Honoured with the Europe Nostra Award for its renovated downtown area, the town lies on the banks of the river Tisza and boasting the highest number of sunny days throughout the year, is also referred to as the "city of sunshine".
Szeged offers a multitude of sights, tasty traditional dishes for all those paprika lovers out there. Architectural heritage, great gastronomy, streetside cafés, widely famous confectionaries and leisurely strolls with a breath of Mediterranean atmosphere ensure your visit is sure to be a memorable one.
Cathedral square (Dóm tér) and National Pantheon
The twin towered votive church (Dóm) is the fourth largest church in Hungary situated on a square the same size as St. Mark's square in Venice. The red brick structure is a truly monumental catholic sanctuary: the dome is 54m outside (33m above the inside floor) and the towers are both 91m high. The "Heroes' bell" in the tower on the Tisza side weighs 8600 kg and the cathedral houses Europe's third largest church organ with over 9000 pipes. In order to exploit its superb acoustics, Cathedral square houses the Szeged Open Air Festival, the largest open-air theatre in the country every summer.
For a quick review of the highlights of Hungarian eminencies of history, literature, arts and natural sciences, visit the National Pantheon, located under the arcades of the northern European style, red clinker brick buildings arond the square.
The monumental art nouveau style Synagogue is famous for its painted glass windows, the harmonising ornaments of Ivory white, blue and gold, the closing stone of the altar, which was carved of marble from Jerusalem and the 18 torah scrolls treasured here. Every year, Szeged hosts an Autumn Jewish Cultural Festival with concerts, exhibitions and other performances from all around the world.
Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum
Do not miss sampling the two most relished gastronomic delights while getting acquainted with the methods of salami production and the cultivating, processing and packaging of this world-famous Hungarian spice.
Széchenyi square - Kárász street
Embrace the city's intriguing atmosphere by taking a leisurely walk on the shady, gardenlike Széchenyi square and continue along Kárász utca offering abundant streetside cafes and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Fun-lovers and families should not miss Europe's longest water slide and the 4400m2 of water surface offered in this humungous complex. The Aquapolis welcomes families with plenty of baby- and child-friendly facilities and services. Adults can nonetheless enjoy some pampering and relaxation in the unique "silent wellness" area.
National historic park – Ópusztaszer
In Ópusztaszer, just a half-hour north of Szeged, lies the National Historical Memorial Park, a 136-acre theme park and open-air museum offering visitors an insight into Hungarian history as well as the culture and lifestyle of people living on the Southern Great Plain. The park was established in 1982 and is most famous for the Feszty Panorama, a cyclorama depicting the arrival of the Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin in 895. Open every day except Mondays, from 10-6pm (10-4pm November -March)