City of Debrecen

This beautiful jewel in the heart of the Carpathian Basin is a cultural, economic and scientific centre which enchants all Visitors, either seeking refreshing peace and relaxing comfort or social vitality and cultural dynamism. As the centre of the region Debrecen is both a cosy and modern metropolis sensitive to its environment and a traditional city conscious of its outstanding cultural and historic heritage. Thus, Debrecen is a distinctive mixture of old and new, traditional and unique, comfortable and exciting.

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Conference Venue

Kölcsey Centre with its 13000m2 has no peers in Eastern Hungary concerning its size and quality. The designer’s dream was to create a “multifunctional” house, which can worthily host professional conferences as well as cultural events, where spaces can be joined or separated as preferred while the halls meet the highest technological demands.

The dream came true in February 2006: Kölcsey Centre was completed in the vicinity of the long ago demolished house of the poet of the Hungarian National Anthem: Ferenc Kölcsey

Entering the building you are touched by the Scandinavian atmosphere created by the plentiful glass, wood and stone. Light pours in through the enormous windows. The coverings of wood – birch, maple and okume -, reflect cleanness, warmth and friendliness.

Function and sight in harmony

The Great Hall, the session rooms, the elegant Ballroom, the Exhibition room, the light lounge and the foyer can excellently house any type of performances, balls, receptions, exhibitions or fairs. The audience of the Great Hall could already enjoy performances of such world stars like:  András Schiff, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Andrea Rost or Cesaria Evora. Large-scale exhibitions of noted artists have already been staged in the Exhibition hall, among others: János Lestyán Goda, Sándor Gyorfi, János Kass, Endre Szász, Árpád Bényi.

It was a great honour for us to host the travelling exhibition of the 100-year-old Museum of Fine Arts: “Hidden Beauties “, the Hunderwasser and Hasegawa exhibition, the MTI photo exhibition, the (M)érték – world famous photographers as well as the World Press Photo exhibition. Hardly could you find a better venue for a conference – airy spaces convertible at your choice, technical infrastructure meeting the demands of the 21st century, high quality catering, restaurant, café, and drink bar are the proof for the best choice ever…

A glass-walled panorama lift flies you to the roof – terrace, where you can sip your finest coffee in a green environment enjoying the stunning view of the city’s church towers. The centre was named after the Hungarian poet, Ferenc Kölcsey. Find more information about the Kölcsey Centre: