Szeged

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Szeged - the city of sunshine is a town in southern Hungary.

Understand[edit]

Dóm square

Located in Central Europe, Szeged is the third biggest city in Hungary, lies on Hungary's south-eastern border, just south of the mouth of the Maros river on both banks of the river Tisza. It is about 171 km South of Budapest on the M5 highway. It is the lowest elevation city in the country and is known as the "City of Sunshine", because it has the highest number of sunny days throughout the year.

Szeged is the main city in Csongrád county and serves as a commercial and cultural center of the region.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 data, the city's population was around 170.000.

Tourist Information[edit]

  • Tourist InformationDugonics tér 2 +36 62 488-690fax: +36 62 488-690. Open: Nov-Mar: M-F: 09-17; Sa-Su: Closed Apr-May: M-F: 09-17, Sa: 09-13, Su: closed; Jun-Aug: M-F 09-18, Sa 09-13, Su closed; Sep-Oct: M-F 09-17, Sa: 9-13, Su: closed. Today's Szeged is an important university town and a popular tourist attraction. +phone=+36 62 488699
  • Information PavilionSzéchenyi Square walkway. June 1 to September 15 every day: 8-20.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

If you are flying to Hungary, you will most likely be arriving to the Ferihegy International Airport in Budapest and you will want to take the M5 highway South to Szeged. It will take from about an hour and half to two hours to drive from the airport.
You will need to get a sticker for your car in order to drive on the highway, which you can buy at any gas station (ask for "matrica").

Szeged has a parking zone system, parking tickets are available from newsagent's, local stores, etc.

By train[edit]

  •    Train Station (Nagyállomás). It takes about 2 hours to travel by train from Budapest Nyugati to Szeged. These trains also stop at Ferihegy, Terminal 1, meaning it isn't necessary to travel into the centre of Budapest.

By air[edit]

  • Szeged airfield. Szeged has a small airport [], which is just perfect for small airplanes or private planes.

Get around[edit]

Tramway and trolleybus map of Szeged

Szeged lies on the banks of Tisza river. The western side is generally referred to as "Szeged", while the newer eastern side is called "Új-szeged" ("New Szeged").

There are further parts of the city, which you can think of as districts (although they do not work as districts): Belváros (the center of the city, downtown), Alsóváros, Móraváros, Rókus, Újrókus, Fölsőváros, Tarján, Fodor-kert, Petőfi-telep, Makkosház, Baktó, Tápé, Újszeged, Odessza, Marostői kiskertek, Klebelsberg telep, Kecskés István telep, Iparváros, Béke-telep, Baktó.

Public transportation[edit]

For the size of the city, Szeged has a really good public transportation network. Within the city you can get around by cabs (taxi), trams (villamos), trolley buses (trolibusz) or autobus (autóbusz). If you wish to use these types of public transportation, you will need to find out about their routes, stops and schedules. During the work week, in the busy hours, within the city, most public transportation vehicles will leave every 10–15 minutes.

Schedules[edit]

Tickets[edit]

There's no difference in the tickets for the different types of transportation methods. You can usually purchase tickets from the driver, for which you will always have to get on the vehicle using the frontmost door. You can also purchase weekly and monthly passes as well as single-trip tickets from various kiosks and newspaper stands throughout the city. These passes will be valid for all 3 types of public transportation,so you can travel by trams, trolley buses and buses as well. There are also discounts offered to students and seniors.

  • Local bus ticket and pass prices: [2]

Taxi[edit]

There are a few taxi services in the city. You can call and "order" one to your location. The drivers may not speak English, but should be able to get you where you want to go. Trips usually cost somewhere between HUF1000-2000 within the city.

