Szeged is the largest town in Hungary and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and Maros. The city is often referred to as the ‘City of Sunshine’ as it has the highest number of sunny days throughout the year. Today, the city is an important cultural hub and was awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture for the year 2010. Presently, the city boasts a number of open air theatres, beautiful lakes, elegant architecture, thrilling activities and excursions, historical structures, huge art galleries and museums and a delicious cuisine, that attract tourists from all across the world.
The best way to experience the vibrant and rich culture of the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Szeged some of which include taking a tour of some of its many museums like the Mora Ferenc Museum, Kass Gallery and the Black House. The city of Szeged is home to over thirty churches and one can take a tour of some of the significant churches like The Votive Church of Szeged, Synagogue and the Lower City Franciscan Church and Monastery. The city also caters to the shopaholics and offers everything from big supermarkets to small shops. The best shopping areas in Szeged include Napfeny Park, Szeged Plaza and the Gulacsy terem. Some other top things to do in Szeged include taking part in the number of festivals and events that take place throughout the year like the Bridge Fair, International Tisza Fish Festival and The Youth Days of Szeged. And when one is tired from all the exploration, Szeged offers lots of green spaces, parks and squares like Dom Square, Stefania, Dugonics Square and the Szechenyi Square, where one can just sit, relax and take in the beauty of the picturesque city. With such a large list of things to do, Szeged is sure to keep you captured in its vibrant colours of culture and in turn provide you with a memorable vacation.
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What to Do in and around Szeged
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6721 Szeged, Felso Tisza-part 10.
03:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Even a small Hungarian town can be famous for it’s food. Szeged serves up two things:
Pick Salami: This 19the century secret recipe is not explained, but the production of salami is. On the ground floor of this museum, you’ll find a wonderful historical tour takes you through tools, objects and pictures in an incredibly engaging exhibit about the Salami assembly line.
Szeged Paprika: The first floor of the museum takes you through the history and production stages of paprika growing in Szeged. With life sized wooden puppets in traditional dress, the whole thing becomes even engrossing.
Try the sample salami and if you like it, get more from the gift shop!
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Szent-Gyorgyi Albert utca 16, Szeged 6726, Hungary
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
This is the best family friendly waterpark in the Balkan area! There are loads of pools, both indoors and outdoors, none more than 1/3 metres deep, but what the kids really freak out on are the indoor slides. That doesn’t mean adults don’t have fun! The indoor Silent Wellness area has its own Jacuzzi, water lounge and bar. There are various different kinds of baths – Roman baths, aromatherapy baths. Reflexology and massage centres top off the list. In the winter, the outdoor thermal pools are really special.
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Dom Square, Szeged, Hungary
At 12000 metre square this is one of the largest squares in Hungary. It takes it’s name from the Votive Church right next to it, and is famed for it’s beautiful surrounding of university buildings such as the Episcopal seat, the Theological Academy, and the Karasz house. The oldest building in Szeged, the Domotory tower, is also next to the square. In the summers (July-August), open-air theatres perform fascinating plays; in October, the square hosts Szeged’s famed wine festival. A lot of bars and cafes surround the area, so you always have something to eat and drink. Overall, the atmosphere of the square is very charming, and the people watching is excellent.
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Josika utca 10, Szeged, Hungary
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is one of the most beautiful and architecturally accomplished buildings in Szeged. Mixing Art Nouveau and Historicist styles in a very Hungarian fashion, with some Gothic flourishes on the ribs of the dome, the building was built in 1907. The Dome’s ornately decorated interior, with a famed blue and gold cupola, and famed stained glass, is the work of artist Miksa roth. Also check out the the tabernacle of carved acacia wood. The synagogue is the second largest in Hungary, and the fourth largest in the world.
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Szeged, Dom ter 15, 6720 Hungary
06:30 am - 07:00 pm
This twin-spired church lies on the Dom Square, next to the Domotor Tower. At 55 metres high (91 metres for the towers) the church is the fourth largest in the country. It serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Szeged–Csanad. Highlights include:
The Hero’s Bell, which weighs 8600 kg.
Europe’s third largest pipe organ, with 9040 pipes.
A statue of the Madonna, 3 metres high.
Some beautiful art inside the church, not to mention stunning interior decorations.
The murals on the roof.
Mass is held at 6:30 am., 7:30 am. and 6 pm. every day.
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Szeged, Oskola u. 4, 6720 Hungary
11:30 am - 11:59 pm
Close to Szegeds Old Bridge, this folksy little restaurant with lace-tablecloth and minimalistic charm is a beautiful insight into Hungarian culture. It’s eclectic decor, massive portions and servings of Hunagarian classic meats such as beef, pork, poultry and fish make it a favourite among locals and tourists alike. It’s super charming.
