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Kagan’s Rider

The Kagan’s Rider

During the construction of the M35 motorway on the southwestern border of Derecske in 2017, the archaeologists of the Déri Múzeum excavated an Avar warrior.  The man, aged 30-35, was buried in gold plated silver bands in oak plank coffin with his head northeast and with full armor.  His horse was buried beside him, a

During the construction of the M35 motorway on the southwestern border of Derecske in 2017, the archaeologists of the Déri Múzeum excavated an Avar warrior. 

The man, aged 30-35, was buried in gold plated silver bands in oak plank coffin with his head northeast and with full armor. 

His horse was buried beside him, a pair of antlers on his back, a pair of bridles and harness decorated with gold-plated silver pressed fittings.

Of the thousands of Avar tombs discovered so far in the Carpathian Basin, only fragments of armor, usually some lamellae, have been found. The uniqueness of the grave is the lamellar armor. It was the first time that archaeologists have found an example of full armor with all the lamellas in the original position.

During the restoration, several conclusions were made about the components and structure, which could be used to reconstruct the Avar lamellar armor as faithfully as possible. Thanks to the in situ collection, it was possible to observe organic residues (leather, textiles, wood), not only to the armor, but also to wear and other objects.  Some of the belts that were almost completely destroyed due to soil conditions were also rescued.

The man was probably a member of the 7th-century Avar elite and must have been a member of the small Avar army.

The exhibition is open from October 1 to December 31 in the Déri Museum.

Nagyerdei Park

Going Green, Eighty Years On, The Legacy of the Great Forest

The Great Forest is located on the northern border of Debrecen sitting upon an area of 1086.1 hectares. The Great Forest was donated by King Sigismund in 1405 to the towns of Debrecen. This was confirmed by Zsigmond János in 1583, György Rákóczi I. in 1665, and Lipót I in 1669.

The Great Forest is located on the northern border of Debrecen sitting upon an area of 1086.1 hectares. The Great Forest was donated by King Sigismund in 1405 to the towns of Debrecen. This was confirmed by Zsigmond János in 1583, György Rákóczi I. in 1665, and Lipót I in 1669.

Eighty years ago today, on October 10, 1939, 30 hectares of the Great Forest, the northeastern corner, was registered as the first protected area in the Hungarian Nature Conservation Register. Finally, in the spring of 1992, the then Minister of the Environment extended protection to cover the entire Great Forest area. The national protected area is a part of the Natura 2000 network.

Today, the area is owned by the state and managed by Nyírerdő Zrt.

The classic villas of the city are still found along Simony road (part of the Great Forest area) such as the villages of Chanak, Sestina, former Fráter, Sajó, and Borsos.

The “Promenade Medgyessy” is also located here, just a few meters from the promenade on either side you can see statues of historical figures, celebrities like Mihály Fazekas, János Arany or Árpád Tóth.

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Munkacsy Trilogy Debrecen Hungary Deri Museum

Munkácsy Mihály’s famous “Christ Trilogy”

The Munkácsy Hall, is the most popular exhibit space at the Déri Museum, because it is the home to Munkácsy’s monumental works of “Christ’s history of suffering”.

The Munkácsy Hall, is the most popular exhibit space at the Déri Museum, because it is the home to Munkácsy’s monumental works of “Christ’s history of suffering”.

The first painting of the trilogy’s “Christ before Pilate” was completed by Munkácsy in 1881. The second piece “Ecce Homo” was completed in 1896, and the third work “Golgotha” in 1884.

Munkácsy Mihály’s famous “Christ Trilogy” attracts tens of thousands of tourists to the Déri Museum in Debrecen every year. In 1930, when the museum opened its doors, it was an entire room named “Ecce Homo” where visitors could see all the 3 pieces of the Trilogy.

In 1995, for the first time, the three pictures were together in Debrecen. Since then, it has been visible occasionally together until January 2019. From January 2019, all three paintings are owned by the Hungarian state. Ecce homo and Golgotha are purely Hungarian state-owned, and the painting “Christ before Pilate” became Hungarian state-owned through the National Bank of Hungary’s depository program.

