Szentendre (Szentendre) - small town (about 25 thousand inhabitants) in northern Hungary. The time of its foundation is reliably unknown, but, during the time of the Romans there was a military camp with a fortress. At the end of the XIV century a powerful impetus to the development of the city was given by Serbs and Greeks who fled from the Turkish invasion, among whom there were many merchants and artisans. At the beginning of the XX century Szentendre was chosen by artists, and there are still many galleries and museums.
Tourists are attracted by the picturesque scenery, the festive atmosphere and, of course, the proximity to Budapest.
Szentendre. Embankment of the Danube
Szentendre attractions are represented by various churches.
The oldest church of Szentendre (and, almost the only one from the old ones is not Serbian) - St. John the Baptist. Despite the later reconstruction, it retained its original Gothic features.
Church of St. John the Baptist (XIV-XVIII century)
All other churches were built at about the same time (in the middle of the XVIII century) and, most of them are Serbian. Now, by the way, there are very few Serbs in Szentendre, the predominant population is Hungarian (over 90%).
Annunciation Church (XVIII century)
The Pozsarevac church was built on the site of an old wooden one, which was founded immediately after the resettlement in 1690 by Serbs from the city of Pozharevac.
Pozsarevac church (XVIII century)
Church of st. Peter and Paul was also Orthodox and was called the Transfiguration. In 1856, it was consecrated in honor of St. Apostles, and in 1942 the building was transferred to the Catholic Church.
Church of st. Peter and Paul (XVIII century)
The Assumption Cathedral, also called Belgrade Cathedral, is the center of the Budim diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Assumption Cathedral (XVIII century)
How to get to Szentendre from Budapest by public transport
From Budapest to Szentendre about 20 km.
It takes about 40 minutes to get to Szentendre by train. Trains run quite often, from the Batthyány tér metro station. Suburban trains (HÉV) serving this route are part of the Budapest public transport system, but a ticket is needed not only for the city. About the features of buying tickets for commuter trains - in aseparate article. The current schedule and ticket prices can be found on the Budapest public transport website.
The bus and railway stations are located near the city center, walk about ten minutes.
In summer, you can get from Budapest to Szentendre along the Danube, by boat, from Vigadó tér. It is longer and more expensive, but you can admire the surrounding views.