SOPRON FULL OF LEGENDS

Cobblestone, not really high-heeled friendly roads, winding, narrow little streets and unique historical atmosphere. They say we Hungarians visit “The Most Loyal Town” at least once in our lives – if not otherwise, on a school trip. Well, in most cases, our guests refute this, because whoever visited us once, that person returns from time to time, after school years with his or her partner and then family. There are many legends and interesting stories related to the aristocratic palaces and open-air monuments. Below we entice you for a little virtual walk. We would show and recommend these sights in our city.

Fire Tower

The most famous symbol of Sopron is intertwined with the name of the city. Who wouldn’t be able to identify if they heard that name? At the bottom of the memorial with a unique view, passes the Loyalty Gate, named after the 1921 referendum. An interesting exhibition awaits visitors at the foot of the tower, do not miss it! Of course, only if we survived the 200 spiral staircase… Also here is the key-shaped artwork that commemorates the historic event from the13th century, when Sopron received the rank of a free royal town.

Holy Trinity Statue

It was a common practise that after the wars fought with the Turks, the survivors of plagues set a statue as a votive gift. The so-called votive plague statue set up by a married couple, Jakab Löwenburg and Katalin Késmárki Thököly, is said to be the earliest in Hungary. It is worth relaxing nearby the statue and enjoying the unparalleled view of the Main Square.

The legend of The Green Stone

Nowadays, everything can be captured with our phones. Unfortunately, our predecessors had to give up this experience of recording. How do we know if anyone has really been to Sopron? Well, answering an ingenious question - where is The Green Stone? – everyone could make sure that the person was really in town. Do you know where The Green Stone is?

St Mary statue

This place is said to have originally been a pillar of shame, called pillory. Later, in the 18th century, the followers of the Catholic Church set a statue of Mary in its place from donations, clearing the many sins of the former pillory.

The legend of the Arcaded House “Lábasház” and the Fountain of Mary

The building in Orsolya Square was originally made up of contiguous walls, the arcade line became visible only after the bombings. Today, the building provides place for the temporary exhibitions of Sopron Museum.
A legend again! The fountain in Orsolya Square was allegedly set in honor of a Franciscan monk by citizens of Harka as a sign of their repentance. And what was the monk's sin? At the vineyards in Harka, he demanded a bunch of grapes, which the locals interpreted as theft, and even put the clergyman in the stocks.

Old Synagogue

Around 1300, the Jews of Sopron settled in today's Új utca, where they also built their synagogue. Its peculiarity is that in addition to Prague and Krakow, the typical triple division remained only in Sopron - a men's synagogue, a women’s prayer hall, and a ritual bath. From 1526, when the Jews were expelled, the building was forgotten and converted into a residential house. This was the case until 1976, and since then it has been opened with its original triple division for those interested in a permanent exhibition.

‘Painters’ Lane

Anyone who passes through the special, vaulted Painters Lane once, can never forget it. We can almost hear the rustle of blue-dyed fabrics in the narrow alley, as textile dyers, called ‘kékfestők’ took their canvases here to the attic of the painting house, crossing the bridge over the Ikva stream.

Petőfi Theater of Sopron

Built in 1841 in a classicist style, the theater was declared flammable in the early 20th century and had to be rebuilt. There is a lively theatrical life today within the walls of the theater, rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. The tired visitors can relax on the sound effects of the fountain that can be found on the square in front of the theatre.

Lenck-villa

The beautiful villa was built by the Lenck family in the late 19th century. On the western side of Deák Square, the building shines in its original, classicist splendour, providing place to Sopron Museum since 2020. The exhibition presents the world of handicrafts and workshops, the 19th century civic milieu, customs and everyday life in one story, where Liza, the daughter of upper middle-class family is preparing for her wedding.

The churches of Sopron

Among the many sacred monuments, one of the most visited by tourists is the Church of St. Michael, the oldest parish church in Sopron, which regained its original splendor in 2020, after a huge reconstruction. Also noteworthy is the Pauline Carmelite Monastery of Sopronbánfalva, which is currently home for retreat and gives home to a meditation centre and a hotel. And finally, of course, there is another legend associated with the Benedictine, the so-called Goat Church, that was built from the treasure dug by a goat.