Szeged, Hungary

Area Code 62, $1=283Ft, Aug 26, 2000

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One of the historical city of Hungary is located S of Hungary, very close to Yugoslavia and Romania. It was developed on the W bank of the river Tisza which served as a defense barrier as well as a water way which gave Szeged a great advantage to develop a salt market. The town, declared as a Royal town about 750 years ago by King Bela IV is full of culture and beautiful buildings. It is a ideal place to have a short trip from Budapest or to stop by on the way down to Balkan peninsular.
i Tourinform: Victor Hugo #1 T311-711 M-F 10-17:00. English material is limited, but staff are very helpful. Free publication Mozaik is useful.
i1 Tourist information: a small booth in a square, Aprad Ter, S end of Karasz u. 10-22:00. Free maps and pamphlets are available. Staff are helpful and speak English.
i3 Szeget Tourist: Klauzai Ter 7, T312-928 M-F9-17:00
This is a private travel agent. They can book rooms for you.
fee 100Ft, rooms cost from 3-4000Ft/person. (98 info)
$ OTP Bank: Klauzal ter M-F7:45-16:00 Th 7:45-17:00, No T/C com. Best place to change.
P Police: Kossuth L.ut 22-24, T477-577, T107
H1 Hospital: Kalvaria sugarut 57, T490-590
Emergency: T313-500, T435-535, Ambulance: T104
Hp Kigyo Pharmacy: Klauzal ter 3, T311-131, 24 hrs (At the time of the research, there was a construction going on. The pharmacy was not open.)
M0 Post Office: Szechenyi ter 1, M-F8-20:00, Sa8-14:00
M1 Telephone: enquiries 198, International enquiries 199
c Cinema: Wesselenyi u 4+Deak Ferenic, next to the Opera theater.
s Mini shop:Tisza Lojus krt #75, open daily to 22:00. Selling bread, drink, etc.
la Laundry Mc Clean KFT:Kalvaroa sqt 9/11, T424-461, M-F8-18, Sa9-14:00

FESTIVALS (1998)
Date should be adjusted according to the current calendar. Use this info just for the reference.
May 14-17 Music festival
Jun 3-7 beer festival
23-30 Folk festival
July 18-20 Szeged Fair
July 17 Open Air festival
Aug 19-20 St. Stephen's Day and many events are scheduled.
Sep 3-6 Kayak-Canoe World Championships
Oct 3-7 Jazz fesival
7-10 University festival

@ Internet @
@1 Internet Centrum: Kolcsey u 11, W from Mac Donald. T262-5838, M-Sa8-24:00

Transport
T Train station: S from the center. Connected by tram #1 & 2. 79Ft. On foot 15 min. International counter 6:30-16:20. Luggage 4-23:00 6 hr-75Ft, 1-day-150Ft. Large size(30x50x80cm) pay double.
B1 Bus station: Mars ter on the main ring road, Parizsi kourt just W from the center, Walk W on Hud u(the street which leads to the bridge to E bank.) 10min from the center.

Train * IC 340Ft extra
to Budapest(Nyugati pu): 1350Ft, 191km, 2.5-3.0hrs, 5:20, 6:20*, 6:50, 9:20, 11:20*, 12:15, 13:20, 14:20*, 15:20, 17:20, 18:20*, Sa20:20
to Bekescsaba: 694Ft, 97km, 2.0hrs, 4:50, 6:45, 9:45, 11:05, 12:55, 14:00, 15:08, 16:15, 17:45, 19:25, SaSu21:40
Train to Yugoslavia
to Sabotica, 45km, 767Ft, 6:35(arr8:20), 16:20(18:09)
from Sabotica, 45km, ?Dinar, 8:36(10:21), 14:16(16:05)
Train to Romania:
Szeged is very close to Romania. Buy round trip tickets to Romania as they are cheaper than one way.
Arad(R) via Bekescsaba(H): More trains are running from Budapest to Arad via Belescsaba(H), Lokoshaza(H), Curutici.(R) See Budapest transport for more details. You may have to change trains at Lokoshaza. International train tickets are expensive. So you may go to the closest to the border with domestic fare and buy the international one to Arad to save money. But if the train go through to Arad, you cannot get off the train, buy a ticket and come back to the same train. You have to wait for the next train. You can buy the international segment possibly at Bekescsaba or Lokoshaza.
See Bekesczaba page for more info.

