The Aranybika, or Golden Bull, is a nice hotel that dates from the 1500s. The present structure dates from 1915. It's an architecturally grand building, which also contains a nightclub and a casino. Although the building has many beautiful features, many people say that the rooms are not as great. The hotel's restaurants have also proven to be popular.
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Great Reformed Church
The Great Reformed Church is arguably the city's most recognizable landmark. Although the Church dates from the 13th century, it doesn't appear very old, since it was damaged in a fire and renovated centuries later. The current structure dates from 1823. This church was the center of Hungarian government during the 1848 Revolution as well as the place where Lajos Kossuth proclaimed the nation's independence. It's a beautiful building and worth a visit if you're in Debrecen.
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Debrecen's Market Street, or "Piac utca", is named after the city's medieval livestock market. It's the city's main street and is rather long. Piac utca stretches from the train station to the Reformed Church. The part of the street near the Church and the Town Hall is pedestrian-only, and contains many nice shops and restaurants with outdoor seating, so it's a popular gathering place. Sometimes festivals (such as the Flower Carnival) are held here.
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Kossuth ter - main square
I really like the main square because it has kept soul and spirit of old days, although it is new and reconstructed. First, I must write about the millennium fountain. For me, it is one of the most beautiful and unusual fountain I have ever seen. It looks like an Antonio Gaudi piece of work. It is very colourful and alive. There is a picture in fountain (Honfoglalas) which shows the arrival of Hungarians to this area and the bird Phoenix who represent the rebirth of the city.
There is a statute of Kossuth Layoss at the square. He is very important historical person who lived here in Debrecen. He had read a Declaration of Independency in Reformed church at the square (1848). Reformed church or Calvin church, or Protestant church or Great church is the largest one in Hungary. And because of it, Debrecen is called a Calvin Rome. It has a largest bell in Hungary and u can go up to the tower. They say u can see a whole city during a sunny day. I would not know because I have made it to the 10 stair and then move back. I’m afraid of depth. But I was inside of the church. It is very minimalistic interior with white walls without the pictures and statues. No crosses, gold, marble. Very simple this is unusual for me since I’m catholic :)
I simply could not find out what is glass pyramid doing in Debrecen :)
Deri Museum building and the park in front of it is my number one in Debrecen. Unfortunately I could not write about the indoors and the exhibitions because the museum was closed. I don’t know why and I could not find out. The sign on the door was in Hungarian off course.
But, never mind because the building, the exterior was so beautiful to me that I have reserve a number one place for my Debrecen days. Museum is in the centre of the city, hidden from the main road and settled in nice area surrounded with beautiful buildings. Like the university building, museum was also built in neo-baroque style. In front of the building there is a beautiful park, my favourite Debrecen Park with nice yellow benches where you can sit down read something, talk with people, and look at the children who are playing or just enjoying the sound of the water from the small fountains. Everything is full of flowers with so vivid colours. Ahhhh :)
Egyetem - university
If you are planning to visit Debrecen, you must see this gorgeous building and surroundings. It really was a surprise for me because whole complex was hidden with trees and shadows. So, when I have taken a turn from main road I was really overwhelmed by a beauty. Building is large and dominant and it is surrounded with beautiful trees and parks. Just in front of the building there is a French style park with the large and gorgeous fountain. My opinion is that the park and the fountain is not so well kept (clean and maintain) as it deserve. Water could be cleaner, and there was some garbage and dogs poop next to the fountain. I have entered in to the building and was really surprised by the beauty and the size of the great hall. Everything is made from white stone, and there is a glass root so the scenery was really breathtaking. University building in neo-baroque style was finished at 1933.
What to do ...
There are so many things to see at Debrecen. Usually, people are writing about the Calvinist church and the main square - Koshut ter. I mean, they are really beautiful, but my number one is: Nagyetem - university building which takes a breath away. And the Deri museum building and the Deri Park in front of the museum are really piece of art for the ones who loves a baroque style.
Beside my favourite sites, you should see millennium fountain at the main square, Foiskola at the Peterfi street, Forrest with the small lakes in the near of the university building. And my favourites small typical Hungarian streets with the "old" family houses. From the main square goes Piatc street which is full with interesting and beautiful buildings.
This beautiful museum first opened its gates in 1930, and is home to a most extensive display and collections of general cultural history of Hungary. Included are typical tools of farming and animal husbandry, artefacts from tanner, furrier, boot-maker, saddler and harness-maker workshops; reconstruction of a typical 3-part house characteristic of the plains region, with numerous pieces of furniture and household utensils; pharmaceutical history; etc.
There are also areas of Egyptology age of antiquity represented by Greek, Etruscan and Roman statues, bronze, glass, gems and ceramics from 5th century BC to 3rd century AD; as well as an Oriental collection.
