Do you feel like to leave the big city to get to another world? Come with me to Szentendre! This small charming town with a special Mediterranean atmosphere, nice location on the riverbank, friendly mood full of art is just about 20 km from Budapest (30 min. driving).
It was founded by Serbs and Dalmatians in the Middle Ages, but its present Baroque buildings were built in the 18th century and survived the World War II. You can visit Greek-ortodox churches with original icons here.
Szentendre is well known as a town of artits, too. Art ist in the air here! Lots of Hungarian painters and sculptors live and work here, so you can find interesting museums, galeries, and antique shops in the town.
Some great Hungarian painters have museums here, such as Károly Ferenczy who was one of the most remarkable painters of plain-air. Béla Czóbel was very popular in France in the middle of the 20th century. Jenő Barcsay represents the modern art and the Marcipan Museum is also an option.
I recommend you to look at the exhibition of the world-famous Hungarian ceramic artist, Margit Kovács. Her museum is really an attraction, it was opened by herself in 1973. She was a many-sided artist, she made reliefs, statues, vases, plates, pitchers, bowls and pictures. She was modern, but not abstract, she was talking only about the most important things in the world and you can find lots of different Europan cultural elements, such as the Greek and the Roman mythology, tales, Jewish traditions, themes from the Bible and Hungarian folk motives.
The exhibition reflects also the artistic development of the 20. century very well.
- You have a very good chance to go shopping here.
- You can sit down on a nice terasse of a restaurant or a cafe and relaxe on the riverbank!
- If you feel like, you return to Budapest by boat.