Travelling in the summer might be a challenge, especially if your destination is a city like Budapest that is highly popular among tourists. However, there are many other cities that are worth visiting, especially for those who wish to avoid the rush of tourist season this summer, like Debrecen.

Hungary’s second-largest city, Debrecen, was featured on CNN’s 20 beautiful European cities with hardly any tourists list.

Cities are facing a larger and larger influx of tourists each year, making them especially crowded during the summer. If you wish to set out on a journey this season and you do not want to miss out on exploring a given country’s customs and treasures, you can opt for cities that are less frequented by tourists. This way, you will get a chance to enjoy the main sights without getting trampled over by huge crowds.

For this purpose, CNN collected 20 of those European countries that provide travellers with insights into local cuisine, history, and culture but are not overwhelmed by tourism. Debrecen is among these cities, so let us see what makes the Hungarian city interesting.

“While Budapest has a deserved reputation as one of Europe’s most appealing cities, Debrecen is an excellent option for those seeking a less crowded Hungarian alternative,”

– writes CNN.

Among the most iconic buildings and squares in Debrecen that should not be missed (do not worry, you can get the most out of the city in a day) are the main square – Kossuth Square – with the well-known Calvinist Great Church (Debrecen is often called the Calvinist Rome), and the Aranybika Hotel. Other sights that you might want to keep an eye out for are the Bishop’s Palace or the Calvinist College of Debrecen.

Take a walk in the Old Town, where you can get some rest and a bite at numerous cafés and restaurants.

CNN also highlights the thermal hotels and how close the Hungarian Great Plain is to Debrecen, where you can check out the Hungarian ‘cowboys’.  

The full list:

Orange (France)
Norfolk (England)
Aarhus (Denmark)
Antwerp (Belgium)
Hague (The Netherlands)
Sarajevo (Bosnia-Hercegovina)
Pristina (Kosovo)
Malmö (Sweden)
Aberdeen (Scotland)
Bern (Switzerland)
Wroclaw (Poland)
Tbilisi (Georgia)
Minsk (Belarus)
Yerevan (Armenia)
Cluj Napoca (Romania)
Debrecen (Hungary)
Ankara (Turkey)
Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
Trondheim (Norway)
Torino (Italy)

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Source: CNN

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