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Szeged region for Families - 3 days



How long it takes?
3 Days
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This region is famous for:
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Zoos
Szeged region
Families
Day 1
Szeged Cathedral Visitor Centre

If you only have a single day to explore Szeged, head to the Szeged Votive Church Visitor Centre. The construction of the church – built to commemorate the people who fled from the 1879 flood – was completed in 1930. The colourful stained glass windows were designed by the renowned Hungarian stained glass artist Miksa Róth. The lavish interior includes a real rarity: a mosaic of the Virgin Mary wearing “Szeged” style slippers and a szűr: the traditional fur overcoat worn by Hungarian shepherds. The western steeple of the church doubles as a lookout point.

Dömötör Tower

Standing just outside the church, the Dömötör Tower is the steeple section of the medieval St Demetrius church, which used to occupy the land where the Votive Church now stands. The tower is the oldest surviving building in Szeged. Converted into a baptising chapel in 1931, the tower has a Baptism of Christ, a beautiful secco painted by renowned Hungarian artist Vilmos Aba-Novák.

A walk in the town centre

Include a walk in the central area of Szeged on your itinerary. Near the church, the Heroes’ Gate has another Aba-Novák gem: the World War II-themed mural. Nearby Dugonics tér boasts a musical fountain, filling the air with pleasant tunes every summer. Studded with statues, Kárász utca takes you to Széchenyi tér, flanked by the beautiful town hall with the local version of the Bridge of Sighs. On the corner of the square, you can get a taste of mineral water at the famous Anna fountain. Then head on down Tisza Lajos boulevard to a true masterpiece of Hungarian Art Nouveau, the fantastic Reök Palace.

Szeged Zoo

The zoo is home primarily to protected and endangered species of animals. Apart from the popular zoo animals, you will also find some rarities, such as the clouded leopard or the Callitrichidae.

Day 2
Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park

A memorial site dedicated to the conquest of the Hungarians. It is one of the most popular tourist sights on the Southern Great Plain. Visit the Rotunda with the Feszty panorama, the yurts and the nomad park, which evokes the times of the Hungarian conquest.

 

Csillagösvény Labyrinth

Csillagösvény Park in Ópusztaszer has a course built for playing a wargame with numbers (in Hungarian: számháború), and also many games of logic, folk and skills-based games. The huge labyrinth allows you to walk a length that equals the height of Mont Blanc, i.e. 4,810 metres – assuming you can’t find your way out on the first attempt.

 

Day 3
Hagymatikum

The Thermal Bath and Spa in Makó was built based on the designs by Imre Makovecz. Its organic shapes were inspired by the onion, the most famous product of Makó. The wellness unit is especially decorative and harmony-inducing. The complex therapeutics unit uses thermal water, as well as the medicinal mud from the River Maros, to treat guests.

During your visit

Wine
The grape variety called ‘cserszegi fűszeres’ grows best on Kunság soil. The grape variety was bred by Dr Károly Bakonyi, and was transferred from the shores of Lake Balaton to the Hungarian Great Plain. The wine made from it has a distinctive aroma that reminds you of elderberry, with the promise of a light, slim taste. It certainly goes well with light dishes.
Gastronomy
Chicken stew is the queen of Sunday lunches that is just as enjoyable on a weekday! It will taste even better made from free-range chicken and with paprika from Szeged. A classic that you’ll never get tired of, perfect served with sour cream and homemade dumplings.

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