Békéscsaba is a city in southeastern Hungary. Békéscsaba is the capital of Békés County.
The city currently seems to be under development, there are construction sites literally everywhere.
Like most places in Hungary, Békéscsaba has a sign with its name in old Hungarian runes on the side of the road at the city limit.
This is just a novelty item, there is an official sign in letters that most people can actually read.
Getting to Békéscsaba by car is not necessarily as easy as one might think, especially considering that it is a county capital. During the communist era the roads in Hungary were in dismal conditions, and both the government of Hungary and the European Union seem to take their time to do any development in the southeastern part of the country. At the time I write this (01/June/2016) a high speed freeway is yet to be built in this area. The only good road appears to be the one that goes from Békéscsaba to the nearby town of Gyula at the Hungarian-Romanian border.
The lack of roads certainly did not improve the local economy and unemployment situation that has plagued the region for the last two decades.
Traditionally Békéscsaba was more approachable by train and still there is much railway traffic, including international trains.
The city’s architecture varies greatly. Centuries old buildings in the inner city often show elaborate architecture styles, there are also very recent additions that were designed to tastefully blend in with the older buildings.
Some residential buildings, especially the ones built during the communist era, are more utilitarian, often in need of a renovation.
As with all real estate the important thing is location, location, location. Rental houses for low income people built after the communist era look nice, in many parts of the world one would have to pay serious money to live a house like one of these.
There are lots of new construction sites in the city, and finally there is some much needed infrastructure development.
Many cities in Hungary, including Békéscsaba, were provided funding by the European Union to build ornamental fountains (not to be spent on anything else), purely for aesthetic reasons.
Many older industrial buildings are now closed, some have even been demolished, but the city’s economy shows some signs of improving.
The signs of modern times — in a city famous for its local cuisine, especially for its sausage and pork products, one can still find a McDonald’s restaurant.
I saw this old fire pump in front of the fire station. No, it is not in use, it a museum piece.
And as usual here are some church buildings from the city of Békéscsaba.
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Places close to Békéscsaba: Gyula, Szarvas.