SINGLE CENTER TOUR
Besides exploring the city of Győr, its vicinity also has a lot to offer including sights and programs. We can start our rallye to our destination, to the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, to explore the slopes of Sokoró-hills with its lavender fields and vineyards by following the wine trail. On the west, the settlements of Szigetköz - located between the Danube and the Danube Moson - are waiting for the cyclists with a well-established cycling network.
Pannonhalma – Benedictine Abbey
Tradition and modernity
Cultivation and growing plants date back to thousand-year long tradition, among which herbs have always outnumbered the cultivation of any other plants. Several recipes were preserved by the chemists of Pannonhalma from the 17-18th century, most of which can still be applied to produce different products with medicinal effect. The ‘Abbey product range’ was created by renewing these recipes: liqueurs, herb teas, wine vinegar, cosmetics and different types of chocolate. The monks who settled down in Pannonhalma have always been in close connection with viticulture and winemaking. The community set the goal to revive the ancient viticulture and viniculture, when a new and outstanding – even in architectural point of view – cellar and wine house was constructed, which won recognition as the ‘Wine cellar of the Year’ in 2010.
The Benedictine monastery built in honour of Saint Martin by Géza, the Grand Prince of Hungary, in 996 is a highlighted bridgehead of the last millennium of Hungarian and European history and culture. Hungarian and foreign monarchs regularly turned up within its walls, the monastery which was converted into a fortress was sieged by the Turks and the Tatars several times. The buildings characterized by the features of different eras form a harmonic unity with the natural environment around them, by towering over the Pannon area dotted with viticulture, radiating peace and harmony to the wanderers looking up to them. The Archabbey which belongs to World Heritage has been proclaiming the motto of Saint Benedict, the founder of the order, for more than a thousand year: „Ora et Labora! – Pray and work!”. Pannonhalma is a place where the unity of spirit – soul – body has become a tangible reality.
Arboretum and herb garden
The monks dealt with medical treatment in Pannonhalma from the earliest times. The plants grown in the herb garden were used to make teas, ointments, bath and alcoholic tinctures, the recipes of which can still be found in the old volumes preserved in the Library. The herb house and the lavender distillery plant in the surroundings of the lavender fields serve the preservation and the development of the long tradition. The monks gathered several kinds of ornamental and useful plants in the last centuries during their travel, which meant the basis of the Arboretum. It has preserved its form since 1802 and can be proud of several rare plants. The indigenous plant species of the hills of Pannonhalma form a harmonic unity with several tree species from all around the globe.
The stronghold of Komárom
KOMÁROM – The city, where the Golden man lived…, the dune, where György Klapka build ground fort in 1849…, the secret place, which disappeared from the maps for 45 years….
The forts of Komárom, which are the biggest and most intact modern fortresses of Central Europe, are popular and excellent destinations for family trips. The uniqueness of the forts and the atmosphere of the century-old walls, the moats and the casemates make the hours spent there special and exciting. The Fort Monostor of South Komárom, the Fort Igmánd and the Fort Csillag belong to our outstanding national heritage, which are on the list to be added to the Unesco World Heritage.
Adventure, history, culture and monuments are all offered to visitors by the stronghold of Komárom.
Permanent exhibitions of the Forts:
The Invisible Fortress
„Castles, fortresses, knights” military history exhibition
Baking Industry Collection/ Bread Museum (can be visited from March to November)
Military Technology Park
Austro-Hungarian Empire Exhibition (can be visited from March to November)
Soviet Exhibition (can be visited from March to November)
Red shades - Soviet Exhibition (can be visited from March to November)
Cannon Exhibition from the 19.th centrury (can be visited from March to November)
Monostori Erőd Nonprofit Kft.
Komárom, Duna-part 1.
The biggest island of Hungary, Szigetköz - considered to be the ‘present of the River Danube’ - is located at 375 km2 between the Moson Danube and the Danube. Its most appealing character is the diversity of its flora and fauna, along with its unique water world with its stunning beauty, which make this place a favourable destination for tourists. The international cycling route (EuroVelo 6) which is stretching along the Danube cross the area of Szigetköz. The fascinating beauty of the area - created and formed by the River Danube - and the richness of the flora and fauna welcome the visitors.
Hédervár is a settlement – in the middle of Szigetköz – located 21 km far from Győr on its north-eastern side. The oldest section of Héderváry Castle dates back to the 13th century, in the second part of the 1700s it was renewed in Baroque-, then in the 19th century in Romantic style. Besides indigenous trees, exotic plants can be found in the English park of the castle – which was originally a French formal garden – on the size of nearly 10 hectares.
Lipót is a settlement located 27 km far from Győr on its north-western side. The Lipót Thermal Bath and Spa is known as the pearl of Szigetköz with its calm atmosphere. It is waiting for the guests in a wonderful natural environment with two medicinal water pools, a swimming pool, a paddling pool, a twister, a whirlpool, a sauna and an adventure pool with massage elements, as well as with a 1200 m2 beach pool.
Once it was one of the biggest marshlands of our country, currently it is the empire of alder forests, marshy meadows, moorlands and the natural habitat of the rich fauna stretching over 330 km2 territory.
Lébény is a settlement located 26 km far from Győr. The attraction of the village is the parish church of Saint James built at the beginning of the 13th century, one of the most significant architectural monuments of Hungary dating back to the Roman era. One of the most significant Hungarian monuments, the Saint James parish church which was built at the beginning of the 13th century, a former Benedictine church and monastery of the middle ages, is located in the main square of Lébény. Although the storms of history left their signs on the house of God during the last 800 years, it still stands out from its surroundings in soundness and with dignity.
The church of Árpád-era, is the gem of Hungary from the Roman era, waiting for visitors and pilgrims throughout the whole year. Its patron saint is Saint James Apostle, whose tomb in Santiago de Compostela is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. Visit his shrine in Lébény!