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Szombathely

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Szombathely is the centre of Vas county in Western Transdanubia in Hungary.

Get in[edit]

The nearest international airports operate in Vienna, Bratislava, Graz, Budapest, Sármellék.

  • Szombathely AirfieldGencsapáti and Söpte villages (North). Serving for sporting and recreational purposes. Used only by low-power and gliders aircraft

By train[edit]

  • Train Station. International line: EURegio ticket is avaible from Vienna for €22 round trip. - National lines: From Budapest InterCity ticket is available for ~HUF9000 . - Trains to http://www.oebb.at/ Sopron (hourly, 50 min, ~HUF1300 ).

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Szombathely Bus Station (Szombathelyi Autóbuszpályaudvar), Ady tér 3. (Center),  +36 94 312-054. Regularly departs to Kőszeg, Győr and Sopron. Vasi Volan is the local service provider.

Get around[edit]

The city has an extensive network of local bus. The local bus transport provides the Vasi Volán.

By bike[edit]

The city has well-developed bicycle path is nearly 33 km long (2012). The bike routes connect the individual parts of the city and tourist sights. The most beautiful path at quayside of the Gyöngyös creek. - Out of the city: Bike path leads toward Bulcsu village to 'Írottkő' Nature Park and Vashegy (Iron Mountain) bike lanes.

See[edit]

Franciscan Church and Monastery of Szombathely
  • Arboretum of Kámon (Kámoni arborétum).
  • Cathedral (Székesegyház, Püspöki Palota és Romkert).
  • 1 [dead link]Franciscan Church and Monastery of Szombathely (Szombathelyi Római katolikus Szent Erzsébet ferences templom és kolostor), Aréna u. 1 /A. +36 94 311-689. M-Sa 6:00-12 , 16:00-19.15, Su 6:00-12.30 and 15:00-19.15. This is a former Franciscan Church, built in Gothic style in 1380's. In 1630 with a tower expanding and slightly modified in Baroque style. The temple main asset a picture of the altar showing the city in 1716, this is the oldest authentic portrayal about Szombathely. On the wall of the sanctuary can be seen a 14th century Gothic fresco fragments probably depicting St. Elizabeth

Museums[edit]

  • Diocesan Collection and Treasury (Egyházmegyei Gyűjtemény és Kincstár).
  • Northern Waterworks of Szombathely (Északi Vízmű - Vízmű Történeti Múzeum). This is an Industrial History Museum
  • Gothard Astrophysical Observatory Museum (Gothard Asztrofizikai Obszervatórium Múzeuma).
  • Iseum Savariense Archaeology Workshop (Iseum Savariense Régészeti Műhely és Tárház). Tu-Su. The ruins of the shrine of the goddess Isis (Iseum)
  • Rescue museum of Fusz Erno (Fusz Ernő Mentőmúzeum).
  • Ruin Garden of Járdányi Paulovics István (Járdányi Paulovics István Romkert). with the remnants of the Amber Road
  • Savaria Museum (Savaria Múzeum).
  • Smidt Museum (Smidt Múzeum).
  • Visitor center of St. Martin (Szent Márton Látogatóközpont).
  • Szombathely Military Museum (Szombathely katonatörténete). Military history collection
  • Szombathely Picture Gallery (Szombathelyi Képtár).
  • Museum Village of Vas (Vasi Múzeumfalu). Open Air Museum

Further afield[edit]

