Relaxing yet invigorating, quiet yet enthralling, historic yet modern. All words to describe the charming provincial Hungarian town of Mosonmagyaróvár. Situated just 20 minutes away from both the boarders od Austria and Slovakia, this is an ideal location for a holiday for just about anyone.
The town itself has its origin in Roman times and has been a favourite destination for discerning Austrian and German visitors for many years. They are drawn not only by the world renowned and recently renovated thermal baths that are famous for their curative effects, but also for reasonably priced, yet stylish shops in a relaxing and historic setting.
The heart of the old town is Magyar ut, which is crammed with a wide variety of shops and, of course, cafés, bars and restaurants that offer traditional Hungarian delicacies and of course cakes and pastries (not for the weight-watcher!).
Another reason for a visit lies with the world-record that is held by the town. According to wikipedia, Mosonmagyaróvár has the largest number of dentists per head of population anywhere in the world. And with over 150 surgeries and 350 practising dentists to be found, standards are high, treatment is modern and of top quality and yet prices are low compared with much of the rest of Western Europe.
If the peace and quiet becomes too much it is just a 40 minute car journey to Bratislava and 60 to the heart of Vienna in Austria. Bratislava has had something of a rebirth in the last few years and has successfully combined its historic heart with a fast developing, modern, world class city. One measure of its success is Slovakia’s adoption of the Euro currency in 2009.
As an alternative, a visit to Vienna provides all the sophistication that any traveller can need. Designer shops, cafés, restaurants and historical sights abound and an easy train journey takes the traveller straight to the historic heart.
Although often neglected as a holiday destination, this part of Western Transdanubia can offer something for everyone!
Written by Kenneth Jones - Owner of Property 94815 in West Transdanubia, Hungary