Debrecen is the city where I am spending my year of ESC. The second largest city in Hungary after Budapest, Debrecen is a university city, not too big but not too small, perfect for anyone in Hungary who wants to explore new places. But what can you visit in Debrecen?
The first thing you will see will surely be the Reformed Church, in Kossuth Square. It is the heart of the city, you will necessarily pass here if you decide to visit the city and it will become your point of reference, not only because the tram line that runs throughout the city runs from here, but also because the Protestant Church, with its imposing structure, certainly does not go unnoticed. Many locals also call it "Yellow Church" because of its colour, and it is possible to visit it inside and, on special days, even go up to the roof to see the city from above.
Kossuth Square is instead the main square of Debrecen, named after Lajos Kossuth, the leader of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution and one of the country's greatest patriots, celebrated by a statue in front of the church. Here it is also possible to admire a mosaic showing the Phoenix Brass Ensemble, a symbol of the city on the concrete of the square.
Not too far from the square is the Dèri Museum: located in a Baroque-style building, it houses the collection of Frigyes Déri, an important Hungarian figure of the 19th / 20th century, made up of antiques and valuables objects from Hungarian tradition and not only.
A little further on, just a few steps away, is the second museum of the city, the Modem, which mostly hosts other modern and contemporary exhibitions and offers various guided tours.
For anyone who wants nature and fun, the city offers numerous possibilities. It is possible to visit the Debrecen Zoo and Amusement park, which allows young and old to combine fun with educational paths. Zoo and Amusement Park was founded around 1960 and are one of the largest similar structures in the region, with over 650 species and 21 rides and attractions, including masterpieces of the applied arts such as the Horse Carousel from the late 19th century and the Dodgems, one of the oldest in Europe.
For nature lovers, a visit to the Debreceni Botanikal Garden is a must: it is located behind the main building of the University of Debrecen and was built in 1928 after the Reformed Church botanical garden was demolished. The first part of the garden to be built was the Garden of Herbs, around which the rest of the park developed. To date, with an entrance ticket, it is possible to visit the garden, which also houses two impressive glasshouses, containing tropical plants from sub-tropical areas, tropical spice and fruit including vanilla, pepper, avocado, and banana, not forgetting the Pineapple and a large cactus collection.
For anyone who prefers the wildest nature, don't forget to visit the Great Forest, a large park that houses a lake, which in summer becomes a cool refuge for the warm climate of the city and offers games and playgrounds for young and old. The Debrecen Stadium and the Water Tower are not too far away, a structure that hosts concerts and outdoor shows in summer.
Nearby is also the Aquaticum, a water park ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy a few hours of fun and relaxation, with the opportunity to swim, have fun on the slides and try new activities, such as climbing.
This and much more Debrecen has to offer, for those who don't have enough there are several churches to visit and it is possible to reach Hortobagy, the largest and most important national park in the country, in just half an hour by bus.