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Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád county. The University of Szeged is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary.
The famous Szeged Open Air (Theatre) Festival (first held in 1931) is one of the main attractions, held every summer and celebrated as the Day of the City on May 21.
|TIME ZONE :||• Time zone CET (UTC+1)|
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
|AREA :||280.84 km2 (108.43 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||75 m (246 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||46.255°N 20.145°E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 47.50%|
• Female: 52.50%
|AREA CODE :||62|
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|DIALING CODE :||+36 62|
Szeged is the third-largest city in Hungary is a town in Hungary, located in the Southeast of the country and known as "the city of sunshine" for its brilliant weather, as well as for the imposing cathedral, a wealth of Art Nouveau and historicist buildings, and for the fish soup Halászlé.
Szeged lies on Hungary's south-eastern border, just south of the mouth of the Maros river on both banks of the river Tisza. It is about 171 km South of Budapest on the M5 highway. It is the lowest elevation city in the country and is known as the "City of Sunshine", because it has the highest number of sunny days throughout the year. Szeged is the main city in Csongrád county and serves as a commercial and cultural center of the region. According to the 2011 data, the city's population was around 170.000.
Szeged's Open Air Theatre Festival held in the summer attracts people from all over Europe. Szeged is also famous for its gastronomy. Its delicious fish soup is known all over the world, and it has its own festival in September. One of the main attractions of Szeged is the River Tisza, that offers possibilities to do different water sports or boat trips. While boasting hundreds years of history, Szeged has been rebuilt almost entirely after the flood of 1879, which destroyed most of the city. Today, with its avenues, ring roads and beautiful palaces, Szeged is one of the nicest Hungarian cities.
- Tourist Information, Dugonics tér 2 (North of the University of Szeged), , , fax: . Open: Nov-Mar: M-F: 09:00-17:00; Sa-Su: Closed Apr-May: M-F: 09:00-17:00, Sa: 09:00-13:00, Su: closed; Jun-Aug: M-F 09:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-13:00, Su closed; Sep-Oct: M-F 09:00-17:00, Sa: 9:00-13:00, Su: closed. Today's Szeged is an important university town and a popular tourist attraction. Services of the office: reservation of accommodation, Wine and Gastronomical Tourism, facultative programmes, professional and field trips. Information about accommodation, restaurants, transport, programmes, attractions and services in the local, region or national perspective. Ask about tours to the area (Szeged-Tape: Árpád Age settlement (12th century), Szeged - Kiskundorozsma (remains of a Benedictine monastery), Fehér (White) Lake (Hungary's largest, 14 km2 alkaline lakes, fish ponds today), Ópusztaszer (first national legislation and the location of the conquering Hungarians, a great open air exhibit area), Röszke (15km south-west of Szeged, between the Tisza River backwater dragnet, and the Serbian frontier), Subotica and Palic (City of Vojvodina, the second most populous city in the settlements associated with about 150,000 inhabitants, significant number Hungarian minority live there), Bird Garden of Zákányszék (The decorative bird park (first in Hungary) tiny finches, colorful parrots, rare pheasants, peacocks, Australian ratites.) - Spoken languages (in office): English, German, Spanish.
- Information Pavilion, Széchenyi Square walkway (Close to the Town Hall). Jun 1 to Sep 15 every day: 8:00-20:00. Information about accommodation, restaurants, transport, programmes, attractions and services in the local.
Szeged and its area have been inhabited since ancient times. Ptolemy mentions the oldest known name of the city:Partiscum. It is possible that Attila, king of the Huns had his seat somewhere in this area. The name Szeged was first mentioned in 1183, in a document of King Béla III.
In the second century AD there was a Roman trading post established on an island in the Tisza, and the foundations of the Szeged castle suggest that the structure may have been built over an even earlier fort. Today only one corner of the castle still remains standing.
During the Mongol invasion the town was destroyed and its inhabitants fled to the nearby swamps, but they soon returned and rebuilt their town. In the 14th century, during the reign of Louis the Great, Szeged became the most important town of Southern Hungary, and – as the Turkish armies got closer to Hungary – the strategic importance of Szeged grew. King Sigismund of Luxembourg had awall built around the town. Szeged was raised to free royal town status in 1498.
