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Gyor is located halfway between Vienna and Budapest. The city was founded by the Celts in the 5th century BCE; it was also a Roman settlement in the province of Pannonia called Arrabona. The buildings you will see in the city today were built from the time of the Renaissance, when Gyor saw a resurgence, to the 19th century, when it boomed as a port on the Danube River. Gyor is in fact located at the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, the Raba, and the Rabca. Pannonhalma Archabbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located south of the city.
Pécs is the largest city in the Southern Transdanubia region of Hungary, situated about 20 miles west of the Danube River and 20 miles north of the border with Croatia. During the Roman era, the city was called Sopianae and was a center of Christianity during the first few centuries of the Common Era. The ruins of a 4th-century necropolis are listed on the register of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are a mix of cultural influences seen here, such as the Mosque of Pasha Qasim Victorious, from the 150-year rule imposed by the Ottomans. Pécs is a UNESCO City of Peace as well as a former European Capital of Culture.
Székesfehérvár -- translated roughly as the `city with the white castle` -- is the principal city in Central Transdanubia. Located about halfway between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence, Szekesfehervar has been at the crossroads of trading routes since the time of the Romans, and today sits at the junction of seven different railroad lines. It was the home of the Kingdom of Hungary`s diet (parliament), and was also the site of royal coronations and burials for over 500 years. The Old Town is hemmed in by two large squares, Town Hall Square (Varoshaz tér) and Coronation Square (Koronazo tér). Historic sights in Szekesfehervar include the Episcopal Palace, with the Globus crucifier statue out front; the Gothic St. Anna Chapel, dating from 1470; and the Serbian Quarter, consisting of Medieval-era thatched houses and a Byzantine-designed church.
Unofficially called `The Capital of Lake Balaton`, Siofok, on the lake`s southern shore, is the most popular resort town on the lake, and the second most-popular vacation destination in Hungary in terms of visitors per year (over 200,000 each summer alone). Siofok is well-known for its extensive coastline, with 11 miles of beaches stretching to the north and south of town. Siofok Beach, the city`s main beach, is the most popular beach in Hungary. Siofok is home to clusters of hundreds of bars, nightclubs and restaurants, making the vacation destination one of the country`s most exciting nightlife hubs. Many Hungarian celebrities own homes in Siofok, and the city is one of the richest areas of Hungary.
Areas of Transdanubia
Western Transdanubia consists of the three westernmost counties in Hungary, which sit south of the Danube River and on the slope of an area called the Alpokalja, or `the foot of the Alps`. The northern portion of the Alpokalja consists of the Sopron Mountains, named for Sopron, Hungary`s westernmost town. It sits just two miles from the shores of Lake Neusiedl (or Ferto in Hungarian). The largest city in Western Transdanubia is Gyor. Other cities of note in the region include the aforementioned Sopron, and Sarvar.
Central Transdanubia consists of three Hungarian counties, of which the northern portions are sandwiched between the cities of Gyor to the west and Budapest to the east. The area stretches to the south and southwest to the shores of Lake Balaton, and the region also includes another popular lakeside resort destination, Lake Velence. The region`s largest city is Székesfehérvár. There are six cities and towns located along the shores of Hungary`s second most-popular tourist destination, the sunny Lake Balaton -- Siofok, the unofficial `capital`; Keszthely, the lake`s largest city; Balatonalmádi; Balatonfüred; Hévíz; and Zalakaros.
Lake Balaton, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Central Europe, has been a popular vacation destination in Hungary for centuries, and is the second most-popular destination for visitors to Hungary after Budapest. Whether you want to enjoy a thermal spa, be one with nature at a wildlife preserve, ride a jet ski or laze the day away in a boat on the lake, or sun yourself on the shore at one of the lake`s numerous beaches, there is something to interest everyone. Siofok, the most popular resort town, is one of the richest towns of Hungary, as celebrities rub elbows with the middle and upper-middle-class tourists who occupy every inch of its 11-mile sands.
Southern Transdanubia consists of three counties in southwestern Hungary, where the Transdanubian Hills eventually roll into the grasslands of the Great Hungarian Plain. The principal city of the region is Pécs, sitting in the Danube River Valley about 20 minutes north of the border with Croatia. Pécs is UNESCO City of Peace and a former European Capital of Culture. It is also a great city to use as a jumping-off point for exploring the nearby Danube-Drava National Park, as well as the provincial towns of Szekszárd and Kaposvár.
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Transdanubia comprises roughly the western half of Hungary and includes many popular destinations and sights. The Alpine foothills (Alpokalja in Hungarian) are located along Hungary`s western border with Austria, with the Danube, Drava and Mura rivers forming Transdanubia`s northern and eastern, and southern, boundaries respectively. The Transdanubian Mountains and the Little Hungarian Plain (Kisalföld) make up much of the landscape. Lake Balaton, the second most-popular tourist destination in Hungary after Budapest, is a well-known `fun in the sun` destination. Major cities in Transdanubia include Gyor, Pécs, Székesfehérvár, and Siofok. UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in this region include the 13th-century Pannonhalma Archabbey, south of Gyor; the Lake Neusiedl/Ferto cultural landscape, near Sopron; and the 4th-century Christian necropolis of Pécs. There are many well-known spa towns located in Transdanubia, such as Sarvar, Hévíz, and Zalakaros. Hévíz in particular boasts the largest thermal lake in Europe.

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