And there are other gallery rooms, but the most famous section is the Munkacsy room with the world-famous CHRIST-TRILOGY. These 3 large scale paintings are housed in the one room, with seating so that you can spend however much time desired to enjoy their beauty! ECCE HOMO! has been on display since 1930, but the other two (Christ Before Pilate and Golgotha) only arrived in Debrecen in the 1990s.
Open daily except Mondays; 1 Apr-31 Oct: 10am-6pm and in the winter til 4pm.
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Déri Museum - a must-see
This museum gives a perfect account of the history and traditions of this region - local artifacts, medieval peasant and craftsmen tools and references to the Guilds - also highlightening the local painters.
The museum guards, although not being able to speak a word of English, really try to be helpful to visitors - a rare honour in the Hungarian museum panorama - guiding them through the several museum rooms full of interesting pieces introduced by notes in several languages - the majority of their captions are not translated, though. A wonderful museum nevertheless, although these days tourism is unconceivable without communication in English - like it or not, these days it is a universal language.
Relax in the mineral waters of the thermal baths
The thermal baths are located at the Thermal hotel.
The bath has been certified as a thermal bath and the waters as medicinal waters since 1960.
Especially beneficial results in rheumatic diseases, locomoter disorders, gynaecological, respiratory adn dermatological diseases!
The dome structure of the baths includes 4 thermal pools, undrwater massage adn themotherapeutic chambers.
There is also and outdoor bath closely attached to the indoor thermal bath.
Hours of operation 0800-1830
In the centre of Hortobágy village the Nagycsárda (village inn) welcomes the visitors. Its predecessor was built in 1699, the western wing of the present building was built in 1781, the eastern in 1815.
The Hortobágy Gallery has paintings, statues and other works of art of the Puszta behind the Csárda. On the left we can find the Shepherds'`Museum. The visitor can get acquainted with implements of pastoral life, here.
Near the museum, in the Körszín we can take a look at the values of the Hortobágy National Park and works of local artists.
The Bridge Fare is kept each year in the open space behind the Körszín on the 19th and 20th of August.
We can get to Máta, and the Epona village through the Stone bridge with nine holes.
The bridge was built according to the plans of Ferenc Povolny between 1827-1833. In the first weekend of each year's July the International Equestrian Days are held in Máta .
The stud of Hortobágy
Hortobágy is more renowned for its herdsmen than for its natural beauty. The herdsmen are the symbol of the 'puszta', freedom and the natural way of life. They are more than simply the representatives of a vocation, they are the emblem of the 'puszta' and of course a tourist sight. No wonder they are a very proud group of people.
The systematic horse-breeding reaches back to the 17th century. The Nonius horses were first bred in 1885. The stud of Hortobágy is today the biggest hot-blooded farm in Hungary. The thick mane of the horses, their elegant gate, their overwhelming neigh remind us of the former more nature-close life we all shared.
Hortobágy National Park the "puszta"
Hortobágy ranges from the edge of the Hajdúság to the Tisza River; it is a saliferous, grassy desert of 115 kms2. In order to protect its natural values, flora and fauna it was declared a nature reserve area on 01 January 1973. This was the first National Park of Hungary. The Hortobágy National Park was qualified as biosphere - reserve by the UN in 1979.
Horses have always been tended by herdsmen, cattle by cowherds, sheep by shepherds and pigs by swineherds. This differentiation have determined both their conduct and social ranking.
The fish pond was dug by Russian prisoners of war during World War I.
All visitors must be accompanied by a guide, and no motor vehicles are allowed.
The summer season provides a wide variety of programmes being the city of music, Flower Carnival.
The flowercarnival is one of the most famous programme of Debrecen and Hungary. This year is going to be very special because they offer for the visitors and the citizens a very varietous programme five days long.
15-19 August Kossuth Square from 10.00 until 23.00’o clock
In front of the Calvinist Church stands a statue of Kossuth Lajos.
The ticket of the 33'th Flower Carneval
Stadium Northern Gate, whole price ticket: 550.- HU Ft.
Office of Tourinform:
Debrecen, Pac u. 20.
Ticket can be purchased by fax (52/525-280) wich are sent to the client by post. In this case the payment by post-office.
It is true though that the high winds of the revolution had swept the streets before and the General Assembly of the town have passed the twelve articles of 15 March, just two days after they were published.
In August equal civil rights are proclaimed for everyone who has a property in Debrecen. The National Guards is formed instantly and the seventy-year-old mayor is the first to volunteer and soon they have 1300 infantry-men and 40 cavalry-men in their ranks.
The famous Reformed College with all the teachers and students interrupted its normal activities to join the struggle for one and a half year. The college was the centre of the capital of the revolution where the Kossuth banknotes were printed and the oratorio was the site of the meetings of parliament .No sooner did Lajos Kossuth the governor proclaim independence in the Big Church on 14 April 1849 than the Russian army were on their way to outnumber the troops of József-Nagy Sándor in a battle near Debrecen.
In the place of Kölcsey's house a cultural centre was built; the Csokonai Theatre and the Reformed College were renewed.
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