We leave Budapest early in the morning towards Esztergom, a small town located about fifty kilometers from the capital city, on the banks of the Danube and surrounded by mountains. True north gate of Hungary, the town is also connected with Slovakia, specifically with the city of Štúrovo by Mária Valéria Bridge and the Danube forms a natural frontier between the two countries.
When we arrived, we visit directly the masterpiece of the area: St. Adalbert Cathedral-Basilica of Esztergom, the largest of the country and the headquarters of Hungarian Catholic Church. We begin without delay the visit of the building, burial place of famous Hungarian Cardinals such as Primate Archbishop Joseph Mindszenthy.
The religious collection is truly impressive, as it is said that it is the richest in the country! The interior as a whole, as well as the Treasury of the basilica and the tomb of Cardinal Mindszenthy in the crypt are equally remarkable.
After a complete tour of the inside of the cathedral, we leave the building and head to the backyard. There, a small place offers an impressive view of the Danube, natural border between Hungary and Slovakia, which can be reached by taking the Mária Valéria bridge which we can see on the picture below.
Back on the road towards Visegrád, always with the Danube at our side. When we arrived, we head to the top of a hill overlooking the town and then enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the famous bend of the river and its surroundings.
We also see through the trees the medieval fortress from the 13th century on top of a nearby hill before we go in a typical restaurant nearby where we have an excellent and traditional meal.
After lunch, we hit the road one last time towards Szentendre, a small baroque town with some Mediterranean atmosphere, known for its beautiful location, narrow streets, romantic squares, Orthodox churches, craft shops and cafes.
Szentendre is also known as the city of artists and arts through its many museums and galleries. During a visit of the city center, we discover many attractions such as City Hall, the Greek Church and the Catholic Church, which is the oldest monument of the city. We then stroll a few hours there before returning to Budapest by boat, always along the famous Danube.