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Győr-Moson-Sopron

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  • Day46

    After a longer evening than expected, we started late into the day. It was already very hot. We followed the Eurovelo 6 along the "Donau" (Danube in Hungary). The road was perfect. Wind was supportive. With 30+ km per hours, we easily rolled along the river.

    At lunchtime, we passed the Olympic Rafting Center and wanted to try but without a prior course it was too dangerous. So we watched and admired the professional rafters!

    After that, 30 km was nothing as the dam until we crossed a water we passed a hydro electronic power station that counts for 8% of Slovakia's energy.

    After crossing boarder to Hungary, we found such a great restaurant. Wis culinary highlight was the tasty garlic soup in a real bread as big as a pumpkin. And it was only the starter!

    We landed in a lovely small place Venek with 120 inhabitants with a natural swimming pool and a great host.
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  • Day233

    Day 234: To Sopron via Bratislava

    October 6, 2017 in Hungary

    Back on the road! Checked out of our room in Vienna with nary a backward glance - it's been a disappointing place and we definitely won't miss it. Short walk up to Westbahnhof to the underground where we caught the train right across to the far east of Vienna, end of the line at Semmering. Short wait before we hopped on a train heading across the border to Bratislava - probably the closest pair of capital cities anywhere in the world!

    Off the train in Bratislava within about 45 minutes of leaving Vienna, noting how much poorer Slovakia seems than either Austria or Slovenia. More beggars about etc. Waited about 20 minutes for a bus out to the airport where we picked up our car for the next month, a small Skoda Flavia about the size of a VW Polo. Nothing too fancy, but it's got a surprisingly large boot, air-con, cruise control, USB charging and in-built navigation which ticks basically all our boxes!

    First step was to drive immediately back into Austria! We'd rented the car from Slovakia since the rates are much cheaper; this rental was costing us about 15 euros per day! So we headed south into Austria (via a Slovakian McDonalds for lunch) towards the last world heritage site we haven't seen, the Neusiedlersee. This is a large closed lake (ie not fed/drained by a river) that covers a huge area on the Austrian-Hungarian border. It's about 30km long and 6-12km wide in various points, though it's entirely less than 6 feet deep!

    Drove to a few different points of interest on the eastern side, including the visitor centre at Illmitz and the seaside town of Podersdorf. Lots of windsurfers and kite-surfers out on the lake since it was very flat but extremely windy! Very difficult for filming but we managed. Not much information about though which was a bit frustrating, so I couldn't really add much insight to my video beyond what was on the UNESCO website, and Wikipedia!

    Eventually we headed across the border into Hungary to our home for the next couple of nights, Sopron. Checked into our guest-house (via the supermarket) which was sort of a B&B type place, but the owners were out of town for the weekend and the other room was unoccupied - so we had it to ourselves. Nice.

    Got settled in, then headed into town for some dinner. Some nice looking places around, though we ended up having drinks at a fancy bar (a wine and a large beer was about 3 euros), then a traditional local restaurant on the main square. Again the food was very cheap - Hungary in general tends to be cheap, from what I remember. Seems like a nice little town as well!
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  • Day235

    Day 236: Pannonhalma and Budapest

    October 8, 2017 in Hungary

    Loaded up the car and left Sopron around 9:30, stopping only briefly to pick up some breakfast croissants and coffee. First stop for the day was the UNESCO World Heritage monastery at Pannonhalma, about halfway between Sopron and Budapest. Arrived after about 90 minutes of driving and it was super impressive, standing on a high mountain and visible as soon as we came off the freeway 20 kilometres distant.

    This is one of the oldest abbeys in Hungary, and played a crucial role in the development of Hungarian writing (bearing in mind that Magyar spoken language had been around for centuries, just not written with Latin characters before). We drove and walked up the hill to the top and bought our tickets, though we discovered that the church was closed until the afternoon due to Sunday Mass.

    But we had a good look around the grounds and the incredible Baroque library, which thankfully we were able to film inside of! Makes a nice change, though I don't think they get a whole lot of tourists up here. The included audioguide was quite good too, though it was location-triggered and would occasionally skip to the next item if you wandered too far away.

    Since it was midday but with another 90 minutes until the church opened, we went back down the hill and picked a restaurant for lunch. It turned out to be a great choice, with local Hungarian food, a roaring fire and a nice cosy atmosphere. I had a bowl of game stew with potato, sausages and bread, while Shandos had a local dish of noodles, sheep cheese and fried bacon. I remember most central European food being quite stodgy, and this certainly didn't disappoint in that regard! I'm also forced to not drink with lunch which is good, since Hungary has a 0% BAC limit for drunk driving. They don't do sting operations like in Australia, but better to avoid it and not create problems. Interestingly, it's the same in much of central Europe (Czechia, Poland and Slovakia all have the same rule).

    Finished our lunch at 2pm and headed back up to the monastery where we examined the church. The foundation stones go back to the 10th century and Saint Stephen, first king of Hungary who ordered the founding of the monastery. Also some interesting highlights of where monks had hid during invasions by the Mongols and later the Ottoman Turks as well. And we had a quick look around the botanic gardens since those were a specific part of the heritage site too - remember that monks were not just religious men, they were also scholars, teachers, scientists and doctors!

    Back to the car where we rejoined the freeway and pointed for Budapest, one of our favourite cities from the 2014 White Christmas trip. This time we were staying in an Airbnb on the Buda side, in a building a street back from the river and directly underneath Fisherman's Bastion. And with free parking!

    Met our host at 4pm who let us in, and were glad to find that the apartment was both huge and well-furnished. Lots of space in the living room, which was probably bigger on its own than some apartments we've stayed in! Bedroom a little small, but on the whole very comfortable.

