Győr and its surroundings
Győr is situated half way between Budapest and Vienna, at the junction of the rivers Moson-Danube, Rába and Rábca. In the Roman Times there was a significant settlement here called Arrabona. The founder of the Hungarian State, King Stephen (St. Stephen) declared it a bishopric. The monuments in the historical inner city are mainly from the Baroque period. The city has always been a commercial centre at the crossing of important roads, railways and rivers. In the last century it became one of the most important industrial centres (machine, textile, food and building industries) in Hungary.
Today the city has a population of about 140,000 and, due to its geographical situation, favourable infrastructure and human capital, it is the centre of the most prosperous region in Hungary after Budapest.
Hungarian branches of multinational companies (e.g., Phillips and Audi) have established themselves here, encouraged by the presence of the existing large Hungarian companies (such as RÁBA). As a result, an enormous demand has been generated in the region for a highly skilled labour force. For more information: http://www.gyor.hu
Pannonhalma is within easy reach, just 20 kilometres by car. There you can see a Benedictine monastery. The Gothic style church and its crypt were built in the 13th century. The famous archives and library of the abbey and many monuments were created over the centuries by the monks. For more information: http://www.pannonhalma.hu
Nagycenk is 75 km from Győr. There is an exhibition of the life-work of István Széchenyi in the castle, at the former estate of the Széchenyi family. For more information: http://www.nagycenk.hu