What to see in Györ, Hungary.

What to see in Györ, Hungary.

Györ (Hungary) – detailed information about the city with photos in the travel guide. Major sights in Győr with descriptions and maps.

Győr City (Hungary).

Györ is a city in north-west Hungary, 130 km from Budapest. Located near the border with Austria and Slovakia and it is considered a real gem of the baroque. Győr is one of the most interesting and beautiful historical cities in Hungary, which has a whole bunch of magnificent sights and monuments of culture, as well as remarkable ancient architecture.

Things to do (Hungary):

Budapest - a first date

€189 per tour.

Budapest – First Date

Extensive sightseeing tour with a professional guide in a Mercedes car

Through Budapest and the fairytale Szentendre

€286 for the tour

Through Budapest and the fairytale Szentendre

Driving tour of the magnificent capital and the fairytale city of artists and craftsmen

Geography and climate

Győr is located in the West Danube region between Budapest and Vienna, at the confluence of the Raba River and the Moszony-Danube. The city has a moderate continental climate characterized by warm summers and cool, dry and windy winters.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Tourist information

  1. The population of the city is 129 thousand people. It is the sixth largest city in Hungary.
  2. The area is 174.62 km².
  3. Currency is the forint. Do not change currency in the streets. For this purpose specialized exchange offices or ATMs are used.
  4. The language is Hungarian.
  5. Time – UTC +1.
  6. Győr is known as Raab (in German) and Rab (in Slovak).

Baross Gábor út – beautiful paved pedestrian street in the heart of the baroque center. There are many cafes, restaurants, stores and bars. It is easily accessible from the bus and train stations.

History

Győr was first mentioned at the beginning of the 11th century. Although the first settlement here was founded by the Celts in the 5th century BC. In the Roman period a fortified city of Arabonne was built here. In the 4th century AD the fortress and city were abandoned. In the 5th century the area was conquered successively by the Slavs, Lombards and Avars. In the 9th century the city was subjugated by the Franks.

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Gyor

Gyor

Hungarians came to this land in the 10th century. They rebuilt the fortress, around which soon grew a large city. In the 13th century Győr was attacked by the Mongols and then by the Czech army. In the 16th century the city was for a time occupied by the Turks. The 18th century is the heyday of Győr, when numerous Baroque buildings were built here. During this period it also received the status of a free royal town.

In the early 19th century the surroundings of Gyor became the scene of a battle between Napoleon’s troops and the Austrians. After that, the French destroyed the medieval fortifications of the city.

Győri Árkád is a wonderful place for shopping. It is a square with many modern stores, the Interspar supermarket, and the restaurant courtyard near the Szechenyi Bridge.

How to get there

Győr is located between Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, and is connected to the three capital cities by rail and bus. All of these cities have international airports, so it’s easy to get to Győr from most European cities.

Attractions

Győr is one of the most interesting Hungarian cities. It has a beautiful historic center with ancient cobblestone streets, majestic squares and colorful buildings (mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries) in the style of classicism and baroque. The oldest, most intricate and most compact quarter of Győr is Kaptalan Hill, the bishopric district at the confluence of the Raba and Mošony-Dunaj rivers.

Cathedral

Cathedral

The cathedral is a medieval basilica founded in the 11th century. The church has a predominantly Baroque appearance mixed with Gothic, Neoclassical and Romanesque elements. Inside the cathedral are valuable relics such as the bishop’s throne, the elaborate altar and 18th-century frescoes by Viennese craftsmen, and the revered icon of the Virgin Mary on the north side of the nave.

The Gothic-style Héderváry Chapel, part of the basilica itself, contains an impressive collection of gold art from the Middle Ages.

City Hall

Town Hall

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The town hall is one of the most recognizable buildings in Győr. It is an imposing neo-Baroque building from the end of the 19th century. The building has more than 200 rooms. Its length is 85 meters, and the central tower has a height of 59 meters.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church

Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is an Italian Baroque church built in the first half of the 17th century. It is the earliest example of Baroque religious architecture in Hungary. The church and the adjoining monastery were founded by the Jesuits in 1634.

Bishop's Castle (Püspökvár)

Bishop’s Castle (Püspökvár)

The Bishop’s Castle (Püspökvár) is the fortified residence of the bishops of Győr, which combines Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The castle is located on the top of Kaptalan hill and is considered one of the most interesting historical monuments of the city. At the heart of the complex is a powerful Gothic fortress, built after the Mongol invasion in the 13th century. The castle also includes a Baroque-style bishop’s palace.

Vienna Gate Square

Vienna Gate Square

Vienna Gate Square is one of the most beautiful baroque squares in Hungary, located south of Kaptalan Hill. The west side of the square faces the Raba River, where a mighty Renaissance gate used to stand. On the waterfront there are sections of 16th-century defensive fortifications, most of which were demolished in the 19th century.

Carmelite Church

Church of the Carmelites

The Carmelite Church is one of the main attractions of Vienna Gate Square. This religious structure in the Baroque style was built in the 18th century. Nearby is a tiny chapel with an elegant baroque image of the Virgin Mary from 1717 by the Italian sculptor Giovanni Giuliani. To the east of the Carmelite church is a historic building built in 1620 with delightful bay windows and a strong wooden gate.

The façade of the church has characteristic Baroque curls and pilasters. In the niche at the top is an image of the Virgin Mary by Italian sculptor Diego Carlone. In the niches on either side of the portal are statues of the famous Carmelites.

Marian Column

The Marian Column

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The Marian Column is an 18th-century Baroque sculptural composition made to commemorate Buda’s deliverance from Turkish rule.

Esterházy

Esterhazy

The Esterházy is an elegant late 18th-century Baroque mansion with an art museum within its walls.

National Museum of Ethnography

National Museum of Ethnography

The National Museum of Ethnography, one of Hungary’s oldest state collections, is housed within the walls of an early 17th-century Baroque house.

Synagogue

Synagogue

Synagogue is a neo-Romanesque Jewish religious structure built in the second half of the 19th century.

Not far from Győr (a 20-minute drive south of the city) is the ancient Benedictine abbey of Pannonhalma, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic hilltop complex is considered one of the oldest monasteries in Hungary, with roots dating back to the late 10th century.

Interesting tours

The Golden Age of Budapest

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The Golden Age of Budapest

A glimpse into the city of its finest “peaceful” times – an introduction to the heritage of a “beautiful era”

To the Hungarian Sea and the Heviz medicinal lake

€455 per excursion

To the Hungarian sea and the healing Lake Heviz

Thermal springs, lavender Tihany, Balatonfured Spa and Hungarian wine tasting

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