View over the city of Debrecen.
View over the city of Debrecen.

Life in Debrecen.

Beyond the plains of Eastern Hungary lies one of the country’s most important cultural hubs – Debrecen. As the second largest city in Hungary, Debrecen has also served as the country’s capital on two occasions in the past. Today, the city offers a plethora of activities, sights, and experiences for people of all ages throughout the year. Spend your afternoons or evenings in Debrecen’s city center, where a multitude of cultural events take place, including the Flower Carnival, Museums Night, the Debrecen Fair, and the Carnival Fiesta.

University of Debrecen.


Debrecen is home to the largest university in the country, the University of Debrecen, with over 30,000 students from all around the world studying across 14 departments. In addition, the city has had an international school since 2019 and boasts several primary and high schools that have earned national recognition. Furthermore, Debrecen is proud to house the Debrecen Vocational Training Centre, which offers a wide range of training programs and serves as a partner to the BMW Group Plant Debrecen.


Debrecen is renowned for its vibrant cultural and sports scene, with numerous events taking place throughout the year. The Flower Carnival is perhaps the most famous of these, attracting visitors from all over the world. Another major event is the Campus Festival, widely regarded as one of Hungary's top music festivals. In addition, the city hosts a variety of gastronomical and music festivals year-round. Theatre enthusiasts can also enjoy performances at the recently renovated Csokonai National Theatre.

The local cuisine is very popular due to its close proximity to Hortobagy. Goulash and slambuc are among the most well-known specialities, and the Debrecziner sausage is also known worldwide. You can find different restaurants in town, where they serve local delicacies and international cuisine.

Debrecen Flower Carnival.
Debrecen Football Stadium.


For sports enthusiasts, Debrecen offers multiple opportunities to pursue their interests. The city is home to various first league teams. In addition, there are multiple leisure activities, including swimming, ice skating, running, as well as indoor and outdoor facilities for team sports.


Debrecen enjoys excellent transportation links, with well-connected road and railway networks. In addition, it is home to the second-largest international airport in Hungary, offering direct flight connections to Munich.

Debrecen Airport.

More Debrecen impressions.

Debrecen Central Square.
Debrecen Flower Festival.
Debrecen City.
Debrecen Light Festival.
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