Székesfehérvár, Fejér, Hungary – 2019 International Finalist
Landscape of History
Székesfehérvár is one of the oldest Hungarian cities, a medieval royal court, a coronation city and one of Hungary’s must-see destinations. Today it is one of the strongest industrial cities in the country and a main traffic hub located between Budapest and Lake Balaton.
The city centre which was restored in 2013, shines as a gem at the heart of this strong economic centre preserving its medieval structure of streets. Life buzzes in the city centre with exciting events all year round which are best enjoyed on the cosy terraces. Walking in the city is like travelling in time, which might span over a thousand years…
Just a few kilometres from downtown, one can find a tiny spot, the Sóstó Eco Centre, the green heart of the city. More than half of the 218-hectare area is nationally protected, has a rich wildlife, including 12 domestic orchid species or nearly 80 locally nesting bird species, with remarkable fungi and insect world.
It is no wonder that Székesfehérvár is one of the most popular tourist destinations; the annual number of overnight stays has doubled since 2013. In 2017, our city was granted an award for Hungary in the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) presented by the European Commission.
The city places great emphasis on creating green areas and flowering. Besides the continuous development of parks we are also proud to be able to involve local communities in the movement to adorn the city. In the yearly campaign “For a flowery and greener Székesfehérvár” – which is published 9th time this year – more than 2010 institutional and individual contenders decorated their surroundings with flowers enjoying the support of the city. Székesfehérvár has successfully participated in the competition “Hungary in Bloom” since 1994 every year, and in 2017, the city also received the special award of the Prime Minister. In 1996 our city enrolled to the “Entente Florale Europe” competition, too, and was awarded by silver medal.