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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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Nagyerdei Open-Air Events: Budapest Bár concert Nagyerdei Open-Air Theater (rain venue: Kölcsey Center) 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. 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. Carnival Opening ’Dalido’ It has been a tradition in Debrecen to open the Carnival season with a so-called ’Dalido’. According to the tradition on the Saturday following Epiphany masters and servants of various crafts come together to celebrate. This time everybody can join them and have some fun together. 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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