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The Danube Bend

History

The Danube Bend may look either sleepy or overrun with tourists, but it has a rich and varied history. It was the northernmost region of Rome's colonies for centuries, and Esztergom was the first seat of the Magyar kings and has been the centre of Roman Catholicism in the region for more than a millennium.

Visegrád, Central Europe's 'Camelot', was the royal seat during Hungary's short-lived flirtation with the Renaissance in the 15th century. Szentendre has many of its roots in Serbian culture, and became an important centre for art and culture early in the 20th century. Vác, on the Danube's eastern bank, is not to be outdone by its western counterparts. It was an important river crossing during Roman times and King Stephen himself thought the town valuable enough to establish an episcopate there in the 11th century.