Obviously, Sopron exists outside the Old Town and I found my walk round its other areas extremely interesting as well. I know that on the outer edges there are some large malls which I saw ads for at the train station and that these are frequented by viitors from Austria and other countries as well as by the local people. Visitors stream into Sopron for dental and beauty treatments also and in certain parts of town every second premises holds a dental surgery.
But on the streets of the centre outside of the old town, everything had a nice 'small-town' feel about it. Corner shops, people chatting to each other as they did their shopping and a very laid back ambience. Nearer the station there was a much more eastern-European look to the town with some pretty bleak housing developments and the occasional patch of waste ground. The train staion in Sopron is a pleasant place with some comfortable armchairs right inside the front entrance and only two platforms to potentially get confused on.
Sopron is definitely well worth a visit. Don't miss it if you're in the area.
All the streets I mentioned in the old town had arches and heavy wooden doors at street level. Some of these doors were open, some needed a little push but all revealed their own treasures. Here behind the crumbling outer facades were the functional doors and windows of the actual residents. Each courtyard had a number of apartments around a communal cobbled area, shaded by large trees. Some were very plain and some were exotic but each one had an air of secrecy and mystery about them. I much prefer small secret city gardens to large formal ones so I enjoyed this part of my visit to Sopron very much.
The photos show one or two of these courtyards and their secret gardens.
I don't know what that people are doing but I founded interesting to take a picture.
There are many,many dental clinics in Sopron.I was told a lot of austrians go there because it is much more cheap here.
It is quite a feeling to walk through an archway and enter somthing completely different. The main plaza is alive with activity, kids on bikes, shopping, an open air coffee place.
Fondest memory: being taken by surprise.
H-9400 Sopron, Listz Ferenc u. 1
- Tel.: (+36) 99 517 560 and 99 517 561
- Fax: (+36) 99 517 527
- Internet: www.sopron.hu
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Outside the old town, the city is open and airy, with plenty of interesting diversions.
Fondest memory: Just wandering around.
This imposing structure gives the town a focal point and a feeling of sturdiness.
Fondest memory: Just seeing this tower would be enough for me. It is awesome.
Sopron has charm, lots of it. This simple archway leads into the main square of Sopron. There were musicians playing and people strolling.
Fondest memory: Just Lovely