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Get to know Székesfehérvár, one of Hungary's top ten touristy cities

Business, sports and cultural tourism flourish, adding to the city allure
  • February 09, 2020 18:30
  • Author Plamen Petrov
Medium babok aug20 01
Source: Székesfehérvár Royal Days Festival. Photo by Székesfehérvár Municipality

Székesfehérvár ranks among the top 10 tourist destinations in Hungary, according to a survey by tourism.com,

presented at the 28th Tourism Season Opening Gala in Budapest on 1 February 2020. The city is mentioned among the best in the list of such settlements as Balatonfüred, Zalakaros, Hévíz, Debrecen, Eger and Veszprém.

Tourism in Székesfehérvár has changed significantly in the last decade, boosted by stable and strong performance of the local economy. The number of visitors to the city has increased considerably – by whopping 174 percent compared to 10 years ago.

"With large-scale developments we have been able to give a boost not only to business and sports tourism, but also mark major achievements in cultural tourism," says Székesfehérvár mayor Dr. András Cser-Palkovics, quoted by szekesfehervar.hu.

According to the mayor, the real breakthrough was the 2013 St. Stephen's Memorial Year. The renewed Main Street and the high quality programs of the Royal Days Festival have given new impetus and space to cultural and community life. The momentum has continued since thanks to the easy accessibility, unique cityscape and rich historical heritage of Székesfehérvár.

New cultural institutions

Looking back over the past five years, the cultural life of the city has been expanded by two new institutions: the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet Theater of Székesfehérvár.  As part of the Árpád House program, the renovation of the convent building of the King Stephen's Museum has begun, and the museum will reopen in 2022 with the exhibition "Kings and Saints - The Age of the Árpáds".

In addition to the historic heritage and culture of the city, great emphasis is placed on leisure with the rehabilitation of the Salt Lake Nature Reserve now completed.

Sporting events and festivals

This May, the city will host the last Hungarian leg of the Giro d'Italia Road Bike Competition. And in August the Szekesfehervar Royal Days awaits its visitors with its colorful bustle and big dolls.

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