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hortobagy lovas napok

Hortobágy is one of the 20 most beautiful destinations in Europe

Hortobágy National Park shares the top 20 most beautiful destinations rankings with the Loire Valley, Bohinj Lake, Susak Island or Bavarian Forest National Park

The Hortobágy National Park shares the top 20 most beautiful destinations rankings with the Loire Valley, Bohinj Lake, Susak Island or Bavarian Forest National Park. Not only is the Hortobágy wilderness an important and symbolic site as a national landscape, but it has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site currently has 1007 World Heritage Sites, of which 779 have been named for their cultural value. Of these, only 83 can be classified as cultural landscapes. However, in less than 10 of them did shepherds and animal herding play a role in shaping the landscape, including the Hortobágy National Park.

CNN, one of the world’s best-known feeds, mentions several special features of the 800-square-kilometer landscape, such as the Nine Hole Bridge, the crane retreat, the particularly endangered Great Bustard or the Water Buffalo.

The list compiled by CNN lists 20 of Europe’s most beautiful travel destinations, including the Hortobágy National Park. See the full list below:

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Going That Extra Mile – Debrecen Attracts More Visitors

Two years ago, the city set itself the goal of maximizing its tourism potential. That plan is underway.

On September 27, Debrecen hosted a number of activities for World Tourism Day. Service providers traditionally welcome incoming tourists with something special on this day. For example, the Lyceum hotel welcomed guests with hand-made, Kalocsa-patterned chocolate.

Visit Debrecen, the Tourism Body of Debrecen, also offered two interesting programs for visitors and locals. One program was a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour led by a member of the organization. The program included a lot of insider information about the city and was interesting not only for foreigners but also for locals. The other program was a city bike tour to highlight the fact that Debrecen is a cycling paradise, as all its sights can be easily discovered by bike.

However, what makes Debrecen different is that it offers great programs not only on World Tourism Day but also on every day of the year. Gábor Gődény, Managing Director of VisitDebrecen Tourism Non-Profit Ltd. talks about the Tourism Strategy of the City of Debrecen for 2020 and beyond.

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Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen

New Season starts at Kodály Philharmonia Orchestra

Kodaly Philharmonia in Debrecen kicks off the new season with Beethoven Symphonies.

Kodaly Philharmonia in Debrecen kicks off the new season with Beethoven Symphonies.

Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, the legendary composer was born 250 years ago this year. Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, the director of the Kodaly Philharmonia said that professional classical music groups from Debrecen will join the jubilee celebration: all the symphonies of the classical master will be heard during the season.

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beer

The Beer Scene in Debrecen + Surroundings

Beer has been a favorite drink of all ages. Breweries are rare in Hajdú-Bihar County, however, the first breweries in Debrecen were operating in the 1580s, while the Rákóczi brewery was operating in Tokaj, not far from Debrecen.

Beer has been a favorite drink of all ages. Breweries are rare in Hajdú-Bihar County, however, the first breweries in Debrecen were operating in the 1580s, while the Rákóczi brewery was operating in Tokaj, not far from Debrecen.

Today, there is only one in Debrecen, the Debreczeni Sörfőzed (Debreczeni Brewery). It mainly produces lager beer including light, brown and red Pilsen. They produce a pure natural product for the conscious consumer that can be consumed even by gluten-sensitive beer lovers. 

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What to do with Kids in Debrecen

What to do with Kids in Debrecen?

Debrecen Zoo + Retro Amusement Park Centrally located, and just a 5-minute walk from the Great Forest Park, Football Stadium and Debrecen Zoo + Retro Amusement Park.

Debrecen Zoo + Retro Amusement Park

Centrally located, and just a 5-minute walk from the Great Forest Park, Football Stadium, and the Debrecen Zoo + Retro Amusement Park is an easy, inexpensive half-day activity.  Rent a wagon for the kids to sit in and tour around so the kids don’t get too tired, – too quickly.  If you engage with the staff, you will find them enthusiastic and helpful. 

The crocodile, is usually a big hit, as are the spiders and frogs.  The Hippo is best described as very interesting, good fun to watch.  Kids love the penguins due to the animated penguin characters in movies. 

This season there are lots of baby animals too. So far this year there have been several baby Lamas, a baby Mantled Guerezas and an Eland Antelope.

Feeding the animals is the no.1 thing to do, bringing the animals to engage with children.

The Water Tower

On the way to the water tower in the direction of the stadium, your kids will notice the fantastic fountain pool, the fountain is a spectacular sight, alternating between providing a fine mist and a powerful jet 40 meters high.  The surrounding pool is shallow, around a quarter of a meter in-depth, across which are stepping stones crossing the pool.  They will want to stop and paddle, so come prepared!