Szeged was first pillaged by the Turkish army on 28 September 1526, but was occupied only in 1543, and became an administrative centre of the Ottomans . The town was a sanjak centre first in Budin Eyaleti(1543–1596), after in Eğri Eyaleti. The town was freed from Turkish rule on 23 October 1686, and regained the free royal town status in 1715. In 1719,Szeged received its coat of arms (still used today) from Charles III. During the next several years, Szeged grew and prospered. Piarist monks arrived in Szeged in 1719 and opened a new grammar school in 1721. Szeged also held scientific lectures and theatrical plays. These years brought not only prosperity but also enlightenment. Between 1728 and 1744 witch trials were frequent in the town, with the Szeged witch trials of 1728-29 perhaps being the largest. The witch trials were instigated by the authorities, who decided on this measure to remove the problem of the public complaints about the drought and its consequences of famine and epidemics by laying the responsibility on people among them, which had fraternized with the Devil. In 1720, the population of the city totalled 193 households, of which 99 were Serbian.
Szeged is known as the home of paprika, a spice made from dried, powdered capsicum fruits. Paprika arrived in Hungary in the second half of the 16th century as an ornamental plant. About 100 years later the plant was cultivated as a herb, and paprika as we know it. Szeged is also famous for their szekelygulyas, a goulash made with pork, sauerkraut and sour cream. And also famous for their halászlé, fish soup made of carp and catfish.
The citizens of Szeged played an important part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Lajos Kossuth delivered his famous speech here. Szeged was the last seat of the revolutionary government in July 1849. The Habsburg rulers punished the leaders of the town, but later Szeged began to prosper again, the railway reached it in 1854, and the town got its free royal town status back in 1860. Mark Pick's shop – the predecessor of today's world famous Pick Salami Factory – was opened in 1869.
Today the inner city of Szeged has beautiful buildings and wide avenues. This is mainly due to the great flood of 1879, which literally wiped away the whole town (only 265 of the 5723 houses remained and 165 people died). Emperor Franz Joseph visited the town and promised that "Szeged will be more beautiful than it used to be". He kept his promise. During the next years a new, modern city emerged from the ruins, with palaces and wide streets.
During the 20th century
After the First World War Hungary lost its southern territories to Romania and Serbia, as a result Szeged became a city close to the border, and its importance lessened, but as it took over roles that formerly belonged to the now lost cities, it slowly recovered. The University of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania) moved to Szeged in 1921 . In 1923 Szeged took over the role of episcopal seat from Temesvár (now Timişoara, Romania). It was briefly occupied by Romanian army during Hungarian-Romanian War in 1919. During the 1920s the Jewish population of Szeged grew and reached its zenith.
Szeged suffered heavily during the World War II. 6,000 inhabitants of the city were killed, the Jewish citizens were confined to ghettos, then taken to death camps, and the Soviet Army occupied the city in late-1944. During the Communist-era, Szeged became a centre of light industry and food industry. In 1965 oil was found near the city; the area now satisfies 67% of the country's oil demand.
In 1962, Szeged became the county seat of Csongrád. Whole new districts were built, and lots of nearby villages (e.g. Tápé, Szőreg, Kiskundorozsma,Szentmihálytelek, Gyálarét) were annexed to the city in 1973 (as was a tendency during the Communist era).
Today's Szeged is an important university town and a popular tourist attraction.
Szeged's climate is transitional between oceanic Köppen "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate) and continental (Köppen Dfb), with cold winters, hot summers, and fairly low precipitation.
Climate data for Szeged
|Average high °C (°F)||1.7|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−1.8|
|Average low °C (°F)||−4.8|
|Source: Hong Kong Observatory|
Szeged is situated near the southern border of Hungary, just to the south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the Tisza River, nearly in the centre of the Carpathian Basin. Due to the high hours of sunlight reported annually, Szeged is often called 'the city of sunshine'.
Szeged is one of the centres of the food industry in Hungary, especially known for its paprika, Székelygulyás, Szegedi Halászlé and Pick salami.
