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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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Jazzbarátok köre: Santa Diver Those who are open to the more modern and experimental branches of jazz may have heard of violinist Luca Kézdy and her band Santa Diver. Performances at the Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre The open-air stage was set up in one of the most beautiful parts of the Nagyerdő (Great Forest), among huge firs and monumental English oaks more than 60 year ago. In 2014, the renovated, modernized theatre was reopened. In the restored theatre, there are 1000 seats for the spectators. May Day and Handicraft Beer Festival The outdoor festival is the official opening ceremony of the next season of the Nagyerdei Open-Air Stage. The festival program includes Hungarian folk music performances and brewed local beer tastings. 17th Debrecen Turkey Days and 2nd Chocolate Days A weekend dedicated to turkey dishes and chocolate. The food festival is held in Debrecen’s main square and besides gastronomical events features live stage performances, a handicraft market and various children’s programs. 5th Aquaticum Sauna Festival This weekend, sauna programs are held by professional sauna masters from Italy. Debrecen Spring Fair & Flea Market A traditional flea market held around St. Michael’s day when hundreds of traders come and sell their products in the streets around Böszörményi Road. Best of '90s Hungarian Allstars The most popular Hungarian bands and singers of the 1990s will surely make a great party in Hungary’s biggest university club, HALL. Boban Marković Orkestar concert Come and see the live performance of the unbelievable genius of one of the best musicians in the world, Boban Markovic and his brass orchestra. Enjoy pure magic of trumpet in various styles. 3rd Rose Tower Rose and sparkling wine festival with live stage concert in the pleasant area of the Nagyerdei Water Tower. Debrecen Drive – Everything that rolls A large-scale festival dedicated to all kinds of vehicles with car shows, demonstrations and children’s programs.

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