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Wines of Debrecen Awards for 2020

In conclusion of the 2019 Bormustra competition, a press conference will take place on January 14th to announce the award-winning wines and wineries, earning the title of “Wines of Debrecen” for 2020.

Since 2015, the city of Debrecen has held a wine competition each year, an opportunity for wineries from across the country to compete for the title of “Wines of Debrecen” with an expert panel of renowned winemakers and sommeliers who make the final decision.

For the first time, a full wine selection has been made, from sparkling wine to classic and premium wines to dessert wine, was awarded. This new concept not only marks the growing prestige of the City of Debrecen’s Wine brand but also promotes the consumption of wines so that everyone – including the wine-loving public, restaurants and foreign delegations – everyone will find a wine to please in 2020.

The “Wines of Debrecen” competition was attended by the Debrecen Bormustra TOP20 wineries, many of whom already hold prestigious titles such as “Wine Producer of the Year” or  “Winery of the Year”.

The “Wines of Debrecen” title was awarded to 

  • Classic white wine: Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Classic red wine: Szekszárd Cabernet Franc classic 2017, Mészáros Borház
  • Classic rosé wine: Szekszárd Pinot noir Rosé 2019, Takler Borbirtok
  • Premium white wine: Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Premium red wine: Villányi Franc 2017, Koch Borház, VinArt Pincészet 
  • Dessert wine: Intuition No1 Zéta édes szamorodni 2008, Holdvölgy Pincészet
  • Champagne: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016, Gróf Dégenfeld Szőlőbirtok
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Forest Bump

Concerts in January + February

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.

Music transcends all languages and ages, indeed it is a universal language in its own right.  While words might be lost in translation, the emotion is clearly communicated through sound and vision.  When considering what to do in January, consider than January 22nd is Hungarian Culture day, and extend the spirit of this day to the entire month of January and explore cultural differences through music.

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Speed Skating Championships

24th ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships to be held in Debrecen

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January.

Hungary’s best Track Speed Skaters will compete on ice in front of a domestic audience in January. 

The Hungarian National Skating Federation organizes the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships for 2020 in Debrecen, Hungary. The event will be held at the Főnix Arena on January 24-26, 2020. 

The event gathers together the best Short Track Speed Skaters of Europe and decides the European Champions of 2020.

Short track speed skating developed from speed skating events and it is mainly practised in the United States and Canada.

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Debrecen in Winter

What to Do in Debrecen in Winter?

The of the best things about Debrecen is that many of the top things to do in the summer are even better in winter. You can do them all year round making Debrecen a great destination all year round.

Winter is full of celebration, cheering off the seasonal blues, Debrecen is no different from any other city in this regards, with Christmas and new year celebrations aplenty. However, if you are looking to take a winter break outside of the celebration period there is still much to see and do.

One of the best things about Debrecen is that many of the top things to do in the summer are even better in winter. You can do them all year round making Debrecen a great destination all year round.

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Farsangnyito Dalido

Carnival Comes To Debrecen

While adopted as a Christian tradition Carnival has its roots lie firmly in a pagan festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Dalido will be celebrated on February 11th in Debrecen.

In Christianity, the period from Epiphany or Three Kings Day (January 6) to the beginning of fasting on Ash Wednesday (February 26th 2020) is known as “Carnival”.  While adopted as a Christian tradition Carnival has its roots lie firmly in a pagan festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Carnival is a time of romance and couple pairing in Hungary, as is found everywhere at this time of year in nature.

In the villages, the tradition is for men organize balls, while the girls would give a posy to the selected lucky guy and if the feeling was reciprocated, he would put it on his hat as a public notice, an announcement at the end of the Carnival.  The essence of the ball season and dance was to announce engagement.

The carnival season begins with “Dalido” and in Debrecen this year the event held on February 11th will bring former traditions back to life, The former guild tradition revives: masters and apprentices will celebrate together.

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New Years Eve Gala

New Year’s Eve Gala Concert

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

In following the tradition of recent years, the New Year’s Eve Opera and Musical Gala will be held on the 4th January 2020 in Debrecen.

You can immerse yourself into the atmosphere of live festive music, and the art of New Year’s Eve Celebration. 

The performers of the evening are the outstanding artists of the Budapest Operetta Theater: Mónika Fischl, Petra Gubik, Bori Kállay, Anita Lukács, Marika Oszvald, Szilvi Szendy, Gergely Boncsér, Attila Dolhai, Péter Laki, Károly Peller, and Zsolt Vadász.

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The Traditional + Modern Spa Experience in Debrecen

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,”said Abu Syr, Arab historian.

“Your city is perfect only if it has a spa,” said Abu Syr, the Arab historian.

A possible explanation for the origin of the word “spa” is the healing power of water. Debrecen is indeed fortunate with aplenty of spas!  Historically, the spa experience in Europe was centered on the “bath culture”, a patient would spend a few days or weeks in center like Debrecen using medicinal waters to treat or prevent certain illnesses.

In the 1950s, the spa experience was interpreted as a clinical activity but were rebranded as “beauty farms” took over later, using a variety of medicinal water therapies, along with strict exercise and diet.