Szeged postal code is: H-6700 to H-6791. Area Phone code: 62
Szeged has many free WiFi (hotspot) locations. The largest square downtown - the Széchenyi tér - offers free wireless access to anyone with a WiFi capable device (laptop, mobile phone, PDA, etc.).
- Main Post Office(Nagyposta), Széchenyi tér 1(Downtown, Vár street corner), , fax: .Open: M 08:00-20:00, Tu-F 08:00-19:00, Sa 08:00-12:00.
Prices in Szeged
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€0.80|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€4.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€15.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€24.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€4.20|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€1.30|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€1.00|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€0.45|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€5.20|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.14|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€3.50|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€0.86|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€63.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€28.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€65.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€1.25|
55 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
112 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
If you are flying to Hungary, you will most likely be arriving to the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest and you will want to take the M5 highway South to Szeged. It will take from about an hour and half to two hours to drive from the airport. You will need to get a sticker for your car in order to drive on the highway, which you can buy at any gas station (ask for "matrica").
Szeged has a parking zone system, parking tickets are available from newsagent's, local stores, etc.
Train Station (Nagyállomás). It takes about 2 hours to travel by train from Budapest Nyugati train station to Szeged. These trains also stop at Ferihegy, the station for Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport, meaning it isn't necessary to travel into the centre of Budapest if travelling to Szeged from the airport.
- Szeged airfield. Szeged has a small airport, which is just perfect for small private airplanes.
Transportation - Get Around
Szeged lies on the banks of Tisza river. The western side is generally referred to as "Szeged", while the newer eastern side is called "Új-szeged" ("New Szeged").
There are further parts of the city, which you can think of as districts (although they do not work as districts): Belváros (the center of the city, downtown), Alsóváros, Móraváros, Rókus, Újrókus, Fölsőváros, Tarján, Fodor-kert, Petőfi-telep, Makkosház, Baktó, Tápé, Újszeged, Odessza, Marostői kiskertek, Klebelsberg telep, Kecskés István telep, Iparváros, Béke-telep, Baktó.
By Public Transport
For the size of the city, Szeged has a really good public transportation network. Within the city you can get around by cabs (taxi), trams (villamos), trolley buses (trolibusz) or autobus (autóbusz). If you wish to use these types of public transportation, you will need to find out about their routes, stops and schedules. During the work week, in the busy hours, within the city, most public transportation vehicles will leave every 10–15 minutes.
- Schedule of public transport: [www]
- Schedule of City buses
- Schedule of buses leaving and arriving to Szeged
- Schedule of trolley buses and trams
There's no difference in the tickets for the different types of transportation methods. You can usually purchase tickets from the driver, for which you will always have to get on the vehicle using the frontmost door. You can also purchase weekly and monthly passes as well as single-trip tickets from various kiosks and newspaper stands throughout the city. These passes will be valid for all 3 types of public transportation,so you can travel by trams, trolley buses and buses as well. There are also discounts offered to students and seniors.
- Local bus ticket and pass prices: [www]
There are a few taxi services in the city. You can call and "order" one to your location. The drivers may not speak English, but should be able to get you where you want to go. Trips usually cost somewhere between HUF1000-2000 within the city.
- Szeged Taxi: (62) 333-333
- Tele-4 Taxi: (62) 444-444
- Gábriel Taxi: (62) 555-555
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- Tesco Szeged, Rókusi blvd.(can be reached by Line 2).
- Tesco, in Móraváros (line 4).
- Cora Szeged? (Cora has its own bus line,).
- Spar supermarkets (Spar szupermarket), Szivarvany St, e-mail: [email protected]. Buying everyday products (especially groceries) could be cheaper than in other European countries like Britain, France, Italy or Germany.
- Lidl discount store (Lidl diszkontáruház), e-mail: [email protected].supermarket chain. - Buying everyday products (especially groceries) could be cheaper than in other European countries like Britain, France, Italy or Germany. Most electronic equipment like iPods and computers are, however, considerably more costly here.
- Big Department Store (Nagyáruház).
Szeged is famous for its local, traditional food. - The most famous of all is probably the Fisherman's soup (Halászlé), which is made from various freshwater fish using lots of paprika (this is not necessarily spicy, but you can definitely order it that way).
