Győr sits at the junction of the Danube, Rába, and Rábca rivers and is close to the Austrian and Slovakian borders. It’s a city rich with historic monuments and baroque architecture, and we loved it!
The old town is beautiful. We spent a lot of time wandering around and admiring the architecture. Many of the buildings have such ornate balconies.
We thought the business trade signs were interesting and are located throughout the old town. Our favourite is the golden ship, a work of art made by local goldsmith Bandi Schima. According to legend his letter is still preserved in the ship hull.
Győr has pretty squares in the old town and we especially liked Széchenyi tér. This is where the St. Ignatius of Loyola Benedictine church is and the inside of this church is incredible. It was built between 1633-1641 and the frescoes were painted by the Viennese artist Paul Troger.
Also in Széchenyi tér is House of the iron stump, a Baroque house from the 17th century which is now a museum. On one corner there’s a tree trunk studded with nails, it is said that every tradesman passing by the stump had to hammer a nail in for good luck. It also has a very unique balcony!
Another beautiful square we visited is Bécsi kapu tér. The Kármelita Church was built around 1720 when the Carmelites came to Győr.
The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most beautiful statues in Győr. It was erected in 1731 on the orders of the Hungarian Monarch as conciliation for the damage to the holy sacrament during the capture of a fugitive soldier by the King’s troops.
The Városháza (City Hall) was built around the 1890’s and is an impressive piece of neo-baroque architecture.
Győr is very pretty at night. On several evenings we went out to enjoy all the Christmas lights and of course the beautiful Christmas Market! Christmas Markets in Hungary – December, 2021
We really enjoyed our time in Győr!