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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!

Upcoming events

2018.01.12 Friday - 2018.01.13 Saturday Dalidó “Dalidó” is the event opening the carnival season, aimed at the preservation of traditions. 2018.04.15 Sunday - 2018.04.25 Wednesday Debrecen Spring Festival & Art Exhibition It is the 25th time that Debrecen has given home to this comprehensive art festival featuring music, theater, exhibitions, movies, and literature. 2017.06.17 Saturday International Military Band Festival Hungary’s most important military band festival has filled the public spaces of Debrecen with rhythm and excitement since 1977. 2017.05.01 Monday - 2017.09.09 Saturday Performances at the Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre Theatrical entertainment under the starry sky, accompanied by the chirping of crickets. The dense green foliage in Nagyerdő will provide an attractive background of theatrical performances, contemporary music concerts, opera shows, and outdoor movie screenings from spring through fall. 2017.04.21 Friday - 2017.04.22 Saturday 2017.04.28 Friday - 2017.05.01 Monday 2017.03.12 Sunday 2017.07.06 Thursday - 2017.07.09 Sunday Béla Bartók International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival The Béla Bartók International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival one of the world’s most prestigious events of choral music for over half a century, is open to both amateur and professional choirs. 2017.07.19 Wednesday - 2017.07.23 Sunday Campus Festival The biggest bash in Eastern Hungary’s pop-music calendar, Campus features over 200 shows at up to 40 venues in the leafy surroundings of Big Forest. 2017.08.03 Thursday - 2017.08.06 Sunday Debrecen Wine & Jazz Days Good wine accompanied by good music: nourishment for body and soul! 2017.11.05 Sunday - 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. 2017.08.15 Tuesday - 2017.08.21 Monday Debrecen Flower Parade One of the most popular Hungarian summer events, the renowned Flower Parade has been a Debrecen icon for over 40 years. 2017.03.27 Monday - 2017.04.02 Sunday "DESZKA" Festival Some of the best of contemporary Hungarian drama is staged during the festival by renowned companies from Budapest, the rest of the country, and Hungarian communities in surrounding countries, followed with much interest by both the profession and the wider public. 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. 2017.11.23 Thursday - 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.

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