Szeged is also known for its good quality sausage and salami. Pick is Szeged's own brand, which is also exported to various countries around the world. Make sure that you try the famous "Pick salami". You can buy these products at most local grocery stores and smaller, family owned 24/7 stores.
If you are looking for international food, just check the local grocery stores. You shouldn't have too much problem finding anything from around the world. Even Americans can find their favorite cream cheese and peanut butter/jelly if they look around...
The quality of the food varies by restaurants, but is good in general. Meats and cheese can be found at most places, and they are often breaded and fried. If you go to a standard restaurant, the portions will be generous and more than enough to feed an adult.
- Gőry restaurant (Gőry Pince & Terasz). serve extra large portions of food, which are almost impossible to eat all at once. - Food is excellent.Prices: higher than usual
- Agni restaurant (Agni étterem), Tisza Lajos krt. 76. (In the downtown).there is also a vegetarian restaurant serving traditional Indian and Hungarian dishes as well.
There are lots of fast food places in the city. The most popular ones are local pizza restaurants, which are all around town. Some of them, which are open until the morning hours, are popular gathering places for the late night crowd. Of course, the international fast food chains are also present (Burger King, McDonald's, etc.), they are popular mostly among younger people. Compared to the local fast food places, these chains offer smaller portions for higher prices.
- Burger King (at the Nagyaruhaz mall in the center).
- McDonald's, Kárász St. More: at Rókusi boulevard
- BOCI Tejivo. 24/7. Small canteen that provides a variety of fast food. free wifi. Prices: low HUF500.
Traditional Szeged-style fish restaurants
The traditional fisherman's restaurants are a great choice for visitors. Locals also visit these on a regular basis because of their excellent fish soup and wide selection of good other food. There are three main fishmerman's restaurants in town.
- Roosevelt square Fish Tavern (Roosevelt Téri Halászcsárda) (close to downtown, right across from the Móra Ferenc Museum by the bridgehead of the "old bridge").
- Kiskörössy Fish Tavern (Kiskörössy Halászcsárda) (in the northeastern part of Szeged, on the bank of the Tisza River.). This is an excellent choice in the warmer months, because you can enjoy your meal next to the river and quite often they will also have musicians perform traditional Hungarian folkmusic or Gypsy music for the guests. You'd probably want to catch a cab to get to this restaurant, and then use another cab to get back to your hotel.
- Fehértói Fish Tavern (Fehértói Halászcsárda) (is outside the city, next to the old E5 highway going towards Budapest. You can ask a cab to drop you off here and they can also bring you back.). This restaurant breeds its own fish and is known for its excellent fish soup. Their prices are reasonable as well.
- Alabárdos, Oskola str. (near John Bull Pub). They have a nice restaurant section and a separate section just for grabbing a beer or tasting wine. Food is good. Prices: higher than usual.
Hungary has very good home made style pastries and cookies. Szeged has a few bakeries around town that have excellent food selection. Ordering is quite simple, since most of the baked goods are displayed behind a glass window. They are usually freshly baked. Just point and pick what your eyes like and enjoy. Some of the more popular pastry shops around town:
- Hatos Rétes. Located on Klauzál square, known for strudels ("rétes" in Hungarian).
- Palánk. Ice-cream shop
- Z. Nagy Cukrászda. One of the best pastry shops in the city, where most of the locals go to. You can find it under József Attila sugárút 24.
- A Capella. Located on Klauzál square
Coffe & Drink
Coffee Shops have become very popular among students. There are quite a few in town, where the younger crowd likes to meet up to study and/or talk.
