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Nice little city in southern Hungary, Szeged

 
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Szeged is the capital of Csongrad County near the Hungarian border, on the Great Plain and it is the fourth largest city of the country. The territory was populated since the New Stone Age although the city was established later, on three larger islands raised from the flood basin on the left bank of the Tisza River on a place full of cavities and marshes that the inhabitants of the city gradually filled so by the 18th century the territory of Szeged became unified. It is said that the fearful Attila the Hun also had the center of his empire in the area. Szeged has about 160,000 inhabitants and because it is a border city, several minority groups make the life of the city more colorful. The University of Szeged is probably the most distinguished university in Hungary, the Academic ranking of World Universities ranked it 203-300th on the complete list and first in national ranking.

Szeged - Attractions

The 500 year old Franciscan Church and Monastery is the second oldest of its kind in Hungary having its annual church fair on 5 August. It is a wonderful example of the gothic architecture that is linked to numerous Hungarian historical personalities. The city has a waste scale of churches of the different denominations from different ages. The famous Szeged Observatory can also be visited by those who want to take a closer look on the Universe that surrounds us. The Wildlife Park of Szeged is one of the youngest zoos in the country specialized in endangered species lying on 44 ha of natural forest showing the animals in sections correspondent to continents. The city has the second oldest water tower in the country built in 1904 and gained specific industrial protection in 2003.

‘Hungaricum’ in Szeged

A whole museum is dedicated to two especially Hungarian products that make Szeged world-famous and are the bases of its economy. It is called the Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum having the name of the two well known brands. The Pick Salami is made of pork meat on the basis of the original, century old receipt with secret ingredients, cold smoking and with a noble-mould on its surface. The Szeged Paprika is made by the special processing of the paprika traditional cultivated on the fields surrounding Szeged the area having a favorable environment.

Why to try Szeged?

Szeged is one of those beautiful cities in Hungary that really worth visiting, this article is intended to be only a foretaste of what you can see and experience in this hospitable city. It can easily be approached from Budapest, the capital of Hungary, on the E75 international route or by train.

 

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great excursion with czechs friends Daniel and Dominik - overview

1. Aug 16, 2008 Visiting the Torda-Gorge (Turda)  (* 16)
2. Aug 24, 2008 Nice little city in southern Hungary (Szeged)

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Szeged History

By the 3rd century BC, the Celts dominated most of the area. Since this was considered as the Iron Age, developing weapons was rampant and wars between tribes increased. Szeged History – Early History The area where Szeged is located was first called Partiscus. Ptolemy gave the place this name in the mid-2nd century AD. Partiscus, at that time, was controlled by the Gepids for over two centuries. After that, the Huns conquered the region and then the Avars. By the end of the 9th century, the Hungarians arrived at the place and took control of it. This incident started the building of a country. The territory was divided by the tribe... Read more »

 
 
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Sailing on the Danube in Budapest - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
Szentendre is a little city very close to Budapest. We found on the internet that there are little ships or pleasure-boats which depart from Budapest and travel to Szentendre. We decided to buy tickets to one of them but only one-way,... Read more »

Visiting the Zoo of Nyiregyhaza - Dec 1, 2008, by zdanko
We (me and my girlfriend) planned to go on a weeklong trip a long time ago, but we had to wait until our brand new car arrived and all the papers which we needed were ready. So we could start our trip only at the end of November. The... Read more »

Short vacation in Debrecen - Jul 27, 2009, by asterix
Hi, there Don't miss out to visit in Debrecen the University of Debrecen, one of the most outstanding buildings in the city. It is really a university style building, and it is really huge and impressive. There is a nice fountain in the... Read more »

Relaxing in Szentendre - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
Our ship stopped near the old center of Szentendre. Of course here are the most of the souvenir shops of the town :) Many of the tourists stop here and buy something... there are hand-made things, paintings, old photos, postcards and of... Read more »

Short visit in Biharugra - Jul 18, 2008, by zlori
Today I visited very nice calm place in Hungary called Biharugra. Biharugra is a village in Békés County in the Southern Great Plain region of south-east Hungary. It has a population of 1071 people and it can be considered... Read more »

 
 

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