A short guide to Debrecen for visitors

Front view of the University of Debrecen

Debrecen University ©berettyoradio.hu

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and the capital of Hajdu-Bihar county. The city lies on the great plains called Alfold, in the Eastern part of the country, approximately 30 km (18.6 miles) away from the Romanian border and about 225 km (140  miles) from Budapest.

It is a pretty city with lots of great things to see and do, sometimes also called the ‘Calvinist Rome’. If you arrive by train, the first thing you get to see is the train station from where you can easily get to the city’s elegant main square that was shut down for traffic after the renovation in the 1990s. So now you can only get through the square enriched with fountains on foot or by tram. So here you can find a short visitor guide to Debrecen, broadly…

Main attractions

Reformed Church in Debrecen, Hungary

Reformed Church ©debrecenhotels.hu

Since the 16th century Debrecen is the second largest city of the country as well as the main fortress of Hungarian Reformation, that is why the Great Reformed Church is the main symbol of the city. This church is the most representative example of Classicism in Hungary; it lies in the heart of the city, on Kossuth square on a spot that gave home to a church since the 14th century. Behind the church, on Kalvin square you can find the College of the Reformed Church – also called the school of the country, a school establishen in 1540.

Debrecen is the city of fountains and flowers, the architectural style of the main street gained its final form at the beginning of the 20th century influenced mainly by the Art Nouveau and Eclectic  architectural styles. You might also want to take a look at the beautiful building of the Hajdú Vármegye Háza built in 1912 with piro-granite decorating items on the facade from the Zsolnay manufactures.

What to eat and what to do

Aquaticum thermal bath in Debrecen

Aquaticum ©nemethypanzio.hu

The Debreceni staffed cabbages, the fisher’s soup, the Hortobagy meat pancakes, the grey cattle specialties and furnace-baked meals are just a few of the things that make the cuisine of the Debrecen area unique.  You can find all these and more great food in basically all restaurants in Debrecen, but if you go for reform-nutrition, taste the amazing eco-fish right from the lakes of Hortobagy.

Open all year long, the Aquaticum thermal bath and aqua park awaits visitors with 65 degr. Celsius thermal water that is rich in minerals and apart from being generally healthy and pleasant,  it is good for rheumatic and skin conditions as well as other health problems, plus the aqua park is really relaxing and fun.

All the above is only a small part of the thing that you can see and do in Debrecen, but hope you enjoyed this short visitor guide. If you have any experience or question about the city, please let us know in the comment section below. 🙂



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