A captivating town close to the Austrian border,  Sopron retains its original medieval layout, as well as no fewer than 240 listed buildings. From its fourth-century Roman-era town walls to its Baroque central squares, it is steeped in history, and its proximity to Vienna makes it a perfect day-trip from the Austrian capital.

The horseshoe-shaped Belváros (inner town) is north of Széchenyi tér and the main train station. At its southern end, beautiful Orsolya tér (Bear Square) features Renaissance edifices and the yellow and cream Gothic church. Heading north towards the main square, Új utca (New Street – actually one of the town’s oldest thoroughfares) is a gentle curve of perfectly preserved homes painted in red, yellow and pink. At no. 22 stands a medieval synagogue (April–Sept daily 10am–6pm; Oct Tues–Sun 10am–6pm; 800Ft; T99 311 327) that flourished when the street was Zsidó utca (Jewish Street).

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