Dunakanyar

The Danube Bend is not a town, but a region or certain length of the Danube which is dotted by a string of small riverside towns north of Budapest. Both Hungarians and foreign tourists find this a popular excursion destination. The Danube Bend (Dunakanyar in Hungarian), marks a point in the Danube (Duna in Hungarian) where the river literally makes a sharp bend (the direction of the current does not change direction though).

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The charming towns along the meandering Danube Bend – particularly Szentendre, Visegrad, and Esztergom – can easily be visited on day trips from Budapest since they are all close to Budapest. The great natural beauty of this area, where forested hills overlook the river, makes it a welcome reprise for those weary of the city. Travelers with extra time in Budapest can very easily make a long weekend out of a relaxing visit to the Bend.

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