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New flights to Debrecen!

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Wizz Air announced two new routes from Debrecen to Eindhoven and Milan Malpensa that initially will be operated twice weekly each, starting in December 2012.

Debrecen and Hortobágy, an upcoming European destination.

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Together with the existing Wizz Air service to London (starting as of 18 June 2012 and offering three weekly flights, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) these new routes will deliver approximately 100,000 passengers in the first year. London route has been popular among both business travellers and tourists and the two new services to Eindhoven and Milan will further contribute to the tourism of Eastern Hungary and be an important driver for economic growth in the region.

About Debrecen

With over 200.000 inhabitants, Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary. The city with county rank is the economic, educational, scientific and cultural centre with essential macro regional part in the eastern part of Hungary. It is one of the actual regional centres with complete competence. For long Debrecen has been the stronghold of Protestantism, which is why it is often called the “Calvinist Rome”. Today Debrecen is experiencing dynamic development and a renewing townscape. In the city centre spreading Mediterranean atmosphere and in the pleasant Nagyerdő (Great Forest) cosy cafés, tee-rooms, confectioneries and restaurants offering traditional local dishes and specialities await visitors.

Debrecen offers a wide range of programmes. It is a spot for numerous cultural, sports and gastronomic events such as Debrecen Flower Festival, Debrecen Spring and Autumn Festival, Debrecen Jazz Days, International Military Band Festival, Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, and Debrecen Turkey Days. These eventful festivals schedule concerts of classical music, jazz, pop and rock, exhibitions of fine arts, movies, theatrical performances and dance shows alike. In recent years such world stars have taken the stage in Debrecen as Jean Michel Jarre, George Duke, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden or Branford Marsalis.

Hortobágy

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Hortobágy, the largest contiguous protected area of the country became Hungary's first national park and as the only vast, contiguous grassland in Central Europe is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique flora and fauna, the living shepherd’s traditions and folk art of Hortobágy are considered as something unrivalled in Europe. Based on these traditions Hortobágy offers such unique programmes as the National Herdsmen’s Contest and Shepherds’ Meeting, the National Shepherd’s Dance Competition, the Hortobágy Equestrian Days with Shepherds’ Festival and the Bridge Fair that attract a great number of tourists from year to year.

Besides the rich cultural heritage and the unique natural environment the other main tourist attraction of the destination is thermal water. Debrecen is among those towns in Hungary that have classified hot medicinal water and as such is classified as a spa resort of high importance. Aquaticum Medical and Bathing Centre, situated in the heart of Great Forest, the leisure-time zone area of Debrecen, offers complex services including thermal baths, indoor swimming pool, outdoor pools, the indoor Mediterranean Pleasure Baths, a medical department, a wellness island, and a Thai massage centre.

Debrecen and Hortobágy have great potentials in cultural, health and eco tourism that make them one of the highly developing tourist destinations of Hungary and Eastern Europe. Due to its geographical situation there are many trip possibilities from Debrecen within an hour drive. Nyíregyháza, Tokaj and Eger are only a few of them.

Nyíregyháza
The cosy town close to the eastern border of Hungary is most well known for its Zooligal Park. The zoo is situated in a distance of 5 km from Nyíregyháza, in the holiday resort of Sóstó, in an area of almost 30 hectares, and as such is the largest one in the country. Visitors can walk around the park and observe nearly 3,500 animals of more than 300 species from all over the world.

Tokaj
The beautiful little town of Tokaj is situated at the foot of the northern mountain range of Hungary. It is the most famous historic wine region of the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique natural endowment and the world famous Tokaji wine.

Eger
A little further west can the historic city of Eger be found, famous partly for the emblematic red wine, the so-called Bull’s Blood of Eger, and partly for the medieval castle that became the symbol of Hungarians’ enduring fight against the Turkish army in the 16th century.

Read more about this region on Hungary.com

For further information about the flights and programmes please turn to TOURINFORM Debrecen (+36 52 412 250, debrecen@tourinform.hu) or visit www.gotodebrecen.com.