Szerencs

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Szerencs
Szerencs Castle
Szerencs Castle
Coat of arms of Szerencs
Coat of arms
Szerencs is located in Hungary
Szerencs
Szerencs
Coordinates: 48°09′44″N 21°12′18″E / 48.16228°N 21.20507°E / 48.16228; 21.20507
Country  Hungary
County Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén
Area
 • Total 36.69 km2 (14.17 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 10,184
 • Density 277.57/km2 (718.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3900
Area code(s) 47

Szerencs is a town in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, Northern Hungary. It lies 35 km (22 mi) away from Miskolc, and 205 km (127 mi) away from Budapest.

History[edit]

Old bath house in Szerencs

Szerencs was first mentioned in the Middle Ages. In the 15th century it was already a town, its owners were the Rákóczi family. In 1605 István Bocskai was elected ruling prince of Hungary here.

In the 18th century the town began to develop fast, but the developing slowed down in the 19th century, and in 1876 Szerencs lost its town status. The industrialization helped to speed up development again. The sugar factory (the largest one in Europe at that time) was opened in 1889 and in 1923 the famous chocolate factory of Szerencs was opened too. In 1930 the village had almost 7000 residents.

After World War II Szerencs became the administrative centre of the Szerencs district. During the Socialist era the role as Szerencs as an important centre of food industry was strengthened, a bread factory was opened and a machine factory was built too.

Szerencs regained its town status in 1984.

Tourist sights[edit]

  • Castle of the Rákóczi family
  • Museum of the sugar factory
  • Stamp Museum

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Szerencs is twinned with

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°10′N 21°12′E / 48.167°N 21.200°E / 48.167; 21.200