Welcome to Hungary!
This country with a very exotic language, hides plenty of attractions. One of the popular Hungarian cities is Győr, located by the Raba and Danube River, in the North-West of the country. It is also a city of the first Hungarian women’s handball team. The name “Győr” comes from the Avar language, and means a fortress built on a circular plan. But the thing that attracts tourists the most is its beautiful, baroque architecture of monuments.
What’s also interesting about Győr is the fact that the Town Hall, usually located in the city center, here is situated outside and away from it – on the nineteenth century square. What distinguishes the building is the 58 meters high tower surmounted with a clock.
The historic center
On the Chapter Hill (Kaptalandomb) tourist firstly devote their attention to the cathedral. Its oldest parts come from the eleventh century. The temple has been rebuilt many times, and today it combines the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. Inside, you can admire the wall ornaments, a magnificent altar, and frescoes by Anton Maulbertsch. One of the most valuable monuments of the temple is the painting of The Weeping Irish Madonna.
The Basilica and the Bishop's Castle erected on Chapter Hill (Káptalandomb) are visually characterized by baroque style, however the oldest part of the tower dates back to thirteenth century. On the other side of the hill there’s a Héderváry chapel, with the skull of canonized King Ladislaus, embellished with precious stones, silver and gold. Today it is kept in the Cathedral museum, and the tourist can see it only once a year, on St. Ladislaus Day (27th of June). Vilmos Apor, a bishop and martyr, also reposes in the chapel.
Szechenyi Square (Szechenyi ter) is considered the main square in Győr. It’s quite extensive, but the seventeenth-century column of the Holy Virgin is the only thing standing there. This monument commemorates the liberation of Buda from Turkish occupation. During the summer, the square bustles with life – music festivals, theater festivals and the city festival take place there. In the southern part of the city there is a seventeenth-century Benedictine church of St. Ignatius, and a monastery from the same period behind the building.
Miracles of Győr
The lowest point in the whole city is Vienna Gate Square (Bécsi Kapu tér). Inhabitants believe, that statue of the Holy Virgin in the church of Carmelite, saved the square from being flooded in the eighteen century. This believe is an individual matter, but that doesn’t change the fact that the square escaped from being flooded while all quarters lying above it didn’t.
Two of the most beautiful tenement houses in the city are situated by Bécsi Kapu tér. The first one is at the same time the oldest building in Győr (it comes from 1620), while the second delights with the beauty of the front façade presenting the coat of arms of the building owners. On the other side of the square are the remains of the medieval defensive walls surrounding the city. Some fragments of the old fortress, from which the name of the city originated, are preserved.
Campsites in the area
It’s a good idea to come here with your own camper. One of the local campsites opened all year round is Halászkert Kis-Duna (Gabonarakpart 6, 9200 Mosonmagyarovar), where the approximate price of the stay of two adults oscillate within 15,60 € -21,10 € per day. The price includes a pitch for the vehicle, and the access to electricity.
Campsite is situated near the river, in a distance of approximately 3km from the motorway junction. During the season, you can ride horses here (kids can also ride the ponies), play tennis and bowling, and throughout the year also enjoy the open pool, which is heated. There is a shop and a restaurant in the area and you can also replace a gas cylinder if you need to.
Another recommended place is the camping Sá-Ra Termál Kft (Furdo ut 5, 9437 Hegykö). It’s also opened all year round, and attracts families with children – there’s a playground, heated paddling pool and a sports field. Adults can benefit from the thermal pool, beauty salon, but also two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), which are heated in winter. There is a fast food bar with a takeaway option opened all year round. The cost of an accommodation for two people is about 22.40 € -32.30 € per day.
There’s another noteworthy campsite, Pihenö (Dunasor 1, 9011 Györ / district Kertváros). Like those mentioned before, it is opened all year round, double occupancy costs about 14.30 € per day offseason and about 20.70 € per day during the season. You can barbecue at the campsite to your heart’s content, but also use the sauna, the common room, the shop and the restaurant.
Győr - not only monuments
Speaking of pools, it is worth mentioning that one of the Győr attractions is also a year-round watering place, which doesn’t apply chlorine. There are two slides, five pools with benches for hydro massage, geysers, rapid river and a cave with a waterfall. Apart from that you can go to the sauna, indulge in therapeutic massages or use the fast food restaurant. All-day ticket for an adult costs 2450 HUF (about 9 €).
There are people who say that Győr isn’t the most beautiful city in Hungary. Possible, but surely it is unique and worth exploring.