Hajdúszoboszló is one of the centres of tourism in Hungary. Its fame is based on its famous thermal waters and the huge, 30 hectare medicinal and thermal bath complex featuring high-quality services and modern infrastructure, wherein the first Aquapark of Hungary offers a Mediterranean seaside pool combined with several other attractions of fun and recreational facilities. The bath is in permanent expansion and development, and with the evolvement of various types of accomodation facilities it... tovább is now possible for a board spectrum of holiday- and recreation-sekers to avail themeselves of theopportunities offered by the town.
Suggested walking tours: A stroll from the resort area to the town centre
We start our sightseeing walk from the area of the rebuilt bus-station where, at the edge of the baths park stands, in an idyllic environment, the bus of Ferenc Pávai Vajna, the discoverer of the medicinal water. From here our attention is drawn to the elegant facade of the recently renewed Medicinal Baths building. Spend an hour or two in the St. István Park, to keep the experience of so many sights alive in your heart. The bell-house designed by architect Zoltán Rácz houses the unique collection of bells donated to us by Edit Oborzil, an industrialist born in our town, and her husband, Tibor Jeney. The fifty bells, of great artistic value, were cast of special aluminium alloy. The characteristic resonant ringing tone of the „peace bells” is due to the various slits in their castings. The beauty of this work of art, registered as a world patent, is enhanced by the surrounding streams, the small lake, the rock garden, the symbols related to the history and folklore of the Hungarian people, for example the „turul bird” (a mythical eagle), the tree of life, the mythical stag and the carved wooden totem poles. After you have listened to the chimes of the bells, the burbling of the fountain will refresh you.Then, opposite the wavy dome of the main entrance to the baths, walk round the memorial column decorated with reliefs, which was erected in 1975 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the first written mention of our settlement. One section of the relief depicts Bocskai and his Hajdús. Setting off towards the town, on the left we can take a sip from the fountain of love, then to the right we can stop to admire a piece of modern sculpture The Symbol of Grownth by the European-renowned sculptor László Szabó, who was born in Szoboszló. Walking along Szilfákalja street we quickly arrive at the cultural centre, which has rejuvenated by the lively re-colouring of the walls. It is flanked ont he right side by the millenium park of sculptures unveiled in September 2001. Here, at present, there are two more works of art; „Flying fish” by László Szabó and „Fountain heads” by László Győri. In the spacious main square the first notable sight is the World War II. memorial. Not far from it stands Bocskai’s equestrian statue, in front of the Admiral Nelson restaurant and café, formerly the Kisbika Restaurant. Ont he corner of Kálvin street is the Protestant Church, erected on foundations laid down int he 15th century. The streetside wall is decorated with a relief celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Hajduk’s settlement here. Int he church-yard we can see the bronze bust of Pál Gönczy (1817-1892), the Hungarian educational reformer, then a few steps away, the World War I. memorial. The remains of a fortress running alongside the church is the town’s most highly esteemed monument. In Bocskai street leading off from Hero’s square, in the vicinity of the Roman Catholic church, fourmuseums testify that this town has preserved its past andpresent values. Here you can visit the museums of local history and Hajdúság folklore together with a picture gallery where, besides the permanent exhibitions by the painter László Miskolczi and the graphic artist Gusztáv Cseh, periodic exhibitions are regularly held. The newest establishment in this street is the Hajdúszoboszló International Modern Museum, which not only collets and showcases art and intellectual values of the 20th century, but is also active as a collector and sponsor of contemporary art. Its spacious garden is also a sculpture park. A dozen exciting compositions will surprise and enchant the visitor here. If you make a detour all the way down Gönczy Pál street, after passing by the school with the oldest traditions in the town, stop at the park of the vocational secondary school and college to bow respectfully to the number memorial raised to commemorate the heroic deaths of the Hajdús, victims of a Turkish campaign of venegance int he 17th century. Nerby is the Fazekas Museum, resembling an old-style peasant house, which can be viewed both outside and inside, and which preserves the works and memory of the recently deceased István Fazekas, one of the creators of the famous black pottery of Nádudvar. Historical and folklore monuments, sush as the Csanády house and Czeglédy house can be found in abundance int he town. Tourists can enjoy discovering them int he course of their walk.
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