Although the Danube floats majestically in a straight line from outside my hotel window there many river cruisers glide by there is an area just a little bit further down the river known as the Danube Bend because of the extreme turns the river makes there. There are three towns that are apparently worth visiting there and I chose to take a river cruiser down to Szentendre (1.5 hours there and 1 hour back).
When I saw the place on arrival I knew it was going to be a cute and relaxing place to spend the day.
But what I hadn’t expected to find was that it is also a bit of an artist colony location and at every corner there is something completely different to take a look at.
First I found a public park with these ginormous sculptures which I liked a lot – especially as they are accessible to all.
Then I stumbled on an artist’s collective. The interior exhibit was high tech and the garden had more sculptures and for some reason (no comments required) the naked wooden man practising yoga? thinking? looking at a plane? took my fancy.
I had heard about the marzipan museum and so of course had to take a look and a tasting too. Who knew you could make so many things out of marzipan? (Barbara – I feel a nativity project coming on?)
I then found what is supposed to be the smallest synagogue in the world? The Szanto Memorial House and Temple. I’m not sure if that is substantiated but it is a tiny memorial schul paid for my a descendant of his grandfather who was murdered during the war. It is certainly tiny but nicely kept.
Then on to the whackiest stop – the Retro Design Museum (1970 prices – about 40 Euro cents to get in!) dedicated to all things 70’s – even though this was 70’s Hungary I still recognised lots of things – do you?
And final artsy stop was a gallery dedicated to the folk ceramic artist Margit Kovacs (1902-1977). I’d never heard of her but she is well known in her field and I really enjoyed seeing her work. A must see.
So a very good day out when you want a change from the city of Budapest – highly recommended.