With an annual 2,100 hours of sunshine it holds the title "Sunshine Town". Szeged is sited at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and Maros. In 1879 the "Blonde Tisza" burst its banks and in one single night almost swept away the entire town, but a planned new town was built with international assistance and attractive eclectic Art Nouveau buildings.
World-famous products originating from here include the inimitable Pick salami and the Szeged red paprika which provides a fine taste to Hungarian dishes such as Szeged fish soup. The traditional intellectual atmosphere and the famed schools of the town gave and still give great writers, poets and scientists to the country.