on your general tips page. What a delightful little place.

  • Apr 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    small but interesting page

  • katamorgana's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2007 at 3:27 AM

    Hi Rex, I was in Szentendre 20 years ago, when Unicum was not so famouse. But I still have it in my mind. A romantic place. Bye. Katarina

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    thanks for the lovely tips ;-)

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Really nice wee page about a lovely spot on the Danube. I love the old buildings and the history. Thanks!

  • global-wanderer's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    that's always a great way to find unexpected things when traveling! Great pics!

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