Home to the largest spa complex in Europe, Hajduszoboszlo lies on the Great Hungarian Plain in the country’s east. It’s home to several museums exploring its cultural, industrial and artistic past while it also serves as a gateway to the bird-filled grassy plains of Hortobagy National Park.
Things to do in Hajdúszoboszló
In the heart of town is the Beach and Spa Hajduszoboszlo, an immense spa complex with an open-air swimming pool, heated indoor baths and a family-friendly water park. The Aqua Palace features Finnish and steam saunas and offers therapeutic massage services. Among its eight themed pools are the Roman Bath, the Ganges Spa and the aptly-named Movie Pool.
For a deep dive into Hajduszoboszlo’s history, head to the Bocskai Istvan Museum where you’ll find vintage agricultural equipment, antique flags and a set of unique aluminium bells by the Hungarian artist Edit Oborzil and her husband Tibor Jeney. Insects and butterflies native to the Hajdusagi countryside are also exhibited, alongside artwork by Gusztav Cseh and Laszlo Szombati.
If you’re an art enthusiast, another museum not to miss is the International Modern Museum, which was established in 1996 by the graphic artist and photographer Jozsef Kadar. It houses an impressive collection of Hungarian and international works dating from the early 20th century to the present day, including pieces by Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Gyögy Racz. Wander through the sculpture garden where Laszlo Győri, Istvan Ezsias and Mihaly Schener are all represented or coincide your visit with one of the museum’s summer music events.
Getting around Hajdúszoboszló
Hajduszoboszlo is around 20 minutes’ drive from Debrecen and 2.5 hours from Budapest. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is just over two hours away. Regular trains connect to the Hajdúszoboszlo railway station and buses travel through the town.