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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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Bulrush There is a Hungarian saying “they sell on the same bulrush” meaning two or more people think the same or share the same values and ideas. Third Advent candle lighting The citizens of Debrecen gather around the City’s Christmas Tree together with Diána Széles Deputy Mayor, Sándor Tóth Baptist pastor and Lajos Püski Reformed pastor to light the third Advent candle. CSAK Design Fair Don't miss out on the last chance in the year to visit the CSAK Design Fair - in its Xmas Edition! Gift your loved ones unique designer pieces or take part in a workshop to create something lasting, spending a pleasant day in the city's most gorgeous building. You may also enjoy a mug of hot chocolate, a cuppa coffee, some mulled wine and cookies. See you there! Venue: the University of Debrecen, main building. Kati Wolf: Chorus Kati Wolf singer surprises her fans in Debrecen with a unique concert in the Big Reformed Church where she will sing her lively and sentimental songs in a spiritual environment and musically completely renewed. Christmas Valceremony Gala show of Valcer Dance Studio in the spirit of Christmas. The event awaits not only the family and friends of the studio’s own dancers and followers but everyone who would like to join a special dance show that offers not only a colourful program but also several surprises. Fourth Advent candle lighting The citizens of Debrecen gather around the City’s Christmas Tree together with Lajos Barcsa Deputy Mayor, László Tóth Roman Catholic vicar, Zsigmond Vad Reformed priest and István Kapin Greek Orthodox parson to light the fourth Advent candle. Christmas-time Aqua Elf Party On the second day of Christmas families can join a special Christmas party in the Aquaticum Mediterranean Pleasure Baths. Mediterranean surprise During Christmas and New Year’s Eve it’s worth doing some physical activity. There is a great opportunity for this in the Aquaticum Mediterranean Pleasure Baths where you can do not only sport but can join some fun games too. New Year’s Eve party Aqua party and fun with carnival atmosphere to say farewell to the last year and welcome the new one in the Aquaticum Mediterranean Pleasure Baths. Happy New Year, Debrecen! The people of Debrecen can say farewell to 2018 on the last day of the year on a giant street party in Kossuth Square. The program includes stage performances by Dóra Danics singer and the band Fiesta and spectacular fireworks in the very first minutes of 2019.

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