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Spotlight on Debrecen, Hungary

Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city (after the capital Budapest). Debrecen’s position east of Budapest, by the National Hungarian Park Hortobágy and within the Great Hungarian Plain makes it a very interesting location to visit. Debrecen can also be an excellent central point for visiting Ukraine and Romania, due to both its position and excellent transport links.

The main sights and places to visit include the Protestant Great Church (Nagytemplom) (a.k.a the Great Reformed Church), which is the town’s main focus of religious activity. The Reformation was embraced very early in Debrecen, which was also known at the time as Hungary’s “Calvinist Rome”. The city’s prestigious Calvinist College,  founded in 1538, was eventually transformed into a University of great architectural beauty.

Debrecen town square

Debrecen’s City Park (Nagyerdő) and spa are lovely areas to visit. They are both very Hungarian in character, as well as atmospheric.  The Déri Museum has an excellent selection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts and a unique art collection; Mihály Munkácsy, the Paris-trained international Hungarian painter of genre pictures and huge biblical paintings, is featured heavily here.

Debrecen’s Bela Bartok International Choir Competition is unique and the city’s also part of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. The flamboyant annual Debrecen Flower Carnival commences on the 20th of August.

But there is also a much modern aspect to Debrecen. Its modernist architecture and exceptional  music scene, including some of Hungary’s best known rock musicians, is vibrant.

28 Tisza River, Szeged, Hungary

For a day trips from Debrecen, take the E71 (major road to Budapest) and branch off to the Borsodi Mezosegi Landscape protection area and further to the picturesque river and lake Tisza.

Photo credits: Gyorgy Kovacs, Flora Soos, Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, redblind, Rosemary Dukelow

Karen Bryan

As well as writing about travel, Karen Bryan offers tips on saving money, frugal living and how to live well on less, on her site Help Me To Save

Posted : Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 10:00
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