Aug 09

LESSER KNOWN CITIES OF HUNGARY (MAGYARORSZÁG)

When most people hear of Hungary, they immediately think Budapest; but Hungary is not only about Budapest. Of course, the capital is a beautiful city, visited by millions of tourists every year. But other major cities of Hungary have something to offer and therefore are not bypassed, on the contrary.

Debrecen

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and has 206,000 inhabitants. It is the regional center of Eastern Hungary. Debrecen is located near Hortobagy National Park, ideal for you if you really like plain lands. This city is located close to Romania. Although it was historically isolated from Budapest, the two cities have become more connected to each other through the building of the new highways, such as M3. Debrecen has a decent public transport network, which does not lack trams and trolleybuses. It is a relatively quiet town, without too much fuss and bustle; the old, elegant architecture is crowned by the building of the Debrecen University and several cultural institutions.

Miskolc

Miskolc is the third largest city in Hungary, located in the north-east of the country, close enough to Slovakia. Here live some 170,000 inhabitants; Miskolc is the regional center of Northern Hungary. This town is near several geographic regions and different lands. In the east you can find the beautiful Bukk Mountains and Sajo, Hejo and Szinva rivers. The point located at the lowest altitude of the city is the river Sajo, from where Tisza Plain begins, as well. Miskolc is an industrial city, overall. It is divided into several distinct areas, like Avas, located on a hill in the city center and is characterized by many old structures, that preserve the charm of between-wars era or newer ones from the communist period, which reminds you of Soviet times. While visiting Miskilc, you must not miss Belváros, the town center, where you will admire beautiful historic buildings next to modern constructions such as malls.

Szeged

Szeged has a population of 169,000 inhabitants and is the regional center of southeastern Hungary. It is located near the border with Serbia and Romania, and is passes by Maros and Tisza rivers. The climate of this area is much sunnier than other parts of Hungary, almost resembling the Mediterranean weather. Szeged is one of the industrial centers of the country and here, the most popular Hungarian food prepared here, such as paprika and sausages. Szeged is also known to be a major academic center and an important touristic spot due to the many music and artistic festivals that take place.

Pécs

Pécs is located on top of Mecsek Mountains, in the south-west of the country, close to Croatia. It has a population of 156,000 inhabitants. Together with the cities of Essen and Istanbul, Pecs was chosen as European Capital of Culture in 2010. Since it is located in an agricultural area, many local products originate in this city. Here you can also find a famous porcelain factory. It was an area where there were many factories, but they disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. Another fun fact that you must know is that here you will find a unique beer, which is not filtered before bottling and is prepared only at the Brewery of Pécs; so it is only serve in one restaurant and nowhere else in this world!

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the University of Pécs is the oldest institution of university education in Hungary and one of the oldest in Europe. The town of Pécs is crossed by several trains every day, that will lead you to Budapest and other important places.

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May 25

DEBRECEN, THE SECOND LARGEST CITY OF HUNGARY

The second largest city of Hungary is a sixteenth century-like burg called Debrecen, located at the eastern border of the country, close to Romania. It is a historical town filled with architectural hardware displaying the conservatory classicism of the previous centuries, but it is nevertheless an important cultural center where good vibe and festivals are at home, as well as the thermal baths, spas and open-air shows. Between the perimeter bordered by the historic Aranybika Hotel and the Golden Great Church there is the Old town, where you will find plenty of pubs, bars, restaurant, nightclubs, museums, galleries and theatres, just perfect for your holiday schedule.

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Debrecen is known as “’Capital of the Eastern Plain”, and the atmosphere will keep you busy all the time; and in case you get tired of so much sightseeing and partying, you can go on a getaway to the puszta to explore natural beauties of the rural area, where you can enjoy a cowboy show, purchase local pottery or visit and use the facilities of the largest spa in Hungary.

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The first objective that you will notice is the Great Reformed Church, which is placed between Kossuth and Calvin markets; it is the symbol of Debrecen and is the largest Protestant church in Hungary.

Left to Reformed Churches there is a large pyramid that offers a view of the old walls of a historical monument right behind it. The pedestrian area in front of the church will extend until it reaches Piac Utca, one of the biggest streets of Debrecen.

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Take a short walk in front of the church and find Kossuth Statuary Complex. Set on the right side of the market as you stand with your back to the church, the statuary group seems rather eccentric, giving the impression that it creates an imbalance, being placed perpendicularly to the axis of the church. The square in front of the big church is Kossuth Square, the main pedestrian area of the town.

Here you can also find the biggest (and very beautiful) ceramic fountain in Europe, with a diameter of 20 meters.

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Close to this area there is the Minor Reformed Church – Reformatus Kistemplom – an old church of over 400 years. It distinguishes itself by its single tower, at the first glance reminiscent of a medieval castle tower, which is very well maintained and perfectly white, contrasting with the colours of the surroundings. From the tower visitors can admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city: to the South, we see the Piac Street, the hotel Aranybika and in the foreground, the Kossuth statuary group, erected in the memory of the meeting held in the church in 1849, gathering before which Kossuth read the Declaration of Independence of Hungary.

The city (or at least the central part) is clean, elegant and pleasing. The well-preserved buildings are drawing the visitor’s attention, and also the green of the grass that contrasted sharply with the buildings’ facades.

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At about 200 meters from the intersection with Burgundy Street, Kossuth Street ends in Meliusz tér, a square where you will find Verestemplom – the Red Church – a beautiful Reformed church, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century and built in red brick – hence the name – in a neo-Gothic style.

If you go back to Kossuth Street, this time on the other side, you can stop and admire the outside Csokonai Színház, the City Theatre built in Romantic style in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Debrecen is a small town, but still you will need at least one visit to discover its mysteries and exquisite Hungarian cuisine that its many restaurants have to offer.