Sights & Landmarks
- Cathedral of Our Lady of Hungary (Votive Church, Szegedi Dóm, Fogadalmi templom), Dóm tér ("Cathedral Square"), 15 (Beside the Dömötör tower), , , (mobil)fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Opening Hours: Church Mo to Sa 06.30-19.00 Su 7:30-19:00; Sacristy06.15-08:00 and 16:00-19:00 Su 07:30-12:30 and 16.00-19.00.Parish Office open Mo, We 08:00-12:00 and 14.00-16:00, Tu, Th, F 8:00-12:00, Sa, Su closed.This twin-spired church serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Szeged–Csanád. - After the great flood of 1879 the municipal board made a wow to erect a monumental Votive Church. It was built between 1913 and 1930, in neo-Romanesque style according plans of Frigyes Schulek and Erno Foer. It is the fourth largest church in Hungary. The dome is 54m outside (33m above the inside floor) and the towers are both 91m high. The cathedral decorated inside and outside with numerous mosaics, statues and low-reliefs. Europe's third largest church organ with over nine thousand pipes is in the Cathedral. One of the most remarkable artistic work among the inside statues is "Christ on the Cross" by János Fadrusz which won Grand Prix in Paris in 1900. Another curiosity is on the ceiling of the sancuary where maria is depicted dressed in shepherd's felt cloak and Szeged slippers in mosaics. In the crypt of the Cathedral eminent clerical personalities are buried. The "Heroes' bell" (or bell of St. Gellert) in the tower on the Tisza side weights 8600kg,-made in 1927,-only seven times per year used. The second biggest bell of the church is 'St. Emeric', (2669kg, made in 1927) and there are more three smaller bells. - Walk around clockwise start at the main entrance (from Cathedral square), Chapel of St. Demetrius, altarpiece of St. Joseph of Kalazant, St. Stephen's side altar, War of the gate (left side, mid part, above the inscription: "Vae Victis" - "Woe to the defeated!"), Cross Fadrusz or Christ on the Cross sculpture (see above), St. Gerard altar, Sacred Heart altar, on the left side of main altar is the St. Demetrius relic shop, before the main altar is the altar with St. Gerard relics, on right of the main oltar is the sacristy, St. Anthony altar, Holy Cross altar, gravestone of Klebelsberg, Gate of Peace (side entrance, above the inscription: "Venite adoremus" - "Come, let us worship"), St. Ladislaus side altar, a altar painting of 'Women at the cross', chapel of 'Maria, the Helper'. Admission: free. Tower: Adult/reduced HUF650/400, crypt: HUF200.
- Serbian Orthodox Church (St. Nicolas church, Görögkeleti Szerb Ortodox Templom), Somogyi utca 3 (Close to Cathedral (north of its)), , e-mail: , (mobil)[email protected]. F 13.00-17.00, Sa 10.00-17.00. This beautiful Baroque church made by János Popovics was erected in honour of St. Nicolas. The icons displaying Baroque influence, the smoke of incense, the candlelight contributes to a special atmosphere. HUF200/100.
- St. Michael's Church of Tápéi (Tápéi Szent Mihály templom), Szeged - Tápé, Honfoglalás u.54. (Northeast, close to Tisa), . Summer: Sa 08:00-9:00, 17:30-18:00, Su 09:00-09:30, 17:00-18:00; winter: Sa 08:00-09:00, 16:30-17:00, Su 09:00-09:30, 16:00-17:00 (check need). A Roman Catholic Church built in 1390's, in gothic style, using the walls of 11th-century church. Remains,-from this period,-can be see at buttressed, early Gothic sanctuary and the lower part of the tower of church. The Baroque transept (main nave) and the tower was built in 1770. The present nave dates from 1940. The fresco fragments of the sanctuary
- Szeged Synagogue(Hungarian: Szegedi zsinagóga, Új zsinagóga), Jósika u. 10., Hajnóczy utca 12. Open Su-Fr 09:00-14:00. (Closed on Jewish holidays). It is a 1907 building designed by the Jewish Hungarian architect Lipót Baumhorn. The building one of the finest examples of the unique fin de siecle Hungarian blending of Art Nouveau and Historicist styles sometimes known as Magyar style. It served Szeged's large Neolog community. Inside: its 48.5m tall domed ceiling, draws on multiple historical styles to produce its overall mixed Art Nouveau and Moorish Revival style. The rib-like wall above the organ has Gothic origins, while the columns supporting the galleries are Roman. The interior is decorated with painted stained glass, all of them are the work of the artist Miksa Róth. The design of the Torah Ark alludes to the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Solomon by using sittim wood from the banks of Nile, the wood called for in the building of the Temple of Solomon in 1 Kings. The hinges are in the shape of the Hysop plant, a plant used in the ancient Temple service. The artistically carved pews, the harmonizing blue, gold and ivory-while decorations were made according to the designs of Immanuel Löw. Entrance tickets, adults: HUF500 HUF, Students: HUF250 the tickets include the guiding, in English.