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Cycling in Debrecen

Cycling in Debrecen – All the Joy’s of Cycling Only

Hungary has much to offer the cyclist, it has a 1000 km route of the National Blue Trail, an internationally recognized cycle path is part of a European Cycling network

Hungary has much to offer the cyclist, it has a 1000 km route of the National Blue Trail, an internationally recognized cycle path is part of a European Cycling network, however, not everyone wants to cycle hundreds of kilometres a day, from point A to point B far away.  If this sounds like you, then the National Blue Trail may not be for you, luckily Debrecen has a great alternative.

There are many shorter cycling routes in Hungary, including cycling hotspots like Debrecen with its 100 km of cycle lanes and paths, and then there is the Great Forest to explore, right in the heart of the Debrecen city.  Fly into Debrecen Airport, rent a bike and explore the city and forest by bike.

The added benefit of this strategy is you base your trip from the comfort of a hotel room rather than the discomfort of a tent.  After a long day’s cycling, there is nothing better than taking a dip in one of Debrecen’s 36-39 degree thermal baths to soothe those tired muscles.  There are also some fantastic destinations close to Debrecen for your cycling excursions out into the Hungarian countryside.

What to Do In Debrecen

The city is extremely easy to navigate with very little traffic and good roads and cycle paths.  In addition, if you have technical issues there are many points of bike service with many independent bike shops.

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Wine event debrecen

A Guide to Fröccs – The Hungarian Spritzer

Fröccs (Spritzer) is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Hungary. It is actually wine (mostly white wine) mixed with soda water

Fröccs (Spritzer) is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Hungary. It is actually wine (mostly white wine) mixed with soda water, – most importantly, not with mineral water as is often the case nowadays and elsewhere in Europe, but with good old-fashioned soda water.

The story of the birth of the spritzer: the most important people met in András Fáy’s wine-press house on the 5 of October in 1842 in Fót, Hungary. The crowd also included Mihály Vörösmarty, famous poet and dramatist, Gergely Czuczor, linguist, and Ányos Jedlik, the inventor of the pendulum and the dynamo. Jedlik brought his invention, the soda bottle, and if he was there, he introduced his friends how he diluted his wine with soda because of his stomach issues. He sipped soda with fine white wine. Spritzer!. It is too German, we should rather call it „fröccs”, said Vörösmarty.

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Gastronomy – Tour of Debrecen

Gastronomy – Tour of Debrecen

If you are a street food lover or if you are just seeking for traditional flavours, it is worth travelling to Debrecen. Now, during a virtual „Food tour”, we will show you what you can and should eat

If you are a street food lover or if you are just seeking for traditional flavours, it is worth travelling to Debrecen. Now, during a virtual „Food tour”, we will show you what you can and should eat in the market in the morning, and where you can eat something at night or where you go to eat, even for vegan food lovers.

Let’s start at the Food market, located in the downtown part of the city, opposite the Forum shopping mall. One of the specialities of the market can be found at the Rózsa Falatozó, a diner with a small plastic seat right next to the entrance. At the first glance, it looks just like any other market stand, but here you can find an egg with marrow, baked “blood” with onion and fried sausages in addition to fried meat and the gyros. Last but not least you can ask for “bundás kenyér”, an inevitable Hungarian specialty any time of the year which is similar to French toast (fried egg bread).

A few steps away from the market, you can enjoy the menu of the Barabás Restaurant of particular note is stuffed cabbage from Debrecen, which is made of sour cabbage with the famous “Debrecen Double” sausage baked on top.

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Taking a short break in Debrecen? Here’s what to do

Hungary has become a short break hot spot over recent years and while Debrecen is not the capital city now, it once was, – several times!

Hungary has become a short break hot spot over recent years and while Debrecen is not the capital city now, it once was, – several times!  It, therefore, has a lot to offer in the historical sense.

While Debrecen is much smaller than Budapest, this has its benefits, it is easy to navigate and generally far greener and quieter than Budapest, ideal for a short family-friendly trip.

It also has the benefit of being easy to access via the cities international airport, the only one outside of the capital, with direct flights from London’s Luton airport and from Heathrow Airport (with one-stop), as well as flights to many other countries.

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