The Daily Travel Pass (1,040 HUF / £2.90) is great for visiting d.i.y shops, tourist spots and other places of interest.
It is valid on trolley buses, local buses and trams in and around Szeged city centre. A single ticket costs 320 HUF (89p).
The Correct Change Bureau De Change, located at Tisza Lajos Körút 57 (Szeged city centre), has excellent exchange rates. They have branches in Budapest too.
It's worth taking a tram/bus into the city centre because you will still receive more money than outside the city centre.
The Pick Salami Factory WebsitePick Salami Factory, founded by Pick Szeged Wiki PageMark Pick in 1869 and located by the river Tisza in Szeged, is the largest brand-named meat industry in Hungary. It produces nearly 50,000 tons of meat each year, which includes Salami, Dried Sausage, Cold Cuts, Liver Paste, Frankfurter and Unique Pork Products, and exports to 35 countries.
Within the premises you can visit its two floor Pick Salami/Paprika Museum that tells the story of the Pick family and how Salami came to be in Hungary from its homeland of Italy. The story of Paprika is also told.
The stories are told using photos and tableaux (doll figures representing a certain scene in the story) and via their online Written Guide. The first tableau for example, next to the museum entrance, shows a portrait of Márk Pick, his son Jenõ Pick and their biographies while the following tableaus (also on the first floor) show the developing stages of the meat industry and salami production after World War I. On the second (upper) floor the history of Szeged Paprika and its production is told.
The storyboards tell the history of the Pick family, Salami and Paprika.
Just around the corner of, but still within, the factory is a small meat shop (Pick Húsáruház - Maros Utca 21) that sells discounted sausage, salami varieties, slabs of bacon and buckets of offal. You also get 10% discount on Pick Wintersalami when you present the 10% Discount voucher given to you when you paid the museum entrance fee.
The discounted Pick meat shop within the premises of the Pick factory
I found the Pick Museum to be one of Szeged's best tourist attractions in terms of them having an excellent website (in English) that told their story well, downloadable PDF guides in many languages (including French, German, Spanish and Italian), excellent customer service, a friendly welcome to the museum and an overall layout of the museum that made my visit a pleasant and interesting experience. When I visited there were many individual visitors and school tours that were genuinely taking interest in the stories (reading all the storyboards, etc).
The actual family story, as well as the salami and paprika stories, are interesting and well told. As you go around the exhibits and read the various stories you become aware of the 'old fashioned' (non-technology) days whereby hard work was required to make a company successful.
In the days when the production of salami and paprika were done by hand
The storyboards tell of the various dissection and maturing processes needed for the meat, drying and string processes need for the paprika, the importance of the air-conditioning/cooling systems needed to produce all year round products (once seasonal products only), the need for modern technology/techniques and the huge importance of the soil, fertilisation and the river Tisza.
The story of the production methods of Szeged Paprika is a fascinating read
If you are interested in knowing more about Szeged's history and/or want to know the fascinating story of something you would not normally take an interest in, I can highly recommend a visit to the Pick Museum. You only need 45-60 minutes, so it will be a nice excursion tour. I certainly enjoyed and appreciated their well presented exhibition and I am sure you would too.
Tuesday - Saturday: 3pm - 6pm
The museum is closed on holidays and in the period between the last Sunday before Christmas and the first Monday of the new year.
Group visits start from 10am (out of regular opening hours), except on closing days, whereby the appointment has been made at least one week before the actual visit.
980 HUF (Per Person) - 1 Adult
740 HUF (Per Person) - 1 Child, 1 Student or 1 Pensioner
880 HUF (Per Person) - 1 Adult Group (20+ People) or 1 Adult Family
660 HUF (Per Person) - 1 Mixed Group (20+ People) or 1 Mixed Family
The pick salami museum is located close to the embankment of the river Tisza, not far from the Novotel (a 3 Minute walk). Trams #3 and #4 and bus #20 pass-by the Novotel (tram stop: Glattfelder Gyula Tér). You might go past the museum entrance by mistake, thinking it is a pub entrance or "that can not be it, surely", so look out for an entrance with the MÚZEUM sign within its doorway. The actual museum exhibition rooms are on the left-side.
The entrance to the pick salami museum looks more like a pub entrance!
On the right-side of the main entrance is the Pick Söröző és ÉtteremPick Pub/Restaurant, with function (events) rooms upstairs. When I visited there was a big event taking place upstairs, so do not make the 'tourist' mistake of going upstairs to view the function rooms just in case there is a funeral or wedding reception taking place for example.