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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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Concert of the Debrecen Garrison Band The Advent season is not only about waiting and preparing for Christmas but also the period of thanksgiving with the message of faith, hope, joy and love. The concert of the Debrecen Garrison Band will focus on these values together with others like patriotism, family and love. Fairy Garden - Mörk, The Qualitons Between 16 and 19 August the courtyard of the Old City Hall will be once again transformed into a Fairy Garden for four nights. Besides the special decorations, the now traditional façade projection will contribute to the magical atmosphere. 2019 is also bringing about new musical offerings: there will be exciting popular music concerts and jazz formations, as recommended by the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days. Concerts: 16th August | 20.00 Mörk 16th August | 22.00 The Qualitons Junkies / Rómeó vérzik Gospel concert Tennessee State Gospel Choir tours Hungary for the first time in 2018. They will surely enchant the Debrecen audience with their carefree choral singing. Nagyerdei Open-Air Events: Budapest Bár concert Nagyerdei Open-Air Theater (rain venue: Kölcsey Center) Via Crucis Concert by the Kodály Choir Debrecen on the Holy Week. Béla Bartók International Choir Competition and Folk Festival The Béla Bartók International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival has been one of the choral events of highest standard all over the world for more than 50 years. International Military Band Festival Hungary’s main army band meeting has been filling Debrecen’s squares for four decades with rhythm and exuberance.

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