- Church of St. Roch (Szent Rókus templom), Szent Rókus tér (North of Bus Station), . , Mo-Su: 06:00-12:00, 15:00-19:00. A roman catholic church. The neo-Gothic Szent Rókus Church has two towers, built by Ferenc Raichle in accordance with Sándor Aigner's and Károly Rainer's desgin in 1910.
- The New Reformed church (Új református templom), Honvéd tér 1.(Close to Big Department Store). The new Calvinist church planned in 1928. Completed only in 1944. Its dominant brick facade, was built of row. The tower of church has a flight of stone stairs leading up to the main entrance decorated with multiple orders of arches, above which there is a triangle with the Calvinist symbol of the flagged lamb made of coloured mosaics in it. The face of the clock tower is constructed of small illuminated squares. Above it there is the bell chamber with arched windows and an all-round corridor; the tower of 41m heigth is crowned with a small cap and a star.
- Demetrius Tower (Dömötör torony), Dóm Square (front of the much larger Votive Church). By appointment. is the oldest building in Szeged. The foundation was most probably laid during the 11th century, while the lower part was built in Romanesque style from the 12th century, and the upper part in Gothic style from the 13th century. The tower was once part of the former Szent Dömötör templom (St. Demetrius church). The upper part was rebuilt from the original stones in 1926. The architecture of the tower is similar to another found in Southern France, or in the territory of the former Byzantine Empire. Outside on the upper part, there are 48 pointed windows in three levels. On the lower part, a gate was cut and turned to a baptismal chapel in 1931. Above the gate there is a replica of the oldest sculpture in Szeged, the "Kőbárány" (stone lamb), an Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) representation from the early 12th century. The replica replaced the original sculpture in 1991. - Inside the tower, there is a fresco by Vilmos Aba-Novák of the baptism of Hungarians in the 11th century
- Saint Nicholas Church (Minorite Church, Szent Miklós templom), Munkácsy Mihály utca 7 (St. George's Square (Szent-György tér)), , fax: . Opening hours: Mo-Sa: 17:00-19:00, Su: 07:00-12:00. The building of the roman catholic church was completed in 1767, in Late Baroque, based on the plans of the architect Vencel Lechner.
- Szent Gellért church (Szent Gellért templom), Tátra tér 5 (North of center), , , Guidance: only Hungarian; 10 mins; Call parish office +36 62 483-750fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 9:00-12:00; 15:00-18:00. A roman catholic church. It was built in 1975, in Modern style, designed by István Tarnai. Free.
- Jesus's Heart church, - Szeged, Fő tér, - T. +36 62 425370, It was built in 1936, in modern style, planned by Fábián Gáspár, [email protected]
- Reformed church of Kálvin square (Kálvin téri református templom), Kálvin tér. built in 1884
- Reformed church of Petőfi Telep (Petőfi Telepi Református Templom), 6727 Szeged, Sirály utca 14. Phone: +36 62 426496, Sun:08:30-10:00
- Alsóvárosi Church and Monastery (Church of Grey Friars, Szeged-Alsóvárosi Ferences Templom), Szeged, Mátyás tér 26 (West three blocks from Train Station), , e-mail: [email protected].M-F 09:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00, Su 07:00-11:00, 17:00-20:00. In the center of Alsóváros district stands a over 500-year-old group of buildings: a Franciscan church and monastery. The church was completed in 1503 in Gothic style. There are two icons of Maria in the Franciscan church of Alsóváros. One of them is placed in the baroque main altar. The other icon is the Black Mary.
