Hungary’s second city of Debrecen has featured on Lonely Planet‘s list of the world’s best bargain travel destinations in 2017.
The city of just over 200 000 inhabitants in eastern Hungary, which is fifth on the publisher’s global listing of value-for-money travel destinations available online, is described as being “the heart of low-cost Hungary” and connected by Europe’s budget-airline network to seven countries.
“Debrecen is rich in history, but more modern influences have prompted a growing modern-art scene and streets that come alive with summer festivals. What really sets Debrecen apart is its location on the edge of Hungary’s puszta (eastern plains). The haunt of Hungarian cowboys and home to Hortobágy National Park, the region still dominates romantic visions of traditional Hungary”, the site writes in praise of the city also called the “Calvinist Rome” on account of being the hub of the country’s Reformed community.
On the global list of recommended travel destinations for the budget-conscious, Debrecen is overtaken only by Nepal, Namibia, Porto in Portugal and Venice in Italy.
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