  • Szeged Taxi: (62) 333-333
  • Tele-4 Taxi: (62) 444-444
  • Gábriel Taxi: (62) 555-555

See[edit]

  •    Cathedral (Dóm).
  • Church of Grey Friars. Gothic, 15th century
  • Minorite Church.
  •    Szeged Synagogue.
  • Dömötör Tower. 11th century
  •    Gróf-palace (Gróf-palota), Tisza Lajos körút 20/b.. Designed Raichle J. Ferenc, in 1912-13
  •    Town Hall (Városháza), Széchenyi tér 10 +36 62 564364.
  •    Water tower (Régi Víztorony), Szent István Square. This is the oldest reinforced concrete building in Hungary
  •    Reök Palace (REÖK Palota). This has an Art Nouveau facade, with balconies and wrought iron railings
  •    National Theatre of Szeged (Nemzeti Színház), Vaszy Viktor tér 1 +36 62 479279.
  • Kárász street - main street, downtown
  • Tisza river
  • Dóm square, and the Votive church

Museums[edit]

  •    Ferenc Mora Art MuseumRoosevelt tér 1-3 +36 62 549040fax: +36 62 549049, e-mail: . Daily 10.00-18.00. - works by Hungarian painters like: Munckacsy, Istvan Csok, Rudnay, Josef Rippl-Ronai and Szeged Synagogue. HUF1290.
  •    Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika MuseumFelsõ Tisza-part 10fax: +36 62 480800, e-mail: . Tu-Sa 3PM-6PM. Industrial History Museum HUF980 (HUF740 for students, children, and pensioners).
  • Black House (Fekete Ház), Somogyi u. 13. +36 62 425872fax: +36 62 312033. Daily 10.00-18.00. A branch of Ferenc Mora Museum. +phone=+36 62 425-033,
  • Castle Museum and Kass Gallery (VÁRMÚZEUM és a KASS GALÉRIA), Vár u. 7 +36 62 549040fax: +36 62 549049, e-mail: . Daily 10.00-18.00. Kass Gallery Tu-Su 13.00-17.00. HUF690.
  • Matthias Varga's Exhibition House of Theatre (Varga Mátyás Színháztörténet Kiállítóház), Bécsi krt. 11/A +36 62 549-040fax: +36 62 549-049. By appointment. HUF590.

Do[edit]

Open-Air Theater[edit]

Szeged dome night
  • In the summer you don't want to miss the famous "Open-Air Festival" [3]. It is called open-air, because the Dóm square is turned into a stage with seats. It usually starts around the beginning of July and ends sometime in August. The shows play for about a week and then they change. Tickets are not always easy to get, but you can always get them from scouts (of course at a higher price) before the show starts.

Tips: If you are on a limited budget, you can purchase tickets for a lower price and after the show has started you can move to a better (empty) seats.

Festivals[edit]

There are several events taking place in Szeged during the summer. The best way to find out about their times is from the free local magazine (called "Szegedi Est") that you can find in most restaurants, bars, clubs and cinemas.

Movies, theaters[edit]

Theaters[edit]

There are two main theaters in Szeged [4]. One the main one is located close to the museum, near to the bridge in downtown. The smaller theater is also near-by, located a just few blocks from there.

Movies[edit]

  •    Belvárosi Cinema (Belvárosi Mozi) (near the Mora museum, next to the main theater.). a traditional, old, large movie theater. It has recently been upgraded and now also offers 3D movies.
  • Cinemacity [5]: located in the Szeged Pláza [6] shopping mall.

Baths, pools[edit]

Like some other Hungarian towns, Szeged also has thermal baths. The two best known are:

  • Anna Bath (Anna fürdő) (located downtown of the city). - it has just been renovated and offers an amazing experience . The bath has two sections, which offer various natural, thermal water based pools, spas, saunas. - The younger (mainly 20-30s) crowd enjoys visiting the bath's Night Swimming events every Monday, Wednesday, Friday night between 9-12PM. The entry fees are half-priced for these events (currently about 900 Forints, or about 4-5 Euros).
  • Thermal (Thermálfürdő) (located at the swimming pool complex on the Újszeged side of the city.). is an older, indoor thermal bath.

See Szeged from the Air[edit]

You can see the city from the above and if that is something you would like to do, just head out to the local airport. You can select from various airplane tours ranging that last about 15 minutes to 1.5 hours around the city. They even have programs when they "let you fly" the airplane: [7]

Go-Cart[edit]

The Szeged Go-Cart ring is on the road 47, outbound from Szeged, just before the junction of M43 and 47. The track is made of old tires in an old parking lot, and is about 800 meters in length. Prices are reasonable: [8]

  •    ZOO (Vadaspark).

