Central Hungary

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This region consists of one single county, Pest and its centre, Budapest. To the south, lang the Lowland, to the north the mountains Pilis, Buda and Visegrád, cut in two parts by the river Danube, while to the east, there is the amphitheatre of the Gödö llõ-hills.

Owing to its historical memorials and natural environment, the picturesque Danube Bend is a very attractive place. Its mostly visited town is Szentendre situated a few miles away from Budapest. A myriad of coffee-bars, restaurants, galleries, museums and exhibition rooms are to be found in the winding streets of this small town of mediterranean atmosphere. Szentendre has been the town of the fine arts for ages and many creators settle down in this city even today. Let us mention some exhibitions and museums of the most excellent artists of the 19-20 centuries: Barcsay Jenõ Collection, Kovács Margit Museum, Czóbel Béla Museum, Vajda Lajos Memorial, Ferenczy Museum, Ámos Imre-Anna Margit Collection. Some works of contemporary artists are exhibited in Szentendre Gallery, in Colony Of Artists gallery established by local artists and in several private galleries as well.

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Hungary’s biggest Outdoor Ethnographic Museum (Skanzen) is situated here. The architecture of almost every region of the country is represented in this collection of more than 300 buildings. The so called “illustrious days” are regularly arranged: a show where folk customs related to illustrious days are performed, while on the weekends, traditional handicraft fair and crafts and trades will are arranged.

The churches and houses of the Serbian-orthodox community settled down in the 17th century are also one the places of interest in Szentendre. Of the four marvellous Baroque churches, the most beautiful is the Belgrád cathedral church. The wonderful rococo wood-carvings and the iconostasis are exceptionally precious. A collection of remembrances of the Serbian community can be seen in the Serbian Orthodox Museum.

Szentendre can be accessed from Budapest by bus, HÉV (local railway) and ship.

The next precious spot on the right bank is Visegrád. In the 14-15th centuries, Visegrád was the capital of Hungary. The ruins of the Renaissance castle of King Matthias evoke all the splendour this beautiful building radiated in its palmy days. The sculptures and carvings found during the excavations are exhibited in the museum.

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Salamon tower is part of the remains of the fortress having once protected the palace. Excursion minded people may visit the observation tower at Nagyvillám, from where the wonderful panorama of the Danube Bend unfolds.

Zebegény, Nagymaros and Vác, the well-graced excursion targets, famous of their colonies of artists are situated on the opposite side, on the left bank of the Danube.

There are two noteworthy castles near Budapest: the reconstructed Baroque Savoya Castle in Ráckeve and the Grassalkovich Castle in Gödöllõ. The latter one was visited by monarch Franz Joseph II. and his the wife as well.

Of course, the most famous place of interest is Budapest, capital of Hungary.