Szentendre, known as the “Town of Artists”, is a quick suburban railway ride just 30 minutes outside of Budapest. The small town is known for is unique artistry, various galleries and museums, and a quaint small town charm.
Hungarian Open Air Museum
In the warmer months venture to the northwest end of town to see the Szentendre Skanzen Village Museum, also known as the Hungarian Open Air Museum. This unique museum is known around Budapest and Hungary as an excellent example of Hungarian culture and history. The museum is a bit far from the heart of town, so look to public transportation to get you there, or enjoy the 5km hike if the weather isn’t too warm.
Unfortunately, the open air museum is not open during the winter months (November – March). But don’t fret! From the end of November through December enjoy the Christmas market along the main streets of Szentendre. In addition to the market, there are various high-quality and unique shops perfect for anyone looking for gifts for loved ones. For the true Christmas-lovers out there, make sure to stop by Hubay Ház Karácsony Kiállítás és Szalon, a truly spectacular Christmas museum and store in the heart of town.
What Else to Do in Szentendre
If you happen to miss the open air museum and the Christmas market there is still plenty to do in Szentendre. Enjoy the various restaurants offering everything from traditional Hungarian food, to fast-food burgers, to Greek food by the river. Most importantly, see some of the incredible galleries that Szentendre has to offer. This community just outside of the big bustling city worked hard for its name as the “Town of Artists”, and shows it with dozens of galleries and museums throughout town.
Szentendre is the perfect half-day or day trip outside of the city during a visit to Budapest. Easily accessible from anywhere in Budapest. Take the red M2 to Batthyány tér on the Buda side, then the purple suburban railway 5 north to Szentendre, the last stop on the line. Enjoy this little town and all it has to offer as the perfect break from a busy schedule in Budapest.
Article by Megan K. Lethbridge
December 6th, 2016