QR codes tourist information system

Citizens City Government Technology
Number: SCP/2015/007

Purpose / Description

Informing locals and tourists with up-to-date information (in multiple languages) about local sights, institutions, statues with the use of the ever more popular smart devices. The aim of the „City hide-and-seek” game which is based on well placed QR codes, is to convey information on the available and viewable valuable contents at Debrecen’s (culturally) important locations in an interactive manner, specifically designed for a younger generation.

Process / Execution

QR codes that can be scanned with smart devices were placed on the sights, institutions and statues along the path of the Flower Carnival Debrecen. After scanning these QR codes, texts and images popped up on the smart devices displaying information about the location. At 2013 Flower Carnival Debrecen a new tourist information providing system was introduced. The „City hide-and-seek” game was also held at that year which was designed for a younger generation.


Free Wi-Fi is available on multiple locations of the city and at specific areas of the University of Debrecen, so even those who don’t have mobile broadband subscription can access the contents of the QR codes. The data was uploaded from the Local History Collection and Photo Gallery. The database can be accessed through the civiskultura.hu website. The information contents are valuable not just for the tourists but to the local residents who are curious about their home city.

Partners involved

Méliusz Juhász Péter Library, the City of Debrecen, the University of Debrecen, Monguz Kft.


Tourists and locals can easily and openly access interesting facts about the locations. It can provide background for Debrecen’s „Conquer the City” game and other similar educational programs.


The project adheres to Debrecen’s Smart City strategy. The results can be beneficially communicated, they strengthen the city’s image and the project improves on all the three strategical areas.


The project helps in the improvement of the city’s tourism development and provides opportunities for strengthening untapped areas like school trips and organizing other educational programs.


Local History Collection and Photo Gallery, the civiskultura.hu website

Hotel Aranybika
Community House
Csokonai National Theater
Déri Museum
Memorial Garden
Reformed Secondary School
Small Church
Kossuth statue
County House
Méliusz Juhász Péter Library
Nagyerdő Thermal Spa
Petőfi statue
Reformed College
Great Church
Old City Hall
Ady park