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Sopron is a city in Hungary, close to the Austrian border, with a population of about 55,000. The officially bilingual town (historical German language name Ödenburg) is situated at the Amber Road, and in Roman times was named Scarbantia.
On August 19, 1989 the "Pan-European Picnic" took place near Sopron, when the "Iron Curtain" between Austria and Hungary was lifted for a few hours, allowing some hundred DDR citizens to cross the border.
The town is connected to Vienna by suburban trains every hour. Departure is from Wien Hbf at xx:19 and Meidling at xx:25. Travel takes 1hr18 minutes from Wien Hbf. Sopron is the penultimate stop on the line from Vienna to Deutschkreutz. Sopron is located within the Vienna regional tariff union, so if you have a ticket or travel-card covering the entire network, you can use it to travel to Sopron (but not other Hungarian towns served by suburban trains).
The city isn't large, so you can walk or buy a ticket to ride the public bus lines.
It is around a ten minute walk from the train station to Fő tér, the old town square.
Shopping is (still) cheaper than in neighbouring Austria.
In the city you can buy trendy clothes in the shop "Jeans Club" or you can buy clothes and other stuff in the Plaza outside of the city. There's a new shopping centre near to the border of the town, where you can find shops of various famous brands, like Benetton or New Yorker.
Lots of restaurants, predominantly Hungarian but also Viennese cuisine, frequented by Austrian daytime tourists.
Graben Restaurant on the street around the city centre, Hungarian and Austrian specialites. The restaurant has a good atmosphere.
Mediterrano: it has 3 restaurants, one of them is called "Spago". Italian food and good wines, there are mostly younger people because of it's design.
Unicum Étterem at Alsólövér u. 3. At the foot of the Lővér hills; great value traditional food. Easy parking. Popular with students at lunch.
If you're in Sopron, you have to drink a glass of the famous wine of the area around sopron, it's called "Kékfrankos".
There's also a disco in the city plaza, the "Colosso".
Sopron is close to the quarries of Fertőrákos, where in summer operas are held, and with a nice view on the Neusiedler See / Lake Fertő.
Near to the city is the Castle Esterházy in Fertőd.