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Sezeged - Take a side trip with me

People visiting Hungary almost always visit Budapest. There are so many other places that warrant a closer look because they offer architectural gems unique to the area. Szeged is such a place. Unique to this area is szeged salami (Pick salami), Szeged paprika (A Hungarian scientist Dr. Albert Szentgyorgyi won a Nobel Prize in 1937 for his work with paprika pepper pods and Vitamin C research. Paprika peppers have seven times more Vitamin C than oranges), Szeged Fisherman's soup, and Szeged slippers (only two men make these anymore).

The flood that changed Szeged

The river Tisza runs through Szeged. The river brought both prosperity and misery to the city. On March 12, 1879, a flood destroyed over 5000 houses, leaving only 265 homes. Szeged rebuilt the city using Paris as a model. There are two rings with avenues crossing them. The first ring is named after Tisza Lajos, who was instrumental in rebuilding Szeged. The second ring split into sections is named in honour of the European cities that helped Szeged after the flooding, i.e. Vienna, London, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Berlin, etc.

In 2006, there was another flood. Floods are intertwined in Szeged's history and culture. There are many monuments to the Tisza River. There a plaques on many houses showing the level of water reached in floods.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, romantic, easy to get around on foot, nice weather almost all year round
  • Cons:Relatively few people can speak English
  • In a nutshell:3 days visit
  • Last visit to Szeged: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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