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First experiences in Debrecen

If you have never been to Debrecen and its surroundings, give a chance! Come and see this area! You can attend one of the sightseeing tours as individuals or with groups (link to guiding), or an adventure puszta programme by carriage!

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Recipe for a special city break
1 day…
You will never completely take in Debrecen unless you climb the tower of Reformed Big Church, or try to lift a “gerundium” at the Reformed College. You must see the “lícium tree,” probably the humblest symbol of the Reformed faith, as well as St. Anne’s Cathedral, seat of the Catholic Bishop, based, ironically enough, in “Calvinist Rome.” True, you can get insights into Debrecen’s past and form predictions about its future strolling in the city’s streets and squares at your leisure. However, you won’t see the whole picture until you check out the excellent exhibits at Tímárház, the Déri Museum, or Modem Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art. Don’t let these adventures into the realms of history and art prevent you from tasting a nice plate of Debrecen double sausage. Have you explored the historic city center, discovered the Big Market, mapped the small downtown piazzas, whiled away some time on the terraces and at Roncs Bar? Why don’t you kick back and enjoy the pleasures of Big Forest? Pamper yourself at Aquaticum Pleasure Bath, relax at the Spa, or go for a swim at Debrecen Swimming Complex, the main venue of 2012 European Swimming Championships. Take a stroll in Nagyerdei Park, which was completely redesigned in 2014. Check out the walkways dotted with spectacular water attractions. Try some of the rides at Nagyerdei Theme Park, or sign up for fun classes at Agora Scientific Adventure Center, located on UD’s campus. Round off you sightseeing tour with a mouthwatering dinner at a fine-dining restaurant, a show at Csokonai National Theater, or a classical music concert by Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra. Sports junkies can also get their adrenaline rush by rooting for local soccer heroes at Nagyerdei Arena.

…and 4 days:
Day 1: Welcome to Debrecen! Check into your hotel, have a nice Hungarian dinner, then take a rest and get ready for the next day.
Day 2: Discover the city with a tourist guide, or on your own with the help of the audio-guide which can be downloaded to your smartphone. Start the tour in the historic city center where you will find the “two-towered” Big Church, symbol of Debrecen, and the most important place of worship for the Hungarian Protestant community. Continue your stroll towards Debrecen Reformed College and the Déri Museum. Located a short distance away in the opposite direction, St. Anne’s Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and frescoes is one of the most beautiful buildings in Debrecen.
Extra tip: If you like unique shopping experiences, do not miss the local Big Market and the Flower Market.
Day 3: If you are ready to experience pristine nature, do not hesitate to visit Hortobágy — a 30-minute drive from Debrecen — where you can find the largest grassland of Central Europe. Here you can try on traditional shepherd’s apparel, explore various techniques of handicraft and can also assume a new identity as a mounted herdsman or a naturalist bird-watcher. You can also go on a safari in a jeep. Sample authentic Hungarian dishes cooked in sooty stew pots in the local restaurant called “Nagycsárda” and get immersed in the spirit of folk music.
Day 4: We wish you would have happy memories of your days spent in Debrecen, but do not forget those who are waiting for you at home. Remember to take them back traditional Debrecen gingerbread and Hortobágy organic salami. See you again soon.

Four days is not nearly enough to check off every item on the must-see list of Debrecen and its neighborhood’s tourist sights. However, you can always rely on your trusty partner, Tourinform, to help you fine-tune your schedule even if you plan to stay longer. For further information, please pay a personal visit to Tourinform’s office or go to iranydebrecen.hu.

Let your smartphone be your guide and explore the historic city center by way of thematic sightseeing tours. On your mark (scan the appropriate QR code or visit debrecen.pocketguideapp.com), get set, go!

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