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Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city. It is located east of Budapest, in the Northern Alföld, a region which, when it comes to geothermal resources, is Hungary’s richest. A mere two-hour drive from the capital via the new motorway, it also boasts one of the country’s few international airports. The city has served as the nation’s capital twice, in 1849 and at the turn 1944-45, respectively. Each time represented dramatic episodes of revolution and war, when the Reformed Big Church and the College became iconic venues of momentous historic occasions. Today, Debrecen exudes the feel of a pleasant provincial town with its colorful piazzas and spacious parks. At the same time, it also serves as Eastern Hungary’s commercial, administrative, cultural, and educational center. The presence of several multinationals as well as the university, with a student population of 30 thousand, including thousands of overseas students, lends a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the city. This is further accentuated by international sporting and cultural events. In addition to the internationally renowned annual Debrecen Flower Parade on August 20, the whole year is packed chock-full with boisterous festivals of cultural and gastronomic interest. However, the city is large enough to fully accommodate those who would rather get away from it all and find safe havens devoid of the noise of weekdays. The nation’s first designated conservation area, the Nagyerdő neighborhood, gives home to Aquaticum Health & Spa Center, which offers the healing power of thermal water as well as a wide range of recreational facilities. Debrecen is a place where state-of-the-art metropolitan facilities are in close proximity to the peace and serenity of nature. The cozy downtown “hidey-holes” are supplemented with the unique natural beauty and excursion options of nearby Erdőspuszta and Hortobágy National Park, the latter only a half hour-drive from the city center. This cornucopia of leisure activities offers holiday experiences without compromise to tourists of any age group. Whatever your pick, you sure won’t forget your stay in Debrecen.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Hortobágy National Park is the perfect archetype of pristine natural landscape. This is the place where everyone longs to find refuge from the monotony of modern human existence. Book a wagon ride, or go on a puszta safari to take the feel of the prairie and enjoy the freedom of the limitless horizon, the mirage, grazing herds, and monotonously nodding sweep-pole wells. In the nation’s oldest and biggest national park, also a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) site, herdsmen’s traditions are still part of people’s means of subsistence and not mere promotional gimmicks. Hortobágy herdsmen are called different names depending of what kind of animals they tend. A “csikós” looks after horses, a “gulyás” cattle. A “juhász” herds flocks of sheep, while a “kondás” cares for pigs. Practitioners of each trade wear hats of different shape, but they are always sturdy affairs: they won’t lose their form even if someone should tread on them.
Wherever you go in Debrecen, either in the historic center or in the Forest Park area, you come across many interesting places. In the following we will provide a little taste of the main attractions of Debrecen which one should definitely see when visiting the city. Many visitors hold that if you’ve seen one church, you’ve seen them all. Debrecen, as the seat of three bishops, can easily refute that claim. The Reformed College, often referred to as the school of the country, as well as its legal successor, the University of Debrecen in the Great Forest area, are sights not to be missed, just like the latest attractions of the Great Forest, the Fog Theater and the water tower.
Synagogues

Synagogues

Debrecen Jewish Congregation is Hungary’s largest Israelite community outside the capital. The older of Debrecen’s two surviving synagogues, the Orthodox synagogue was built in Pásti Street in the early 1880s. In 2015, a tourist and cultural center opened there to display the history of Debrecen’s Jewish community, its life, faith and traditions. The Holocaust memorial in the yard of the Orthodox synagogue was dedicated in June 2015, commemorating the victims from Debrecen. The names of six thousand local Jews who perished in the Holocaust, during forced labor, in concentration camps or in the ghetto, were carved into the memorial wall made of concrete and black metal. Erected in 1909 in Kápolnás Street, the synagogue “status quo ante” shares a plot with the former Jewish High School (now Youth Center). The Orthodox synagogue was built in Pásti Street in 1894. On 26 April 2015, the synagogue was re-opened in its full beauty, and now serves multiple purposes within the community: it is not only a sacred space but a touristic attraction, a conference center and a public venue as well. BEIT HAMIDRASH Built in the 1910s, the Beit Hamidrash is nowadays the site of the daily sermons of the community, except during the time of the big holidays. ORTHODOX MIKVAH Located in the basement of the winter tabernacle at Pásti Street, the old mikvah is to become a kosher winery and exhibition area upon being restored. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL The monumental concrete wall was designed by young aspiring architects and since the summer of 2015, it has been standing proudly to remind everybody of the little more than 6000 Holocaust victims that were from Debrecen. BUTCHERY The butchery, used for its designated purpose up until the 1980s, is nowadays an excellent exhibition and resting area. KÁPOLNÁSI SYNAGOGUE Built between 1909-1910, the “small” church, which is able to accommodate 600 people, has recently been renovated. The synagogue is used for religious purposes on the big Jewish holidays but it has hosted cultural happenings of different kinds on several occasions. PILGRIMS' HOSTEL The Jewish community provides accommodation for visitors at the reconditioned community center. DEBRECEN JEWISH CEMETERY Since 1842, the cemetery of the Debrecen community has been open to the public at its original location at Monostorapályi Street and has been part of the same organization.

