City of Sárvár (Vas County)

The city of Sárvár is included to the region Vas County and to the county Sárvári

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Sarvar, a charming spa town in western Hungary

Sarvar, known in Germany as "Kotenburg" or "Rotenturm an der Raab", is a city with about 15,600 inhabitants in the west of Hungary. It belongs to Vas county and lies on the banks of the river Raab; the name translates as "mud castle", which probably refers to the Nadasdy moated castle from the late Middle Ages and to the fact that the environment in earlier times was a swamp and marshland. In 1288, the city was first mentioned in writing. During the Renaissance Sarvar played a special role during the Hungarian Revolution. Sarvar is also known for the thermal bath, which uses hot thermal water at a depth of almost 1000 meters; The water is particularly sodium chloride-containing and has a healing effect. There are also many beautiful churches to see, as well as the arboretum garden with ancient trees and exotic plants and the museum of the Nadasdy Castle.

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Healing and wellness bath

The thermal water was first encountered in 1961, at a depth of about 1000 meters and at a temperature of about 92 ° C. It is rich in various health promoting minerals, such as sodium chloride, bromine, iodine, fluorine and boric acid. The old thermal bath, which was built after the discovery of this treasure, was replaced in 2002 by a new bath. The new facility has received several awards, including from the Hungarian Wellness Society, which speaks for its outstanding quality. Especially for rheumatic complaints and joint problems, the water has a soothing and healing effect, but it is also very well suited for the treatment of bruises and sports injuries, gynecological complaints and for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Relaxation is provided by a water bubble pool, shoulder massage jets and a gently flowing flow channel. Inside and outside are several basins, which have pleasant water temperatures of 32 to 36Â ° C. The water is particularly kind to the skin as it is gently disinfected using a chlorine-free method. A lot is also offered for families: The special family bathroom offers several slides, a wave pool, baby and children's pool, a climbing wall and a bowling alley. The building is built like an amphitheater and decorated in a refreshing South Seas atmosphere. A gym also offers the opportunity to keep fit with equipment and weights.

Theme Park

In a wooded area next to the spa and wellness center lies a fun-filled theme park, where a lot of excitement and action are offered. This adventure park is considered an ideal destination for the whole family and is especially well filled on the weekend. There are several ropeways of varying degrees of difficulty, including a cable car that transports the visitor across a lake, a bow alley and a large climbing wall attached to the trunk of a tree. For children there is a playground and a nature trail leading around the pond. Professional equipment, safety instructions and the supervision of qualified staff ensure the safety of the guests. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and from 20:00 to 20:00 from June to August. Admission to the high ropes course costs about 9 euros for adults and about 7 euros for children up to 18 years.


The St. Mark's Church was first mentioned in documents in 1288; At that time it was still called St. Peter's Church. In the 17th century it was named "Sank Markus". It is built in Romanesque style, but was renovated in 1933 in Neo-Romanesque style. Inside there are paintings by Josef Pruzdik depicting the life of Saint Mark. The Roman Catholic Church of St. Nicholas was mentioned for the first time in 1454, but even then it was referred to as an "old building". It was built in the Gothic style, but was completely redesigned in the 19th and 20th centuries; For example, the wooden ceiling was replaced by a bohemian vault, and the exterior was renovated in Neo-gothic style. Under the church or its own cemetery lies the famous lute player and chronicler Sebestyen Tinodi. The Evangelical Church in New Year's Eve Street is also very beautiful. The first church that stood here was destroyed in 1829; From 1834 to 1836 Samuel Geschrey built the present-day church in classical style. The salient feature of the sacred building is the sacristy that separates the apse from the church. The white walls and harmonious proportions are typical features of Transdanubian Classicist churches. The Catholic Church of St. Ladislaus stands in the market square and dates back to the Middle Ages; In 1645 Ferenc Nadasdy had them rebuilt by Pietro Orsolini. The floor plan of the church resembles a Greek cross. Over the centuries it has been extended by several elements; In 1926 and 1927, many old parts of the church were demolished and replaced by new building structures; besides, the two aisles were added.

Worldly buildings

Probably the most important building of Sarvar is the Nadasdy Castle, which dates back to the Renaissance. It is located on the so-called Kossuth Square and was first mentioned in 1288. The three-story tower and the northern one-story building were the first buildings in the castle. In the second half of the 15th century, many Gothic-style building structures were added. For a long time she was inhabited by the Nadasdy family, a very influential Hungarian family. In the 19th century, the entire castle was renovated in the classical style. The ceiling frescoes in the Great Hall were painted in 1653 by Hans Rudolf Miller. The paintings on the walls depicting various scenes from the Old Testament are by Istvan Dorffmeister from 1769. Inside you can visit the Ferenc Nadasdy Museum, which offers temporary and permanent exhibitions , On Kossuth Square is also the beautiful town hall. It was built from 1878 to 1882 by the architect Lajos Geschrey. Towards the square there is a pretty balcony that was added in the 20th century. Three to four times a day you can hear from the town hall from a soft-sounding carillon. There is also a lively fountain in the square.

