The Great Hungarian Plain, referred to in Hungarian as the Alföld, covers a little more than half of the country and most of its eastern and southeastern portions. It sits south of the Carpathian Mountains, and north of the Dinaric Alps and the Sava River. Rolling hills meet flatlands in areas like the Tisza River Valley. Szeged, located in the southern portion of the Great Hungarian Plain, is situated on the Tisza River and is home to such points of interest as the iconic Votive Cathedral of Our Lady of Hungary and the University of Szeged, the most prestigious university in Hungary. Debrecen, the principal city of the northern Plain, is the country`s second-largest city, where many key historic moments occurred during the Revolution of 1848 and the quest for Hungarian independence. The largest grassland in Europe, the 288-square-mile Hortobágy National Park, is situated on the Plain; it is Hungary`s oldest national park and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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