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Hungary, Budapest – a day trip to Szentendre on the Danube Bend

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.

The “port” at Szentendre

Around and about the old town of Szentendre and the lampshades make a change from the more common umbrellas!

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.

My two favourite sculptures in the public park in Szentendre

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.

Merging high tech and art

What is he thinking?

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?)

Di and Jacko – together forever in marzipan

And more amazing things you can make from marzipan – if you are so inclined

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.

Szanto Memorial House and Temple

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?

I remember having a drawer full of cassettes.

I’m pretty sure I had that album too and I definitely had a Commodore 64!

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.

Beautiful ceramics by Margit Kovacs

Folk art ceramics by Margit Kovacs

So a very good day out when you want a change from the city of Budapest – highly recommended.