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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Kőszeg: Hungary's 'Jewel Box' tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Kőszeg: Hungary's 'Jewel Box'

Kőszeg is said to have one of the most charming city centers in all of Hungary, and indeed it didn't disappoint. In fact, the entire town, sitting on the Austrian border, was quite picturesque. Definitely a place to return to when we have more than just an hour and a half left of sunlight!

According to "The Rough Guide to Hungary": "Nestled amidst the sub-Alpine hills along the Austrian border, the small town of Kőszeg, 18km north of Szombathely, cherishes its status as the "Hungarian Thermopylae," and a town centre which can justifiably claim to be be of the prettiest in Hungary."

"Lonely Planet Hungary" says: "[After passing through Heroes Gate] [w]hat opens up before you is a treasure-trove of colourful Gothic, Renaissance and baroque buildings that together make up one of the most delightful squares in Hungary."

"Eyewitness Travel Hungary" has this to say: "Nestled in lowland hills just minutes from the Austrian border, modern-day Kőszeg is a small, quiet town, whose citizens are proud of its past. ... Spared during World War II, Kőszeg is the most attractive town in the region."
View from Heroes Tower
View from Heroes Tower
Miklós Jurisics tér
Miklós Jurisics tér
Town Hall (1487)
Town Hall (1487)
Town Hall detail
Town Hall detail
St. Imre's Church (1640)
St. Imre's Church (1640)
St. Imre's Church
St. Imre's Church
St. Imre's Church
St. Imre's Church
Elegant door on Miklós Jurisics tér
Elegant door on Miklós Jurisics tér
Posta Múzeum on Miklós Jurisics tér
Posta Múzeum on Miklós Jurisics tér
Original exposure on Miklós Jurisics tér
Original exposure on Miklós Jurisics tér
Sgrafitto House, Miklós Jurisics tér (16th century)
Sgrafitto House, Miklós Jurisics tér (16th century)
Striking row on Miklós Jurisics tér
Striking row on Miklós Jurisics tér
Heroes Tower in Miklós Jurisics tér
Heroes Tower in Miklós Jurisics tér
Heroes Tower detail
Heroes Tower detail
Street-side shrine to Szent János
Street-side shrine to Szent János
New Year's toys on Fő tér
New Year's toys on Fő tér
Merrymakers on Fő tér
Merrymakers on Fő tér
Hearts and crosses on Fő tér
Hearts and crosses on Fő tér
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
A glimpse at interior through iron gate
A glimpse at interior through iron gate
Almost the same, but not quite
Almost the same, but not quite
A bit of the front of the church
A bit of the front of the church
Detail
Detail
Return to Kőszeg: Sacred Heart Church
Return to Kőszeg: Sacred Heart Church
Return to Kőszeg: Sacred Heart Church
Return to Kőszeg: Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church
Column, Sacred Heart Church
Column, Sacred Heart Church
 Jurisics Castle
Jurisics Castle
 Jurisics Castle
Jurisics Castle
1670, at Jurisics Castle
1670, at Jurisics Castle
Castle fortifications
Castle fortifications
Abandoned synagogue
Abandoned synagogue
Abandoned synagogue, detail
Abandoned synagogue, detail
Primary school
Primary school
Primary school
Primary school
Lutheran bell tower
Lutheran bell tower
House on the corner
House on the corner
Side street
Side street
Shop row
Shop row
Vas Udvar
Vas Udvar
Ostrich house
Ostrich house
A most unusual decoration
A most unusual decoration
Gracious retail
Gracious retail
Post Office, detail
Post Office, detail
Post Office
Post Office
In need of repair
In need of repair
Imaginary renovation
Imaginary renovation
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
The unusual houses of Kőszeg
Elaborate entry
Elaborate entry
Blend of new and old
Blend of new and old
Miklós Jurisics tér fountain
Miklós Jurisics tér fountain
Return to Kőszeg: View from Heroes Tower
Return to Kőszeg: View from Heroes Tower
'Arcade House,' Miklós Jurisics tér
'Arcade House,' Miklós Jurisics tér
General's House, Miklós Jurisics tér
General's House, Miklós Jurisics tér
Golden Unicorn Pharmaceutical Museum, Miklós Jurisics tér
Golden Unicorn Pharmaceutical Museum, Miklós Jurisics tér
A most unique window, Miklós Jurisics tér
A most unique window, Miklós Jurisics tér
Madonna column, Miklós Jurisics tér
Madonna column, Miklós Jurisics tér
Exposing the original, Miklós Jurisics tér
Exposing the original, Miklós Jurisics tér
Elegance on Miklós Jurisics tér
Elegance on Miklós Jurisics tér
Heroes Tower detail
Heroes Tower detail
Return to Jurisics Castle
Return to Jurisics Castle
Castle tower
Castle tower
Castle walls
Castle walls
Novel use of city walls
Novel use of city walls
Detail on Fő tér
Detail on Fő tér
Detail on Fő tér
Detail on Fő tér
Charming Fő tér group
Charming Fő tér group
The very odd shaped yellow house
The very odd shaped yellow house
Which half would you want to own?
Which half would you want to own?
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
Making the best use of space
Making the best use of space
Out of the ordinary for Kőszeg
Out of the ordinary for Kőszeg
Sweet sweet shop
Sweet sweet shop
Striking paint job
Striking paint job
Charming restaurant with a bizarre roof
Charming restaurant with a bizarre roof
Lovely old corner house, if a bit worse for wear
Lovely old corner house, if a bit worse for wear
Two old homes with black cat
Two old homes with black cat
Fortified looking home
Fortified looking home
Cozy cottage in need of TLC
Cozy cottage in need of TLC
1815
1815
Very blue restaurant on the corner
Very blue restaurant on the corner
Yellow house with menorah
Yellow house with menorah
A real corner building
A real corner building
A bookstore with character
A bookstore with character
Window dressing
Window dressing
Church of St. James, what I could see of it
Church of St. James, what I could see of it
Church of St. James, only other exposed part
Church of St. James, only other exposed part
Sacred Heart Church, towering over the town
Sacred Heart Church, towering over the town