Living in Debrecen
Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary, and it is rightly named as the country's other capital next to Budapest. The Municipality of Debrecen places great emphasis on the preservation of the traditions and the historical values of the city, but also on new developments and the education.
Competitive education both locally and internationally
There are about 50 kindergartens, almost 40 primary schools and nearly 30 secondary schools in the city, and the University of Debrecen is also located here.
The University of Debrecen is one of the oldest and continuously operating higher education institutions in the country. It is one of Hungary's major research institutes with nearly 30,000 students and 1500 teachers, 15 faculties and 25 doctoral schools.
The primary goal of the city is to develop an internationally competitive education sector, and its next milestone is the International School of Debrecen (ISD).
Culture and Science: Past, present and future
In addition to the education, the city offers many opportunities for recreation. The Déri Museum with over a century of history presents a rich archaeological, fine arts, cultural, ethnographic collection and historical relics. Next to the Déri Museum, you can find Modem Modern and Contemporary Art Centre. It is currently the most modern and the second largest contemporary gallery of Central Europe.
The Debrecen House of Literature displays the rich literary traditions of the city, while the Museum of the Reformed College of Debrecen is one of the most reputable museums of the Hungarian schools founded in 1538.
In the Medgyessy Ferenc Memorial Museum, you can find both the temporary and permanent exhibitions of Ferenc Medgyessy, the world-famous sculptor, while the Holló László Memorial Museum presents a significant part of the legacy of Mr. Holló.
Several prestigious temporary exhibitions can be seen in the Mű-Terem Art Gallery, while the Karakter 1517 bookshop and cafe located behind the Great Church showcases the history and excavated ruins of the church.
The Agora Science Centre, opened in the Botanical Garden, explains the wonders of our everyday lives. The Science Centre is unique in the region and it promises adventure and a lifetime experience for all ages. Visitors can try out more than thirty exciting interactive games, and be part in exceptional and spectacular experiments. In the tower of the futuristic building, visitors can explore the sky, the sun, planets, as well as other celestial bodies by using an astronomical observer.
Debrecen: Sport and healthy living
Debrecen plays a prominent role in sport life for decades. Since the 1990s, the city has been consciously strengthening its positions both at the domestic and international level.
In 2001 the new athletic stadium was built and in 2002 the Főnix Hall was completed. In 2005 the Oláh Gábor Stadium was enlarged and the Ice Hall was built in the Tócóskert. In 2006, the Swimming Pool Complex opened its doors, while the renovation of the Nagyerdei Stadium was finished in 2014.
The football team of the city, DVSC has won the Hungarian title several times in recent years. The Debrecen Football Academy was established in 2010 with the aim to provide children with the opportunities for training, learning and practicing football. The Academy is a wonderful place where young children will be turned into successful football players.
In addition to the various sports facilities, the bath culture of Debrecen has more than 180 years of history. The Aquaticum Spa Centre located in the heart of the Great Forest was renovated in 2014 and it offers complex services for all generations.
Debrecen: Green and family-friendly
The Great Forest is the "green heart" of the city. It has not only centuries-old history but it one of the most well-known nature conservation areas of the country.
The Great Forest is not only the favourite destination for the purposeful hikers but also for families. The forest hosts diverse family and cultural events and you can find also the zoo and amusement park here. Great pubs, restaurants and popular entertainment venues, such as the Debrecen Water Tower, make the forest truly special.
If you are looking for a beloved destination in the neighbourhood, you should visit Hortobágy. In addition to its unique flora and fauna, the Shepherd Museum, the National Park Visitor Centre and the Bird Hospital make Hortobágy to an exciting excursion destination.
International airport, multinational companies, and a lively expat community
Debrecen is already home to major multinational companies such as National Instruments, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, British Telecom, Flowserve, ThyssenKrupp, and T-System. Hence, we have a lively and interesting expat community.
The international airport provides a daily connection with a low-cost airline (Wizz Air) to the metropolis of London, Paris, Milan, Eindhoven and Tel-Aviv, Malmö, Dresden, Leipzig, Antalya, Burgas, Hurghada; while the scheduled flights of Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, provides us with direct access from Debrecen to Munich, Bavaria's capital.