Flights to Szeged
Located in the south of Hungary is the country’s third largest city, Szeged. Plenty of attractive architecture makes this a pretty city and it’s quieter than Budapest in terms of the number of tourists here.
The Szeged Airport (airport code: QZD) doesn’t handle international flights to Szeged, so the next nearest airport would be the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (code: BUD). You can get a train from Budapest to Szeged, the distance is about 150 kilometres. Most flights to Szeged, arriving at Budapest, have one connection when coming from South Africa, such as with Egyptair and South African Airways that both stop once in Cairo. Swiss Air goes through Zurich, and Iberia makes their transfer in Madrid.
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The Tourist Attractions of Szeged:
Streets lined with beautiful, grand and ornate buildings are characteristic of Szeged so if you enjoy some stunning historic architecture then this is a great place to come for it. Among the main sights in Szeged are the following:
Dom Ter, meaning Cathedral Square, is one of the best known landmarks in Szeged. It’s a large town square that might remind some visitors of Venice, especially seeing as it is framed by the large and impressive Votive Church with two tall towers. Dom Ter is actually one of the largest squares in Hungary at about 12,000 metres squared.
Votive Church of Szeged
Its full title is the Votive Church of Our Lady of Hungary and it is the fourth largest church in the country. There are twin towers on either side of the building’s façade and they really are similar in appearance to the clock tower on Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. Construction of the church began in 1913 but was halted due to the outbreak of war and not completed until 1930.
Other Landmarks in Szeged
There are several other religious buildings worth seeing in Szeged too including the 15th century Church of Grey Friars, and Szeged Synagogue which is a beautiful building dating from the early 1900s. The Minorite Church is another.
Also look out for Szeged City Hall, Grof Palace, Reok Palace, the Water Tower, and the 13th century Domotor Tower.
Museums in Szeged
Szeged has a number of museums too including the large Ferenc Mora Museum. This was formally the city library and museum and the famous Hungarian writer, Ferenc Mora, was the director from 1917 to 1934. The museum was renamed in his honour later and it’s housed within a large neo-classical styled building. Among the exhibits in here are works by famous Hungarian artists.
The Black House Museum of Currency is an interesting visit in Szeged as it’s quite a quirky looking building while the museum obviously focuses on currencies.
When Should You Visit?:
Szeged is known as the City of Sunshine as it has a high number of sunshine hours on average every year, making this a nice place to visit! Summers are quite warm with average highs in the mid 20’s C though this can be a slightly wetter time of year. The rest of the year ranges from warm to cool, with spring and autumn being pleasant and average high temperatures in the winter staying above freezing.