Post Code: H-6800
Inception of Twinning: 2. May 1998
Distance from Kiskunhalas: 80 km
Hódmezővásárhely Megyei Jogú Város
1 Kossuth tér
Telephone: 06 62 530 100
Web Site: www.hodmezovasarhely.hu
In the size of its territory, Hódmezővásárhely is the largest town with a county rank in Hungary. It is an important economic, cultural, education and artistic centre for the Southern Plain region. In recent years the town has gone through some spectacular developments. In 1997 it was rewarded by the Council of Europe with a Flag of Honour in recognition of its European unity-centred principles, its town twinning activities, its infrastructural development, and its concern with environmental protection.
Hód and Vásárhely are first mentioned as two separate villages by documents dating from the middle of the 13th century. A market town with broad boundaries first came into existence from the amalgamation of several small villages in the 15th century. By 1890 Hódmezővásárhely had become the country’s fourth largest town, and it was at this time that both its distinctive town planning and its system of farms reaching right to its boundaries started.
Hódmezővásárhely’s most characteristic buildings are its Eclectic-style town hall, which was designed by one of Hungary’s most famous architects, Miklós Ybl, the Neo-Baroque Fekete Sas (‘Black Eagle’) hotel, the Roman-style Old Church, the Classicist Old Grammar School, the Bethlen Gábor grammar school, the inner town’s Roman Catholic church, and the so-called New Church, which is the largest Reformed house of worship on the whole of the Great Plain.
The one-time market town is well-known in the present, as it was in the past, for its flood basin by the River Tisza and its far-stretching plains. Its territory includes part of the Körös-Maros National Park, which is a valuable environmental treasure, while the jewel of the Vásárhely Plain is Kardoskút, with its rare and varied birdlife.
The isolated farms of the area are rich in the traditions of folk art, which are even today kept alive by potters and embroiderers. Other folk crafts are yet extant too, and choirs and dance ensembles also preserve country customs
Essential elements of Hódmezővásárhely’s sporting life are the baths and campsite by the local spa. Both are to be found in a generous leafy park in the very heart of the town. The most popular freshwater source is a backwater of the River Tisza, which is embraced by centuries-old poplars and willows in the 2,260-hectare Martély Conservation Area. Its surroundings also offer numerous opportunities for angling, hunting and horse riding.
Hódmezővásárhely is Kiskunhalas’s youngest twin town. Culture takes priority in the relationship, and the artistic groups of both towns have visited each other’s festivals and special events without fail for many years. Youngsters from Hódmezővásárhely regularly travel to our town to take part in the sports contest of Gárbai Sándor vocational school. Members of the respective local councils have gained much valuable experience during visits to observe each other’s work.