Szeged was rebuilt after a flood of the Tisza River in 1879. The University of Szeged gives the city the mood and spirit of a college town—complete with numerous riverside cafes, a variety of entertainment and interesting shops. It's known for its daring art-nouveau buildings designed by Ede Magyar, who has been compared with Barcelona's Gaudi. Notice the alabaster maidens offering flowers on the entrance of the Goldschmidt palota building or the green water lilies drooping onto the ivory facade of the Reok Mansion. There are more than 20 Magyar buildings still standing.

Also, visit the Votive Church of Our Lady (a memorial to the flood of 1879) and, next door, the Serbian Orthodox Church. Among the several interesting museums in town is the Mora Ferenc Museum, which concentrates on local history and art. Szeged even has a museum dedicated to salami (an important local product): the Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum, located at Felso Tisza-part 10.

The town, which is infamous throughout Hungary as the site of late-18th-century witch trials, is a nice stopover from Romania or Serbia.

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