You have a wide variety of weekend getaway destinations around Budapest. If you don’t want to travel far from Budapest, Szentendre is an excellent choice. The city awaits with vibrant cultural and artistic programs almost all year round. It is not a coincidence, that it is one of the most popular cities, that attracts not only people from the capital, but everyone else too.
The city is a treasure box! Let it be hiking, sightseeing, romantic dinner, museum visit, or water sports, everyone finds their favourite activity in Szentendre!
Since Szentendre offers numerous options, in this article I mainly collected the museums and sightseeing spots. I listed the top 12 sights of Szentendre, what you need to know about them, what their opening hours are, and how much you need to pay for entry.
You can even fit all the activities in one day, but if you can, it is worth spending a weekend here. That way you will definitely have time for everything, moreover, you’ll have time to discover the hiking spots around Szentendre. It is worth visiting the city alone, with your partner, or even with the family, since there are cultural or artistic programmes suitable for all ages.
Budapest Szentendre distance
Szentendre’s location, approach
Szentendre belongs to Budapest’s agglomeration. It is located about 30 kilometres from Budapest. Szentendre is also known as the gate of the Danube bend, since it is located at the foot of the Visegrád mountain, where the Danube meets the mountain. Fun fact, Szentendre was once made up of multiple, small settlements. This memory is preserved by the names of different parts of the city, such as Izbég.
Szentendre commuter rail lines (HÉV)
It is easy to approach Szentendre from Budapest by public transport. The H5 commuter rail line starts from Batthyány square, which takes you to the hearth of the city within an hour.
With car it is even quicker. It takes about half an hour to get to Szentendre from the capital.
Szentendre top 10 sights
- Kovács Margit Ceramics Museum
- Szentendre Main Square
- Szentendre Old Town
- Ferenczy Museum Centre
- Public Transport Museum
- Danube Promenade
- V-8 Pool and Leisure Centre
- Ráby House
- Belgrád Cathedral
The history of Szentendre dates back to prehistoric times, so it is no coincidence that the city houses many museums. In addition, the fantastic atmosphere of the small town located between the Visegrád Mountains and the Danube is enhanced by the "trickling of the Danube", the closeness of nature and the huge blocks of volcanic mountains towering next to the city.
Even one week wouldn’t be enough to visit all the museums in Szentendre. If you are a big fan of museums, and only have 1 or 2 days, it is worth choosing the most appealing one, and keep the rest for another time.
#1 Skanzen – Open Air Ethnographic Museum
The first thing that pops in your mind about Szentendre, is the Skanzen, although many people don’t actually know what that is. The Skanzen, in other words Open Air Ethnographic Museum, which’s goal is to showcase in a natural environment how people lived, farmed, and dressed from the 18. to the 20. century.
The Skanzen was established in 1972, uniquely in Europe, this was the first open-air ethnographic museum. In the 46-hectare area, the landscape units were developed keeping in mind the ethnographic aspects of the settlement.
The 9 units represent Hungary, and its regions. If you want to know more about Hungary’s folklore architecture and heritage, then you can discover Hungary’s whole history from the 18th until the 20th century!
- 2020. May 23.– October 25. (Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 - 17:00)
- 2020. October 27 - November 1. (Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 - 16:00)
- 2020. November 7-8., Saint Martin’s day, New wine and Goose Festival (9:00 - 18:00)
Entry and prices
- Adults (between the ages 26-62): 2000 Ft
- Students (between the ages 6-26): 1000 Ft
- Senior citizens (between ages 62-70): 1000 Ft
- Family adults: 1800 Ft
- Family children: 800 Ft
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Sztaravodai St. 75.
#2 Kovács Margit Ceramic Museum
In Szentendre’s centre, near the main square you will find the Kovács Margit Ceramic Museum, which was opened in 1973. Margit Kovács is a Kossuth-award winner ceramics artist, who donated her collection to the museum.
The artist’s versatile creations are timeless. Moreover you can find letters and pictures from the artist’s heritage too.
- Monday – Sunday, every day: 10:00-18:00
Entry and prices
- Adults: 1400 Ft
- Under the age of 26 and senior citizens: 700 Ft
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Vastagh György St. 1.
#3 Szentendre Main Square
It is worth spending a couple hours on the main square. The small, triangular square served as the core of the city through history. It was home to countless of markets, fairs, musical and dancing activities. In addition, several buildings have been preserved during the Baroque and Rococo periods, with which the Serbian trading houses and the Greek church fit nicely. Walking by the colourful houses is like travelling back in time.
Near the square you will find the previously mentioned kovács Margit Museum, the Blagovesztenszkaj orthodox church, the Szentendrei Gallery, the Kmetty Museum and the Kálmár Cross. If you don’t have time to admire the buildings from the inside, drink a coffee in one of the cafés, and let yourself immerse in the square’s vibe.
#4 Szentendre Old Town
The old town is located around the main square, which’s history dates back to the middle ages. The 18th century baroque and Rococo style buildings are well preserved. The main square was created in the middle ages, and times after that, due to trade routes running through there.
Thanks to luck and continuous reconstruction, the baroque gates, narrow small streets and houses built tightly, are preserved and still functioning today.