You will never completely take in Debrecen unless you climb the tower of Reformed Big Church, or try to lift a “gerundium” at the Reformed College. You must see the “lícium tree,” probably the humblest symbol of the Reformed faith, as well as St. Anne’s Cathedral, seat of the Catholic Bishop, based, ironically enough, in “Calvinist Rome.” True, you can get insights into Debrecen’s past and form predictions about its future strolling in the city’s streets and squares at your leisure. However, you won’t see the whole picture until you check out the excellent exhibits at Tímárház, the Déri Museum, Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Museum or Modem Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. Don’t let these adventures into the realms of history and art prevent you from tasting a nice plate of Debrecen double sausage. Have you explored the historic city center, discovered the Big Market, and mapped the small downtown piazzas, whiled away some time on the terraces and at Roncs Bar? Why don’t you kick back and enjoy the pleasures of Big Forest? Pamper yourself at Aquaticum Pleasure Bath, relax at the Spa, or go for a swim at Debrecen Swimming Complex, the main venue of 2012 European Swimming Championships. Take a stroll in Nagyerdei Park, which was completely redesigned in 2014. Check out the walkways dotted with spectacular water attractions. Try some of the rides at Nagyerdei Theme Park, or sign up for fun classes at Agora Scientific Adventure Center, located on UD’s campus. Round off you sightseeing tour with a mouthwatering dinner at a fine-dining restaurant, a show at Csokonai National Theater, or a classical music concert by Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra. Sports junkies can also get their adrenaline rush by rooting for local soccer heroes at Nagyerdei Arena, while young folks can have a great time in the country’s biggest club, the Hall.
 Piac Street and Kossuth Square

Piac Street and Kossuth Square

Debrecen’s Main Street - Piac Street - was the proud venue of the famous town fairs for 300 years starting in the 16th century. Today’s cityscape, however, is defined by the former merchant houses erected at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The pink office building of Debrecen’s First Savings Bank (on the corner of Kossuth Street) and the twin tenement blocks with the copper spires (on the corner of Simonffy Street) spectacularly stand out against the background of slightly gaudy downtown houses. Number 54 is occupied by Debrecen’s most beautiful Art Nouveau building now functioning as County Hall. Debrecen’s Main Street was suitable for traffic for two centuries thanks to a 650-meter-long and 6 to 7-meter wide elevated wooden walkway erected in the 1600s. A small section of the ancient “mud bridge,” now on display outside Hotel Aranybika, is a peerless archeological relic. Debrecen’s Main Square - Kossuth Square - features the iconic group of statues erected to commemorate Lajos Kossuth, the huge mosaic depicting the city’s coat of arms, made by placing together 180,000 pieces of Venetian glass, the Millennial Fountain as well as the Art Nouveau building of Hotel Aranybika. The extended walking zone that includes the square is the venue of countless summer cultural events such as the Turkey Days and Flower Parade. This is also where the city’s Christmas tree is placed at the beginning of the festive season.

Sightseeing with family? In Debrecen, not only is this possible, but it can even be fun. Kids, you will never forget those water-chute time trials at the Pleasure Baths and your visit in the Agóra Scienece Centre where you can get familiar with the little wonders of everyday life. The experience of traveling in the small railway cars drawn by the cute little steam engine will also be memorable. And you will give big hugs to Mom, when she takes you to a special place where you can pet cuddly live critters.
Kerekerdő Adventure Park

Kerekerdő Adventure Park

Kerekerdő (Round Forest) Adventure Park is situated in picturesque, leafy surroundings, close to the Csereerdő stop of “Zsuzsi” Narrow Gauge Railroad. This wonder world offers nearly 30,000 sq m worth of indoor and outdoor programs to each and every member of your family. Let the fun start immediately on arrival if you are a lover of water sports. The “Flintstones” paddle boat lays at anchor in the small harbor next to the entrance, ready for rides. A magic land of fairy tales will reveal itself as you follow the trail leading to the interior of the park. Don’t be surprised if you should come across Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, or Hansel and Gretel in their candy house while you are exploring the interactive pavilions and puppet-show stages. Your little tykes will find all they need to let off steam in the playground wilderness. They can lay siege to the castle via suspension bridges and climbing ropes or engage in combat to take bastions. Should they be hungry for even bigger challenges, they may attempt to fight their way along adventure trails rigged with slides, climbing walls, and cul-de-sacs. Older visitors will get their fix of adrenaline by negotiating scenic, but oftentimes menacing mazes of rope courses criss-crossing the park at elevations of up to several meters. Accessible to all but the most fainthearted visitors, regardless of age, the main course spans the lake. You may also try your luck with pony riding, or explore audio-visual features such as the Talking Tree. Fashioned to form the 3D image of a human face, this display recites Hungarian folk tales and fables on weekdays. The park houses a traditional handicraft fair modeled on similar events of bygone eras. Not only will it provide you with insights into the trades of medieval artisans, but also the hustle and bustle of royal courts. The ballroom is the ideal venue for birthday parties. Should you or your little ones need replenishment after the exertions of a busy day, be sure you check out the grill terrace or the pancake stall.

