Szeged gained the highest rank of free royal city as early as 1498, but it lost much of its importance during the Turkish occupation. At the beginning of the 18th century it needed a lot of time and even more stratagem to regain its one time privileges. The ruler Károly III signed the 21-page document on 21st May 1719, establishing its coat of arms still used today and restored the legal status of the city. Szeged Day on 21st May each year commemorates this event. It is a large-scale festival, at the beginning of the tourist season. The Gastroyard offering delicious dishes, the delightful folk art products and the artisans’ masterpieces of the Bridge Fair, the concerts and family events all provide a memorable experience. At the second largest Wine Festival all of the wine-producing regions are represented and Széchenyi Square becomes populated by smaller and larger wine producers. During the ten days of the Wine Festival several tens of thousands taste the best wines of Hungary, enjoying a lively atmosphere with their friends or family. They can choose from red, white, rosé, champagne, fruit wine, taste a fiery, full-bodied cabernet or a light, fragrant hárslevelű (linden leaf) under the blooming linden trees. Clink glasses at the Szeged Wine Festival in mid-May. Enjoy your drink.