The Danube Bend Tour is an unforgettable tour with stops in Visegrád, Esztergom and Szentendre. We depart in the morning from Budapest and get back typically in the late afternoon.
We start the tour in Esztergom, which is about 60 km north of Budapest, the charming city isn’t just a place, it was the capital of Hungary from the 10th to the 13th centuries, seeing off a couple of Mongol invasion attempts in the 13th century, only to fall into ruin under the Ottomans as Buda prospered. It’s still the headquarters of the Hungarian Catholic Church, hence the massive neoclassical 19th-century Bsilica on the Castle Hill. The Basilica is also the resting place of the trenchantly anti-communist Cardinal Mindszenty, who died in exile, but whose posthumous homecoming in 1991 has made it a place of pilgrimage for Hungarian right-wingers.
Climb the narrow steps to the top of the cupola for stupendous views - that’s Slovakia on the other side of the river.
Then we head to Visegrád: we walk on the 750 year-old stones of the former Royal Palaced enjoy the fascinating panorama on the Danube Bend.
The last stop is Szentendre, which is called the town of artists. It is a small baroque city at the gate of the Danube Bend, at the meeting place of the river Danube and the Pilis mountains, in a beautiful natural environment. We walk around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins and go up the narrow streets to the panorama point to see the Danube. We then simply enjoy the special atmosphere of this village. You can also take the opportunity to visit the museums (for example the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum, the Confectionery Museum-with buildings and people made of marzipan), or you can choose to visit the shops of the village.