Learn[edit]

Szeged is a very active city, partially because of its educational base. The University of Szeged [9] offers wide range of programs including Agricultural studies [10], Food Engineering, Arts, Economics and Business Administration, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Music, Pharmacy, Life Sciences and Education. Throughout the year students from all around Hungary and around the world come here to study.

The city also has a wide range of high school programs, most of which are highly specialized in areas such as humanities, sciences and engineering and more.

Buy[edit]

  • Tesco SzegedRókusi blvd. (can be reached by Line 2).
  • Tesco, in Móraváros (line 4).
  • Cora Szeged? (Cora has its own bus line,).
  •    Spar supermarkets (Spar szupermarket), Szivarvany street, e-mail: . Buying everyday products (especially groceries) could be cheaper than in other European countries like Britain, France, Italy or Germany.
  • Lidl discount store (Lidl diszkontáruház), e-mail: . supermarket chain. - Buying everyday products (especially groceries) could be cheaper than in other European countries like Britain, France, Italy or Germany. Most electronic equipment like iPods and computers are, however, considerably more costly here.
  •    Big Department Store (Nagyáruház).

Eat[edit]

Szeged is famous for its local, traditional food. - The most famous of all is probably the Fisherman's soup (Halászlé), which is made from various freshwater fish using lots of paprika (this is not necessarily spicy, but you can definitely order it that way).

Szeged is also known for its good quality sausage and salami. Pick is Szeged's own brand, which is also exported to various countries around the world. Make sure that you try the famous "Pick salami". You can buy these products at most local grocery stores and smaller, family owned 24/7 stores.

If you are looking for international food, just check the local grocery stores. You shouldn't have too much problem finding anything from around the world. Even Americans can find their favorite cream cheese and peanut butter/jelly if they look around...

Restaurants[edit]

The quality of the food varies by restaurants, but is good in general. Meats and cheese can be found at most places, and they are often breaded and fried. If you go to a standard restaurant, the portions will be generous and more than enough to feed an adult.

  • Gőry restaurant (Gőry Pince & Terasz). serve extra large portions of food, which are almost impossible to eat all at once. - Food is excellent. Prices: higher than usual
  • Agni restaurant (Agni étterem), Tisza Lajos krt. 76. (In the downtown). there is also a vegetarian restaurant serving traditional Indian and Hungarian dishes as well.

Fast Food[edit]

There are lots of fast food places in the city. The most popular ones are local pizza restaurants, which are all around town. Some of them, which are open until the morning hours, are popular gathering places for the late night crowd. Of course, the international fast food chains are also present (Burger King, McDonald's, etc.), they are popular mostly among younger people. Compared to the local fast food places, these chains offer smaller portions for higher prices.

  • Burger King (at the Nagyaruhaz mall in the center).
  • McDonald'sKárász street. More: at Rókusi boulevard
  • BOCI Tejivo. 24/7. Small canteen that provides a variety of fast food. free wifi. Prices: low HUF500.

Traditional Szeged-style fish restaurants[edit]

The traditional fisherman's restaurants are a great choice for visitors. Locals also visit these on a regular basis because of their excellent fish soup and wide selection of good other food. There are three main fishmerman's restaurants in town.

  • Roosevelt square Fish Tavern (Roosevelt Téri Halászcsárda) (close to downtown, right across from the Móra Ferenc Museum by the bridgehead of the "old bridge").
  • Kiskörössy Fish Tavern (Kiskörössy Halászcsárda) (in the northeastern part of Szeged, on the bank of the Tisza River.). This is an excellent choice in the warmer months, because you can enjoy your meal next to the river and quite often they will also have musicians perform traditional Hungarian folkmusic or Gypsy music for the guests. You'd probably want to catch a cab to get to this restaurant, and then use another cab to get back to your hotel.
  • Fehértói Fish Tavern (Fehértói Halászcsárda) (is outside the city, next to the old E5 highway going towards Budapest. You can ask a cab to drop you off here and they can also bring you back.). This restaurant breeds its own fish and is known for its excellent fish soup. Their prices are reasonable as well.

