Polus Pension

Rakosi 1, Sopron, 9400, Hungary
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Firewatch Tower (Sopron, Hungary)Firewatch Tower (Sopron, Hungary)

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by nicolajm

I will be visiting Sopron next month. I don't speak any Hungarian, but of course I will try to learn 'please, thankyou, hello' and other simple words before I go.

For more complicated things, how difficult will it be to make myself understood in English? Do many people speak English in that area?

I am guessing lots of people will speak German rather than English as it is so close to Austria. My German is terrible!! I can speak French, but I don't suppsoe this will be much use?


RE: Language

by TexasDave

Being a tourist destination, most people in restaurants, hotels, etc speak enough English. We found that many restaurants have English menus (some with glaring mistakes, but still understandable)you just have to ask for them. You're right, it's easier if you speak German, but with just English you still shouldn't have a difficult time.

RE: Language

by SWFC_Fan

Hi Nicola

I managed fine with no Hungarian and a reasonable (but somewhat rusty) grasp of German.

German is far more widely understood than English, but amongst the younger generations, you will generally be understood in English.

Some restaurants and cafes have menus that are printed in Hungarian and German only. I knew enough German for this not to be a problem, but it's something that you might want to consider. A lot restaurants do have English language menus.

I went to a museum and, although the guide spoke very little English, the museum had gone to the trouble of printing an English language guide explaining all the items in each individual room.

The staff at the train station spoke English and the staff at my hotel spoke only a limited amount of English, but that was never a problem.

Unless you find yourself in a situation where you need to explain something detailed, then you'll be fine using English.

I would advise learning the basic Hungarian words as you say, and maybe get yourself a list of menu items translated from German to English (you should be able to find something suitable online which you can print off and take with you).

Have a great time in Sopron....it's a beautiful little town!


Travel Tips for Sopron

English pub and restaurant on Szechenyi Ter

by SWFC_Fan about Perkovatz Haz

I stopped off at Perkovatz Haz English Pub and Restaurant on my second (and last) evening in Sopron during a visit to the city in January 2006.

The pub's bright pink exterior makes it somewhat conspicuous on the picturesque square of Szechenyi Ter. It is located at the south-western end of the square, next door but one to Domotori Kaffeehaus.

The pub's interior is traditional English style, with cosy seats, wooden tables, a long wooden bar with a series of beer pumps and a jukebox. It really is a little piece of England in the heart of this small Hungarian town.

The draught beer selection is good, with both local and international (not just English) beers on tap.

There is also a food menu with the usual selection of pub fare - soups, sandwiches, steaks and puddings.

I just had a quick beer - a draught Edelweiss white beer (Cost: 570 Ft) - before bidding a fond farewell to Sopron.


by ancato

"A beautiful town near Austria"

The center is full of tourists, traditional houses and old churches and is dominated of the Firewatch Tower.
Everywhere there are dental cabinets, in fact many of the austrians visiting Sopron are "dental tourist".

Sopron, a taste of Hungary at the gates to Vienna

by DesertRat

"Spice up your life in Sopron!"

Anyone who gets as far east as Vienna should definitely plan on taking at least a day-trip over to Sopron, which is not much more than 40 minutes away by train. Once, prior to 1989, getting there meant a long, involved visa hassle, which scared a lot of people away. Nowadays, the Hungarians barely look at your passport, so there really are no excuses!

The town itself has maybe 55,000 people and is nestled, quite snugly, really, in a pleasant valley surrounded by conifer-clad hills. They're not very big, but they provide great hiking in the summer and decent skiing in th winter. They're also a good place to cool down if the heat gets to be too much in town during the summer.

"The Old Town, Hungary's answer to Prague"

With a preponderance of late-Gothic and early Baroque buildings crowding the narrow streets and lanes of the Old Town, it's the kind of place in which you half-way expect knights in armor and maidens in wimples to pop out around the next corner. The town is, in many senses, a bit of a fairy-land. It's also small, so everything within what remains of the old city wall is within just a few minutes' walking distance. No need for buses or taxis here, though there are buses availabe that will take you out to the outskirts and to the villages in the hills beyond.


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