A visit to a new destination is invariably seasoned to perfection with local culinary delights. Your Hungarian gastro-adventure may start with just some choice morsels of a sample menu, but you will never forget our cuisine’s unique medley of spices, flavors and aromas. Good and hearty fare is always unmistakably unique here, no matter if it is served from traditional sooty stew pots, the more exquisite crockery of fine-dining restaurants, or picked up at the stalls of various culinary events.
What could be a better break during long sightseeing tours than a refreshing coffee or some delicious cake? There are many ambient cafés, pastry shops and confectioneries in Debrecen, beckoning visitors to relax, engage in intimate conversations or just enjoy “la dolce vita”. In addition to the famous "kurtosh kalach" (chimney cake), a registered Hungaricum, which is a cherished delicacy in Szeklerland, Transylvania and Hungary, in the local confectioneries and pastry shops you can also try one of the home-style stretched strudels, which has close links to Hajdú-Bihar county and especially the Hajdúság region, or the "Country's cake", selected from several contestants each year.
Those out for partying will not have any difficulty in Debrecen. There are a number of bars and clubs both in the city centre and around the university campus. All elements of having a blast of a time are given: trendy environments, a diversity of the available food and drink options, live music and star performers, and of course a fantastic atmosphere.
That joyful, tickling feeling associated with shopping must be familiar to everyone. The souvenirs we buy while visiting a city will help us remember the pleasant time spent there, and the only joy even bigger is what we can achieve by giving loved ones a well-chosen gift from our trip once we return.
Every season in Debrecen has its own traditional event, often marking the transition between the seasons and making it worthwhile to come back to Debrecen time and again!
The following information will give you practical help you may need during your stay in Debrecen.
Debrecen Airport

Debrecen Airport

Debrecen Airport is the most important and busiest airport of Eastern Hungary, with the second largest volume of traffic in the country behind only Budapest Liszt Ferenc international airport. Debrecen Airport has undergone significant development since 2011. The volume of passengers, which was only around 10,000 per year before, has reached 180,000 by 2015, and is expected to reach 350,000 by 2016. The airport is located at a distance of 7 kilometers south from the center of Debrecen and 5 kilometers from the main railway station. In October 2015 Wizz Air opened a new route between Milan-Bergamo and Debrecen, and in December 2015 launched three new routes from Debrecen to the airports of Paris-Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi, and Malmö, bringing the total number of flights between Debrecen (and thereby Eastern Hungary) and six, strategically important centers of economy and tourism in the European Union. Since December 16, 2015, Wizz Air has been using Debrecen Airport as a base for one Airbus A320 aircraft. Debrecen thus became the 22nd base of the airline and the second one in Hungary. From 11 April 2016 Lufhansa will launch a new route to Debrecen from the third biggest city in Germany, Munich, offering services between the two cities three times a week. In the summer season, there are also numerous charter operators flying from Debrecen Airport mainly to the Mediterranean, but charter flights also regularly arrive from Germany. Related to the earlier logistical developments, the airport’s new, three-story innovation and incubation center on a total area of 8,000 square meters is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015, in which – in addition to office space – the new passenger terminal of the airport will also be located.

Taxi

Taxi

Get around town by taxi and devote yourself entirely to enjoying your program, leaving the problem of route planning and parking to professionals. City Taxi Debrecen City Taxi Debrecen has been serving passengers in Debrecen reliably since 1989. Its fleet of 120 vehicles can satisfy any need. They look forward to the calls from their existing and future customers, 24 hours a day, at the number +36 (52) 555-555. The aim of City Taxi Debrecen is to keep their passengers’ trust, while adjusting to the ever-faster pace of life. Quick and precise customer relations are important to the, which is why they have a 24-hour dispatcher service, making it possible to record and organize the ordering of taxis accurately and quickly. From August 2014, a free smartphone application is also available to clients, so they can order a taxi as easily and simply as possible. Having surveyed the broad range of customer needs, they also have in their fleet comfortable, large-sized, air-conditioned vehicle, as well as station wagons suitable for the transportation of sizeable luggage. Their services include a shopping service, the possibility to order 6+1 seat car, smoking/non-smoking cars, as well as the transportation of pets. Their aim is to get to know and assess their customer base as efficiently as possible, in the hopes that they can continuously expand the scope and improve the quality of the services. Passengers may place orders by phone, online or with the use of the smartphone application. The dispatcher service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. Főnix Taxi Főnix Taxi is the largest, market-leading tax company of the city of Debrecen. If called to an address within the city limits, a car is guaranteed to arrive within a few minutes. The phone number of Főnix Taxi: +36 (52) 444-444. For the sake of simplicity, it is also possible to call a taxi by way of the GPS-based application after using a QR code. Services: - 6+1 seat taxi (airport transfers) - 7+1 seat Hyundai H1 minibus (maximum comfort, personalized services, trips to the countryside or abroad, transfer to Budapest) - Station-wagons - Shopping (also via VIBER) - viber - Helping with various errands - Transporting pets - Helping start vehicles in the cold - Delivery of fuel - Towing, trailer service - Smoke-free taxi (smoke-free driver) - Non-smoking taxi (no smoking in the vehicle)

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