Firewatch Tower, Sopron
The charming little European city of Sopron, Hungary, we found ourselves walking towards this Firewatch Tower at the northern end of the Main Square. It is without a doubt the symbol of Sopron. The round shaped lower part was built on the remains of the Roman age town wall, and served as the northern tower of the city from the 13th century onwards. The tower acquired its present form with its Baroque balcony and helm roof after the great fire of 1676.
Since we were only stopping in Sopron for half a day, we didn’t have as much time as we would have like to fully explore this city. There wasn’t much time to waste, and yet we didn’t feel rushed at all. It was stops like this that made us love our European Road Trip so much – it was full of surprises and adventure. Elijah had fallen asleep in the carseat just before we arrived, so we moved him directly into the stroller and began exploring.
Our Lonely Planet on a Shoestring had listed the main sights in Sopron. But even if it hadn’t mentioned the Firewatch Tower, we would have seen it as we walked down the narrow roads surrounding Main Square. Climbing the spiral staircase, consisting of 200 steps, results in a splendid view of the historic town. Not wanting to wake up little man, Justin strolled around the Main Square looking for souvenir Hungary flags/ badges — practically our own consistent travel souvenir! I climbed the stairs along, and enjoyed the view from the balcony – the former post of the guards.
When I got back down to ground level, I exited the tower to find these two…
(Look at Eli’s cute little “just woke up” face!)
“Look, There’s Mama!”
Eli had woken up from his nap so Justin bought an ice cream for them to share. It turned out that Eli had woken up shortly after we parted ways, but after climbing this narrow spiral stairs, I am glad that we had made the decision to briefly explore separately. We would have had to carry little guy up those 200 stairs.