- Church of Saint Elisabeth of Hungary (Árpádházi Szent Erzsébet Templom), Torontál tér 4. / Székely sor 2 (Close to Belvárosi bridge, in 'Újszeged' district, East side of the City), , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Masses Su: 7:30, 9:30, 18:00, Weekdays: 18:00. A roman catholic church. Built in Neo-Gothic style, in 1910. The main tower was over 30m high with assistent towers on both sides. The length of the church in the interior is 21m and it’s 13m wide. The building’s height is 12m. In order to construct a main altar, two side altars and a pulpit in New-Gothic style material from the nearby Rochus church in Szeged was delivered to the district New Szeged. The main altar presented the church patron Saint Elisabeth while the right main altar was devoted to the Virgin Mary. On the left side there was a Saint Cross altar erected. The confessional and the cupboard in the vestry were built by József Jamrik. The organ was purchased from the local organ building manufacture of János Szoukenik.
- Gróf-palace (Gróf-palota), Tisza Lajos körút 20/b.. Designed Raichle J. Ferenc, in 1912-13
- Town Hall(Városháza), Széchenyi tér 10, .
- Water tower (Régi Víztorony), Szent István Square.This is the oldest reinforced concrete building in Hungary
- Reök Palace (REÖK Palota).This has an Art Nouveau facade, with balconies and wrought iron railings
- National Theatre of Szeged (Szegedi Nemzeti Színház), Vaszy Viktor tér 1, , fax: , e-mail:[email protected]. Cash desk opening hours: Mo-Fr 10:00-17:00, Sa 10:00-12:00 (Entrance at Stefánia út 6), or One hour before the show begins on the spot. This is the main theatre of Szeged, built in 1883 by the well-known company of Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer in Eclectic and Neo-baroque style. Tickets HUF800-3500.
- Monuments of Széchenyi square, Széchenyi tér (vary). #2 Photo Studio (Fotóműterem), #2/a Aigner house I., #3 Popper house, #9 Zsótér house, #16 Aigner house II.
- Monuments of Lechner square, Lechner tér (vary). #2/a Raffay house , #2/b Szígyártó house, #9 Saint Rosalia Chapel (Szent Rozália-kápolna)
- Somogyi Károly Városi és Megyei Könyvtár
- Püspöki palota
- Indóház tér és vasúti pályaudvar
- Dorozsmai szélmalom (ipari műemlék)
- Egyetemi Füvészkert
- Szegedi Csillagvizsgáló
- Szegedi Vadaspark
- Szent István-szobor
- Gőzfürdő (Anna-fürdő), Tisza Lajos körút 24. * Márer-ház, Tisza Lajos körút
- Móricz-ház, Szent Mihály u. 9.
- Szeged Állomás, Indóház tér
- Ungár-Mayer-palota, Kárász u. 16. built in 1910-1911
- Raichle-palota, Szentháromság u. 2.
- Lakóház, Mikszáth Kálmán u. 4.
- Wagner-kripta, Belvárosi temető
- Tűzoltólaktanya, Kossuth Lajos sugárút
- Kárász street - main street, downtown
- Tisza river
Museums & Galleries
- Ferenc Mora Art Museum(Móra Ferenc Képzőművészeti Múzeum), Roosevelt tér 1-3, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Daily 10.00-18.00. - works by Hungarian painters like: Munckacsy, Istvan Csok, Rudnay, Josef Rippl-Ronai and Szeged Synagogue. HUF1290.
- Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum (Pick Szalámi és Szegedi Paprika Múzeum), Felsõ Tisza-part 10, fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Tu-Sa 3PM-6PM. Industrial History MuseumAdult HUF980, Reduced HUF740.
- Black House (Museum of Currency, Fekete Ház), Somogyi u. 13., , , fax: . Daily 10.00-18.00. A branch of Ferenc Mora Museum.
- Castle Museum and Kass Gallery (Vármúzeum és a Kass Galéria), Vár u. 7, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Daily 10.00-18.00. Kass Gallery Tu-Su 13.00-17.00.HUF690.
- Matthias Varga's Exhibition House of Theatre (Varga Mátyás Színháztörténet Kiállítóház), Bécsi krt. 11/A, , fax: . By appointment. HUF590.
Things to do
- In the summer you don't want to miss the famous "Open-Air Festival"[www]. It is called open-air, because the Dóm square is turned into a stage with seats. It usually starts around the beginning of July and ends sometime in August. The shows play for about a week and then they change. Tickets are not always easy to get, but you can always get them from scouts (of course at a higher price) before the show starts.