    Spent some time settling in and relaxing, then headed out for a local dinner. I had a pork schnitzel which was quite tasty, though prices are noticeably higher here in Budapest than in Sopron! Back upstairs where we spent the rest of the evening booking accommodation for the remainder of our roadtrip; we're now booked solid through until early November!
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  • Day234

    Day 235: More of Neusiedlersee

    October 7, 2017 in Hungary

    Headed down into the main town of Sopron for a rare cafe breakfast, since the prices seemed good and there were interesting cafes around. Our main mission today was to drive around the western side of Neusiedlersee, checking out the various little towns and just doing some exploring.

    So off we went! First stop was the small town of Rust back over in Austria which a few people had recommended. It was fairly pretty but quite touristy, and with most places either set up for paid wine tasting or booked out for tour groups. We wandered around and did a little filming but headed on soon afterwards.

    This unfortunately proved to be essentially the story of the day - semi-cute small towns but with not much happening due to the low season and impending winter. Plus with the huge reed banks around the lake it was often difficult to get decent views of the water at all, many "on the sea" towns were actually a kilometre or more inland!

    What I also found extremely frustrating was a complete lack of signage about anything world heritage related; my usual process for filming is to go in with a small amount of knowledge, and supplement it with whatever I can find on location to create the video. But here there was literally nothing - a few "this town is World Heritage Listed" signs on the Hungarian side, but nothing at all in Austria. No info, no maps, no brochures. Very annoying. Even when we went to the main visitor's centre and asking for World Heritage info they had nothing!

    In the end we just filmed a few nice bits of landscape, spoke a little to camera about how frustrating it was, and left it at that. It won't be my greatest video ever, but it probably won't be my worst either.

    Back to our apartment in Sopron by mid-afternoon where we relaxed and did bits of work. Only real excitement was a complete blackout while I was washing up from dinner - the whole block, not just our place thankfully. Luckily the power came back on after an hour or so.
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  • Day16

    Hot - up to 30'C this p.m with a headwind all day. Like being blow dried.

    Good directions got me out of Vienna without mishaps and I enjoyed the spiral descent off the Donau bridge (pic 1), memories of the velodrome. A couple of hours spent cycling through the Donau-Auen national park; I didn't see much of the 100 types of bird but did see heron, lizards, butterflies and dragonflies, and heard frogs.

    A couple of hours spent in Slovakia - lack of route signs, a bit tatty, but the waitresses at lunch were nice and spoke English. Road sign before hungarian border peppered with bullet holes (pic 2).

    Hungary - first impressions: quite smart, good cycle route markings and cycle paths, smells nice.

    Arrived in Mosonmagyarovar in time for the tourist office to find me a Pension - smart and friendly. Looks mostly tidy (pic 3) but some neglect, e.g. holes dug in middle of Cycle path not filled in (pic 4) - avoided by local cyclists and motorists alike.

    Mosonmagyarovar Is home to 350 practising dentists and from a walk around town seems good for: dental work, beauty treatments and products, massage, spa baths and hair care.
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  • Day4

    Über die Grenze nach Ungarn.

    July 11, 2017 in Hungary

    Nach nur 1 Stunde Fahrt haben wir unser nächstes Ziel erreicht, den Neusiedlersee. Der Stellplatz liegt direkt am See unmittelbar vor dem Strandbad. Grosser Stellplatz mit Strom und Wasser auf einer grossen Wiese mit Blick auf den See. Ein Wohnwagen und wir mit dem Womo sind die einzigen. Sehr übersichtlich, aber traumhaft schön.

  • Day4

    Badetag 1

    July 11, 2017 in Hungary

    Heute ist chillen angesagt. Ab und zu mal in den See hüpfen, wobei das Wasser sehr warm ist. Aber es gibt erfrischende Duschen. Mit dem Fahrrad noch kurz nach Fertörákos gefahren und Brot fürs Frühstück gekauft. Ein Bier zur Erfrischung musste sein. Zum Abendessen gab es grünes Chilli. Der Abend stimmte sich mit einem Regenbogen ein und die ersten Stechmücken (Schnacken) beginnen uns zu attackieren. Bei so wenig Menschen ist das Verhältnis irgendwie ungerecht.Read more

  • Day5

    Eine weitläufige Schlossanlage. Wobei die Ungarn es mit der Instandhaltung nicht so genau nehmen. Die Nebengebäude sind einfach stillgelegt und verbrettert. Sehr schade. Dennoch zeigt ein Rundgang die Weitläufigkeit solchen Schlossparks mit angrenzenden Wäldern, wo bereits früher der ein oder andere Bock geschossen wurde.

  • Day19

    Last stage

    July 24, 2017 in Hungary

    Wonder why anyone ever leave Vienna! This was just the break from all the somehow distant culture, we met so far, we needed. Despite their traffic which I still don't completely understand. But Budapest is another must-see before we go home to reality, so off we went.
    And the rain went with us. We were met by a wall of heat in a dark and yet beautifull city to the sound of thunder drowning the traffic noise. Unable to guess any words in this language we went shopping, and for the first time since we left Denmark we cooked our own dinner.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Győr-Moson-Sopron megye, Gyor-Moson-Sopron megye, Komitat Győr-Moson-Sopron, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Дьор-Мошон-Шопрон, Gyor-Moson-Sopron, Provincia di Győr-Moson-Sopron, ジェール・モション・ショプロン県, 죄르모숀쇼프론 주, Județul Győr-Moson-Sopron, Дьёр-Мошон-Шопрон, 傑爾-莫雄-肖普朗州

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