10 Best Sights in The Danube Bend, Hungary


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Crowning the top of a 1,148-foot hill, Visegrád's dramatic citadel was built in the 13th century and served as the seat of Hungarian kings in the early 14th century. In the Middle Ages, this was where the Holy Crown and other royal regalia were kept, until they were stolen by a dishonorable maid of honor in 1440; 23 years later King Matthias had to pay 80,000 HUF to retrieve them from Austria. Today, the crown is safe and sound in Budapest's Parliament building. There are some interesting exhibits and artifacts inside the castle, including coats of arms, hunting trophies, models of the castle through history, and waxwork recreations of Renaissance feasts and balls, but most people's abiding memory of the site is the breathtaking views it offers of the Danube Bend below. It's certainly ample reward for the strenuous 40-minute hike up, which starts from the back gate of Salamon Tower. Then again, you can always drive up the hill from the center of Visegrád in five minutes and park (for a fee).

Only interested in the view? Come after 6 pm for free access to the terrace.

Ferenczy Múzeum

The museum, founded in 1972, was created to honor the work of Impressionist Károly Ferenczy, and important leader in the Nagybánya Artist Colony in the late 19th century. But the museum also exhibits the work of his wife, children, and brother, all of whom were popular artists of the early modern era.

Fő tér

Fő tér is Szentendre's colorful main square, the centerpiece of which is an ornate Memorial Cross erected by Serbs grateful that their town was spared from a plague. The cross displays a painted crucifixion and stands atop a triangular pillar adorned with a dozen icon paintings. Every single house on Fő tér is a designated landmark. The Szentendrei Képtár serves as an information center and also has its own excellent collection of local contemporary artists and revolving exhibits of international art. Cross the square and check out the Kmetty Múzeum, featuring the work of János Kmetty (1889–1975), a pioneer of Hungarian avant-garde painting. Kmetty tried his hand at everything from Impressionism to Cubism, and his absorbing self-portraits utilize a fascinating mix of styles. Gracing the corner of Görög utca is the Serbian Orthodox church Blagoveštenska templom, with its elegant 18th-century edifice built on the site of a wooden church dating from the Great Serbian Migration (around AD 690). Its greatest glory—a symmetrical floor-to-ceiling panoply of stunning icons—was painted between 1802 and 1804. Behind the church lies the Szerb Egyházi Múzeum, with its exquisite assemblage of ecclesiastical art and artifacts relating to the history of the church in Hungary.

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Görög templom

Gracing the corner of Görög utca (Greek Street) and Szentendre's main square, Fø tér, the so-called Görög templom is actually a Serbian Orthodox church that takes its name from the Greek inscription on a red-marble gravestone set in its wall. This elegant edifice was built between 1752 and 1754 by a rococo master, Andreas Mayerhoffer, on the site of a wooden church dating to the Great Serbian Migration (around AD 690). Its greatest glory—a symmetrical floor-to-ceiling panoply of stunning icons—was painted between 1802 and 1804 by Mihailo Zivkovic, a Serbian painter from Buda.

Kmetty Múzeum

The museum displays the work of János Kmetty, a pioneer of Hungarian avant-garde Cubist painting.

Kovács Margit Kerámiamúzeum

If you have time for only one of Szentendre's myriad museums, make it this extraordinary exhibition showcasing the works of the renowned Budapest ceramics artist. Kovács, who died in 1977, left behind a wealth of richly textured works that range from ceramic figurines to life-size sculptures and draw inspiration from folk history, Christianity, and 20th century life. Look out for the tiny but wonderful Beggar Woman with Forget-Me-Not Eyes, half-hidden in a wall recess.
Vastagh Gyorgy utca 1, Szentendre, Pest, 2000, Hungary
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Rate Includes: 1,400 HUF; 1,700 HUF combined ticket with Ferenczy and Kmetty museums, Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Oct. and Mar., Tues.–Sun. daily 10–6; Jan.–Feb., Tues.–Sun. daily 9–5

Mátyás Király Múzeum

In the 15th century, King Matthias Corvinus had a separate, 350-room palace built on the bank of the Danube below the citadel. It was eventually razed by the Turks, and not until 1934 were the ruins finally excavated. Now, after extensive reconstruction, it's possible to visit about 20 of the rooms—including the royal bed chambers, the kitchen, and the chapel—which are spread throughout the Királyi palota (Royal Palace) and its Salamon torony (Salamon Tower). Come during summer to see medieval games and craft demonstrations.

Fő utca 23, Visegrád, Pest, 2025, Hungary
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Rate Includes: 1,400 HUF castle; 700 HUF Salamon Tower, Royal Palace Tues.–Sun. 9–5. Salomon Tower May–Sept., Wed.–Sun. 9–5, Closed Mon.; closed Oct.–Mar.

Szentendrei Képtár

The gallery has an excellent collection of local contemporary art and changing exhibits of international art.

Szentendrei Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum

Szentendre's farthest-flung museum is also the largest open-air museum in the country. Located 5 km (3 miles) northwest of the city center, it is a living re-creation of 18th- and 19th-century village life from different regions of Hungary—the sort of place where blacksmith shops and a horse-powered mill compete with wooden farmhouses and folk handicrafts for your attention. A heritage train takes you around the site. The museum is accessible by bus 230 from stand 7 of the Szentendre terminus of the HÉV suburban railway. Guided tours in English are available if booked in advance.
Sztaravodai út 75, Szentendre, Pest, 2000, Hungary
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Rate Includes: 2,000 HUF, Tues.–Sun. 9–5, Closed Mon.

Szerb Egyházi Múzeum (The Serbian Ecclesiastical Art Collection)

The Serbian Orthodox Collection of Religious Art displays exquisite artifacts relating to the history of the church in Hungary. It shares a tranquil yard with the imposing Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.