Szeged is an important university town lying on both banks of the river Tisza near the southern border of Hungary. Its rich monuments, lively university-town vibe, and famed products such as the salami and paprika, make the ‘City of Sunshine’, a popular tourist attraction.
Despite Szeged’s rich history, the city’s layout was mostly shaped by the big flood of 1879, which wiped the whole town away. As Emperor Franz Joseph had promised, the city was rebuilt from its ruins with beautiful palaces and wide avenues. The University of Szeged, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, was also founded in those years. Albert Szent-Györgyi, who received the Nobel Prize for discovering Vitamin C in 1937, was one of the professors at the university.
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