After a week spent falling in love with Budapest, we decided it was time to explore more of Hungary. So Alex, Noel, Michelle, Sean, Moshe and I boarded a train and headed to neighboring Szentendre on one of our free days.
Szentendre (we could never remember the name, so we kept calling it “S Town”) is about 30 minutes away from Budapest. If you have a Budapest public transportation pass then you only need to buy a supplemental ticket on the HEV to Szentendre (the “z” is silent) for 310 Forint (less than $2) each way. So it makes for a very inexpensive voyage!
We arrived to find a cute town home to narrow streets and stalls selling homemade items and hot food. Szentendre has a unique atmosphere that’s much less metropolitan than Budapest.
After wandering for a bit, we came across this square and I wanted a picture in front of it.
So I asked Noel to take it, and in typical Noel fashion I was left with this shot. Isn’t Szentendre beautiful? Oh wait, you can’t see any of it…
Luckily he did get one of the entire square, eventually…
Szentendre is known for having the best lángos, so we ordered some for lunch and sat along the Danube to eat it.
It was good, but I still like my favorite spot in Budapest better!
We also tried palacsinta, which are thin crepes stuffed with anything from jam to Nutella. Clearly it was a very healthy lunch!
We then spent the next few hours strolling the streets. Szentendre is known as a city of artists, so there was paintings and sketches for sale everywhere we looked. Even though the town is a bit touristy, we did find more unique gifts there than in Budapest.
My favorite shot from the visit:
And the behind the scenes:
I’m not sure what’s going on here…
Or what Moshe is doing here…
Needless to say, we made even simple wandering fun!
Everywhere I looked in Hungary I found memorabilia honoring my favorite soccer player (and the country’s hero) Ferenc Puskás. Even though he died several years ago, Hungarians still sport his jerseys during matches. We saw Puskás jerseys everywhere during Euro 2016!
I may or may not have bought a little too much Puskás gear… This will fit in my NYC apartment, right?!
But quite possibly my favorite thing that I bought in Szentendre is this fagylalt (ice cream) from Levendula. Levendula has the best ice cream in Hungary, and has shops in places like Budapest, Szentendre and Lake Balaton that have really unique flavors.
My favorites were violet and lavender:
Szentendre is an easy day trip from Budapest, and one that I recommend if you’re looking to explore more of the country.