Sopron, the westernmost town in Hungary, is a popular vacation destination located just a few miles from the largest lake in Central Europe, Lake Neusiedl (known as Ferto in Hungarian). The lake can be enjoyed from the Hungarian side, or, a few miles down the road, from the Austrian side. Sopron was the city which inadvertently brought the return of democracy to Hungary, as it was the site where the border controls were removed in the autumn of 1989, allowing thousands to safely defect to the West. Since the fall of Communism, Sopron`s Baroque downtown attracts tourists once again, as do the vineyards in the region which produce both red and white wines. About 15 miles to the east, you will find the `Hungarian Versailles`, the ornate 126-room Eszterhaza Palace, which was built in the 1760s by Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy.
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