Hotel Kálvária is located in Győr, in one of the country’s nicest towns with the richest history, accordingly it attracts visitors with numerous historic sights, natural and cultural treasures. We are at your kind disposal to help in exploring the built and natural beauties in Győr and surrounding. You find a series of events, festivals, a great number of historic buildings, and marvellous exhibitions in the heart of Kisalföld (Small Plain).
Győr is not only the town of waters, but of culture and active recreation as well. Győr’s National Theatre has deserved its name, while the Győr Ballet Ensemble has high international reputation. Numerous museums, exhibitions, cultural festivals offer entertainment all year round. You find below a few ones recommended out of Győr’s sights.
Town Hall (Városház tér 1.): the remarkable building built at the turn of the 19th century in neo-baroque style dominates Szent István út, it has become a landmark of the town.
Baross út: a marble plaque on the building No 18 in the pedestrian street of the town and a row of red bricks covering the road remind us on Fehérvári Kapu (Fehérvár Gate) (1792) and the fire tower built on top, which served as a protection to the town.
Széchenyi tér (Széchenyi Square): Győr’s renovated main square of baroque architecture serves as an important site in the life of the town. Cafés, resturants, ice-cream bars offer quiet minutes for visitors.
Benedictine block of buildings: the Benedictine church of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the monastery and the secondary grammar school were built by Jesuits in the 17th century. After the order ceased to exist, the Benedictines got the ownership of the buildings. The Pharmacy Museum decorated of the early baroque style in the south of the square as part of the Benedictine monastery still serves its original function.
Xántus János Museum (Széchenyi tér 5.): the building Apátúr Ház accommodating the museum was built at the order of Sajghó Benedek, Archabbot of Pannonhalma in 1741-1742. The magnificent baroque palace has served as the house of the local historic treasure since 1949.
Vastuskós ház (Iron Log House) (Széchenyi tér 4.): the history tells us that the building got its name from the wood log under the corner balcony, each of the artisan apprentices passing through Győr hit a nail into it. The iron log is in fact the sign of a trader, who once acted here in 1830s.
Esterházy-Palota (Esterházy Palace (Király u. 17.): the building received its present design in the 18th century through combining tiny houses originally built in the Middle Ages. The initials of the builder, C(omes) G(abriel) Esterházy) and the golden wrought-iron coat of arms can be seen on the balcony above the gate. Today it serves as the seat of the Town Museum of Arts, the place of the Radnai Collection and temporary exhibitions.
Kreszta-ház (Kreszta House): the building from the 17th century presently under monument protection houses the works of Kovács Margit, ceramic artist born in Győr (1902-1977).
Basilica: The foundation of the basilica is linked to Saint Stephan King. Originally it was built in the 11th century in Roman style, then rebuilt in gothic style after the Mongol invasion. The church was seriously damaged after the Turkish attack, one of the towers collapsed, while the other was pulled down by lightning. The completely devastated cathedral was rebuilt in the early baroque style, the present tower cap was made in 1680s in Louis Seize style. The church interior was completed in 1780s, the frescos seen on the walls and ceiling today were also painted this time. Pope John Paul II gave the basilica rank to the cathedral in 1996. In the northern side aisle the painting of the Weeping Virgin Mary taken from Ireland in 1655 is remarkable, who was sweating blood on 17 March 1697 on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Héderváry-kápolna (Héderváry Chapel): Héderváry János built a chapel to the right side of the cathedral in the 14th century, where now you find the herm of Saint Ladislaus, an art piece of the Hungarian goldsmith craft from the Middle Ages. You also see here the memorial marble tomb of the martyr bishop Vilmos Apor.
Püspökvár (Bishop’s Palace): Bishop’s Palace or also called Bishop’s Castle is one of the landmark buildings on Káptalandomb (Chapter Hill), which has been the seat of the thousand-year-old bishopric in Győr, its ornament is the living tower from the 13th century and the Dóczy Chapel from the 15th century. You can visit the exhibition on the life and work of Apor Vilmos in the basement of the Bishop Palace. From the tower you have a magnificent view of the town and surrounding.
The Carmelite Church and the connected monastery were built on the plans of the Carmelite monk, Wittwer Marton Athanazius between 1721 and 1725. The painting of the main altar depicts Saint Stephan King and Prince Saint Imre as they venerate the Saint Virgin. The baroque statue of Hab Mária stands in the cabin next to the church.
Vár (Castle) (Bécsi kapu tér): the oldest block of buildings in the town is the complex of Bishop’s Palace originating from the 13th century and built in the 14th-15th century. The fortress system (castle bastion, Sforza Bastion) was built in the 16th- 17th century.
The Radó-Island is embraced by the two arms of River Rába between the town parts Belváros (Downtown), Újváros (New Town) and Sziget (Island). The island in an environment under monument protection is a beloved place for walking and recreation.
Synagogue: The Győr Synagogue was constructed between 1868 and 1870 and was completely restored in 2006. Presently it serves as a multicultural establishment. It is the permanent site to the private collection of János Vasilescu Senior showing the Hungarian fine arts after the Second World War.
Győri Nemzeti Színház (Győr National Theatre): the south and north facade of the building are decorated with Victor Vasarely’s op-art pieces. In the theatre there are big paintings from Endre Szász painted on porcelain. The Győr National Theatre also accommodates the Győr Ballet Ensemble with international reputation.
Füles Bástya: In the casemates of the Győr fortress from Turkish time you get a picture of South America’s wildlife.
Xantus János Zoo: here you find more than 500 animals of 100 species on a big area of run in an environment similar to their original life environment.
Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Centre: the scientific play house concentrating on traffic, movement, and mobility attracts visitors interested therein with 74 exhibition means for testing and spectacular test presentations.
Audi Hungária Visitor Centre: during the visit to the plant you catch a glimpse of the engine and car production process.
Real relaxation lovers are not left down either, as Rába Quelle Termál és Élményfürdő (Rába Quelle Spa and Adventure Bath) is situated just 2 km far from Hotel Kálvária, where out- and indoor thermal pools, adventure pools, slides, different wellness services, massage and water gym ensure the recreation to body and soul both to youngsters and elderly.