Other restaurants[edit]

  • AlabárdosOskola str. (near John Bull Pub). They have a nice restaurant section and a separate section just for grabbing a beer or tasting wine. Food is good. Prices: higher than usual.

Pastries, cookies[edit]

Szeged City Hall

Hungary has very good home made style pastries and cookies. Szeged has a few bakeries around town that have excellent food selection. Ordering is quite simple, since most of the baked goods are displayed behind a glass window. They are usually freshly baked. Just point and pick what your eyes like and enjoy. Some of the more popular pastry shops around town:

  • Hatos Rétes - located on Klauzál square, known for strudels ("rétes" in Hungarian).
  • Palánk - ice-cream shop
  • Z. Nagy Cukrászda - one of the best pastry shops in the city, where most of the locals go to. You can find it under József Attila sugárút 24.
  • A Capella - located on Klauzál square

Drink[edit]

  • John Bull Pub (downtown, about 50 meters from the Virág Cukrászda). Great place to grab a beer with clients or friends, and can be an excellent choice for a romantic dinner. They have a big menu, with a good selection. Prices: high

Coffee Shops[edit]

Coffee Shops have become very popular among students. There are quite a few in town, where the younger crowd likes to meet up to study and/or talk.

Clubs[edit]

Szeged is a University town and it has a very active night life throughout the school year. The high school and college crowd gets mixed up at most places, although some clubs try to target specific age groups with their events.

Most places have entrance fees, but offer discounts if you have a student ID. Regular fees are around 500-1000 Forints depending on the day of the week, the place and the event.

Parties are advertised to start early at night, but the crowd doesn't start to gather really until about midnight or 1AM (!!!) and usually party until the morning. This is true even on weekdays (for example Wednesday is a very big party night). Many times people meet at local pubs for a drink and talks before hitting these places.

  • GinTonic (This is a club in the basement of the older Tisza Hotel in downtown.). It has dance nights every Friday. It is in the same block as Retro, but on the other side of the building. This is a highly popular party place among foreign students who study in the city. They usually play the latest popular dance songs. HUF800 ?.
  • JATE Klub. - This is one of the popular university clubs that is open during the day as well as at night. There is a large bar section and several dance floors with different types of music. Concerts and other cultural events are also common here. If the evening appears to be slow, the crowd might go over to the SZOTE Klub (which is true vice-versa). The high school and college crowd blends really well in this place. They play all types of music from alternative through the latest popular dance songs to older Hungarian favorites. Sometimes they collect entrance fees, but you can get in without a fee if you get there earlier.?.
  • Retro. this is a newer coffee house, that turns into a dance club at night. Dance nights are held on Fridays and Saturdays. The place mostly attracts graduates, late 20s and above. They like to play songs from the 80s, 90s and of course today's hits. HUF1000.
  • Sing-Sing. this is one of the largest dance clubs in Southern Hungary. It is located right next to Szeged's main bus station and farmer's market. This club usually attracts the younger high-school crowd (their average age is probably around 20). It is well known for its semi-monhtly nude (both male and female) dance shows, concerts with invited guests and teen parties. They usually play the latest dance hits.
  • Gentleman's Club (Zsiráf Klub), Fürj utca (Near the Greek restaurant). - there is one gentleman's club in town called Zsiráf.

Sleep[edit]

You will have various choices to stay at while in Szeged. The city has some larger and more expensive hotels, but there are quite a few cheaper and comparable places where you can stay.

Budget[edit]

In Szeged, and in most other, bigger Hungarian cities you can find a cheap room in college dorms. Most places will let you pay cash and stay for a few days. There are a few of these around town and the best way to find one is probably to ask one of the younger, "student looking" locals.

