Sopron

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View from the Fire tower, main square with Goat Church

Sopron is a city in Hungary, close to the Austrian border, with a population of about 61.000. The officially bilingual town (historical German language name Ödenburg) is situated at the Amber Road, and in Roman times was named Scrabantia.

On August 19, 1989 the "Pan-European Picnic" took place near Sopron, when the "Iron Curtain" between Austria and Hungary was lifted for a few hours, allowing some hundred GDR citizens to cross the border.

Get in[edit]

By car: From Vienna, Austria on A2 until the Traiskirchen intersection, then on A3 until the Eisenstadt intersection, and on B16 to Sopron.

By train: Connected to Vienna by suburban trains every hour, departure from Wien Meidling at xx:38. Travel takes 70 minutes. Actually, Sopron is located within the Vienna regional tariff union, so if you have a ticket or travelcard covering the entire network, you can use it to travel to Sopron (but not other Hungarian towns served by suburban trains).

By plane: Nearest international airports are Vienna (65 km) and Bratislava (100 km).

Get around[edit]

The city isn't large, so you can walk or buy a ticket to ride the public bus lines.

See[edit]

¤ Landmark of the city is the "fire tower"/"Feuerturm" (Tüztorony, Fö tér 1), with a museum of history of the city.

¤ The barock main square (Fő tér) with the City Hall, fire tower, Storno-house (museum) and main roman catholic church. In December there is a christmas market on the square (must see!)

¤ Fabricius - House (Fö tér 6) from 14th century with interior from 17th and 18th century

¤ Pharmacymuseum (Fö tér 2)

¤ Old Synagogue (Uj u. 22, end of 13th century)

¤ Várnegyed/Burgviertel (medieval city core)

¤ St. Michael Church with tower (15th century, Szent Mihály utca)

¤ Mining Museum in Palais Esterhazy.

¤ Liszt Ferenc Cultural Centre on the Széchenyi square.

Do[edit]

¤ Buy some bottles of the famous Hungarian wine "Kékfrankos"

¤ Take a walk in the forest around the city.

¤ Drink a coffee in the café at Széchényi Tér with a view on the beautiful Liszt Ferenc Központ (Theatre and Casino).

Buy[edit]

Shopping is (still) cheaper than in neighbouring Austria.

In the city you can buy trendy clothes in the shop "Jeans Club" or you can buy clothes and other stuff in the Plaza outside of the city. There's a new shopping centre near to the border of the town, where you can find shops of various famous brands, like Benetton or New Yorker.

Eat[edit]

Lots of restaurants, predominantly Hungarian but also Viennese cuisine, frequented by Austrian daytime tourists.

Tips: Graben Restaurant on the street around the city centre, Hungarian and Austrian specialites. The restaurant has a good atmosphere.

Mediterrano: it has 3 restaurants, one of them is called "Spago". Italian food and good wines, there are mostly younger people because of it's design.

Drink[edit]

If you're in Sopron, you have to drink a glass of the famous wine of the area around sopron, it's called "Kékfrankos".

There's also a disco in the city plaza, the "Colosso".

Sleep[edit]

  • Best Western Pannonia Hotel. ****, Varkerulet 75, About €30-80. The oldest hotel in the city with free Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel Sopron. ****. Providing a view to the town, 10 minutes to the Austrian-Hungarian border. It takes 5 minutes walking to reach the heart of the city.
  • Hotel Fagus wellness and conference hotel in the Lövér forest. 7 km from the Austrian border.
  • Hunguest Hotel Szieszta in the middle of a park in the Lővérek, a green hilly area with a view onto the town.
  • Mandarin Pension. Baross u. 1. About €30-80. Not recommended, next to 2 railway lines, a busy road and a night club.
  • Danubius Bio Sport Hotel Lövér. ****, Varisi ut 4. About €65-155.
  • Rosengarten Hotel near the downtown and offering a full range of services in dental tourism to its guests.
  • Saphir Aqua Aparthotel. Opened in summer 2010 in a pine forest area. The 4-star aparthotel offers 30 apartments in different sizes.

Go next[edit]

Sopron is close to the quarries of Fertőrákos, where in summer operas are held, and with a nice view on the Neusiedler See / Lake Fertő.

Near to the city is the Castle Esterházy in Fertőd.

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