"Gyor - Town of Meetings" Gyor Megyei Varos by Heniko

Gyor Megyei Varos Travel Guide: 107 reviews and 311 photos

Gyor, is the town of my birth. I thought to include this town in my Homepage also as it is so dear to heart.
The name Gyõr must be familiar to the readers. Anyway, this word, which is rather difficult to pronounce for foreigners, is well know from road maps and road signs by travellers passing through. The city Gyõr is situated at one of the important roads in Central Europe, exactly midway between the two metropolis, Vienna and Budapest. A continuous stream of all peoples of Europe rolls along the board Szent István street, to the South of the city centre. The railway line Vienna-Budapest runs parallel with the road: every year hundred thousands of people rumble by the city in the trains of the railway connecting Western and Eastern Europe
In spite of these, the city itself is nearly unknown to the bulk of the travellers. Most of the express trains does not stop in Gyõr, and for those driving in a car through the city, a row of high houses covers the vista of the historic city centre. The travellers do not know, or they just surmise that the big city buildings hide a pleasant small town centre. Here streets and squares with a history of several hundred years lie in hiding: houses, palaces and churches mellowed by age. The town has led a bustling city life from time immemorial: culture, industry and rich commerce add to the attraction of the settlement. The present day inhabitants are aware of the value of their surroundings and do their best to make their town more rich and beautiful.
In spite of these, the city itself is nearly unknown to the bulk of the travellers. Most of the express trains does not stop in Gyõr, and for those driving in a car through the city, a row of high houses covers the vista of the historic city centre. The travellers do not know, or they just surmise that the big city buildings hide a pleasant small town centre. Here streets and squares with a history of several hundred years lie in hiding: houses, palaces and churches mellowed by age. The town has led a bustling city life from time immemorial: culture, industry and rich commerce add to the attraction of the settlement. The present day inhabitants are aware of the value of their surroundings and do their best to make their town more rich and beautiful.

Gyor is famous for its schools and industry.
The town is nice and well-liked because of its baroque buildings.The town centre is the pedestrian street called Baross Gabor, or Baross utca for short. It is the main street as you come out from the train station and the City Hall. Several cafes and boutiques, as well as fountains are located here, and just prefect for any tired traveler.
Busy markets and road-side stalls decorate all of Gyor, and one is able to find anything imaginable from local handmade goods to those imported by the Turkis caravans.Győr, the city of meetings. To meet this challenge in co-operation with the local authority and the various national sports federations series of international sports events was organised in Győr: the Women’s Handball World Championship, the International Balázs Cup, the Junior Women’s Handball World Championship, the Kayak Marathon World and European Championship, the Tutti Judo Cadet World Cup and Junior European Championship, the Triathlon World Cup and the Triathlon European Championship

In the Roman times, this town was a settlement at the junction of the Danube, Raba and Rabca ideal for trade.
The town has been commerical center, especially in the last century mainly due to the railways and rivers.
Today the town has a population of about 14O,OOO and due to its geographical situation, flavourable infrastructure and human capital, it is the most prosperous region of Hungary after Budapest.
Today travellers in car approach the city form the west on the new international road: trains arrive on the parallel railway line. The city gives an unforgettable view from this side, too: over the dams of the gently curved river Rába you can see the gables of the houses in the inner town, to the east the big dome of the neolog synagogue, further away the rich silhouette of the historic inner town. The new road crosses a big several level junction. The vista is closed by the tower of the townhall. The traffic on the Petõfi bridge leading to the New City has diminished since the new road has been in use, but the view from this point is magnificent even today with the block of the Carmelite complex.

Travellers from the north and northeast were received earlier by the narrow streets and tiny houses of Sziget and Révfalu. Recently these parts of the city have changed significantly, too. The village-like streets were rebuilt and developments consisting of square buildings substituted the single-storey family houses. In the first place the powerful and animated block of the Széchenyi István College draws attention to itself: the impression is especially in the evening that of a big town when the illuminated glass cubes of the scenically distributed buildings welcome the visitor. The old wooden bridge before the old Danube-gate which led once to the inner town was substituted already at the turn of the century by an up-to-date vaulted steel truss-bridge. Crossing the bridge, you see the vivid scenes of the market with the roofs, chimneys, spires of the inner town in the background.

The unwritten tradition kept numerous stories in connection with Gyõr's history. Modern research into the history of the city started at the middle of the last century, but found only few documents and proofs for the reality of these stories. Old tales survive, however, even if science disputes their credibility. The story about the iron cock is the best known one in Gyõr. The iron cock is an existing article, a tower decoration made by the Turks which was supplemented later by a double cross and is presently in the city museum. According to the tale Grand-Vezir Sinan who led the troops conquering Gyõr prophesied that as long as the cock would not call, Gyõr would remain under Turkish rule. During the night of the victorious siege the cock did call, its voice, however, was lent him by a clever Hungarian soldier. The iron stock of the Széchenyi square can be seen even today fastened with chain to the corner of the house No. 4. It was found that the iron nails in it do not come from itinerant journeymen visiting the city, but it was made by the proprietor of the grocer's "To the Iron Stock" as a kind of advertisement. The sculpture of the Ark of the Covenant at the Gutenberg square was, however, really got carved by king Charles III, actually from the golden thalers of Gyõr mercenaries. This way the emperor and king wanted to punish the soldiers who attacked their fugitive companion who carried the ostensory. Looking on the beautiful sculpture we are glad that the money was spent for this pride of Gyõr instead of for murderous weapons. The old cemetery is no more existing in Gyõr's suburb, the beautiful Baroque and Classicistic gravestones are also lost. Among them there was a sarcophagus in which a bygone director of the Gazdag circus was buried who was teared to pieces by his ungrateful lions.

The careful and hard research of the local history does not only disprove tales, but it brings to light many old, forgotten true stories. Thus e.g. in the Zichy palace mystic scrawls were found-alchimists'signs. The frescoes have been carefully restored (Liszt Ferenc street 20). It is likely that a 19th century proprietor of the house, Ádám Huszár who was in financial difficulties tried to make gold in order to pay his debts. Papers and publications about the histories of Gyõr's houses are written by the local historians to describe new discoveries-from this point of view the issues of the town embellishment club are especially interesting.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Non-touristy town with several interesting things to see and experience! Best town to stop in while on a Vienna or Budapest tour!
  • Cons:Not much going on in the colder seasons.
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  • Nov 6, 2006 at 9:36 AM

    Very interesting page! hope to visit Gyor soon :)

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    Apr 16, 2006 at 5:40 PM

    Very nice picture of hungary you paint on these well written pages. I haven't yet been to hungary, but i soon will to trace my great granmothers family.. my mother makes the most wonderful strudel... Regards Jasen

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    Apr 12, 2006 at 2:12 PM

    Enjoyed reading your Gyor pages....it's a lot cleaner there than Budapest...A word of warning, don't use the Hungarian alphabet or the letter will show as? and not the letter. Well welcome2 VT maybe you will pay a visit to Bp when it gets warmer. Tim.

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    Apr 6, 2006 at 12:20 PM

    Gyor is a beautiful city that we visit very often, but we always are in a hurry and on the way. I hope that I will have more time someday, to admire this wonderful place. Your images are superb and the tips very interesting. Gabriela

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    Apr 3, 2006 at 1:19 AM

    Gyor seems to be a very nice city. I have often found that among cities that were not visited by tourists, many were actually worth the visit. Let us keep it secret so that it remains quiet and “true” ;-))

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