Nature and parks

The Arboretum is one of the most famous sights of Sarvar; it is a large garden of about 300 different shrubs and tree species, including various fruit trees, oaks, yews, Japanese acacia and linden trees. In 1546 it was founded as a vegetable and orchard. After Ferenc Nadasdy III was beheaded in 1671 and confiscated his entire property, the garden was greatly neglected. It was not until many years later that he was rebuilt by a competent gardener and was well looked after from that time on. The park is home to the Gyöngyö stream, and there is also a pretty fish pond. Not far from the thermal bath there is also an idyllic pond. From the water surface are framed five small islands connected by five picturesque bridges. Mallards are nesting on the islands. Here you can go boating and fishing in summer, in winter the area is frozen so you can skate on it.

The Lake Balaton

One of the most famous sights in Hungary, the Balaton (in Hungarian called "Balaton"), is located only about 60km from Sarvar. It is the largest inland lake in Central Europe with a length of 79km, an average of 7.8km in width and 594km². Since the lake is quite shallow, the water is quite warm in sunlight, which attracts many tourists to swim; Several beaches, health resorts and thermal springs ensure that visitors feel completely at ease. Economic factors of this area are fishing and vine growing. Pikeperch (called "fogas" in Hungarian) is very common in Lake Balaton and is therefore called "King of Lake Balaton"; but there are about 50 different species altogether. Fishing and winegrowing have been a tradition here for about 2,000 years. A picturesque train ride along the shore of the lake or a boat ride on the water are warmly recommended. Ferry transports visitors from one side to the other. In addition, sailing, windsurfing and biking around the lake are very popular.


Only about 8km out of Sarvar is the small village of Sitke, which is inhabited by about 680 people. Here, for example, stands the volcanic mountain of Hercseg, on whose slopes wine has been cultivated since Roman times. To the east of the village are the remains of a Roman amphitheater suggesting that Sitke came from the Roman city of Bassiana. The Bach Bölönt manages sulphurous water, which is used for healing cures. The castle, which has Baroque and romantic elements, has been used as a hotel since 1982. In 1871, a pretty neo-Gothic chapel, the Calvary Chapel, was built on the Köves Hill.


About 40km away is the charming town of Koeszeg with about 12 055 inhabitants. It belongs to the cities of Hungary, which have a very high number of monuments. Worth seeing is, for example, the Esterhazy Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. In 1777 it was severely damaged by fire and then rebuilt to its present form. The castle museum teaches a lot about the history of the city. A very special attraction of the castle is a natural business with herbs and vegetable garden, where you will be greeted by the scent of about 100 vegetables and medicinal plants. On the Jurisics Square, where once the social life of Köszeg took place, there is a statue of Mary, built with the help of the penances paid to the citizens who had mourned over Saint Mary.


The small town of Ikervar in the Raba Valley has a long history; In addition, 160 graves were excavated in one of the city's streets. Also worth seeing is the statue of Lajos Batthyani, the first president of Hungary, who lived in Ikervar. The church dates from the 18th century, but the altar inside is much older; it was completed in the 15th century. About 7km outside of Ikervar is Hungary's first hydroelectric power station.

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Surrounding towns

  • Celldömölk ~17 km
  • Bük ~19 km
  • Rum ~15 km
  • Vép ~16 km
  • Csepreg ~23 km
  • Ikervár ~6 km
  • Táplánszentkereszt ~19 km
  • Káld ~13 km
  • Répcelak ~20 km
  • Kenyeri ~19 km

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By plane: The nearest airport is in Vienna, Austria (about 130km). It is also possible to fly to Milan in Italy (about 145km) or to Graz in Austria (about 150km). The nearest airport within Hungary is in the state capital Budapest (176km). By train: Sarvar is on the Szombathely to Budapest route; By train, you can reach a number of important cities in Transdanubia. Train travel is particularly recommended, as it is convenient and effective, as well as providing first-class views of the country's countryside. With By bus: It is also possible to take a bus to various cities in the region. There is a central bus station in Sarvar. Buses are particularly suitable for shorter routes. For longer distances, trains are a better choice. By car: from Lake Balaton or Sopron, you can take the main road 84, and from Szombathely take the main road 88 to Sarvar.

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