The quaint little town of Szentendre

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du Voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about travelling.” – unknown


On the 17th of November, 2018 we went on a day trip to Szentendre (St Andrews), just 40 minutes away from the main city of Budapest.

The place is so pretty and we highly recommend it if you have a half a day to spare during your trip to Budapest.

It is basically a small town but there were so many things to see… shops selling Hungarian authentic crafts in particular.

Doors are in abundance … restaurants, shops, colorful houses and museums.

We noticed that there were a lot of bikes parked and aesthetically positioned in front of shops.

We saw many narrow cobblestone laneways as well.

Szentendre is known for its baroque architecture and churches

Colourful lampshades, umbrellas, murals, small flags and other public art were displayed on the streets.

Chairs and benches were available to get a bit of respite from all the shopping.

This is the main square called Fő Tér. The alleyways around it are lined with art galleries and museums that’s why some call it ‘the Artist town’.

Had lunch at Rab Raby Etterem restaurant. There was a cooking demonstration for an authentic Hungarian goulash and we also had that for our lunch. It was very delicious and hearty.

The restaurant had a quirky setting full of musical instruments, plates and other odd paraphernalia.


  1. Dan Antion says:

    You have a delightful collection of scenes today. I love the doors, the bicycles, the laneways and how colorful everything is. I agree, it looks like a wonderful side trip.

    1. Teresa says:

      It was such a delight to see everything. Thanks for the comment Dan ❤️

  2. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely side trip, Teresa. Never heard of this one.

    1. Teresa says:

      It was an optional tour, glad we joined 👍

  3. Marsha says:

    Wow, you hit the jackpot! I love the umbrellas that look like they are floating Mary Poppins-style. The lampshades are a hoot, too. Who thinks to do that kind of thing? LOL They must be so bright that we need shades to protect us from their brilliance! 🙂 Very cool post, Teresa. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      I know, it is an artist’s haven. We were like kids excited to see everything. Thanks Marsha, glad you liked this post.

      1. Marsha says:

        I bet. It looks like the most fun place ever! Adult Disneyland!

        1. Teresa says:

          Woohoo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  4. So many beautiful places, so much to see! Your photos are stunning! I have never heard of this place before!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Aletta. The less popular the better… not too busy!

      1. Absolutely 😊

  5. Fantastic post, Teresa 👏 What a wonderful place 😃

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked it. It was an enjoyable place to visit!

  6. Toonsarah says:

    I’ve never heard of Szentendre but it does indeed look quaint 🙂 I love the cobbled alleyways, the colourful umbrellas and lamp-shades, the beautiful church. My favourite shot I think is the one of the row of shops with large wooden doors and wooden shutters above.

    1. Teresa says:

      Happy that you loved it as well Sarah. It is a hidden gem and is a visit to Hungary’s countryside.

  7. XingfuMama says:

    Charming town. Those little places to eat look fun.

    1. Teresa says:

      They are so pretty 👍 Thanks

  8. Julie says:

    I have yet to have gone anywhere in Eastern Europe. I would like to go…it just seems so colorful compared to my many trips to Western or Central Europe.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, I guess searching in Instagram helps.

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