It’s hard to name the single thing that makes Szeged such an appealing city. Is it the the shady, gardenlike main square with all the park benches or the the abundant streetside cafe seating in a pedestrian area that seems to stretch on forever? Maybe it’s the interesting architecture of the old-town palaces. Then again, it could be the year-round cultural performances and lively university-town vibe. Szeged – a corruption of the Hungarian word sziget (island) – sits astride the Tisza River, with a thermal bath complex and park opposite the old town. Famed local edibles include Pick salami and its own local paprika that marries so well with spicy Szegedi halaszlé. From here it's a hop, skip and a jump to the national historic park in Ópusztaszer or the lovely town of Hódmezővásárhely.