The site of the Workshop, Debrecen - town since the 14th century - located in the North-Eastern part of Hungary, in the middle of the Hungarian Great Plain at a distance of 220 km (130 miles) from Budapest, is the second largest Hungarian city (with ca. 210,000 inhabitants). In the 16th century the town, described as the "Calvinist Rome" became the centre of the reformation in Hungary. For short periods in 1849 and 1944 Debrecen was the temporary capital of the country. The Calvinist College has a traditional importance in culture and education with its library having a remarkable collection of old books. The University of Debrecen is the largest university in Hungary. Famous for the high level health service based on them, Debrecen has thermal baths. The nearby "puszta", the Hortobagy National Park, with its special fauna and flora is no less fascinating. The four star Aquaticum Thermal and Wellness Hotel, an integrated part of the unique spa, health service and leisure complex situated in the hearth of the idyllic Debrecen's Great Forest, provides full comfort and nice environment for the Workshop.
During this all-under-one-roof format Workshop, all participants are requested to stay in the Aquaticum Thermal and Wellness Hotel.
The package per person offered by the organizers covers full accommodation (single room + breakfast + lunch + dinner + free use of the spa) from Monday March 23 night to Thursday March 26 noon, including 3 nights accommodation (March 23, 24 and 25), breakfasts and lunches on March 24, 25 and 26, reception (buffet dinner) on March 24 and banquet on March 25 evening.
Trains from Budapest to Debrecen also stop at Budapest’s Ferihegy International Airport. The Ferihegy railway station is located near Terminal 1, which is accessible by a few minute bus ride from Terminal 2. Take the Airport Bus No. 200E from Terminal 2 to the railway station stop, which is called "Ferihegyi vasútállomás" ("Ferihegy railway station").
You can buy a ticket on the bus from the driver. You can also buy a ticket from the ticket vending machine at the bus stop. The bus trip from Terminal 2 to the stop for the train station takes about 10 minutes.
To get to the platform to Debrecen you have to cross the roadway and the rails by means of a footbridge (check the availability of the elevators). InterCity trains to Debrecen run hourly from 6:43 am till 7:43 pm. The journey takes about 2 hours. To use InterCity trains you need to buy train ticket and IC supplementary ticket (seat reservation) as well.
The Hungarian state railway company MÁV operates a domestic ticket office at the Ferihegy train station every day from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Even if the ticket office is closed railway tickets to certain destinations can be purchased from the vending machines placed on the platforms. To destinations which are not enlisted by the vending machines, tickets and IC supplementary tickets will be issued without extra charge by the conductor on board.
Airport shuttle bus services offer an alternative way to travel from Budapest Airport to Debrecen and back. The two-way tickets usually have a discounted price. There are several companies offering door-to-door service. Please note that the Workshop Organizers do not assume any responsibility for the information or services provided by the third party companies listed below.
The Aquaticum Thermal and Wellness Hotel has a stop called "Aquaticum" on the line of tram No. 1 in Debrecen with the final stop at the railway station. The journey from the railway station to the hotel by tram takes about 15 mins.