Debrecen is one of the most famous cities of Hungary, the second most populous after Budapest with its more than 200.000 inhabitants. This is the cultural, educational, commercial and administrative center of Eastern Hungary and the center of Northern Great Plain great region.
The town is a religious center, often called as "Calvinist Rome", because it had an important role during the Hungarian Reformation in the 16th century. The symbol of Debrecen, the yellow building of Great Calvinist Church ( Nagytemplom ) is the biggest calvinist church in whole Hungary with its 3000 seats.
The town was also 2 times the capital of Hungary; first in 1849 during the War of Revolution and of Independence ( Lajos Kossuth, the governor of Hungary proclaimed the dethronement of the Habsburg House from the armchair of Great Calvinist Church ), and the second time during the World War II.
The famous Gold Bull Hotel ( Aranybika Szálló ), situated next to the main square, is the oldest working hotel in whole country.
Debrecen gives place to several festivals, the greatest and the most famous is the Flower Carnival, held every year in August.
Sights of Debrecen:
- Great Calvinist Church ( Nagytemplom )
- Small Calviniste Church with its truncated tower ( Csonka templom )
- Aranybika Hotel
- Town Hall
- University of Debrecen
- Great Forests ( Nagyerdő ), recreation area of the people of Debrecen, with its boating lake, thermal bath, zoo
- Déri Museum with local and regional collections