The third biggest and the second most popular city benefits from a colourful past, reaching back more than 650 years. Intermediately, in 1849 and 1944, it was even Hungary's capital for a short period.
The city's symbol is the Reformed Great Church in the centre of the 200,000-inhabitants town. This famous church was rebuilt in the 19th century and now there are inviting terraces, pubs, and restaurants among the wonderfully renewed buildings, fountains and parks.
The building of Régi Posta restaurant can also be found in the centre, hosting visitors since 1690.
The Great Church, the Reformed College and the Csokonai Theatre represent the architecture of the 19th century, while the Déri Museum reﬂects the spirit of the 20th century. In its exhibition some moments of Jesus Christ's life are cited on monumental pictures by one of the most well-known Hungarian painters, Munkácsy Mihály.
The Reformed College, founded in 1538, recalls an almost 500-year-old reputation. It is one of the oldest, continuously operating educational institutions of the country which gave bases to the Debrecen University, educating thousands of foreign students.
Make your trip a leisure one
The local cuisine is worth trying, since there are several fantastic restaurants offering their local specialties – like Debrecen-style stuffed cabbage, pork meat soup, Hortobágy-style pancake stuffed with meat and specialties made from grey cattle, ﬁsh soup, Debrecen-style paired sausage, scone – just to mention the most popular ones.
The Great Forest is some tram stops away from the center, where medical and Mediterranean adventure spas can be found next to the zoo, sport ﬁelds, lakeside promenades, all of them awaiting the visitors and those longing for a rest.
A unique experience is promised by the Hortobágy National Park – this Hungarian plain, part of the world heritage, is located just 40 kilometres outside of Debrecen.
Debrecen hosted a lot of international sport competitions in the past few years. The Short Track World Championship took place in March 2013 and preliminary round matches of the Women's EHF Handball European Championship 2004 were played in the city's Fönix Hall.