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When in Debrecen, use your senses instead of the just looking for the signposts: look down ahead of you to see on what kind of planks the citizens walked the streets in days of old. Look up to the sky and marvel at the colorful facades of the merchants’ houses built at the beginning of the previous century. Follow your nose to the pleasant smells from the busy Mediterranean squares and intimate cafés, or simply listen to your ears and let the charming music guide your steps.

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Reformed Big Church

Debrecen’s symbol is one of the nation’s largest Reformed churches, a building of major historic significance. It was here that Lajos Kossuth read out the Declaration of Independence on April 14, 1849. The wing chair used by the Regent-President on that glorious occasion is one of the church’s most precious relics. The main structure has been rebuilt several times. Today’s familiar Classicist form was developed after the great fire of 1802. You can enjoy magnificent views of the city from the top of the towers, or the steel bridge behind the tympanum. If you are courageous enough to attempt the steep climb up, your added bonus will be a spectacular close-up of the 5.6-ton Rákóczi Bell. In addition to regular services, exhibits of religious history, organ concerts and other musical events are also on the schedule. The church has held the status of national monument since 2013.

4026 Debrecen Piac u 4-6.
Museum of Debrecen Reformed College

Having functioned continuously as an educational institution since its establishment in 1538, the college is the cradle of Hungarian civilization. It features a museum that has permanent exhibits displaying the school’s history, student life. Your visit here will help you understand why Debrecen became the most important bastion of the Reformed faith in Hungary. Bedecked with majestic murals, the building’s stairwell leads to the entrance of the gigantic library storing more than 600,000 volumes

4026 Debrecen Kálvin tér 16
Régi Posta Restaurant

“Régi Posta” is a Hungarian-style cellar restaurant, with a special historical atmosphere. This is sensed by visitors who find that the fully renovated building satisfying every modern expectation has also well preserved its historical values. Régi Posta tempts guests with real traditional flavours, dishes made from quality materials sourced locally, and with a kitchen satisfying the highest gastronomic demands, the guarantee for which is the master chef László Boros. On the one hand, the restaurant offers à la carte dining, and on the other hand, it is also the ideal venue for a relaxing evening in a pleasant atmosphere, for business meetings, birthdays and other celebrations, garden grill parties, outdoor cooking in cauldrons, receptions or other events.

Debrecen, Széchenyi utca 6.

Debrecen’s only music bistro, with a wide assortment of drinks, a bistro kitchen, colourful musical, gastronomy and cultural programmes, is a truly joyful spot in the city. Butiq is an out-of-the-ordinary bistro, café, club and a real community place. Awaiting guests are a rustic-industrial environment inspired by the world of fashion, great dishes, special craft beers, a huge variety of whisky and rum, delicious Hungarian wines and cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere, cool people, an inner courtyard and a covered patio, as well as resident DJs playing deep house, new disco and house music from 8 p.m. on weekends.

Debrecen Csapó utca 24.
Fórum Shopping Center

FÓRUM Shopping Center of Debrecen opened 6 years ago as the most beautiful and largest mall of the region and a definitive player on the scene of fashion. FÓRUM and fashion are now inseparable, as in addition to the latest trends, the former is also a testimony to the variegation of its offerings in the field of fashion. Hungarian and international brands can both be found here, including Zara, Bershka, Mayo Chix, Douglas, Springfield, Saxoo and many others. FÓRUM is located in the heart of the city, and it awaits shoppers and visitors with 120 stores on 3 levels, 800 parking spaces with favourable parking rates (free from 2 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday), many restaurants, cafés, a playhouse for children, as well as a variety of entertaining events. With its events, FÓRUM Shopping Center of Debrecen aims to ensure that all visitors have a pleasant time in a beautiful environment, and that they come back again after being enriched with many experiences.

4029 Debrecen Csapó utca 30.
Debrecen Plaza

The Debrecen Plaza Shopping and Entertainment Center opened its doors in the heart of the city on 10 December 1998. The air-conditioned environment of this mall offers a comfortable and pleasant experience around the year. Visitors find more than 50 stores, a multiplex movie theater, a casino, as well as a number of restaurants and cafés here.

4026 Debrecen Péterfia utca 28.

Debrecen Airport

Debrecen Airport is the most important and busiest airport of Eastern Hungary, with the second largest volume of traffic in the country behind only Budapest Liszt Ferenc international airport. Debrecen Airport has undergone significant development since 2011. The volume of passengers, which was only around 10,000 per year before, has reached 180,000 by 2015, and is expected to reach 350,000 by 2016. The airport is located at a distance of 7 kilometers south from the center of Debrecen and 5 kilometers from the main railway station. In October 2015 Wizz Air opened a new route between Milan-Bergamo and Debrecen, and in December 2015 launched three new routes from Debrecen to the airports of Paris-Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi, and Malmö, bringing the total number of flights between Debrecen (and thereby Eastern Hungary) and six, strategically important centers of economy and tourism in the European Union. Since December 16, 2015, Wizz Air has been using Debrecen Airport as a base for one Airbus A320 aircraft. Debrecen thus became the 22nd base of the airline and the second one in Hungary. From 11 April 2016 Lufhansa will launch a new route to Debrecen from the third biggest city in Germany, Munich, offering services between the two cities three times a week. In the summer season, there are also numerous charter operators flying from Debrecen Airport mainly to the Mediterranean, but charter flights also regularly arrive from Germany. Related to the earlier logistical developments, the airport’s new, three-story innovation and incubation center on a total area of 8,000 square meters is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015, in which – in addition to office space – the new passenger terminal of the airport will also be located.

H-4030 Debrecen, Mikepércsi út 0493/64 hrsz.

Public Transport - DKV

In Debrecen all important tourist sights and attractions are within easy reach on foot. Those who prefer public transportation to walking can choose from a wide range of opportunities though. In Debrecen 2 tram, 5 trolleybus and 51 bus routes and scheduled services are available but the city can also be explored on two wheels on a safe bicycle trail-network. The two important tourist hubs of Debrecen – the city center and Nagyerdei Park – can quickly and easily be approached by tram no. 1 or bus no. 10. On the route of tram no. 2 10 ticket machines are available 24 hours a day in 8 languages where passengers can not only buy their tickets and passes but also find up-to-date information on local public transport services. Schedules, news and all other information about public transport in Debrecen are available on www.dkv.hu and on the free multi-language app, transIT DKV. Those who drive can park their park in 5300 overground, 5 underground, 3 downtown business and 3 private car parks. Parking fee differs according to parking zones and types of car. You can pay for overground parking in payment machines or on mobile phone. More information on parking opportunities in Debrecen can be found at www.dvparking.hu.