Hungary’s Most Faithful City: SOPRON
We drove directly from Graz, Austria, into the most western city of Hungary, Sopron. We would have loved to have visited Budapest, and even gone onto Romania, but alas, too little time! You would think that two months are plenty for exploring Europe, but REALLY, you’d need a good year to properly explore Europe (and maybe even longer if you like to travel like we do!)
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 known as Hungary’s “most faithful city” because in 1921 there was a referendum, and Sopron opted to stay part of Hungary rather than be absorbed into Austria. This city has been around for quite a while! It was first settled by the Celts, then the Romans, then a succession of Germans, Avars, Slavs and Magyars. In recent years, this little town also indirectly brought about the most dramatic event of the late 20th century – the fall of the Iron Curtain. Today it is known as the most beautiful town in western Hungary – with a medieval center, charming cobbled streets, and a surrounding area famous for its vineyards!
We pulled into Sopron, and within minutes we were completely memorized! The streets were quiet and mysterious, but full of color and intrigue. There was something about Sopron that made us wish that we NEVER had to leave. It felt like we had driven into some sort of fairytale town. Our first motivation was to find some coffee, charge my camera, and then get on with our explorations.
Down an alleyway lined with arches, we found a cute little cafe. Sitting in the sun, while Eli napped in his stroller, we sipped on incredibly smooth cafe lattes. We had woken up early that morning, said goodbye to good friends, and driven a few hours… we definitely need a little caffeine boost!
For the next couple of hours, we simply roamed the streets of Sopron. We barely saw any people, but there were a few locals dining and relaxing around the main square. At one of the churches, we saw a wedding taking place, but overall, there really wasn’t much going on.
It was perfect!