The old town is home to many cultural and artistic programmes during the summer. Such as the Szentendre Day and Night Festival, when the gates open, and every street is flooded by merchants, craftsmen, and programmes with music and dancing.
#5 Ferenczy Museum Centre
The Ferenczy family moved to Szentendre in the middle of the 19th century. With this the city started to merge with arts and culture. Many members of the Ferenczy Family were excellent artists. The museum was established in 1951 to honour them. The museum was later expanded by other smaller exhibitions, then creating the Ferenczy Museum Centre, which operates the most of the city’s fine art exhibitions.
The Ferenczy Museum preserves the local historical monuments of the city and houses 20th century, modern and contemporary exhibitions. The museum and centre awaits visitors with constantly changing temporary and permanent exhibitions.
At the moment 10 museums belong to the centre
- Ferenczy Museum
- Roman Stone Collection
- Barcsay Museum
- Kmetty Museum
- Szentendrei Gallery
- Kovács Margit Ceramics Museum
- Czóbel Museum
- Vajda Museum
- Ámos Imre – Anna Margit Memorial Museum
At the moment you can only visit the Kovács Margit and Kmetty Museums. ⚠️
#6 Public Transport Museum
The Public Transport Museum was established in 1992. If you are interested in old vehicles, and would like to know how public transport was formed throughout history in the cities, don’t leave this museum out!
The museum awaits visitors with five exhibition areas, open air exhibition areas, and more than 60 renovated vehicles.
- Season: 2020. July 1.-October 31.
- Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
Entry and prices
- Adults: 350 Ft
- Students and senior citizens: 280 Ft
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Dózsa György St. 3.
#7 Danube Promenade
The Danube Promenade known for its colourful stones, restaurants and bike lane is perfect for a light walk. The Szentendre Danube Promenade is ideal for an afternoon stroll with ice cream in your hand, or a relaxing evening walk. It is always pleasant relaxing on the riverside.
You don’t have to go to a fancy place if you get hungry, try lángos at the Görög Kancsó restaurant, or sandwich at Kacsakő. It is almost a romantic dinner having the Danube’s panorama in the background.
#8 V-8 Pool and Leisure Centre
If you wish for a more relaxing way to spend your time, or would like to recharge after walking around the city visiting museums, then the V-8 Pool and Leisure centre awaits you all year round.
You can relax your tired legs on the sauna island or in the steam cabin, and then regain your strength in the salt room and the ice cave. And if you are visiting with family or kids, the “Water Spider” playhouse is an unforgettable experience for the little ones.
Entry and prices
- Adults – swimming pool: 1650 Ft
- Adults – wellness: 2200 Ft
- Adults - swimming pool + wellness: 2950 Ft
- Senior citizen/student – swimming pool: 1400 Ft
- Senior citizen/student- wellness: 1800 Ft
- Senior citizen/student- swimming pool + wellness: 2400 Ft
- Children – swimming pool: 850 Ft
- Children – wellness: 950 Ft
- Children – swimming pool + wellness: 1200 Ft
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Kálvária St. 16/c.
#9 Raby House
The characteristic baroque residential house was built by Mátyás Ráby in 1768. The building’s signature feature is the coffered entrance gate, stone-framed windows and a saddle roof. This building preserved and preserves most authentically the baroque everyday life.
The building is a twin house, which’s entrance opens to Hunyadi street. The building can unfortunately only be admired from the outside, however, it is worth checking it out and immersing yourself in its many small, beautiful details.
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Rab Ráby Square 1.
#10 Belgrade Cathedral
Serbian Orthodox Ecclesiastical Art Collection
The Belgrade Cathedral guards the memories of many Greeks, Serbian and Dalmatians who fled to here during the Turkish times. The baroque cathedral located not far from the main square also accommodates the Serbian Orthodox Bishop’s Palace. The tower with its 48 metres stands out next to the flat trading houses, however, it is still not the tallest in the city, but it is the most richly ornamented.
The gates are open on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays between 10-17. It is worth taking a peak from the inside, the a pulpit made of linden wood and the gilded cathedra.
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Entry and prices
You can only visit the cathedral and the church history museum located next to it by purchasing a ticket.
- Adults600 Ft
- Discounted: 300 Ft
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Alkotmány St. 5.
#11 Szamos Marzipan Museum
If you like sweets, or are visiting with children, the Szamos Marzipan museum is an unmissable activity. The café and the tiny marzipan museum operating within the confectionery awaits visitors with a sweet tooth between 9-19.
- Every day, 09:00 - 19:00
- Address: Szentendre, Dumtsa Jenő St. 14, 2000
I must highlight the ArtMill, because it is definitely unique in Hungary, but it is also rare in Europe to be able to view contemporary art pieces in such a special environment. If you decide next to the ArtMill, be prepared for a unique experience. The mill combines the past with the present’s modernity.
Make sure to check what exhibition the mill houses at the moment before visiting. Regardless, it is worth exploring the building.
Unfortunately the museum can’t be visited in 2020. 😱
- Address: 2000 Szentendre, Bogdányi St. 32