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Debrecen and surroundings for Families - 3 days

Debrecen and surroundings
How long it takes?
3 Days
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This region is famous for:
World Heritage Sites
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Museums and exhibitions
Debrecen and surroundings
Day 1

City Park Water Tower

This building has been renovated to provide as many services and as much entertainment as an actual water tower can. Obviously, it is a lookout tower, but it is also home to exhibitions and musical events. You will find a wine bar and a climbing wall, while the light show in the evening is an added bonus.

A walk in the City Park of Debrecen

The City Park is the place you must visit if you are in the largest market town on the Hungarian Great Plain. The green lungs of the town are very popular with both tourists and locals. It lies close to the centre of town and its safe and modern playgrounds offer great fun for kids, while the whole family will enjoy the beauty and harmony of the forest and its promenades.

Day 2

Debrecen Culture Park

The first zoological and botanical garden in the country outside Budapest, it was established in 1958. The family will have a fun ride on one of the first bumper car tracks in Europe in the Debrecen Zoo and Amusement Park. The narrow-gauge railway that runs in the park is very popular with visitors.


Aquaticum Spa

A five-star spa and bath in the City Park, full of tropical plants and attractions. Almost as if you were on an exotic holiday, though you’ll have no monkeys jumping on you from banana trees here.

Day 3

Hortobágy National Park Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre has more to offer than just information. It is the place where you should start your tour with the exhibition and the 3D film about Hortobágy, and then go out an experience it in actual reality. This is also where you can hire bikes. Currently, there are developments under way in Debrecen, so you are advised to contact the park and inquire about what is open.

Hortobágy Wildlife Park

You will see the wildlife of the ‘puszta’ and untouched Hortobágy as they were before man arrived. Use the National Park’s cars to ride along the route of the organised tour. The cars leave from in front of the Shepherd Museum.

Hortobágy Shepherd Museum

The life of the cowboys who wore ‘cifraszűr’ and lived in Hortobágy has always been intriguing. The museum opposite the ‘csárda’ presents what pastoral farming was like and what this lifestyle – which exists almost only in Hortobágy – means

During your visit


This region was known far and wide for its apple orchards. At the market, the ‘Szabolcs’ apple was a sought-after fruit. Apple Pálinka from Szabolcs is made from carefully selected and locally grown apples. It benefits from geographical protection, and a visit to the distillery always includes a tasting.


‘Goulash’ in Hungarian means a dish and also a profession, i.e. cowherd. It’s not just a profession, though. It’s a vocation. The king of Hungarian dishes is made on an open fire, and was the favourite dish of the cowherds and horse-herds living in Hortobágy. It tastes of freedom.

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