Known as the city of rivers, Győr is a charming little village located in Northwest Hungary. While most tourists visit the ‘golden triangle’ of Hungary, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, they miss out on the beautiful town of Győr located inside the triangle at the confluence of Mosoni-Danube and Rába rivers. Explore the city’s vibrant nightlife, interesting Baroque architecture, castles and abbeys, cycle-friendly squares, and rolling streets flanked by cafes, museums, and boutiques. As it is located halfway between Budapest and Vienna, you can easily add this offbeat travel destination to your Hungary travel itinerary. To get you started on exploring Győr, we have put together an interesting list of things to do in Győr, Hungary.
1. Take delight in petting exotic animals
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A small but clean and beautifully designed zoo, where you can enjoy the animal shows, informative activities, petting areas, and see a host of exotic animals. For families visiting Győr, this is an ideal activity to delight kids who might be overloaded with European museums and architecture. Their most popular activities are ones where visitors can get up close and interact with animals - including camels, anteaters, exotic colorful birds, jaguars, white Bengal tigers, black bears, and much more. Both kids and adults love visiting the zoo and celebrating the wonders of nature.
Xantus János Állatkert zoo
Address: Győr, Kiskút liget, 9027 Hungary
Website: Xantus János Állatkert zoo
Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (daily)
Price: 17 USD
2. Enjoy a soak in the thermal baths of Rába Quelle
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, Rába Quelle is a refreshing bathing facility with several indoor and outdoor thermal pools, two water slides, a sauna area, a pool-side bar, an international restaurant, and relaxing spa treatments on offer. It even has a hotel if you wish to stay overnight. They offer an array of therapies including Rheumatology, Balneotherapy, and Physiotherapy. With affordable prices and generous meal spreads, a visit to this spa is a must to take a break from sightseeing and relax those aching muscles.
Address: Fuerdo ter 1., Győr 9025, Hungary
Website: Rába Quelle
Opening hours: 9am - 8pm (daily)
Price: 12 USD
3. Admire the frescoes adorning Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady
Designed by Italian Giovanni Battista Rava, Cathedral Basilica Of The Assumption Of Our Lady is a stunning Baroque church. It has a tempestuous history: the Roman-style church was first consecrated by King Stephen I in at early 11th century. Mongols flattened this original structure in 1241, and the church we see now was completely rebuilt from the 1630’s onward. The Virgin Mary image on the altar is a venerated pilgrimage site. And, the dazzling frescoes and altar carvings are a marvel in themselves.
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady
Address: Győr, Káptalandomb 12, 9021 Hungary
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4. Have a whirl on the Győri Óriáskerék observation wheel
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Interested in experiencing birds-eye views of Gyor? Now, this is possible from the 50-meter (164 feet) tall Hungarian observation wheel in Dunakapu Square that overlooks the Danube, the bridges of the city, the Radó Island, and the steeples of the city churches. Visit the Ferris wheel in the evening, while the sun sets and darkness brings to life the dazzling array of city lights. A memorable view of the city that you’ll carry in your heart.
Győri Óriáskerék observation wheel
Address: Dunakapu Square, Gyor
Website: Győri Óriáskerék observation wheel
5. Snap a shot with the quirky Boatman Sculpture
Gyor, like most European cities, is home to a host of beautiful statues. Located in one of the city intersections, the Boatman Sculpture is a quirky statue a beat apart from the others. It depicts a boat with big river waves and a struggling boatman. There is a charming animation to this statue, making it a popular spot for Instagram photos and selfies. It is a favorite photo point for travelers, as well as a meeting point for the young and older people living in the city.
Address: Baross Gabor ut, Gyor 9021, Hungary
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Browse through Hungarian artworks at Rómer Flóris Art and Historical Museum
Rómer Flóris museum is the municipal museum of the city of Győr comprising 11 historical buildings that house several art collections, permanent exhibitions, and temporary shows of modern and contemporary art. Spend a day walking through the art exhibits that span a range of classic, impressionistic, and other art styles. You can also plan to attend their International Graphic Arts Workshop and Biennale, one of the most popular art events of Gyor.
Rómer Flóris Art and Historical Museum
Address: Győr, Király u. 17, 9021 Hungary
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 2 USD
7. Admire delicate ceramic sculptures at Margit Kovacs Ceramic Collection
Margit Kovacs Ceramic Collection features statuettes, pots, plates, wall plaques and tiled murals created by Margit Kovács (1902–77). Her works illustrate stories from the bible, Hungarian country folk, and rustic family life. Visit this museum to appreciate the flowing sensuality of her ceramics. While some of her initial works might appear overly sentimental to you, there are many powerful ceramics, especially those created at the later stages of her career, that are extremely powerful. To appreciate the true meaning of her works, hire a guide.
