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Welcome to the website of the city of Debrecen,

Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city with a population of 210,000. The original meaning of its name (“let it live and move”) is testament to the city’s dynamic present-day development. Thanks to its religious, political, and economic power, historic Debrecen got to assume a quasi-city-state status and it has served twice as the nation’s capital. The modern city is Eastern Hungary’s most important commercial and administrative center, which has displayed an unbroken path of spectacular development in all walks of life. Debrecen’s international airport provides direct links to several major European destinations and it is a mere two-hour drive from the capital, Budapest.

What do you need to enjoy life in a 21st-century city? Attractive sights to see, modern shopping malls, exciting cultural and sporting events, for sure. But you also need activities that offer holiday experiences without compromise. Debrecen is by no means lacking in activities of this kind. Trendy cafés and bistros are proliferating, the popularity of street food is on the rise, countless cozy terraces and other special venues are getting ready to take visitors. Your leisurely stroll in downtown Debrecen – dubbed “promenade” by locals – will be punctuated by shady green piazzas and refreshing fountains. The slightly eclectic arrangement of architectural styles as well as the streets and alleys, each hiding its very own story, will set up an enchanting atmosphere. And another important thing – thanks to Debrecen’s highly developed public transport, the network of bus and tram lines, visitors can reach all tourist spots in the city in a comfortable and easy way.

We hope that browsing our website you will take a fancy to Debrecen and the website will help you plan your stay.

See you soon in Debrecen!

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2017.09.22 Friday - 2017.09.24 Sunday Debreczeni Aroma Festival Heart-warming gastro-fest 2017.10.07 Saturday Meeting of Hungarian Gray-Bulls’ Friends Both professional show and tourist attraction, this event provides spectacular close-ups of the most beautiful specimens of this awe-inspiring beast. The bulls are corralled by Hortobágy cowboys wearing traditional herdsmen’s garb. 2017.10.10 Tuesday European Languages - Cocktail Bar Round-table conferences and activities about multilingualism, discovering booths of the cultural institutes, various games, slam poetry, free concert, cocktails and a raffle. 2017.10.20 Friday - 2017.10.22 Sunday Cranefest Crane migration is the most spectacular fall nature show in Hortobágy. Guided weekend tours provide a great opportunity for visitors to watch flocks of tens of thousands of birds approach their resting places at dusk. 2017.10.21 Saturday Coralling the Herds on ST. Dömötör’s Day Livestock and herdsmen have traditionally dwelled on open pasture up until late fall – when animals “start gathering snow on their backs.” 2017.11.06 Monday - 2017.11.18 Saturday Debrecen Fall Festival Two months’ worth of concerts, theater productions, family and children’s programs, folklore festival, exhibitions and live interview sessions will also include the events of Debrecen Literature Days. 2017.11.10 Friday - 2017.11.12 Sunday Goose Feast on ST. Martin’s Day Folk wisdom has it that you must have goose and fresh wine on St. Martin’s Day. Debrecen’s best chefs will be at hand to provide exquisite food, while vintners based in the historic region of Eger will bring their best vintages of wine. 2017.11.25 Saturday - 2017.12.23 Saturday Debrecen Advent The action-packed four Sundays before Christmas will help visitors feel the community spirit of this period of excited anticipation. 2017.12.08 Friday - 2017.12.10 Sunday International Nativity-Play Festival A renowned gathering of amateur troupes from all over the Carpathian Basin whose performances celebrate the traditions of the festive season. 2017.12.31 Sunday Happy New Year, Debrecen! Debrecen residents traditionally spend New Year’s Eve reveling in Kossuth Square, smack in the middle of downtown. Star performers are close at hand to maintain a genuine party atmosphere before (and after) the New Year countdown and firework display.

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