Bus
Budapest 1,664Ft 177.8km 3.0 hrs, 03:20, 06:15, 07:20, 08:10, 13:20, 14:05, 17:00
Eger 2,194Ft 248.4km 5.0 hrs, 6:00, 13:40
Gyor 2,544Ft 280.3km 5.5 hrs, 7:00, 15:40
Bekescsaba 878Ft 95.4km 2.0hrs, Many 5:50 - 20:30
Pecs

1928Ft

204.2km 4:5 hrs, 5:35, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16:30, 18:55
International (Romania)
Arad

1,300Ft

106km 2.5hrs 8:45, M-Sa6:30, Th11:15, Tu-Sa13:15, Sa10:10, WSa20:10
Timisoara

1,800Ft

158km 3.0hrs TuF6:30, WSa15:00, Sa10:10
Oradea

2,600Ft

229km 6.0hrs, FSu5:30
International (Yoguslavia)
Subotica

650Ft

47km 1.5hrs, M-Sa(6:00, 8:10, 11:30, 14:20),10:10, 12:30, 17:00
International (Other)
Vienna

?Ft

506km F21:00(8:15+1)

Local Transport
Most sightseeing spots are located in the center, but train station/bus station/some accommodations are just outside of the center. Bus/tram are very useful.
Tram/bus: Tickets are good for bus and tram.
Single 79(105Ft on board), Day ticket: 285Ft (weekday)
Parking tickets required to park in the city. Tickets are available from kiosk/news stands. Time and day must be indicated by punching holes and displayed in car.



Accommodation
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HOTEL CODE

College Dormitories
h1 Jatemora Ferenc Kollegium: Kozeptasor 31/33 T544-101, 940/p student 560/p, Bus #71,#2 from the center. Jul 1-Aug 30. Cross the bridge and walk through the park and turn left on the 2 street after the park.
h2 Kollegium: Beke Street 11/13, T420-959 or T420-488, No English July 1-Sep9 s2300Ft, d2400Ft. This dormitory has two units which may be available for tourists all year around, 1000Ft/p, But you need to make reservation a few days in advance. Phone them. The manager cannot speak English but he tries to find a student who speaks English to translate.
h3 Herman Otto Kollegium: Temesvari krt 103. T544-309, 940/p, Bus #71,#2 from the center. Jul 1-Sep 1. Cross the bridge and walk through the park. It is on the first road after the park.
h Teleki Blanka Kolligium?: T456-089?, Jul 1-Sep 15
s856, d1,400-2,000?
h Karocyi M. Kollegium: T454-000
h Apathy Kollegium: Apath u 4, next to Dom T455-896
ab s2,400, d3,200, tr4,100
h Eotvos Kollegium: Tisza L.krt 103, E from Heros Gate and E from the restaurant. T544-124

Pensions (98 info)
All pensions listed below are near the train station. Walk straight as you come out from the train station. You will see many signs.
h Szenna A: Szent Ferenc u 18, T440-719, 2,000/p
h Fortuna: Pecskai u 8, T431-907
h Forras Hotel: Kallau A u 6/10, T431-428
h Anna: Anna u 6, T437-123

Food
Fish soup is Szeged speciality.
r Aranykorona Etterem: Deak Ferenc u 29 + Victor Hugo
Local, Very nice local restaurant. meal 450Ft, menu 270Ft
r Palank Kave: Oskola 1, just opp from Tourinform. 9-22:00 Excellent cake shop. Full of people. The most delicious cake I've ever eaten in Hungary. coffee 50ft, cake 80Ft+, ice cream 50Ft, soda water 10Ft. Highly Rec
r Grand Cafe: Deak Ferenc u. 18.
Pub, name is Cafe but actually it is a drinking place. M-F14-23, Sa17-23, Su 10-12, 17-23:00. At the time of the research it seems to be closed for a long time.
r Hong Kong: Deak Ferenc u. 24-26, Chinese, 11-23:00. lunch buffet 890Ft. taste never be able to say even "OK", but there are many selections including fruit and salad. Not for those looking quality but for those who seek quantity.

Sight

S1 Synagogue: Josika u, Walk W on Hid u and turn left on Josika u. Su-F9-12, 13-18. 150Ft st-60Ft, Very impressive synagogue with huge Gothic dome.
S2 Ferenc Mora Museum: Roosevelt ter 1-3, just N from the bridge of W bank of the river. Tu10-15, W-Su10-17:00 100Ft st-50Ft painings and sculpture, history of rigion, science, etc.
S3 Town Hall: Szechenyi ter. Beautifulo yelow building with colorful ceremic tiles like Stephansdome.
S4 Dom(Fogadalmi Templom): A huge cathedral with 2 of 90m towers. It has a large pip organs.concerts often held. During summer time, many performances are held in front of the cathedral.
S5 Palanki Szerb Templom: 1880-1910,
S6 Hero's Gate: S from the Dom.

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