Sopron

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From Budapest, we caught a timely train to Sopron (it only ran 4 hours late). Our hostel was packed with kids on holiday camps who made a rather impressive amount of noise and seemed to think that we were from Mars.
We spent most of our time on hired bikes, cruising around the countryside on some 'bike paths' and country lanes of questionable quality. A few days later, my posterior is still reminding me about just how uneven those roads / dirt tracks / lines of pebbles actually were.

In a nearby town, there is a limestone quarry which has been in use since Roman times. These days it is an amphitheater, used for underground concerts. We then rode to the next town along, which was also quite unremarkable except that it was actually in Austria. Which might explain the large quantity of German speaking cyclists cruising around and drinking beers at Hungarian restaurants where it is cheaper.

We also visited Taródi Castle, a crumbling white stone castle with secret passageways, hanging rope bridges and a lot of closed off sections that are no longer safe to enter. Sounds ancient, but it was actually only built in the sixties (yes, the 1960s that is) by a crazy Hungarian who decided he was going to build his own castle with his own hands. Well why not. Despite being in all the guidebooks, it was deserted when we got there, and they looked pretty surprised to see us. They recovered pretty fast though, whipping out postcards to try and sell to us.
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