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Debrecen is a place where you can simultaneously enjoy the sights of a city and the tranquility of nature. Debrecen’s major tourist sights can be explored both on foot and on two wheels. On a break, cyclists can leave their bikes in outdoor bike racks set up in several points of the city.

A real advantage of Debrecen is that bike trails have been built along pavements so cycling is safe and comfortable even for families. More experienced cyclists, however, will be tempted to venture a little farther and explore the surrounding area on two wheels.Rent-a-bike service is available in several hotels and also at Tourinform’s office.

If something goes wrong with your bike, don’t worry, you’ll find several services where you cannot have only repair & service but can also rent bicycles.

Jóbringa.hu bike shop and service (service)

4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi út 153

www.jobringa.hu

Tel.: +36 20 255-2750

Regina bike shop (service)

4027 Debrecen, Füredi út 49-51

www.reginakerekpar.hu

Tel.: + 36 20 571-6305

Bicaj bike shop and service (rent bicycles and service)

4026, Debrecen Pesti utca 65.

www.bicajbt.hu

Tel.: +36 52 456-220; +36 30 342-8816

Máthé Motor and bike („Gepida Debrecen”) (service)

4033,Debrecen Sámsoni út 104.

www.mathekerekpar.hu

Tel.: +36 52 532-555

Gyöngy bike (rent bicycles and service)

4034, Debrecen Vámospércsi út 66.

www.gyongybike.hu

Tel.: +36 52 416-897; +36 30 351-9100

CSA-BIKE bike shop and service (service)

4031, Debrecen Szoboszlói út 24.

Tel.: +36 52 418-948; +36 30 955-8167

Pótkerék bike shop  (service)

4032, Debrecen Böszörményi út 1.

www.bikepotkerek.hu

Tel.: +36 52 347-716

Hardride bike shop and service  (service)

4026, Debrecen Űrhajósok tere 3/a

www.hardride.hu

Tel.: +36 52 310-398; +36 30 972-0457

Keszol Bt. (service)

4032, Debrecen Pallagi út 2.

Tel.: +36 52 349-927; +36 30 915-6582

Cycling itineraries in the surrounding area of Debrecen

1. Debrecen – Panoráma road – Vámospércsi road – Debrecen (round trip)

Tour description: The itinerary leads across Erdőspuszták (Wooded Plains) to Panoráma road along beautiful woodlands, meadows, reeds and lakes. Erdőspuszta Exhibit House gives fascinating insights into the flora, ethnography and archeology of the surrounding area.

Access: Follow the itinerary to the fork at Panoráma road before Lake Vekeri. Turn left and go until Vámospércsi road. Crossing the road take the bike trail heading Panoráma Restaurant and go until you reach Debrecen.

Distance (round trip): 30 km

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Sights: Erdőspuszta Exhibit House and Arboretum Látó-hill sightseeing tower Devil’s Trench (“Ördögárok”), one of the last remnants of an ancient entrenchment system.

2. Debrecen – Bánk – Létavértes – Kokad – Álmosd – Bagamér – Vámospércs – Debrecen (line tour; bicycle + railway)

Tour description: The tour leads across the villages around Erdőspuszták. The road connecting the villages runs in a pleasant forest environment. The major tourist attraction of the tour is the village of Álmosd where the hajdús (armed herdsmen) led by István Bocskai, Prince of Transylvania, triumphed over the imperial armies on 15 October, 1604. The memory of this first victorious battle of the war of independence is marked by a memorial.

Access: Start the tour in the direction of Debrecen-Bánk and Létavértes. The itinerary leads on minor roads across small villages along Bánk, Létavértes, Kokad, Álmosd, Bagamér and Vámospércs, mainly in shady forest environment. Cyclists are advised to return from Vámospércs by train to avoid heavy traffic on Route 48 between Vámospércs and Debrecen.

Distance: 51 km, return trip by train: 20 km

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes + trip by train

Sights: Debrecen - Erdőspuszta: Erdőspuszta Exhibit House and Arboretum Létavértes: Water Slaughterhouse, museum (Létavértes-Kossuth vineyard) Álmosd: Kölcsey Memorial House, forge, International Post Mail Museum, Joseph Kadar Museum, war memorial

3. Debrecen – Martinka – Haláp – Hármashegy Recreation Center

Tour description: The tour leads to a popular recreation area in Hármashegy (literally meaning three hills) that got its name from the sand dunes formed by the wind which were called “mountains” (hegy) by the locals. The recreation area features meadows, woodlands, a sightseeing tower, a buffet and a playground. Hármashegy Recreation Center is the terminus of Zsuzsi Narrow-Gauge Railway that was used in the past to transport logs and is now used for touristic purposes.

Access: Exit the city in the direction of Martinka. Follow the minor roads up to Martinka, and then take the dirt road towards the Haláp. After Haláp Inn, pedal on in the direction of the Hármashegyalja recreation area. The same route can be followed back either by bike or by the narrow-gauge railway.

Distance: 21 km, return trip: 21 km

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (one way)

Sights: Hármashegy sightseeing tour Lake Hármashegy Forest trails

4. Debrecen – Hajdúsámson – Nyíradony – Nyíracsád – Nyírmártonfalva – Vámospércs – Debrecen (line tour; bicycle + railway)

Tour description: This tour goes across Erdőspuszták and the Forests of Gút.

