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Győr and Pannonhalma for Seniors - 2 days

Győr and Pannonhalma
How long it takes?
2 Days
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World Heritage Sites
Culture and monuments
Győr and Pannonhalma
Day 1
It’s worth taking your time to explore the Baroque city centre of Győr – a real jewellery box.

The Baroque city centre of Győr

The Old Town, the historical town centre is situated at the junction of the Danube and Rába rivers. The town centre has managed to protect its historical character, and you’ll find most of the monuments and tourist attractions here.

Bécsi kapu tér is one of the most beautiful Baroque squares in Hungary and also one of the oldest squares in Győr. All of its buildings qualify as listed buildings of national heritage. The town square of Győr is Széchenyi tér, which has been functioning as a market square since the 14th century. In the past, it served as home to an Ancient Roman civil town. The square is also where the Saint Ignatius of Loyola Benedictine Church and Monastery and the Széchenyi Pharmacy Museum are located.

The streets, squares and the old company signs on the houses take us back in time: the Zichy Palace, the Esterházy Palace, the museums and churches are full of ancient treasures.Let yourself be guided back in time in this awe-inspiring city centre.

The Bishop’s Castle with the Bishop’s Palace

Káptalandomb has been Győr’s town centre for centuries, and home to the Bishop’s Castle and the Bishop’s Palace. The palace is the most perfectly preserved bishop’s residence from the Middle Ages in all of Hungary.

The building has always served as a bishop’s residence – with the exception of the first two centuries of the modern era – and continues as such to this day. One of the most sacred relics of Hungary, the Holy Crown had numerous stays here.

One of the unique features of the Bishop’s Castle is the tower house originating from the 13th century. The top awaits those who are willing to climb some steps for a wonderful view, while in the cellars you can view the exhibition on the life and work of Vilmos Apor.

The Bishop’s Palace, which is connected to the tower house, has some valuable details to offer. The marvellous Baroque staircase was built in the second half of the 18th century, while the palace’s chapel was built by Bishop Orbán of Nagylucse in 1487. The neo-Gothic features were added later, however, the building survived in its original form. Its three tracery windows and the fine star-shaped ceiling is an aesthetic creation of Gothic architecture.

Cathedral – St Ladislaus' herm

Győr Cathedral was founded during the reign of Saint Stephen. It holds our most important ecclesiastical relic – other than the Holy Crown – the herm of St Ladislaus.

The foundations of the oldest church in Győr originate from the time of the reign of Saint Stephen but it has been refurbished and renovated on various occasions.

The herm, our most important national and ecclesiastical relic other than the Holy Crown, stands in the Gothic-styled Héderváry Chapel situated on the south-west side of the church. The herm itself is a detailed portrait sculpture of King Saint Ladislaus. It is a masterpiece by Transylvanian Hungarian goldsmiths and one of the first Hungarian examples of the filigree technique.

Day 2
If you are making it a two-day trip in Győr, be sure to also visit the nearby Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma.

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma

Pannonhalma is just half an hour from Győr. Once you arrive, head straight to the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The monastery’s buildings guard messages passed down from bygone ages. The monastic community currently living here continues to use the surviving buildings in line with their original purpose.

The parts of the monastery open to visitors include the church, the undercroft, the cloister, and the library, where the earliest Hungarian language artefact, the founding charter of the Abbey of Tihany, is kept. The building houses the Benedictine High School of Pannonhalma.

On the abbey’s premises, you’ll find an arboretum, an unparalleled herb garden, a high-class winery and restaurant as well.

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