  • 2 Apátistvánfalva (SW 40 km). Church of St. Stephen Harding
  • 3 Balogunyom (S 5 km). Catholic church
  • Bozsok. Sibrik-Palace, Ruins of Batthyány Castle, Jewish meadow (Zsidó-rét)
  • 4 Bucsu (W 12 km). The ruins of the Roman aqueduct
  • 5 Cák (German Zackenbach, Croatian:Caka) (SW 4 km of Kőszeg). Wine Cellars, Maria Farm of Eresztvény-valley, Chestnut walkway, peachy Lebanese cedar conifer
  • 6 Celldömölk (German:Kleinmariazell, Croatian Demlak) (E 35 km). Benedictine abbey ruins, Ság Volcanic Mountain
  • 7 Csempeszkopács (SE 15 km). Catholic church
  • 8 Csepreg (E 10 km from Kőszeg). Catholic church, St. Catherine's Chapel and Convent, Schöller Castle
  • 9 Körmend (Croatian: Kirmied, Kermit, German Kirment, Slovenian: Kermendin) (S 20 km, take a train). Batthyány-Strattmann Castle, Castle Landscape Park, Tőzikés Forest, - Folk houses of Horvátnádalja
  • 10 Ivánc (SW 10 km of Körmend). Tulip tree
  • 11 Ják (S 10 km, bus or bike). National Level Protected Roman Church and St. James Chapel
  • 12 Kám (SE 25 km, bus). Jeli arboratum
  • 13 Kőszegszerdahely (German: Ginisdorf) (SW from Kőszeg). Catholic church, Water mill, Chestnut Alley
  • 14 Magyarszombatfa (Slovenian: Soboška vas) (SW 30 km of Körmend). folk pottery, Métneki meadow
  • 15 Nemesmedves (W 17 km of Körmend). Peace Bell, Soviet monument, Park with headstones
  • 16 Nagyrákos (SW 25 km of Körmend). Catholic church and Viaduct
  • 17 Őrimagyarósd (S 15 km of Körmend). Lake Vadása
  • 18 Őriszentpéter (SW 35 km of Körmend). Templomszer Catholic Church, Folk apartment houses, Gate of the Őrség National Park
  • 19 Rábatöttös (SE 20 km). Catholic Church
  • 20 Rönök (German: Radling, Slovenian:Renik) (W 20 km of Körmend). St. Emeric Church
  • 21 Sorokpolány (S 10 km). Assumption Roman Catholic Church ( 15th-century Gothic )), external walls are remains of frescoes, - Szapáry Mansion built in the mid-19th century, eclectic style.-The Szapáry mausoleum, was built in 1878 in neo-Renaissance style.
  • 22 Sárvár (E 20 km). Nádasdy Castle and Arboretum founded in 1802, St. Ladislaus Church, St. Nicholas neogothic church, Calvary church, Hatvanys Deutsch Palace, In 1701 erected the Christ-column. Here passes through the Countrywide Blue Tour.
  • 23 Szalafő (Slovenian: Sola) (SW 25 km of Körmend). Folk apartment houses, forest of native trees
  • 24 Szeleste (NE 20 km). Virgin Mary of Alsószeleste Church, St. Joseph's of Felsőszeleste Church, Castle of Szentgyörgy, Festetics-Szentgyörgyi-Horváth-Palace, Arboretum, Festetics Palace, Thermal Spa. The Countrywide Blue Tour passes through the village
  • 25 Szentgotthárd (Slovenian: Monošternek, German: St. Gotthard) (SW 40 km). Assumption Baroque church and monastery (abbey); baroque garden; Hammers of the Szentgotthárd's scythe factory (industrial monument); Pavel Augoston Museum; theater (former Granary Church); cemetery Chapel All Saints Parish Church (Kéthely neighborhood); Chapel of St. Florian (Szentgotthárd-Rábatótfalu); Apron belfry (Szentgotthárd-Farkasfa); Hársas Lake; Reformed Church; The Evangelical Church; Brenner Chapel; St.Gotthard Spa & Wellness - Bath; and Fő square
  • 26 Szentgyörgyvölgy (SW 35km from Körmend). Reformed Church, folk pottery
  • 27 Tömörd (N 15 km). Chernel Mansion and its park, Nagy Lake, Church of St. Helena ruins of the fort Ilona, The Countrywide Blue Tour passed the village.
  • 28 Vasszentmihály (German: Raab-Sankt-Michael) (W 17 km of Körmend). Baroque Roman Catholic church built in 1800's
  • 29 Vasvár (German: Eisenburg) (SE 25 km take a train). Peace House - here signed the treatment of Vasvár, Dominican Convent and Church, Roman rampart remains, Chapel of Szentkút, Lake of Szentkút
  • 30 Velem (German: Sankt Veit) (SW from Kőszeg). Schulter's water historic mill,St. Vitus Chapel; Stirling villa, now creative house; Szépkilátó rock; Chestnut groves; medieval castle ruins and ancient citadel (1st millennium BC)
  • 31 Velemér (Slovenian:Velemer) (SW 40 km of Körmend). Holy Trinity Gothic Catholic Church, Sindü museum, The Reformed Church, Municipal country house, Sárga Liliom (Yellow lilies) Nature Trail
  • 32 Vép (E 5 km). Erdődy Mansion and Arboretum

Do[edit]

Baths[edit]

  • Swimming Pool and Thermal Bath (Szombathelyi Fedett Uszoda és Termálfürdő).
  • Lake's Bath (Tófürdő).

Events[edit]

  • 'Bartók Fesztivál és Szeminárium' - Festival and Seminar
  • 'Bloomsday' - a cultural event organized around the Leopold Bloom family house (can be found here )
  • 'Lamantin Jazzfesztivál' - Jazz Festival
  • 'Mediawave Nemzetközi Film és Zene fesztivál' - International Film and Music Festival
  • 'Savaria Történelmi Karnevál' - The annual 'Savaria Historical Carnival', held in mid-to-late August, with colorful Roman-age programmes including gladiator fights, Roman theatre and a historical parade on the main square
  • 'Iseumi Szabadtéri Játékok' - (Outdoor Games of Iseum) - opera and musical performances in the world's third largest Iseum (a kind of ancient sanctuary)
  • 'Márton-napi Vásár' - (St. Martin's Day Fair)
  • 'Szent György-napi Vásár' - (St George's Day Fair)
  • 'Savaria Nemzetközi Táncverseny' - International Dance Competition
  • Szent Márton európai kulturális útvonal - St. Martin's European cultural route

Hiking[edit]

The Countrywide Blue Tour (in Hungarian:Országos Kéktúra , Kéktúra or simply OKT) is a part of the Hungarian section of the European Long Distance Walking Route E4. The route starts atop the Irottkő Mountain (884 m) on the Austrian-Hungarian border a short distance from Szombathely.

Theaters[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Gödör (A Haspártiak Vendéglője)Hollán Ernő utca 10-12 (About 200 yards from the central bus station),  +36 94 510 078. Mon-Thu 11a-11p, Fri-Sat 11a-12a Sun 11a-3p. A very Hungarian restaurant, with hearty dishes and portion sizes that exactly reflect the fame of Hungarian hospitality. The prices are more than fair for the amount of food you get served. Special recommendations are Mrs Viczak's Secret (fried chicken breast filled with a cream cheese, herb, ham, and kernel corn filling), Tower of Babel (Steak, hash browns and smoked cheese on a toast bread, topped off with a sunny-side-up), Pan-baked Pork Knee (Tepsis Csülök - pork knee baked with potatoes, sausages and eggs), or for bigger families/groups, one of the multi-person platters. They charge a nominal fee of 50 HUF (approx. US$0.25, €0.20) for boxing the leftovers - but you will need it! 1500-2500 HUF per person.
  • Móló Café & Restaurant.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Hotel Pelikan

Hotel Claudius

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