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Szeged, Vitez utca 28, 6722 Hungary
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Above the Nyugi Kert pub is one of Szegets best kept secrets – An escape room game. It’s easy to get in, but almost impossible to get out! You must use all your wits and teamwork to get out within one hour. There are two rooms, and the only sad part about the entire experience is that once you’ve solved the puzzle, you’ll never again be able to have as much fun! It’s fantastic adrenaline, and a great way to bond. The rooms are: Studio No. 113, Experiment No.5, and 9-Gateway.
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Szeged, Tisza Lajos krt. 24, 6720 Hungary
Szeged wanted its own spring, so it began to dig for a thermal well at this spot. Almost a kilometre down, they found some of the most mineral rich water deposit ever. Dezso Patzauer in 1937 took out a lease on this place and named it after his daughter. Today the spa offers full scale medicinal and relaxation wellness through its various thermal baths: There are a lukewarm family bubbling pool, a children’s pool, an experience pool, a swimming-pool and a medicinal pool; also, there are an aromatic chamber, a steam chamber, and infra shower and a Finnish Sauna.
Fitness has been included too: Aquafitness, aerobics, callisthenics, prenatal exercises, anti-osteoporosis workouts, running belts, lying bicycles. And of course they weren’t going to leave beauty treatments such as hairdresser’s, manicure, pedicures out.
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Szeged, Szechenyi ter 10., 6720 Hungary
Styled after the famous bridge of the Medici’s in Venice, this Szeged wonder was built to connect the Town House to the City Hall. It was actually built for Emperor Franz Joseph who wanted to be able to cross between the two buildings without coming down to the street. You can find it in a street close to the Szechenyi Square. The sighs were different though: In Venice, it was the prisoners sighing goodbye to their freedom with a last look at the outside world; here it’s merchants sighing goodbye to their money as they head to pay their taxed. Make sure you get a picture clicked.
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Szeged, Sarga Udulotelep 262, 6723 Hungary
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
This famed fish restaurant, opened in the 1930s, offers wonderful views of over the Tiszca river to its diners. Combining the very best of traditional Hungarian cooking with modern tastes, the restaurant’s flavour is very authentic. It’s kind of romantic too, for all that it can seat over 250 people.
On the wall of the restaurant you’ll be able to spot the level to which the water rose in the great flood of the 1970-71. There’s live music and you MUST try the fish soup!
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Szeged, Roosevelt ter 1-3, 6720 Hungary
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The architecture of this place is wonderful enough on it’s own, but the small museums archaeological treasures are no chopped liver either. The exhibits mostly cover stuff from Hungary’s history; with a natural history collection of more than 50000, ethnographic storage of 15000 items, 8200 pieces of art, not to mention various numismatics. The various permanent exhibitions are:
Mora Ferenc Memorial Room
Luci Francis image gallery
Only One Earth (Science and Nature exhibition)
Csongrád county folk art (folklore rich selection from the museum's collection)
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Cserepes sor 47., Szeged 6725, Hungary
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Since 1989, this 40 hectare zoo has made a name for itself in nature conservation and educational activities, and treats injured and orphaned animals. The Quarantine house houses animals and birds recovered from illegal smuggling. Covering about 600 animals through 140 species, exhibits at the zoo include: the wolverine, L’Hoest’s monkey, fossa, Alaotran gentle lemur, bat eared fox, North Chinese leopard, lowland anoa, Chinese water deer, silvery marmoset, red-cheeked gibbon, giant anteater and maned wolf. the lion, slender-tailed meerkat, Bactrian camel and Siberian tiger. Their habitats are clean and spacious, and staff is very friendly with them.
A playground, a snack bar, and a gift shop round off the zoo’s offerings.
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Dom Square, Szeged, Hungary
When people thing of Hungary, they don’t unusually think of a nation of achievers and prioneers in various fields that have contributed a lot to the human heritage… which is why this Pantheon becomes so important. Close to the Dom Square, in the middle of the University, this series of sculptures, which surround three sides of the square, contains the busts of notable contributors to various fields; it’s when you walk through them one by one that Hungary’s role on the world stage becomes apparent. There are about 80 scientists, writers and thinkers honoured here. A common complaint, however, is that no woman graces this hall of fame.
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Szeged, Lovolde u. 42.Hungary
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Covering about 5000 species in about 24 acres, this Botanical garden is pride and joy of the university. The garden undertakes three major tasks – collection, education and research, and conservation… and they’ve come up with ways to tailor your tour of the garden based on the above targets. Two of the garden’s highlights are the Indian Lotus and the Metasequoia. Amenities offered include drinking fountains, toilets and disability access. Check out the gift shop and the plant market.