Margit Kovacs Ceramic Collection
Address: Apaca utca 1, Gyor 9022, Hungary
Website: Margit Kovacs Ceramic Collection
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
Price: 6 USD
8. Take in the sweeping views from Bishop-Lookout Tower
Located next to the Basilica of Gyor, is Puspokvar-Toronykilato, a historic castle and tower also referred to as the Bishop’s Lookout Tower. When you get up the tower to the viewpoint, you’ll be able to soak in the beauty of the city - with well-tended gardens, communist-era apartment blocks, churches, and architecture. You’ll have to climb a lot of steep steps to reach the viewpoint; however, there are plenty of rest stop along the way with charming old photos of Gyor. To make the most of your visit, hire a guide who can show you the best viewpoints, interesting historical stories, and the nicest selfie points.
Address: Kaptalandomb 1, Gyor, Hungary
Website: Bishop-Lookout Tower
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 6pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 8pm
9. Stop by the zany Jedlik Anyos Fountain
Located in Gyor, Jedlik Anyos Foutain statue in the form of a soda siphon celebrates the inventor’s creation of the soda (or spritzer) bottle. Anyos Jedlik (1800-1895) was an inventor, engineer, and physicist who spent the last years of his life isolated at the Benedictine priory in Gyor. Visit this modern statue, click a few photos, and read up on this life of this free-spirited scientist.
Jedlik Anyos Foutain
Address: Downtown Gyor, Hungary
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
10. Tour the splendid Bishops Castle and Episcopal Palace
Bishop’s Castle And Episcopal Palace is among the most frequented tourist attractions of Gyor. This complex comprises a Baroque-style Bishop’s Palace, Castle Garden on the Castle bastion, and a four-story residential tower. At the eastern corner of the castle tower is a chapel that was built in 1481 - 1486 by bishop Orbán Dóczy. Light a prayer candle in this ancient chapel that is one of the rare instances of multi-level castle chapels. A must visit is the permanent exhibition presenting the life of Bishop Vilmos Apor, who was executed in 1945 by Russian soldiers in a cellar under the castle. Hourly guided tours are conducted for groups as well.
Bishops Castle and Episcopal Palace
Address: Gyor, Kaptalandomb 1, 9021 Hungary
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 3 USD
11. Spend an hour around the eclectic Varoshaz Square - City Hall
You cannot visit Gyor without taking a look at the emblem of the city, the impressive City Hall at Varoshaz Square. Inaugurated in 1900, this eclectic building has a stately coat of arms on its facade and a tower from which Small Plain region folk song is played every hour. The square has a musical fountain, a statue of Gábor Baross, Hungary’s former minister of transport, a memorial plaque for City Hall’s main tower, as well as the bustling entrance to the town’s shopping street.
Varoshaz Square - City Hall
Address: Győr, Káptalandomb 1, 9021 Hungary
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
12. Savor Hungarian-style meat at Palffy Etterem
Centrally located in a beautiful old city square, this restaurant is the ideal place to sample some authentic Hungarian dishes. The staff can speak various languages and will help you in choosing from their elaborate menu. Try some Hungarian style Beef Goulash paired with a house wine for a hearty meal. The Gulasch soup, Schnitzels, puddings, pancakes, and homemade ice creams will all leave you licking your fingers!
Address: Győr, Jedlik Ányos u. 19, 9022 Hungary
Website: Palffy Etterem
Opening hours: 9am - 12am (daily)
Price: 7 USD
13. Get some retail therapy at ÁRKÁD Győr
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If you are in the mood for some retail therapy in Győr, the best place to head to is the Arkad shopping mall. This relaxed mall offers over 120 shops, with both local and global brands, and a variety of fast-food outlets. With modern facilities, free parking, convenient location, and a comforting food court, there is everything you need here for a good shopping session or even some window shopping!
Address: Győr, Budai út 1, 9027 Hungary
Website: ÁRKÁD Gyor
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)
14. View priceless relics and old books at Győr Diocesan Treasury, Library, and Lapidary
A striking 17th-century palace houses the treasury and library for the Győr Diocese. Commissioned in 1688 by bishop Széchényi György, this building houses the diocese’s book and art collections. When here, make sure you check out the 18th-century textile garnitures, valuable goldsmith masterpieces, a valuable collection of Gothic chalices, polychrome statues, paintings, and tabernacles.
