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Győr (German: Raab) is a city in Western Transdanubia in Hungary. It is in Győr-Moson-Sopron county.

The Trinity statue in the old town

Understand

Győr is located in the northwestern part of Hungary, close to the Slovakian and the Austrian borders.

Get in

There has been no regular border control between Austria, Slovakia and Hungary since January 1, 2008. This has brought about a big change for the locals who otherwise were subjected to it daily.

By Plane

Bratislava Airport, a 75 minute drive away, 2 hours on the bus has many low-cost flights. Vienna Airport and especially Budapest Airport offer competitive prices, they are both reachable in about two hours.

By train

Győr has a fast railway connection with Budapest (the fastest in Hungary), taking as little as 1 hour 15 minutes. InterCity and RailJet trains run this route. Győr is also easily reachable by train from the surrounding countries: from Bratislava (Slovakia) and from Vienna (Austria) (in one and a half hour).

By car

The M1 motorway passes next to Győr, if you come from Budapest or Vienna, it's the best choice. From the southern direction (e.g. the Lake Balaton) you can get into Győr via the main roads No.81 or No.82.

By bus

Buses start from Budapest, Nepliget (Central bus station of Budapest) nearly every hour, for example, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00... There is also a bus at least once a day from Vienna and Bratislava. Bear in mind that the bus from Vienna leaves rather early in the morning at 7am and the single return bus in the day is also rather early, at 2 or 3pm. Whilst efficient, clean and cost-effective, the bus does take a little over two hours and visitors should be aware of the unusual rhythm this method of transport will build into their day.

Orangeways [1] offers twice daily bus services to Vienna and other international destinations. Be warned, however, that the buses pick up/drop off at a petrol station along the highway approximately 10 km out of the city center. A cab ride from the train station to the bus stop costs 15 Euro as of January 2012.

By boat

Győr lies on the banks of the Mosoni-Duna (Moson-Danube), so it has a waterway connection to Budapest or Vienna.

Canoe tours are preferred to be taken also on Mosoni-Duna.

Get around

Győr's most interesting tourist attractions are in or around the city centre which is not very large. You can get around on foot.

See

Baross Gábor út, a lovely cobbled pedestrian street in the heart of the Baroque city centre. There are many cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and night clubs. It can be reached from the bus and railway stations very easily (about 2 minutes on foot), and there are also parking houses nearby.

  • The reliquary of king Ladislaus I. (Szent László hermája). The original reliquary was made for the canonization ceremony of the king, but it was destroyed in a fire. The one which is today stored in the Basicila of Győr (Győri bazilika) was created around the turn of the 14th and 15th century. The gold-plated silver head was rescued during the Turkish invasion and put in the cathedral in 1606.
  • The City Hall A beautiful Neoclassical building across the street from the railway station. Its square was recently rebuilt in September 2008 with paving stones of Italian marble. There are also two identical baroque gardens in the square. It is best to visit City Hall at night, when everything is lit up in gold lights.
  • The Bishop's Palace
  • The Basilica of Győr
  • Diocesan Treasury, [2].
  • The Carmelite Church
  • Benedictine Church
  • Synagogue A beautiful neo-Romanesque building.
  • City Art Museum, [3]. Divided into several separate branches all of which are within the old city.
  • Xantus Museum, [4]. Historical museum. A branch is dedicated to art of the 20th Century and non-European art.
  • Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma, (Pannonhalmi Főapátság). Spend a day visiting the thousand-years-old Pannonhalma which lies approximately 20 km south of Győr. It can be reached by regular buses from the Győr main autobus station within half an hour. It witnessed much of Hungarian history and recalls a number of national diets, peace treaties, a successfully beaten attack of the Tartars, domestic struggles of the Árpád dynasty, Turkish invasion, great fires and restorations. This fortress of Hungarian Benedictines, this illustrated "picture book” of European art history from Romanesque to Classicism was undoubtedly worthy of being registered as World Heritage site by UNESCO. The crypt contains the oldest parts of the church. The first catalogue of its invaluable library dates back to 1090 and today there are over 250,000 volumes in the library. The charter of the cloister from Stephen I dated 1001, and the earliest written record of the Hungarian language, the founder of the Tihany Abbey from 1055 are the most precious pride and joy of the archives.

Do

  • Raba Quelle. An Aquapark.

Learn

  • Szechenyi University.
  • Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia, college of the musical arts.
  • West-Hungarian University Apaczai Csere Janos Teaching Campus, a teacher's college.

Work

Buy

The city centre is full of shops. There is a flower market every morning by the Carmelite church, and an open air market on Bécsikapú square every Wednesday and Saturday. During Christmas, there are holiday markets open in different squares and all along Baross Gábor and Arany János street.

The Győri Árkád is another great place to shop; it's a two-storey plaza with many modern shops, an Interspar supermarket, and a food court. It's just outside the city centre, by the Széchényi bridge.

Eat

Fast food restaurants can be found in the Árkád's food court. There is a McDonald's on Baross Gábor street.

But if you are looking for more sophisticated places to dine, try one of the many quaint cafés and restaurants in the city centre that serve traditional Hungarian foods and desserts, for example John Bull Pub Győr www.johnbullpub.hu.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

  • Mandala Tea House. Found near the cathedral.

Sleep

Several camp sites. Plenty of small and larger hotels and private rooms all over the town. You will not have a problem finding accommodation there.

Budget

  • Hunyadi Pension is found in the city-center, on a quiet street.
  • Aranypatko Inn is ideally located along the M1 highway in Hungary on the way to Vienna, Austria. The inn is situated in a hilly area near Pannonhalma in a town called Gyorujbarat.
  • Amstel-Hattyú Inn Győr [5] If you like to eat well, drink fine beers, listen to good music, to have a quite rest, a pleasant getting away from it all, you can find all these possibilities in the same place, in one of the most beautiful parts of Győr, only a few-minutes walk far from the historic centre, in the Amstel-Hattyú Inn.

Mid-range

  • Hotel Kálvária , is located near the baroque citycenter in Győr, and from the highway M1 is easy to approach.
  • Hotel Isabell, is located in a quiet neighborhood at a 5 minutes distance from the historical downtown of Győr, 200m away from the thermal bath, near the highway Vienna-Budapest.
  • Klastrom Hotel, is situated right in the historical city center of Győr. The building was built in 1732 according to the plans of a white friar in Baroque style.

Splurge

Contact

Stay safe

There is a very low criminal rate, you needn't be afraid of pickpockets etc.

Cope

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