Szombathely Journals

Introducing Szombathely

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A June 2012 trip to Szombathely by fizzytom

City Cafe Hotel Photo, Szombathely, Hungary More Photos
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An Overview of Szombathely

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Szombathely Synagogue Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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Szombathely (pronounced ‘Tsom-bat-eye’), might not be a destination on everyone’s lips but the city and the surrounding area does have a lot to offer. It has a handsome centre crammed with Baroque buildings with wonderfully detailed facades, grand churches, a magnificent synagogue and all kinds of eye catching Socialist era architectural gems. There are enough attractions like museums – indoors and outside – and galleries to keep you occupied for a week (though, really, a two day visit is sufficient to recognise the city’s charms) and the local area boasts castles, vineyards and beautiful countryside. The city is the tenth largest in Hungary and has all the facilities you’d expect from a l...Read More

Garden of Roman Ruins

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Attraction | "What the Romans Left Behind"

Garden of Roman Ruins Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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Long before the Magyars decided to perplex non-Hungarians by naming this settlement in western Hungary "Szombathely" (pronounced Tsom-bat-aye) the Romans simply referred to it as Savaria. Excavations have revealed Roman remains in several locations in the area but the ones that can be seen in the Garden of Ruins, just in the shadow of the city’s cathedral, are the most extensive and best preserved. Szombathely lacks signs to guide tourists to the main attractions: the entrance to the gardens is through a gate to the right of the cathedral. Although tours in English may be possible if arranged in advance, we were given a somewhat tatty polythene folder containing a plan of the gardens and a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 23, 2012

Garden of Roman Ruins

Szombathely, Hungary

Gekko Pub es Etterem

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Restaurant | "Gekko Grub"

Gekko Pub es Etterem Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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There are lots of places in Szombathely to have a coffee and a piece of cake or an ice cream but it’s rather more difficult to find somewhere for a lunch. Having arrived in town early in the afternoon on a Saturday, we dropped off our luggage and headed out in search of lunch. The Gekko Pub is a couple of blocks from the main square and is situated beside what is probably a busy roundabout during the week, though on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was pretty quiet. Having spent the previous day dodging rain showers in Bratislava we were pleased to have the opportunity to dine outdoors. The waiter told us he didn’t speak English and indicated to wait a moment: we thought he was...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2012

Gekko Pub es Etterem
Szelestey Utca 2
Szombathely, Hungary
94340320

Smidt Museum

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Attraction | "Hungarian Hoarder"

Smidt Museum Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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What do you give the man who has everything? In the case of Dr. Lajos Smidt, you’d better make it a museum. In fact, the Szombathely surgeon had so much stuff that when he retired he gave his entire collection to the local municipality who put it all on display in a museum in a former grammar school. Although he was an avid collector in his own right, Dr. Smidt was given many of the pieces in the collection by patients in lieu of payment. He even received items from a nearby castle! Although the museum is named after Smidt, it can really be regarded as a museum of local history with a few more general displays as well. Over two floors you’ll find rare books, paintings, glass and ceramics, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2012

Smidt Museum
Hollan Erno Utca 2
Szombathely, Hungary

Godor Vendeglo

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Restaurant | "Waiting for Godor"

Godor Vendeglo Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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Szombathely is a funny old town; partly this is because it’s in Hungary, a country I like a lot, but which often defies comprehension. I knew of the town by name only and didn’t know anything else until I picked up a promotional brochure for the "Via Urbum", a joint tourism venture between the respective municpalities of Maribor (in Slovenia), Varazdin (in Croatia) and Szmobathely. The Hungarian tourism people had done such a good job of highlighting Szombathely’s charms that when I recently needed a destination for an overnight stop en route from Bratislava to Maribor, I immediately thought of the town. We ate at Godor* on a warm Saturday evening in June having found the restaurant in a r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2012

Godor Vendeglo
Hollan Erno Utca 12
Szombathely, Hungary

City Cafe Hotel

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Hotel | "Sausage Steaming in Szombathely"

City Cafe Hotel Photo, Szombathely, Hungary
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With only twenty four hours to spend in Szombathely we didn't want to waste time in looking for a hotel when we arrived so we took the unusual (for us) step of booking a hotel in advance. The choice was quickly whittled down. There are no commercial hostels and although the student halls all offer accommodation, the websites of all were in Hungarian only and I could not decipher whether any offered term time accommodation to tourists. Searches of booking websites suggested several hotels outside of the city, mostly the spa type that are common in the area, and only two - one a ritzy hotel housed in a former palace - came up in the city centre. The only one that met our requirements was Cit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2012

City Cafe Hotel
Kossuth Lajos Street 2
Szombathely, Hungary 9700
06 20 989-8989

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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