Flights to Gyor
The city of Gyor is north-west Hungary’s most important city. Full of handsome architecture and attractive streets, Gyor has many sights to see yet is not as full of tourists as Hungary’s capital, Budapest.
Approximately 15 kilometres outside of the city is the Gyor-Per International Airport (airport code: QGY). However despite its international rating, this airport is not currently handling commercial flights to Gyor. The Milan Rastislav Stefanik Airport (code: BTS) in Bratislava in only 60 kilometres away though and several airlines offer flights to here from South Africa. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have flights that connect in London and Paris, but you’ll make stops in Munich and Prague if you fly with Lufthansa. Swiss Air is another option; a flight to Gyor with them connects in Zurich and Prague.
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The Tourist Attractions of Gyor:
There are many lovely buildings in Gyor and some of the main landmarks include the following:
Gyor Cathedral was originally built in the Romanesque style and dated from the 11th century. It’s been destroyed several times since its first construction, firstly by the Mongols in the year 1240, after which it was rebuilt in the Gothic style between the years 1257 to 1267. Some parts of the cathedral were added later, such as the chapel, but then another fire destroyed large parts of the cathedral again leading it to be further remodelled in the 17th century. Much of the beautiful Baroque interior of Gyor Cathedral was decorated some time after this remodelling and includes a number of wonderful frescoes and altarpieces.
Gyor Town Hall
The major landmark for Gyor is the Town Hall, and this is not surprising considering its central tower makes this the tallest building in the city. The Town Hall was built between 1896 and 1898 and was planned to be the heart of the newer and more modern city of Gyor, contrasting to the older historical parts. It’s an ornate building both inside and out and the neoclassical architecture is particularly beautiful when lit up at night.
Museums in Gyor
Gyor has several museums where you an enjoy art, history and culture. There is an art museum in one of Gyor’s former synagogues. Visiting this you not only get to enjoy the art museum but the architecture of the attractive synagogue too. Gyor’s history can be explored at Xantus Janos Museum which has a focus on Roman archaeology.
About 20 kilometres from Gyor is the Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey, an attraction that is definitely worth travelling the distance. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the oldest monuments in all of Hungary. Situated on top of a hill, this beautiful complex is the second largest territorial abbey in the world and is still lived in by monks to this day.
When Should You Visit?:
Though it is slightly rainier during the summer, the summer months are definitely the best time to visit Gyor. Temperatures are pleasant without being too excessive – average highs are between 24 and 26C from June to August. May and September are also nice but either side of these months the temperatures drop off quickly, resulting in a cool winter. The average high in January is 2C.