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9 Best Things You Can Do In Debrecen, Hungary

Andreia
Updated Mar 12, 2019

Budapest is capable of outshining most of Europe’s capitals, as well all the other cities in Hungary. However, a country is not only its capital, no matter how extraordinary it is. Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary after Budapest and is one of the most important cultural centers in the country.

It was the capital of Hungary during the revolution of 1848 to 1849 and until the end of the World War II, which makes it a very strong pillar for the Hungarians’ identity. Although it suffered many changes throughout the years, Debrecen is now a very active city, with regular street festivals happening and an energetic nightlife. There are many museums and historic places to visit but Debrecen is also known for its natural beauty. Let’s look at the best things you can do in Debrecen, shall we?

1. See the Great Church

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Nagytemplom, the Reformed Great Church in Debrecen, is definitely the city’s most famous postcard. It’s set right in the heart of the city, between Kossuth Square and Kalvin Square, two places you should stop by. The Great Church is not only a beautiful building inside and out but also a symbol of the Protestant Church in Hungary.

As you enter, you’ll be struck by its imposing architecture and amazed at the beautiful organ in the nave. There are exhibition areas inside the church and if you climb all the way to its top, you’ll get the best views of the city. Not to be missed!

The Great Church

Address: 4026 Debrecen, Kossuth tér 1, Hungary

Website: The Great Church

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2. Stop by Deri Museum

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It may be considered just a regional museum but Deri Museum is incredible. There, you’ll get the chance to discover more about the Hungarian culture through the many exhibitions of the country’s treasures and artifacts. The museum regularly changes its temporary exhibitions which are always fascinating, going from Japanese folklore to Egyptian mummies. It is a very interesting museum that you should definitely add to your itinerary, even if you’re just visiting Debrecen for a weekend.

Deri Museum

Address: 4026 Debrecen, Déri tér 1, Hungary

Website: Deri Museum

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices: 8 USD (2000 HUF)

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3. Wave through Nagyerdei Park


Nagyerdei Park is set in the center of Debrecen and is the perfect place to go for a walk and admire the landscape. It has a beautiful lake with a walkway over the top where you can get a closer look at the birds and fishes. The park has restaurants and hotels within its grounds, including ice cream shops, so don’t forget to go for a stroll there and enjoy your break from reality.

Nagyerdei Park

Address: Debrecen, Nagyerdei körút, 4032 Hungary

Website: Nagyerdei Park

Opening Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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4. Learn about the city’s history at the Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen

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The Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen is already special from the outside. Its characteristic architecture is an illustration of the city’s most beautiful buildings, but the museum itself is a communion between education and art. The Debrecen College was home to many relevant literary, academic and political personalities before turning into a museum. It will present you with fascinating pieces from the history of Hungary and teach you more about Debrecen. The library of the museum is amazing and if you’re a book lover, you’ll fall head over heels with it.

Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen

Address: 4026 Debrecen, Kálvin tér 16

Website: Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Prices: 3 USD (800 HUF)

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5. Have fun at Kerekerdo Adventure Park

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If you have children and are visiting Debrecen with them, you should definitely spend some time at Kerekerdő (Round Forest), Adventure Park. This park offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for both children and adults, so every member of the family will surely have a good time. From water sports to a magic land filled with all the characters of the most famous fairy tales, with additional puppet-show stages and adventure trails, this adventure park will be an absolute dream for your kids.

Kerekerdo Adventure Park

Address: 4002 Debrecen, Olimpia fasor 23., Hungary

Website: Kerekerdo Adventure Park

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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6. Wake your inner scientist at Agora Science Center

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If your little ones love science, they’re going to love this place. Agora Science Centre offers incredible experiences to everyone, regardless of their age. You and your children will be able to be part of unique experiments that will spark your curiosity and willingness to learn more about science. You’ll be taught physics, chemistry, biomedical science, hydrobiology, botany, and robotics, but if you’re really into astronomy, you’ll love the center’s observatory. It is another great place to visit if you’re on a family holiday.

Agora Science Centre

Address: 4032 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1, Hungary

Website: Agora Science Centre

Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices: 7 USD (1800 HUF)

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7. Watch a game at Nagyerdei Stadium


Nagyerdei Stadium was inaugurated in 2014 and is a great venue to watch different sports events and competitions, as well as concerts. The stadium has a unique modern architecture which includes an incredible suspension sidewalk! Do some research before you visit Debrecen and you might have the chance to watch a game or a concert at this amazing stadium.

Nagyerdei Stadium

Address: 4032 Debrecen, Nagyerdei krt. 100, Hungary

Website: Nagyerdei Stadium

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8. See an exhibition at MODEM


This Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts will satisfy your artistic side. If you really love contemporary art, you can’t miss this museum as it will present you with unique exhibitions and very interesting events. However, don’t forget to check what’s on, as the museum doesn’t have any permanent exhibitions.

MODEM: Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts

Address: 4026 Debrecen, Baltazár Dezső tér, Hungary

Website: MODEM: Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prices: 3 USD (800 HUF)

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9. Enjoy the Flower Carnival


Debrecen has had the Flower Carnival for decades and it was only fair for it to become one of the most popular festivals in the country. Nowadays, it is more of an international festival than a local one, with many foreign groups participating and adding to its charm. The Flower Carnival really is a flower event, with stunning parades of flower cars and dance groups.

Flower Carnival

Address: Debrecen, Hungary

Website: Flower Carnival

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Debrecen: What lies beyond Budapest

Debrecen will leave its mark on you with its charming streets and buildings that don’t belong to just one architectural style but to many.

This article was originally published on Aug 20, 2017

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Andreia has been fond of words ever since she learned how to write. She believes people are made of the stories they live and the journeys they take. She intends to go on as many journeys she can...Read more

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