  • Ortutay Kollégium (Ortutay Kollégium) - Boldogasszony sgt. 26-28. , Center, Cap.: 300 beds. T. +36 62/547-154, +36 20/299-0829, email=szeged.szvk@gmail.com
  • Dennis Gabor College (Gábor Dénes Kollégium), Mars tér 14 (W half km )

Capacity: 280 people, Hostel Booking: +36 62 547154, +36 20 2990829, szeged.szvk@gmail.com

  • Familia Pension (a couple of minutes walk from Dóm square (the Votive Church) and a few blocks from the main railroad station and the 500 years old Mátyás Church.).
  •    Madzsar Jozsef College (Madzsar József Kollégium), Bal fasor 39-45 (Bus 71, 72, 84),  +36 62 545-849fax: +36 62 546403, e-mail: . PERIODS: year-round guest apartment, a guest room and a few dorm rooms for 4-10 persons; in season (between July 1 and August 31) for 139 persons,- ROOMs: # Double dorm rooms with sink and built-in wardrobe; # Triple-suite dorm room; # Guest Rooms: one bed, kitchenette; On every floor lounge with TV, toilets, showers, kitchen; # Guest Apartments: apartment with one double and one single room with private entrance, bath, bathroom, kitchen. - SERVICES: 24-hour reception service; closed storage for bicycles and motorcycles; courtyard parking, free Wi-Fi internet, laundry facilities; kitchen on each floor, electric cooker, microwave oven, refrigerator; fitness room, computer room; soft drinks and coffee machines; education, training, conference, suitable classrooms (between 20-190 people) Guest House (apartment) 1 double room with private entrance HUF4800, 1 single room with private entrance HUF4600, Guest Room HUF3800. - DORMs * 7 x 3 bed, en-suite room HUF3000, 57 x 2 bed HUF2900. Extra bed in room HUF2000.
  •    Balassi Institute College of Aaron Martin (Balassi Intézet Márton Áron Szakkollégiuma), Kálvária sugárút (abbrev. sgt.) 87. (W two km),  +36 62 420140fax: +36 62 420-140, e-mail: . Occupancy: Jul-Aug 40 rooms / 120 beds. - during the year: three double guest rooms with refrigerator, toilet, shower. +36 62 452-141 +email=kanyari@mad.hu, Guest Rooms: individual placement / dorm HUF2700/2500, Student Room (3-4 pers.): individual placement / dorm HUF2200/1400.
  •    Mora Ferenc College (Móra Ferenc Kollégium), Közép fasor 31-33. (E one km),  +36 62 544101fax: +36 62 544-099, e-mail: . OPEN: only summer July 1 to August 31! - The rooms have three beds, but also for one or two persons rentable. The rooms have Internet access, refrigerator and sink compartment, the showers and toilets are located in the hallway. There are a limited number room and apartments with private bath or shower.In the neighbourhood there are two restaurants: the Egyetemi Étterem and the Blues Kert. Traditional dorm rooms per 1-2-3-4. Adults / Students HUF2800/2100 / person. Children up to 6 years free of charge. - Single and double rooms with bath HUF4000/8000.

Mid range[edit]

  • Hotel BellaPacsirta u. 31 (in downtown),  +36 62 542325fax: +36 62 542326, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. *** Number of rooms/beds: 25/48. - Five single rooms, 19 double rooms, two double with extra bed, 1 apartment (with two rooms) 25900 Single / double HUF10900 / 15,900, Double with extra / 1 apartment (2 rooms) HUF18,900 / 25900.
  • Matrix Hotel SzegedZárda u. 8. +36 62 556000fax: +36 62 556010, e-mail: . Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 11.00. ** Elegant and friendly rooms. 11 double bedrooms, 3 of which can be supplied with extra beds Single / double HUF12300 / 15000, Extra bed in room HUF4500, Breakfast in 1800, Air / Con HUF1.500/ day, Three-course lunch or dinner HUF3000, Pet HUF3,000, Parking in closed yard FREE. Main season prices tax all incl..

Splurge[edit]

The bigger hotels are usually closer to downtown. Szeged is not that big in size and you can probably walk or use public transportation to most places.

