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Szeged region for Seniors - 5 days



Szeged region
How long it takes?
5 Days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
car
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This region is famous for:
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Thermal baths, Spas and Healing resources
Museums and exhibitions
Culture and monuments
Religious sites
Szeged region
Seniors
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.

Day 2
Franciscan Visitor centre, Alsóváros, Szeged

If you plan to spend more than one day in Szeged, you should also include a visit here. Built in the 15th century and remodelled several times, the church will amaze you with its Gothic ceiling work and Baroque altar. Notice the replica of King Matthias’ monument above the side entrance. Try your hand at pottery, felting and even candle making at the workshops in the courtyard of the adjacent monastery.

Anna Thermal Bath and Spa

Enjoy an entire morning of tranquillity at the Anna Thermal Baths, built in the style of traditional Turkish baths. The Austrian designers created a lavishly decorated complex with elegant façades. Originally a bath house and opened in 1896, the facility was converted into a spa when thermal hot springs were found nearby in the early 20th century. The baths were most recently renovated in 2004, when the spa and wellness sections were placed in separate wings.

 

Day 3
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.

 

Holocaust Museum

The purpose of the exhibition is to commemorate the tragedy of the Jews and the Jewish victims carried off in 1944-1945. It helps posterity to forgive, but never forget. Take a look at the clock on the Synagogue and what you will see is the exact time when 737 Jews from the town were deported.

 

Emlékpont (Remembrance Point)

The museum in Hódmezővásárhely presents the years between 1945 and 1990 as a historical era, and its motto is that history must be talked about. Its main message is that a lack of freedom can cause significant harm

 

Day 4
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.

Day 5
The Park of a Thousand Years

The citadel of Visegrád is really close to the birthplace of Sándor Petőfi. Especially, when you are walking among the models of the most interesting places in Hungary. There is a place in Mórahalom that is home to models representing the most important buildings and architectural symbols of the 1,000-year history of Hungary, reduced to a scale of 1:25. If you want, you can even ask a historian to give you a tour of the park.

 

Szent Erzsébet Spa, Mórahalom

Take a dip into health! The spa has 21 pools, six of which are outdoor and 15 indoor. The spa is open all year around, and offers families and friends a whole day full of fun and adventure.

 

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
Fish soup is made in many different ways. Wherever you go, from Baja to Szeged, Lake Balaton or the upper region of the River Tisza, every family has their own recipe. What is it? A nice bowl of fish soup from Szeged needs nothing but a hearty appetite and good company. It is an essential cornerstone of Hungarian cuisine and in Szeged, of course, it is made à la Szeged. But it’s easy for them, of course, because they have excellent quality paprika to use.

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