Győr Diocesan Treasury
Address: 9021 Győr, Káptalandomb 26
Opening hours: 10am - 4pm (daily)
Price: 3 USD
15. Try your luck at Casino Win
Casino Win in Győr is a sprawling gaming space featuring 200 gaming machines and 30 table games including . The staff and hosts are courteous and will make sure you have a fun time at the casino. Electronic Roulette, American Roulette, Blackjack,Texas Hold'em poker cash game, Punto Banc and many other classic live games. You can also try your hand at any of the 150 slot machines with updated two-color Jackpot systems - they are easy to play and great fun. They offer a discreet and elegant environment with skilled staff who will see to your comfort and entertainment. Choose from live and arcade games to try your luck; you may win some and lose some but it is the most enjoyable way to spend a day for sure.
Address: Győr, Vasvári Pál u. 1, 9024 Hungary
Website: Casino Win
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
16. Sample Hungarian wines at Divino Győr winebar
A stay in Győr would not be complete without sampling some authentic Hungarian wine, and the best place for a drink is the Divino Győr wine bar. With an extensive selection of Hungarian wines, in all price categories, you’ll easily find something to your taste. And, the wine menu is illustrated through a wall mural with a map of Hungary - so you can really on wine trail of the country from the comfort of a buzzing bar in an interesting square.
Divino Győr winebar
Address: Győr, Széchenyi tér 7, 9022 Hungary
Website: Divino Györ winebar
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 4pm - 3am; Sun - Mon: 4pm - 12am; Tue - Thu: 4pm - 2am
Price: 3 USD onwards
17. Get some good luck at House of the Iron Stump
House of the iron tree stump gets its name from a tree stump full of nails found in a corner of the garden. Traditionally, all craftsmen who passed by this house were required to hammer a nail into the stump. The exact origin of this custom remains shrouded in mystery; however, it is believed that the nails would bring luck. Now, this building houses the Imre Patkó collection (1922-83). The highlights of this collection are the paintings of Endre Balint, Lajos Kassak, Victor Vasarely and Bela Kondor. It also includes 16- to 20th-century art pieces that Patko collected from the world over, such as Chinese fine art, tribal and applied arts of the Africa, Far East, and Oceania.
House of the Iron Stump
Address: Szechenyi ter 4., Győr 9022, Hungary
Opening hours: Apr - Sep: 10am - 6pm (daily); Oct - Mar: Tue - Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 3 USD
18. Catch a riveting theatrical performance at National Theatre of Győr
Opened on 2 November 1978, the National Theatre of Győr is among the most visited theaters of Hungary. Renamed in 1992, it was originally called the Kisfaludy Károly Theatre. Initially built in a contemporary-modernist style and reconstructions took in 2009 to enhance the interiors and machinery, this theatre has a capacity of 600 to 700 seats, 2 performing spaces, and 3 arts departments. You’ll find a variety of shows here: musical concerts, opera, drama, operetta, comedy and tragicomedy, as well as prose and musical workshops.
National Theatre of Győr
Address: Győr, Czuczor Gergely u. 7, 9022 Hungary
Website: National Theatre of Győr
19. Check out the legendary statue of Ark of the Covenant
Located in Gutenberg Square in Downtown Győr, the Statue of the Arc of the Covenant is a Baroque monument dating back to 1729. You’ll find the story of this statue very interesting: György Weingasser, a runaway soldier accused of bigamy, adultery and using a false name, took shelter at the church of Győr. He was disguised as an acolyte during the feast of Corpus Christi procession, and moved to the Bishop’s Place. However, some people recognized him and informed the police, which led to a fight during which the priest dropped the tabernacle with the Holy Wafer. And, people accidentally stepped on it. Eventually, this statue was set up to ask God, pardon for the blasphemy.
Ark of the Covenant
Address: Gutenberg ter, Győr 9021, Hungary
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
Bask in the glory of Gyor
With a rich history going back to the Romans, today Győr is an upbeat cultural center, a well-known university town, and a popular tourist destination. This city with its many charms is sure to touch your heart. With numerous attractions and vibrant local culture, there is no dearth of things to do here. So plan a trip to Hungary, and keep a few days in this city to nourish your heart and soul.
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