Just 25km north of Budapest, the former art town of Szentendre still attracts artists who regale in its Mediterranean ambiance which is quite atypical for Hungary. The southern gateway to the Danube Bend, Szentendre (or Saint Andrew) has emerged as a popular day trip option for visitors from Budapest. The business traveller, however, should consider a hotel in Szentendre for a more authentic sojourn.
Why should I visit Szentendre on my business trip?
Szentendre is easily accessible to Budapest by car on the No. 11 Motorway, by bus, the Suburban railway (HÉV) and even by ship. Fitness aficionados might enjoy taking the designated cycle route that connects the two cities. All these handy connections translates into finishing off those business meetings and transporting yourself to Szentendre's timeless Baroque landscapes.
Don't miss the Baroque cross in the main square, built in 1763, or the House of Prisoner Ráby on Rab Ráby Square in the Dalmatian Quarter. For some alone time, stroll down the promenade along the scenic Danube Bank. The overlook on Szentendre's main hill offers pretty views of the town's red slate rooftops. For local tastes and shopping, Bogdányi Street is a great place to pick up everything from paprika, to wines and pottery. A dip in the thermal pools of Lepence is great for unwinding.
Where do I find local business events?
Szentendre is less than an hour from Hungary's capital, a thriving economic hub in Central Europe. Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Budapest hosts many important trade shows. The city's biggest convention centre, the Budapest Congress Centre, even hosts performing arts events.
How do I make the most of culture, history and art with a hotel in Szentendre?
The Romans, Mongols, Turks, Serbians, Greeks and Romanians have all left their mark on Szentendre over the course of history. The winding streets are full of shops, cafés, museums, merchant houses, and stunning architecture. A highlight is the 18th century Baroque-Rococo Greek-Orthodox Blagovestenska church, which fascinates with its iconostasis and frescoes of St Constantine and St Helene. Szentendre has also been home to many of Hungary's greatest artists, who sought inspiration here. A hotel in Szentendre lets you discover their works at museums such as the Hungarian Open-Air Museum, Béla Czóbel Museum, Károly Ferenczy Museum and Lajos Vajda Museum.