Sopron in Hungary

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Main square © Michael Kargl/cc-by-sa-3.0

Main square © Michael Kargl/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sopron is a city in Hungary on the Austrian border, near the Lake Neusiedl/Lake Fertő. Today, Sopron’s economy immensely benefits from the European Union. Having been a city close to nowhere, that is, to the Iron Curtain, Sopron now has re-established full trade relations to nearby Austria. Furthermore, after being suppressed during the Cold War, Sopron’s German-speaking culture and heritage are now recognized again. As a consequence, many of the city’s street-and traffic-signs are written in both Hungarian and German making it an officially bilingual city due to its proximity to the Austrian frontier.

Visitors admire the large number of buildings in this city that reflect medieval architecture – rare in war-torn Hungary. Situated close to the Austrian border, Sopron receives many visitors from Vienna (70 kilometres (43 miles) away), and from Bratislava, Slovakia (77 km (48 mi) away), as well as from the United States, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Japan, and Scandinavia, who visit to take advantage of the excellent low-cost dental services offered: Sopron boasts so many dental clinics—more than 300—that the city is known as the “dental capital of the world.”

Aerial view © Civertan/cc-by-sa-2.5 Gate of Faith © flickr.com - Pennyjey/cc-by-2.0 Firewatch Tower © Szajci/cc-by-sa-3.0 City hall © Alensha/cc-by-sa-3.0 St Georg church © Indafotó.hu - tacsifoto/cc-by-2.5-hu Main square © Michael Kargl/cc-by-sa-3.0
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St Georg church © Indafotó.hu - tacsifoto/cc-by-2.5-hu
The architecture of the old section of town reflects its long history; walls and foundations from the Roman Empire are still common, together with a wealth of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque structures, often artistically decorated, showing centuries of stability and prosperity.

Sopron is a significant wine producing region, one of the few in Hungary to make both red and white wines. Grapes include Kékfrankos for red wine and Traminer (Gewürztraminer) for white wine. In climate it is similar to the neighbouring Burgenland wine region in Austria, and several winemakers make wine in both countries. Blue Frankish, Tramini, and Green Veltelini are well-known Sopron wines. Sopron’s Blue Frankish and Pinot Noir wines are particularly prized.

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