Access: Exit Debrecen on minor roads in the direction of Sámsoni Street then take the bike trail until you reach Hajdúsámson. From Hajdúsámson take minor roads to Nyíradony, Nyíracsád, Nyírmártonfalva and Vámospércs. The itinerary goes in shady forest environment. Cyclists are advised to return to Debrecen by train to avoid heavy traffic on Route 48.

Distance: 55 km, return trip: 20 km

Duration: 3 hours

Sights: Hajdúsámson: Local History Museum – iron stove collection Nyíradony: late Romanesque – early Gothic wooden-tower church from the age of the Árpáds (Forests of Gút), memorial stop of Zsuzsi Narrow-Gauge Railway Nyíracsád: church from the age of the Árpáds, wooden bell tower, Mill Gallery

5. Debrecen – Hajdúsámson – Hajdúhadház – Hajdúböszörmény – Debrecen (line tour; bicycle + railway)

Tour description: This itinerary takes tourists to the so-called Hajdú-towns that once surrounded Debrecen. Through visiting local historic buildings, museums and exhibitions, visitors can learn about the region’s outstanding figures and the life of the hajdús. The tour ends in Hajdúböszörmény where tourists have to opportunity to relax in the local thermal spa.

Access: Exit Debrecen on minor roads in the direction of Sámsoni Street then take the bike trail until you reach Hajdúsámson. From Hajdúsámson take minor roads through Hajdúhadház to Hajdúböszörmény. Cyclists are advised to return to Debrecen by train to avoid heavy traffic on Route 35.

Distance: 37 km, return trip by train: 20 km

Duration: 2 hours

Sights:

Hajdúsámson: Local History Museum

Hajdúhadház: Reformed church with two towers, János Földi Memorial House, Imre Égerházi Memorial House, equestrian statue of István Bocskai, Prince of Transylvania

Hajdúböszörmény: Bocskai statue, Dancing hajdús statue, Reformed church, Hajdúság Museum, Miklós Káplár Memorial House, Outdoor Village Museum

6. Debrecen – Balmazújváros – Kónya (towards Tiszacsege) – Hortobágy – Debrecen (line tour; bicycle + railway)

Tour description: The two-day trip leads to Hortobágy, Europe’s largest contiguous natural grassland, Hortobágy, Hungary’s oldest and biggest national park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. Most of its territory is a biosphere reserve, its water habitats have been internationally protected by the Ramsar Agreement. Its diverse landscape features endless grasslands, sweep-pole wells, oak forests, ponds, marshes and woodlands in the flood areas of River Tisza. Its marshes and fish ponds are significant nesting places of migrating birds. Hortobágy has a unique flora and fauna. Visitors can see domestic Hungarian animals in their natural habitat like grey cattle, buffalo, ‘racka’ sheep, ‘nonius’ horse and ‘mangalica’ pig and can also get an insight into traditional crafts and folk traditions of the area (wayside inn, herdsmen’s traditions, pottery, etc.). Those who would like to stay for more than two days can pedal on to Lake Tisza on Eurovelo.

Access: Exit Debrecen towards Balmazújváros. Use the bike trail then follow your trip on Route 33 until you reach the minor Route 3316 to Balmazújváros. Take minor roads from Balmazújváros towards Tiszacsege, then turn left towards Kónya and pedal on until Hortobágy. Your return trip may follow the same route back, but you can also take a train. If you firmly trust your cycling skills, another alternative may be Route 33.

Distance (one way) on the first day: 50 km

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Distance on the second day: 38 km

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Distance (return): 38 km on railway

Sights:

Balmazújváros: Hat-maker studio of Gyula Mihalkó, Andor Semsey Andor Museum, Péter Veres Memorial House

Hortobágy: Herdsmen’s Museum, Nine-Hole Bridge, Puszta Zoo, Bird Park, Hortobágy-Fish Ponds nature trail

Hortobágy-Máta: pottery workshop, Máta Stud Farm

Egyek-Pusztakócs: marshes at Egyek-Pusztakócsi mocsarak, Meggyes Inn

Egyek: Western Lodge (visitor center), Patkós Inn

Tiszacsege: Cotter’s house, flood plain at Ároktő-Tiszacsege, sheds’ museum Tiszacsege – Nagymajor: Vay Castle, Radio Museum

7. Debrecen – Balmazújváros – Eastern Main Channel (towards Nagyhegyes) – Hajdúszoboszló – Debrecen (line tour; bicycle + railway)

Tour description: Most of the tour goes along the Eastern Main Channel that is a popular recreation area and holiday resort, a fishing paradise, all this set in a romantic natural environment. The channel’s dike is easy to use by cyclists. Those who feel like can have a detour to Nádudvar, home of black pottery.

Access: Exit Debrecen towards Balmazújváros. Use the bike trail then follow your trip on Route 33 until you reach the minor Route 3316 to Balmazújváros. Use the minor roads until you reach the dike of the Eastern Main Channel, right before Balmazújváros. Go on the dike towards Hajdúszoboszló until the fish ponds. From here you can go either to Hajdúszoboszló or to Nádudvar (33 km-detour). Cyclists are advised to return by train from Hajdúszoboszló.

Distance (one way): 46.5 km

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance with a detour to Nádudvar: 79.5 km

Duration: 4 hours Distance (return): 22 km on railway

Sights:

Balmazújváros: Hat-maker studio of Gyula Mihalkó, Andor Semsey Andor Museum, Péter Veres Memorial House

Nagyhegyes: village museum

Hajdúszoboszló: István Bocskai Museum, International Modern Museum, folk art exhibition, potter’s house, reformed church, bell house

Nádudvar: black pottery

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