Destination highlights: Debrecen

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In order to better acquaint our guests with their potential training camp destinations in Hungary, we decided to provide a more in-depth look into our locations. We'll start our series with Debrecen.


Debrecen's surroundings have been inhabited since the time of the roman empire, but the city first rose to prominence in the 13th century when it became one of Hungary's first cities. Debrecen continued to develop without interruption until the Turkish invasion of Hungary, when the three opposing Hungarian territories prevented the city from continuing its lucrative international trade.

The setback in the city's progression proved short lived, and by the 18th century Debrecen was back to its former glory. During the 1848-1849 revolution it became the country's capitol when Habsburg forces moved in to Budapest, and continued to thrive after the fall of the revolution until the second world war.

The second world war and the following Soviet invasion became the largest break in the city's history: the bombings in 1944 destroyed 50% of Debrecen's houses and damaged a further 20%, a blow from which the city never truly recovered. During the transition to socialism the city lost almost half of its territory to neighboring communities and the freshly constructed panel houses significantly altered Debrecen's image.

Since the fall of socialism in 1990, Debrecen continued to thrive, becoming Hungary's second largest city, a significant university town (with the country's oldest continually functioning, and also largest university), and also east Hungary's cultural and trade center.


The city has always put great emphasis on sport development and was the home to the first Hungarian stadium built in the Nagyerdő Park in 1934. This trend continued in recent years, and several significant sport facilities have been built and renovated:

  • The Nagyerdő football stadium was completely rebuilt in 2010
  • The Debrecen swimming complex was built in 2006 according to the highest international standards. It contains a 50 m swimming pool, a 25 m pool, a small training pool and a Jacuzzi, and is the location for our swimming and water polo training camps
  • The Főnix hall was built in 2002 and is Hungary's second largest arena. It hosts regular sport events (ice hockey, soccer, basketball, handball matches), concerts, and exhibitions
  • The Debrecen ice hall was built in 2004, and is one of Hungary's most modern hockey and skating venues. Since 2015 there is also a second training ice rink available in addition to the other facilities, which include a gym, a ballet room, an artificial turf soccer field, and a multi functional sport field.

Due to the high quality sport facilities available in the city, Debrecen has hosted a large number of international sport championships, including the 2007 European Short Course Swimming Championships, and the 2012 European Aquatics Championships. Other events included the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics and the 2004 European Women's Handball Championship. In all, Debrecen has hosted 14 international championships since 2001, including 5 World-, and 9 European championships.

Free time activities

Guests visiting Debrecen can expect more than just high quality sport facilities however, since the city also holds many opportunities for leisure and relaxation:

  • The most famous festival in Debrecen is the Flower carnival organized on August 20th since 1966. During the carnival several flower adorned floats drive through the city depicting different subjects and as many as 3 million flowers are used to decorate the floats each year. The procession always ends near the Nagyerdő Football Stadium with a large scale arena show, fireworks, and a street party that continues until early morning.
  • The indoor skating rink is available 10 months each year to the public, with skate renting available at the scene
  • Sightseeing tour of Debrecen's quaint inner city with its many historical buildings and the widely famous Protestant Great Church
  • The Debrecen Nagyerdő, a 1092 hectare park located on the northern side of the city. This park houses both the swimming complex and the hotel that our guests will stay at during their visits to the city. The park became the first registered Hungarian protected natural area in 1939 and houses many beautiful sights, a small zoo and amusement park, and a Pleasure Bath.
  • The Mediterranean Pleasure Bath houses four thermal baths, a swimming pool, a swimming and wave pool, an adventure pool, Jacuzzis, 12 water slides, cave baths, water massage jets, a sauna world, and a wellness island
  • An adventure park with wire rope tracks and several amusement elements suitable for children and grownups alike
  • The most famous tourist destination near Debrecen is the Hortobágy National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park holds many opportunities to learn about Hungarian cultural history and visitors can get acquainted with the flora and fauna that is unique to this part of Hungary.


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