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Szeged offers an experience unequal to any visitor of the city. Its sights, like the Votive church, the Synagogue, the Hero's Arch, the Ferenc Móra Museum all give such a distinct character to the city, that it is safe to say: Szeged is the gem of the Great Plains. The renovated shops, cafés and beautiful buildings of the Karasz street give it a Mediterranean feel, which makes strolling though the downtown area a delight. On the Klauzál square, which virtually splits the pedestrian only street in half, one can enjoy the delicious pastries of the famous Virág confectionary shop.
The city of Szeged existed even during the time of the Roman Empire, where its strategic location was perfect for guard post settlement to guard the gold and salt shipments coming from Dacia. A couple of years before 1274 the settlement advanced to city rank, and become the cultural and economic center of the region. Szeged played an important role during the 15th century in the campaigns lead against the advancing Turkish armies. 1879 was the most dramatic date in the city's history, but it was also the start of the rebirth of Szeged. The flood water of the river Tisza broke through the dams protecting the residence and virtually washed the entire city away. Only 5% of the buildings remained standing!
Szeged is not only famous for its colorful history, the spice paprika and its interesting sights. The University of Szeged with its more than 15 thousand students give the city a youthful atmosphere.
Location: Central Europe - Szeged lies on Hungary's south-eastern border, just south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the river Tisza. Szeged is the main city of Csongrád county and serves as a commercial and cultural center of the region.
If a visitor is not coming to visit the city by car, the best way to reach Szeged is probably by train. You will probably be coming to Szeged through Budapest, so whether you arrived to the capital by airplane, bus or train you simply have to get on the blue metro line and get off at the Nyugati train station. Fast trains leave almost every two hours (travel time is about 3 hours) and Inter City trains (costs about 2 dollars extra, but you get shorter travel time and better traveling conditions - you must buy seating tickets to travel on the IC!) leave 4 times a day. A tram stops right in front of the train station in Szeged and will take you to the town center. If you look at the big map of the city (Map of Szeged menu), you can follow the exact route that the tram takes (Boldogasszony sgt, Zrinyi street, Kelemen street and beyond). If your destination is the center of the city, then you should take the tram till the Széchényi square (the square will be to your left after traveling five stops), so you really can't miss the downtown area.
Population: The forth biggest city in Hungary, Szeged is home to around 160 thousand people, which is a big city by Hungarian standards. Aside from local residence, the city also takes in about 10,000 students, who all attend the University of Szeged. The people of Szeged are mostly Catholic.
Area: The administrative area of the city is approximately 281 square kilometers.
Climate: The climate is very favorable. Szeged is well known for its hot, sunny summers with temperatures ranging between 25-35 °C (77-95 °F), while the winters are usually mild with occasional cold spells. The mean temperature is around 11 °C (52 °F), somewhat higher than in the rest of the country. Szeged gets an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine each year, no wonder the city is often called the City of Sunshine. Information on current weather conditions and forecasts for the city of Szeged can be found here.
Industry: Local industry is reputed for food processing and production. Szeged is especially famous for its two most prominent agricultural products: the Pick brand salami, and one of the most distinctive Hungarian spices the paprika. The paprika gets it's red color and divine flavor from an extended exposure to sunlight, which makes Szeged the ideal place to grow this spice. Textiles, oil and natural gas processing, clothing production are also significant. Unfortunately other past existing big factories, such as the match, cable and clothing factory all went bankrupt.
Recreation: Theaters, cinemas, clubs, riverside swimming pools and sport grounds provide plenty of possibilities for recreation. There are several large parks, a zoo and a famous botanical garden to stroll through. Fine restaurants are scattered all over Szeged including various national cuisines: Greek, Chinese, Italian and Arabic. Szeged also has a Mall, where numerous shops await any shopper wanting to spend some money. Public transportation in the form of streetcars, trolleybuses and buses is so good that you can virtually reach every corner of Szeged.
Origins of the name Szeged: Several theories have surfaced in association with the origin of the name of the city. The most widely excepted version is that Szeged is a formative syllable of the word szeg, which means corner in Hungarian. This refers to the near right angle curve of the Tisza river at the center of the city. According to the second theory the name Szeged originated from the Hungarian word sziget (means island). Others believe that the word szeg means dark blonde, referring to the color of the water under the mouth of the Maros river.
Coat of arms: The coat of arms of Szeged contains a split army shield. The two gray streaks on the blue colored left side of the shield represents the Maros and Tisza river. The other side contains an eagle with spread wings, holding a golden scepter in its talons. Some say that the eagle is a symbol of the donating emperor, others suspect that the eagle was the blazon animal of the city. Above the shield one can see a headpiece, a crown and a silver lamb.
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