Kossuth statue, Great Church in Debrecen, Hungary

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Debrecen is Hungary's second-largest city after Budapest, and its name has been synonymous with wealth and conservatism since the 16th century. Flanked by the golden Calvinist Great Church and the historic Aranybika hotel, Debrecen’s central square, Kossuth tér, sets the rather subdued tone. During summer, frequent street festivals fill the pedestrian core with revellers, and Old Town bars and nightclubs create a lively scene for night crawlers on weekends year-round. The array of museums and thermal baths in this 'Capital of the Great Plain' will keep you busy for a day or two, but then you’ll want to take a day trip out to the puszta (Great Plain) to explore natural wonders and see a cowboy show.


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