Posted by: debrecenhelp | 01/07/2009

Debrecen, Hungary Sights I.

Deri Museum, Debrecen

Debrecen, Déri tér 1. Tel.: 52/322-207
Opening hours: 1 Apr – 31 Oct: Tue-Sun 10-18; 1 Nov – Mar 31: Tue-Sun 10-16

The history of Debrecen, the works of painter Mihály Munkácsy, the region’s flora and fauna, the folk art of Debrecen and of the county are on display in the exhibitions of this museum.

The biggest attraction of the fine art collection in the museum is the ‘trilogy’ by Mihály Munkácsy. The three pictures can be seen together: Christ before Pilate, Golgotha, and the Ecce Homo. Read More…

Posted by: debrecenhelp | 29/06/2009

Weather in Hungary, Debrecen

Hungary is in the temperate zone, in the heart of Europe and has a continental climate. This means that the weather is quite easily predictable and there are big differences between the weather in the four seasons. Summers are hot and winters are cold.

Hungary is a flat area, placed in the Carpathian Basin, so Hungary is protected from the extremes of weather by the mountain ranges (Alps, Carpathians) encompassing it from almost all sides. The central and eastern areas of the Great Alföld have the most extreme seasonal differences with hot and dry summers and cold windy winters. Read More…

Posted by: debrecenhelp | 14/06/2009

Emergency Information – police, ambulance, fire brigade

Emergency: 112 (takes calls in English)
Police: 107 (takes calls English, German and other languages)
Ambulance: 104 (takes calls English, German and other languages)
Fire Brigade: 105

Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?

No vaccinations are required.

Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an
expat? For example, would I be eligible for care under a national health insurance scheme? Will I be refused treatment at a hospital if I do not have my own insurance?

First aid and ambulance services are free for citizens of the UK, Scandinavia and most Western European countries. However, follow-up treatment must be paid for. To get a rough idea, a consultation in a doctor’s surgery (orvosi rendelő) starts at 2,500 forints, while a home visit starts at 4,000 forints. Treatment at a public outpatient clinic (rendelő intezet) costs little, but doctors working privately sometimes charge much more.

What is the word for “doctor” in the local language?

Orvos (pronounced ‘ohr-voh-sh’). Read More…

Posted by: debrecenhelp | 11/06/2009

Utilities – gas, electricity, water in Debrecen Hungary

Utilities in Debrecen, Hungary

In the past few years the utilities have become more expensive (not only in Hungary). Costing almost as in western countries.

Gas is mainly used for cooking and heating.  The gas supplier in Debrecen is TIGAZ (  The bills are monthly estimates with meter readings taken only once a year and a bill sent out for any outstanding payments or you can report each month your meter reading (online, phone) and pay as much as you use. I would advise to report each month and no surprise bill at the end of the year or at the end of your rental contract.

Electricity is mainly used for lighting and household appliances. The electricity utility company in Debrecen is E.ON ( The payment method and my advise is the same regarding payments.

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The Cost of Living in Debrecen, Hungary

This article has been designed to assist students or families who plan to move to Hungary to get a feel for the costs that you can expect.

Groceries cost about the same or less than in other parts of Europe if bought in supermarkets, and cheaper products available at local markets and some small shops.

Typical costs – a list of essentials Read More…