Szentendre is a town 20 km northwest of Budapest. A Roman rural villa has been found and excavated until 1984, and can be visited at the National Open Air Museum Skanzen, just 3 km out of the town. Remains of Villa Rustica Szentendre-Skanzen are part of the open air museum. Opened in 1967, this Ethnographic Village shows rural life and work of 18th and 19th century, rural arhitecture of nearly all Hungarian regions and the interior of houses of those times. The museum has a new visitor centre and is newly signposted. Enjoy also traditional food in the cellar restaurant of the village. Most impressive is the reconstruction of a market town square. In total, there are houses, 3 churches, and around 200 rural economic buildings to admire. From Szentendre bus station at HÉV train terminal, take the bus from platform 7. On festival days, there are direct buses between the museum and Árpád Bridge in Budapest.
Information: Sztaravodai Street 13, 2001 Szentendre, Hungary, Tel. +36 26 502500, http://skanzen.hu, www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=618218
Opening hours: 16th of Jan – Mar Tue – Sun 9.00 – 16.00, Apr – Oct Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00, Nov – 9th of Dec Tue – Sun 9.00 – 16.00, Mon closed.
Since late 19th and early 20th century, the town has been a favorite spot for artists, who came from Budapest and settled here. Today, a series of museums, galleries and art workshops continue this tradition, while the local gastronomy is offering excellent traditional Hungarian dishes.
Highly recommended is the Margit Kovács Museum, Vastagh Gy. Street 1. The collection of Margit-Kovács (1902 – 1977) is in a Baroque style building of 1750. Opening hours: Sep – May Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00, June – Aug Tue – Sun 9.00 – 19.00).
Go to see the János Kmetty Museum at Fő Square 21, the main square of Szentendre, marked by the plague column of 1763. The Hungarian painter (1889 – 1975) was a left wing activist and strong supporter of Cubism (Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00). From 1930, he lived in Szentendre.
Or visit the Lajos-Vajda-Museum with works of Lajos Vajda (1908–1941), or Czóbel Museum, at Templom Square 1, dedicated to Béla Czóbel (1883 – 1976) and his expressionistic und fauvistic art work (Opening hours: 15th of Mar – 15th of Sep Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00, 16th of Sep – 14th of Mar Wed – Sun 13.00 – 17.00). Or see contemporary art in Szentendre-Gallery.
The Károly Ferenczy Museum has moved in 2012 to Kossuth-Lajos Street. It is dedicated to Impressionist painter Károly Ferenczy (1862 – 1917), who lived in the artist colony of Szentendre, before 1883, and his children, the sculptor Béni Ferenczy and the needlepoint artist Noémi Ferenczy. Part of it is the open air Lapidary of ancient Roman Ulcisia Castra, at Dunakanyar Boulevard, the Danube Bend (always worth a walk), named Museum of Roman Stonework Finds, sometimes also simply Roman Stone Store (opening hours: 15th of Mar – 30th of Sep Mon – Fri 9.00 – 16.00).
Information: Kossuth Lajós Street 5, 2000 Szentendre, Tel. +36 20 7796657, www.femuz.hu/
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00
The Barcsay Museum is presenting the Constructivist Jenő Barcsay (Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00).
The Serbian Orthodox Museum, Pátriárka Street 32, shows ecclesiastic artifacts. Opening hours: Jan – Feb Fri – Sun 10.00 – 16.00, Mar – Apr Tue – Sun 10.00 – 16.00, May – Sep Tue – sun 10.00 – 18.00, Oct – Dec Tue – Sun 10.00 – 16.00.
Visit also the Doll Museum, Sas Street 18, with 200 porcelain dolls.
The Szamos Marzipan Confectionery and Museum, Dumtsa Jenő street 14, offers delicious Dobos torte.
The history of Dobos torte is shown in Dobos Chocolate Museum, in Bogdányi Street, where famous confectioner József C. Dobos once created the Dobos torte or cake. Test it in the museum café “Nosztalgia”.
Opening hours: Sat, Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Mon – Fri only by appointment
The Szabó Marzipan Museum, at Dumtsa Jenő Street 2, is concentrating on marzipan. See also Europe`s largest jewelry manufacture, the Caprice Jewelry Center with Museum of Hungarian Jewelry, at Dózsa György St. 22 (contact: Tel. +36 30 3821551).
The National Wine Museum at Bogdányi St. 10 offers wine tasting.
The recently renovated Ámos Imre–Anna Margit-Museum, at Bogdányi St. 10 – 12, with works of both artists (opening hours: Tue – Sun 9.00 – 17.00), and further galleries. To recommend is the Art Mill (Művészet Malom), Bogdányi St. 32, which shows modern art on 700 m². Opening hours: daily 10.00 – 18.00.
Finally, the Szánto Memorial House and Synagogue, at Alkotmány Street 3, is said to be the smallest active synagogue in the world. The museum presents Jewish life in Hungary before WW II. Opening hours: daily 10.00 – 18.00.