Dunakanyar (The Danube Bend) Travel Guide

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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). 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. Just after Esztergom, about 40km (25 miles) north of Budapest, the Danube swings abruptly south. This marks the beginning of the Danube Bend region if approaching from the north. The river then swings sharply north again just before Visegrád, and then heads south once more before reaching Vác. Vác typically marks the end of the Danube Bend.  From From Vác, the Danube basically flows due south, through Budapest and continues south toward the country's Serbian and Croatian borders.

The charming towns along the meandering Danube Bend -- particularly Szentendre, Visegrád, and Esztergom -- can easily be vistied 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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June 12, 2006 change by giorgio

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