Tips: If you are on a limited budget, you can purchase tickets for a lower price and after the show has started you can move to a better (empty) seats.
There are two main theaters in Szeged. One the main one is located close to the museum, near to the bridge in downtown. The smaller theater is also near-by, located a just few blocks from there.
Like some other Hungarian towns, Szeged also has thermal baths. The two best known are:
- Anna Bath (Anna fürdő) (located downtown of the city). It has just been renovated and offers an amazing experience . The bath has two sections, which offer various natural, thermal water based pools, spas, saunas. - The younger (mainly 20-30s) crowd enjoys visiting the bath's Night Swimming events every Monday, Wednesday, Friday night between 9-12PM. The entry fees are half-priced for these events (currently about 900 Forints, or about 4-5 Euros).
- Thermal (Thermálfürdő) (located at the swimming pool complex on the Újszeged side of the city.). is an older, indoor thermal bath.
See Szeged from the Air
You can see the city from the above and if that is something you would like to do, just head out to the local airport. You can select from various airplane tours ranging that last about 15 minutes to 1.5 hours around the city. They even have programs when they "let you fly" the airplane: [www]
The Szeged Go-Cart ring is on the road 47, outbound from Szeged, just before the junction of M43 and 47. The track is made of old tires in an old parking lot, and is about 800 meters in length. Prices are reasonable: [www]
- ZOO (Vadaspark).
Festivals and events
There are several events taking place in Szeged during the summer. The best way to find out about their times is from the free local magazine (called "Szegedi Est") that you can find in most restaurants, bars, clubs and cinemas.
- Wine Festival
- Beer Festival
- Days of Szeged
- Hungaricum Festival
- Szegedi Ifjusagi Napok (SZIN) - Szeged Youth Days. Is an open-air festival with Hungarian and international bands, held every year at Partfürdő. In 2012 the date is 22-25 Aug.
Szeged is a University town and it has a very active night life throughout the school year. The high school and college crowd gets mixed up at most places, although some clubs try to target specific age groups with their events.
Most places have entrance fees, but offer discounts if you have a student ID. Regular fees are around 500-1000 Forints depending on the day of the week, the place and the event.
Parties are advertised to start early at night, but the crowd doesn't start to gather really until about midnight or 1AM (!!!) and usually party until the morning. This is true even on weekdays (for example Wednesday is a very big party night). Many times people meet at local pubs for a drink and talks before hitting these places.
- GinTonic (This is a club in the basement of the older Tisza Hotel in downtown.). It has dance nights every Friday. It is in the same block as Retro, but on the other side of the building. This is a highly popular party place among foreign students who study in the city. They usually play the latest popular dance songs. HUF800
- JATE Klub. This is one of the popular university clubs that is open during the day as well as at night. There is a large bar section and several dance floors with different types of music. Concerts and other cultural events are also common here. If the evening appears to be slow, the crowd might go over to the SZOTE Klub (which is true vice-versa). The high school and college crowd blends really well in this place. They play all types of music from alternative through the latest popular dance songs to older Hungarian favorites. Sometimes they collect entrance fees, but you can get in without a fee if you get there earlier.
- Retro. this is a newer coffee house, that turns into a dance club at night. Dance nights are held on Fridays and Saturdays. The place mostly attracts graduates, late 20s and above. They like to play songs from the 80s, 90s and of course today's hits. HUF1000.
- Sing-Sing. this is one of the largest dance clubs in Southern Hungary. It is located right next to Szeged's main bus station and farmer's market. This club usually attracts the younger high-school crowd (their average age is probably around 20). It is well known for its semi-monhtly nude (both male and female) dance shows, concerts with invited guests and teen parties. They usually play the latest dance hits.
- Gentleman's Club (Zsiráf Klub), Fürj utca (Near the Greek restaurant).There is one gentleman's club in town called Zsiráf.
Safety in Szeged
Szeged is a pretty safe city. You can enjoy walks around the whole town even at late night hours. Most places and streets are well lit, so you won't have to worry about getting lost.