Sopron

Sopron is situated near the western border of Hungary at the feet of the Alps, 60 km from Vienna and 220 km from Budapest. It is one of the most ancient jewels of the country. The town, uniting the present and connecting the country and its western neighbours, opens its gates to domestic and foreign visitors as well, as symbolised by this coat of arms.

In this cosy town, you can find almost everything that can attract visitors:
   - small streets in the town centre providing a historical atmosphere,
   - gothic, baroque and renaissance architectural rarities,
   - historical monuments and culture.

Besides the splendid architectural works and cambering small streets of bygone days, the squares breathing the Middle Ages, the emerging town walls, the finely wrought balconies, the vaulted gateways, the sediles with tracery, you can also find the ambience of the rustic quarters interspersed with vine cellars.
Sopron City justly was the golden medal winner of the European Care of Monuments Award in 1975, because it is the first richest town in Hungary, after Budapest in the field of monuments. Sopron is famous for its hospitality, as well as for its loyalty, symbolised by the Gate of Loyalty. The gate, located on the southern side of the Fire Tower was made in commemoration of the referendum held in 1921 when the inhabitants of Sopron could vote whether they wanted to belong to Austria or Hungary. They voted for Hungary and so did the town receive the title of The Town of Loyalty. The Town Hall was built for the Millenary of 1896 (the 1000th anniversary of the Hungarian Conquest.) Facing it can be found the Storno House, one of the most famous buildings of the town, where King Matthias had also lodged and which now houses a museum. The Goat Church served as a place for coronations and Parliament sessions in the 17th century. The statue of he Holy Trinity is an outstanding work of Hungarian Baroque sculpture. The St. Ursula Church, built in neogothic style, is among the most successfully done architectural monuments of the last century. The Castle District was formed along the one-time moat, its inner row of houses follows the castle wall, one of its jewels is the statue of the Holy Virgin. Because of the sight of the houses and the experience offered by the museums, Sopron is also called the "Town of Museums" or the "Museum Town". The 23 permanent exhibitions of the oldest Hungarian provincial museum, founded in 1867 attract masses of visitors. The town's well-known public and private collections prove the fact that the values of the past are fostered. On the other hand, the historical town centre of Sopron displays a vivid and bustling life. The musical past obliges, so the Sopron Festive Weeks are organised in this spirit. But the main attraction is the town - accordingly the joy of the festival manifests itself in outward appearance as well. Included in the programmes of the Festive Weeks, the Summer Musical Series of the Cave Theatre in Fertőrákos is of such a peculiarity that makes it absolutely unique. The light effects and the projected settings are applied besides the stage having fantastic acoustics and the fascinating natural environment, providing an exceptional experience. Furtherly, the Old Music Days and the choir festivals complete the series of events. The Spring Days, the series of professional exhibitions, the Sopron Wine Feast, the Pan-European commemorations and numerous other events are further complements of Sopron's offer for tourists. Sopron's natural environment is refreshing, healing alpine air, its hiking trails on the wooded mountain sides, its lookout towers, its springs make the town one of the most beautiful, pleasant holiday resorts. The Lővér Hills, located to the south of the town is Sopron's most beautiful and most elegant holiday quarter. Silent forests, pinewoods, oak forests, chestnut groves, lily of the valley in May, cyclamen is August, hiking trails, lookout towers � this is the magic of the Lővér world. The quality wines of the Sopron Wine Region are also attractive, so the town is becoming more and more famous among those wine-lovers that wish to quench their thirst with noble wines.