Today, the modern spa experience is a pampering and pleasant stay in Debrecen and in a beautiful environment with healthy and tasty food. Water is still an important component of the spa experience, but the modern spa provides health services for body and soul.

In Debrecen, you can choose from spa treatments, “lifestyle programs”, and relaxing experiences in a wide range of spa and wellness hotels a selection of which are below.

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ice skating Debrecen

Ice skating in Debrecen

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

With the arrival of winter, the ice rink opens in Debrecen, in the past, ice skating was available on Gábor Oláh Street. It was a fantastic experience to skate out there in the morning sun or under the evening starry sky, or even in the snow.

When the weather got really cold, winter lovers would ice skate on the frozen Békás Lake in the Great Forest Park or on the Lake “Csónakázó” (it is the lake in front of the stadium). The ice rink on Gábor Oláh Street was finally closed in 2013, after being declared outdated and not up to standard. Instead, winter sports lovers could ice skate on a track set up in front of the Great Church.

Today, we can ice skate in Jégcsarnok or in the mobile ice rink by the Stadium. 

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Wine event debrecen

Wines of Debrecen 2020

On November 29, 2014, the leadership of Debrecen began the annual tradition of unveiling the classic white and red wines to be labelled “Wines of Debrecen” at an event know as “Bormustra”. These award-winning wines were used by the municipality for city events and international delegations and served in several local restaurants.

On November 29, 2014, the leadership of Debrecen began an annual tradition of unveiling the classic white and red wines to be labelled “Wines of Debrecen” at an event know as “Bormustra”. Today, these award-winning wines are used by the municipality for city events and international delegations and served in several local restaurants. 

Each year a jury of professional and social delegates select the wine of the winning wineries in the annual Bormustra competition. The event is organized by the editorial staff of the magazine “Debreceni Borozó” and this year took place on December 16 at the Hotel Lycium. 

The jury comprised of winemakers and social delegates including experts such as Dr. Attila Fiáth, professor, international wine academician, Dr. József Kosárka, international wine academic, the ambassador of the world wines and Dr. Tibor Kovács, associate professor and director of the Research Institute for Viticulture and Oenology, Tokaj.

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Newton Exhibition Modem

Private. Photo Exhibition Of Helmut Newton.

Born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications.

Born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1920, Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications. When looking at Helmut Newton’s photographs, it is often unclear where reality ends and where the “show” begins. He combines different elements in his photographs to create an embarrassing play of power and seduction with an incredible aesthetic sense.

As a great fashion photographer, he redefined the spirit of the times; his purpose was to tell exciting and surprising stories through pictures. He focused mostly on women – Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, Liz Taylor, Carla Bruni – but the interaction between men and women is a recurring theme in his footage.

In the late years, Newton also worked for German, American, Italian, French and Russian Vogue, primarily in and around Monte Carlo. It is impossible to categorize his work of more than five decades. In his pictures, he combined elegance and style. His oeuvre is not only unique but also inimitable.

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Reformed Great Church Debrecen

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Debrecen

If you know of Debrecen, just a little, you most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square surrounded by Art Deco and socialism period buildings. However, there are much more to Debrecen that just this, with many sites of interest, each with its own rich history. 10 hidden gems are listed below

If you know of Debrecen, just a little, you most probably think of images of the impressive Great Reformed Church dominating the central Kossuth Square surrounded by Art Deco and socialism period buildings. However, there is much more to Debrecen that just this, with many sites of interest, each with its own rich history. 10 hidden gems are listed below.

Hungary’s Backup Capital

For example, did you know that Debrecen was once the Capital of Hungary, not just once but twice once in 1849 and at the turn 1944-45, respectively. Each time represented dramatic episodes of revolution and war when the Reformed Big Church and the College became iconic venues of momentous historic occasions.

The Phoenix, an Important Symbol of Debrecen

A common sight in Debrecen is the image of the legendary creature the Phoenix.  Emerging from fire from atop the crown of Debrecen’s coat of arms, the phoenix symbolizes the never-ending renewal of the city. The image appears in a number of landmarks, such as the mosaic of 180,000 pieces of Venetian glass covering a prominent spot in Kossuth tér, the design of the commemorative Millennium fountain, or the bodies of the popular streetcars. 

Today the symbol has been embraced by the current government and aptly used as a logo to represent the new Phoenix City development plan, now in its second stage.

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Hungarian Christmas Gastronomy

Santa Claus Coming to Town

There are many legends about Santa Claus, but few know the origin of these legends.

There are many legends about Santa Claus, but few know the origin of these legends.

Today’s Santa Claus tradition dates back to the III. century. Born about 275 after Christ, Patras was born in Asia and he later became the Bishop of Myra in the Roman province of Lycia. He dedicated his whole life to helping the poor and the children and on the eve of his name-day, he surprised the children with sweets and food. After his death he was ordained as a saint, so we remember him as Saint Nicholas. 

In Hungary, we celebrate Santa Claus on December 6th, as it has been since the end of the 19th century.

While Santa Claus is carrying the gift at Christmas in America and in many countries of Western Europe; in Hungary, Mikulás, the Hungarian version of Santa Claus, arrives on the of the 5th of December. 

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