I have been travelling since I was a child but I have only truly stared discovering the wonders of the world after moving abroad for studies – I realized how there are no real distances in Europe and how even the tiniest village can give you the newest cultural insights. I also try to combine my love for other countries with my passion for cooking: check out the link to my blog, Food and Flags!
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Things to do in Győr
The sixth biggest city of Hungary is a true gem: Győr’s atmosphere is a mix of a classic character and a youthful, lively mood. Located at the junction of rivers and surrounded by the peaceful touch of nature, the city promises its visitors a number of worthy attractions. Travelling here lets us experience a simultaneously traditional and modern way of living – Győr is outstanding both culturally and historically, and it is the one of the country’s fastest growing industrial hubs. For instance, the German car manufacturer Audi also decided to have one of their main factories set up in this city, already over 20 years ago. The grand buildings in the city center, the green areas close by, and the typical bath and spa places all give the perfect opportunity for relaxation. It is the perfect place for those who want to hop on a bus and run away from the big city life for a little while! The city that used to serve as one of Vienna’s fortresses during the Turkish occupation has become one of Europe’s most refreshing cities. The university city is infamous not only for its excellent education in fields of electrical and mechanical engineering and lively character, but also known for its thermal waters! Do not forget to visit one of the spas, such as the ‘Rába Quelle’ thermal bath and spa or the ‘Achilles Park’.
Place of interest in Győr
As your bus arrives directly in the heart of the city, you can start with the sightseeing as soon as you hop off! You should firstly walk towards the river Rába and take a look at the gorgeous view as well as the Rába dual bridge (Rába kettős híd). You can also find here the infamous Karmelita Church and the square of the Viennese Gate. Afterwards you should stroll over to the baroque-styled Széchenyi square. The completely renovated city center is truly captivating. The surrounding small streets are filled with restaurants, cafés, churches and theaters, which are also worth discovering. The city of Győr also won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, the Europa Nostra, for the excellent and authentic renovation – which is proof that the city’s architecture really is gorgeous! Also on the banks of the river Rába you can find the Győr Cathedral (by its full name, it’s the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady), which is one of the outstanding pieces of the city’s historic mosaic. Its history goes back to the 11th century, when the Mongols completely destroyed this Romanesque church. It has been rebuilt, demolished by the Turks, and then finally redesigned again by the great Italian architect Giovanni Battista Rava in ornate style. It still had some restorations in the 1960s and Pope John Paul II gave it the Minor Basilica status in 1997. Definitely a must see before hopping back on your FlixBus!
Culture and History of Győr
Northwest Hungary’s most important city has a history reaching back all the way to the Iron Age. The region has been lived by Huns, Avars, and Franks before the conquering Hungarians (Magyars) would have arrived. The famous Győr Cathedral has been established in the times of the state foundation under the ruling of Stephen I (also knows and the King Saint Stephen). The constant presence of soldiers ravaging the city in the 17th and 18th century was replaced when Maria Theresa started her ruling. She was the only female to rule of the House of Habsburgs. Her 40-year reign brought prosper to many, and brought calmer times and more merchants to the city of Győr as well. The ever-present rococo atmosphere built up in the city during these times too – remains of this era might characterize the city best up until today. Győr has since belonged to the Napoleonic France as well as to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
If you are interested not only in history but culture as well, you can find a very unique exhibit in this city. Close to the city center in the Zichy Palace, another baroque architectural masterpiece, you can find an all-year-on textile doll exhibition. There are 72 dolls showcased with accessories and tiny furniture, that present fashion and styles of the past centuries. The city is also well-respected across the country for its Philharmonic Orchestra as well as ballet performances – try to get a ticket to at least one of the performances during your stay! This rich history has made the city’s culture colorful and powerful, which is most definitely worth discovering during your bus trip!
Nightlife in Győr
Even though it is difficult not to just go home, stretch our legs and fall asleep after an all-day-long sightseeing trip, you should definitely not let sleepiness get in your way after the sun goes down in the city of Győr! The university city still carriers many more surprises for bus travellers to discover at night as well; restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs – everything your heart desires. If you feel like having a big, delicious meal to re-fuel after walking around the whole day, it is really worth visiting either the ‘Hajó’ or the ‘La Maréda’ restaurants. The ‘Nádor Vendéglő’ is also a great choice. If you would also like a sip of delicate Hungarian wine with your dinner, then stop by the ‘Kisfaludy’ wine and tapas bar. ‘Club Vertigo’ is perfect if you want to dance all night long, or you can go to club ‘Mundo’. If you have not had the chance during the day or if it is just a very hot summer night, you could also try one of the baths of Győr, since the city is so famous for its excellent healing thermal waters and spas!If you would prefer the big city nightlife, you can easily hop on a FlixBus after dinner and travel to Budapest, Vienna or Bratislava. These capitals are all very close to Győr and you can get there with us in no time!