Szentendre: A guide for you and your dog

Jim Bean on tour. Photo: By the author.

A short trip on the hév will take you north of Budapest to the quaint town of Szentendre. Probably best known for Skanzen open air museum, the riverside town makes for a charming day trip to get out of the city and explore. Sat along the Danube, there are plenty of dog friendly trails and places to stop over a mug of hot mulled wine.

Town down Szentendre. Photo: By the author. 

Popular with cyclists, the journey takes around one hour by bike, or you can hop on the hèv from Batthyány tér or Margit Hid buying an extension ticket for around 310ft. Once you arrive the central square is a short five-minute walk from the station. The town centre is full of narrow cobbled streets lined with cafes, chocolatiers, ice cream stalls, souvenirs and wineries. Head east of the town centre and you will find yourself along the river front perfect for dog walking and working up an appetite before heading back to sample some of the local delicacies.

The delicate store fronts and quaint shop interiors sell similar goods to any other countryside town in Hungary. However the Christmas Exhibition, open throughout the festive period, and the practically back to back ice cream stores open all year round, create an almost quirky feel to the town. Whilst most of the shops are not dog-friendly, the Christmas markets that fill the city from mid-November onwards allow your four-legged friends to join in with your festive shopping. Most of the cafes, winery’s and restaurants welcomed canines and we had no trouble finding somewhere to eat that would allow Jimbeam to join us. As well as the many confectionary stores and bakeries, Szentendre is also home to more unique venues hosting wine tasting as well as the Teddy Beer pub offering over 100 different craft beers and unusual spirits.

The streets of Szentendre with Ellen & Jim Bean. Photo: By the author. 

All in all, Szentendre makes a cute day trip, dog friendly, and easily accessible from Budapest’s city centre.

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