Sopron (Hungary/Magyarország) - part 1

by Björn Roose May. 24, 2019 265 views
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Just like Kőszeg (see here: 1, 2, 3 and 4) Sopron is right on the border between Austria and Hungary. During the Roman times a city called Scarbantia stood here, but by the time the Hungarian tribes arrived in the area the city had long turned into a ruin. However, parts of the old Roman walls were still there and the Hungarians strengthened those in the 9th till 11th century and built a castle between them. In 1153 Sopron, named after one of the owners of the castle (Suprun), was first mentioned as an important town.

In 1273 the Bohemian king Otakar II occupied the castle and took the children of Sopron's nobility as hostages. Despite that fact the city opened its gates for the armies of the Hungarian king Ladislaus IV, who rewarded the city with the rank of free royal town.

During the Ottoman occupation the Turks ravaged the city (1529), but did not occupy it, hence lots of Hungarians fledding the occupied areas of the country came to Sopron and the importance of the city got even bigger. Which didn't stop the fire that destroyed it in 1676 ... In the next few decades the city as we know it was reborn from the ashes of the old one.

On August 19, 1989 the so called Pan European picnic was held close to the city. During this protest 600 citizens of (mainly) East Germany escaped the communist dictatorship via Hungary, thus for the first time successfully crossing the Iron Curtain without any violence being used by the regime and in the end leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 the same year.

However these days the town is best known for its dental clinics (apparently there's more than 300 of them in which excellent low-cost dental services are offered, mainly to people coming from Western Europe) and ... beer (Soproni, which is now the property of the Dutch group Heineken - a pity, because Soproni was not that good, but at least a little better than Heineken).

In this post and the following two I'm taking you for a walk through the city.

Along Templom utca

Along Templom utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Szent Mihály utca

Along Templom utca

Along Templom utca

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Camellia Staab 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Not many walkers, besides us. Interesting to know why so many clinics....close to a college? Lots of bad teeth?  Anyway, thanks for the walk.

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, Hungarians don't go for a walk at the warmest hours of the day and the town is probably too close to the border to receive lots of tourists. As for the dental clinics: there being close to the border and easily reachable is important. They are really making a living out of Westerners smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't know what you consider inexpensive/expensive but over here walking into the dentists' office can easily cost you anywhere between $3000-$5000 for something like a bridge. On top of that they have all become specialized. So when once,  the dentist pulled your tooth and then for example did an implant/ bridge, basically did all the work from start to finish, now you have to go to the oral surgeon whose only job is to pull, then you go back to the doc who does the rest. And if you are lucky you have dental insurance, if not then you have to decide whether you are gumming it for the rest of your life or forking out the money. By the way I still have my teeth if you were wondering 😁

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I think the costs here are about the same (I still have my own teeth too, though a number of them have a core which is not entirely natural anymore smile ). And social security does not cover things like bridges (it covers less and less actually). Going to Sopron isn't covered either, but the dental clinics are way cheaper and the quality is no less.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 4 months, 3 weeks ago

👍

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