  •    Hotel Tisza (Tisza Szálloda***), Széchenyi tér 3 (Right downtown.),  +36 62 478278 number of rooms/beds: 50/117fax: +36 62 478278, e-mail: . Is an older, but renovated hotel in an excellent. - 45 rooms and 5 suites, some air-conditioned, with colonial style furniture, in-room high-speed internet access, mini-fridge, bathroom amenities, cable TV channels and Cardo mattress. +phone=+36 30 201-5586. Room prices inc. buffet breakfast, WiFi Internet access in the room. - Half or full pension can be provided in the neighbouring restaurant, Port Royal Restaurant, according to previous accordances. High season rates (2014.05.01-09.30.) Apartment - for 1 /2/3/4 persons HUF27000/31500/34500/38400. - Superior room for 1 person / 2 persons/3 persons/4 persons HUF18300/21500/17300/19700.-Standard Room - for 1/2/3/4 person(s) HUF13000/16400/20100/22500. - air-condition extra fee HUF1500, - Parking in the hotel's garage: HUF2000/car/night. - Festival Season 2014.07.04-06., 07.11-13., 07.18-21., 08.01-04., 08.15-24. plus ten percent surcharge.
  • Hotel Dóm (Dóm Hotel Szeged****), Bajza u. 6. +36 62 423750fax: +36 62 423750, e-mail: . A newer hotel. Number of rooms/ beds: 16/37. Air-conditioned rooms, a nice rastaurant, sauna, jacuzzi and a parking lot. - Dóm Restaurant has a wide selection of traditional hungarian and international dishes. The restaurant is suitable for 55 people. There is a small meeting room which is suitable for 20 people. +phone=+36 30 8348883. Room prices include Buffet breakfast, use of the hotel spa facilities (jacuzzi, sauna, infrared sauna, massage bed), Wi-Fi, Air conditioning use. Twin room 26500, suite 38000 include all tax..
  • City Hotel SzegedArany János utca 5. +36 20 5813148. Elegant rooms and intimate restaurant Rézangyal Bistro. The 12 rooms provide a beautiful panorama, and are equipped with televisions, safe and wifi connection. Twin room for one / two pers. HUF11.000 /13.500, Classic Room for one / two pers. HUF12 500/15 000, Deluxe for one / two pers. HUF15.500/18.500, Apartment for one / two / three / four person(s) 16.500 / 22.500 / 25.500 / 29.500. PH Apartment for one / two / three / four person(s) 25.900 - 32.000 - 36.000 - 40.000, -.
  •    Novotel Hotel (within walking distance from downtown.). Four star.
  • Hotel Forrás. Is in Újszeged, on the Tisza River's opposite side from downtown. The hotel has an indoor thermal bath, which is open around the whole year.
  • Hotel Romance. Is situated just in the heart of Szeged, close to Széchenyi Square.
  • Hotel MozartOskola u. 16. +36 62 800040. Check-in: 14:00 to 22:00, check-out: 7:00 to 10:00. Four star Hotel.air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV, minibar, safe, kettle, bathroom scales, -Wi-Fi and Internet access, breakfast Double room for 1 person / 2 persons for: 18000/21000. (2014.).
  • Hotel Soleil (Soleil Szálló ****), Kelemen u. 7. (in the center of the city),  +36 62 556575, +36 62 55-65-76, e-mail: . . Thirteen rooms. High Season (2014.Jun.16.-Aug.28.) Standard room for 1 person / 2 persons / 3 persons / 4 persons HUF20 600 /25 600 / 36 300 / 44 600, -De Luxe Suite two / four persons HUF68 000/85 800, Apartment 2 × 2 person occupancy 52600, Apartment 4 × 2 person occupancy HUF96600. - Extra bed 6 years / 7-14 years / 15 years of age HUF0 / 6000/10000.

Stay safe[edit]

Szeged is a pretty safe city. You can enjoy walks around the whole town even at late night hours. Most places and streets are well lit, so you won't have to worry about getting lost. Sometimes groups of younger people going home from late night parties could cause problems, but in general this is not an issue.

Connect[edit]

Public Telephone booth - Centrum Szeged

Internet, hotspots[edit]

Szeged has many free WiFi (hotspot) locations. The largest square downtown - the Széchenyi tér - offers free wireless access to anyone with a WiFi capable device (laptop, mobile phone, PDA, etc.).

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