Centre of Hungarian Art Nouveau in the countryside
From colourful buildings to dynamic forms and interesting patterns: whenever you visit Szeged, you will undoubtedly be blown away by its masterpieces of Art Nouveau. The name Ede Magyar is now synonymous with the style in this town on the southern Great Plain. The architect designed several buildings in a matter of eight years, including the Reformed Palace and Ungár-Meyer Palace. His most well-known work is Reök Palace, which was built in 1907 and currently operates as an art centre. It is one of the must-see sights in Szeged where, apart from the beautiful interior, you will also find an excellent confectioner’s shop. On your tour, you should visit the buildings of the Tömörkény István Grammar and Art School, the Szígyártó House and the Móricz House on Szent István tér. While you are on the square, be sure to visit the Art Nouveau water tower, known to locals as the Old Lady, as well. The tower is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month between 1 April and 31 October, and you will have a wonderful view of the town when you get up to the top. Art Nouveau is also the style in which the Gróf Palace on Tisza Lajos körút was built. Finally, take a walk around the town hall, designed by Ödön Lechner, where you can hear the bells chime every hour.