Szombathely ("Saturday place") is the 10th largest city in Hungary and the administrative centre of Vás county, located near the border with Austria. Here the Alpokalja (Lower Alps) meet the Little Hungarian Plain. Here, in the oldest city in Hungary, Saint Martin of Tours, was born.
Saint Martin is the patron saint of the village I live in. Like he is the patron saint of the village where I was raised. So that would have been reason enough to visit the town.
But of course that was not the real reason. That could for instance have been that in 45 AD the city was founded under the name of Colonia Claudia Savariensum, or Savaria, and was the capital of the Pannonia Superior province of the Empire.
The colonia was close to the important "Amber Road" trade route. And amber, of course, is fossilized tree resin. Which you won't find in the Kámoni Arborétum, but looking up the trees and down to the water concludes the first part of this series.