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Healthy Route through the Western Trans-Danube, the paradise of the Wellness.

CITY OF THE FIDELITY

Sopron is the second richest town of Hungary in historical monuments after Budapest, it was European Award in 1975 as recognition for its programme of monument protection and one of the most attractive as tourist destination, due to its position at the feet of "Hungarian Alps", close to the hills of the Lövér and the vicinity of Lake Ferto.

The Austrians like to spend the weekends in Sopron, as the propietress of an establishment of typical craft of this region was commenting. Many families visit the town to go to shopping, to carry out checkups in its prestigeous clinics and especially to rest in Lövérek. In fact there are only 6km. to the neighboring country, and both have shared very interesting episodes of the austro-hungarian history.

An example is Sopron that is denominated "Civitas fidelissima." The Treaty of Trianon after the World War I, detached about four thousand square kilometers from the west of Hungary. However, in referendum that took place in 1921, its population voted for staying in Hungary and since then Sopron has been called the "most faithful town ".

The access to the old part is the Door of the Fidelity (Huség-kapu) where is settled the Tower of Fire (Tuztorony) about 60 high and emblem of the city. Its foundations began in the time of the Romans. The central body of the building is of romanesque style, then a renaissance gallery crowned by a Baroque dome and a steeple. It is possible to ascend to the gallery and from there to observe the beautiful view of the city.

When passing near by the Tower of Fire seems to back in the time. The Fö square, conserves intact the whole charm of a medieval village. It is surrounded by houses pertaing to the XV century, some of them transformed into museums wich we don't doubt to enter to know. Fabricius House, in the number 6, accommodates a permanent exhibition on the customs of the s. XVIII or the Pharmacy Museu in the nş 2. Admirable the collection of art of Ferenc Storno, a Swiss cleaner of chimneys, painter, restorer and art collector, in Storno House.

PICTURE TOWER OF FIRE

 

The Stornó House is one of the beautiful houses of Renaissance style of the city and also the one more visited. It is said that here lived King Matías, the aristocrat and national hero István Széchenyi and the composer Frank Liszt.

Fortunately, Sopron was not occupied by the mongolian ones neither the Turkish ones and therefore, it got rid of destructions. This allow visitors to have an idea of how a medieval town was and to enjoy a peacefully walk through its streets or browse about yards and alleys.

We take a breahter outdoors, in one cafe terrace of great atmosphere at any hour of the day. From here we observe the impressive Column of the Holy Trinity of 1700 and Baroque style, located in the square centre. It is one of the votive columns most beautiful and better conserved of Hungary.

In fact Sopron is a very lively town and the western influence can be seen in the open and modern mentality of its people. However Sopron has not lost the essence of medieval village with artist's soul and intense cultural life. Regarding its rich programs we highlight the Days of Spring, in march and the Festival of Sopron every summer. The town celebrates Frank Liszt's memory whose first concert was here, when he was nine years old.

After visiting the Church of the Goat (Kecske-templom) of the XIII century where national assemblies and the coronation of kings took place and the two old Synagogues in Uj Utca. One of those synagogues accommodates the Museum of Jewish History. We leave the town to climb the Károly Hill from where we contemplate an impressive panoramic view of Sopron and its vineyards and, far away, the Lake Ferto and the Alps.

In Hungary there are 22 wine-growing regions grouped in four large areas, one of those is the Western Trans-Danube. We are not expert notwithstanding we are knowing the wines of this northern part. Last night we have had the dinner by the well known wine Soproni Kekfrankos, the most famous red wine of this region.

By the way, speaking about wines, the austrian tourists we meet this morning commented on this sujedt and said that every year they attend the cheerful festivals that take place in the time of the vintage everywhere around the Lake Ferto and the town of Cak, famous for its array of wine cellars. Our partners are considering that this Healthy Route will relax our body and it will also encourage the spirit.

We proceede westward and we find Fertod, 27 km. from here and its spectacular baroque castle of 1765, in the XVIII century as the "Hungarian Versalles." It belonged to the Eszterházy family, one of the noblest and powerful of Hungary and it reached its maximum splendour in the prince's Miklós time.

It really dazzles the luxury of this architectural jewel of horseshoe form with 127 rooms, some covered of marble of Carrara and baroque and rococo decorations. Miklós Eszterházy, a well-known mecenas and melomaniac in the court of the Habsburgo. It was famous in all Europe and he payed special attention to make possible the Music Room and the Opera House that during three decades was directed by Joseph Haydn and frequently visited by Beethoven.

We also decided to know the old quarries exploded by the Romans in the town of Ferorákos, before visiting one of the areas of more interesting humid lands of Central Europe, the Lake Ferto, located 15 kms in the northeast of Sopron.


 
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