The city of Faith, Sopron
The city of Faith, Sopron Reviews
Civitas Fidelissima Oct 20, 2008
Sopron is situated near the western borders of Hungary, at the foot of the Alps, 60 km from Vienna and 220 km from Budapest. It is one of the oldest jewelboxes of the country. Sopron merges past and present in itself. It creates a bridge between Hungary and its western neighbours, opening a gate for foreign guests visiting Hungary, as it is symbolized by the coat of arms of the city.
The inhabitants of the city are famed for their hospitality and loyalty to their hometown. This is also symbolized by the 'Gate of Faith', which can be found on the southern side of the Firewatch Tower, the symbol of the city, and which was made in memory of the referendum of 1921.
The City Hall was built in 1896, in the year of the Hungarian Millennium. Opposite it, the Stornó House is one of the most well-known buildings of the city, thanks to its highly interesting collection. Even King Matthias stayed overnight between these walls. The Goat Church provided a venue for coronations and parliamentary sessions. The Holy Trinity Statue is a masterpiece of the Hungarian baroque, while the neo-gothic Ursuline Church is one of the most impressive architectural monuments of the past century. Várkerület was built along the former moat, its inner row of houses following the line of the castle wall. A gem of Várkerület is the Maria Statue.
The artistic traditions of the city are nearly seventy years old, and go back to a time which is often referred to as the golden age of the city.
The curative and recreating air of the natural environment, the hiking routes of the wooded hillsides, the view towers, the mountain springs, and the proximity of Lake Fertő make Sopron one of the most beautiful and most pleasant holiday resorts of Hungary. The Löverek, the hilly area south of the city, is the most fascinating and most distinguished recovery area of the city. Calm forests with spruces, oaks and chestnuts, lilies of the valley and cyclamens, hiking paths and lookout towers - these are the attractions of the Löverek.
Another attraction of the historic town of Sopron is represented by the excellent wines of the region, so the city is becoming increasingly popular among those who would like to satisfy their thirst with noble wines.
Sopron and its natural environment - the Sopron Hills with the valley of the Rák Brook and the Balf Hills with Lake Fertő - create a unique and harmonious landscape.
Creeks, gentle slopes, marked hiking routes, friendly picnic areas, more than forty springs, twenty brooks, seven lakes, five lookout towers, and thousand other surprises await the nature-lovers who seek relaxation. Sopron’s pleasant climate of subalpine character is famous for its health-giving quality, and has a beneficial effect on guests and patients in need of regeneration. The beauty of forest fruits, mushrooms and flowers, combined with the characteristic whispers and noises of the woods provides a permanent source of delight.
The Löverek, the hilly area south of the city, is the most fascinating and most distinguished recovery area of the city. Calm forests with spruces, oaks and chestnuts, lilies of the valley and cyclamens, hiking paths and lookout towers - these are the attractions of the Löverek.
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