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In ancient times the town of Mosonmagyaróvár was part of the Roman Empire. At that time the town was known by the name Ad Flexum. Written documents of Hungarian history mention the town for the first time in 1046. These sources mention the town by the name of "Musun". Queen Erzsébet gave the settlement its town status in 1354. Until 1939 the town was made up of two separate settlements: Moson and Magyaróvár. Ever since it first opened in 1969 the thermal bath has been very popular among domestic and foreign tourists as well.

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Let's start our tour around the town and allow us to show you the important sights of Mosonmagyaróvár that make it worth for you to come here.

The town has exceptional geographical characteristics. It is situated at the meeting point of two major rivers. Lajta river is one of the right side tributaries of the Danube river. The Moson Danube is one of the southern side branches of the Danube river. It branches off from the main river between the settlements called Rusovce (Oroszvár) and Cunovo (Dunacsúny) situated in Slovakia.
The side branch meanders on the southern part of the Szigetköz for 125 kilometres before flowing again into the main Danube at Vének. Our town is a natural link between Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.

Malomszer Malomszer

Lucsony district
Lucsony street is probably the street with the most pleasant atmosphere in Mosonmagyaróvár. It has a nice avenue with beautiful trees and its old houses are kept in good condition. Standing right before the gardens of the fortress is the St. Anna chapel erected in 1713 as a memento of the big plague epidemic.

The Fortress and its surroundings
Historical sources do not contain a concrete mentioning about the establishment of the fortress. In the course of the centuries many plans were made for its fortification. The fortress and its surrounding were owned by the Habsburg family. Europe's first agricultural college was established and organized by Kázmér Albert prince of Saxony, duke of Teschen. The College has functioned with small periods of interruption more or less continuously through the years. The institution was called Magyaróvári Gazdasági Felsőbb Magántanintézet (Private Institution for Higher Economic Education, Magyaróvár). It was reorganized and became a university in 1954. It was named Mosonmagyaróvári Mezőgazdasági Akadémia (Agricultural Academy of Mosonmagyaróvár). Nowadays the buildings of the fortress house the University of West Hungary Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. In the courtyard of the fortress you can see the bust of the Austrian poet Nikolaus Lenau. He was a student at this University. At the entrance of the fortress you can see two busts donated by a local association. On the left is the bust of the founder Kázmér Albert prince of Saxony, duke of Teschen.

Fortress Fortress

The cellar of the fortress and its surroundings
In 2004 the decision was taken to arrange for the utilization of the lake and cellar system that runs around the building of the fortress. A part of these buildings are underground. The University of West Hungary Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences decided to make the sight a tourist attraction and at the same make the area available for community use. Nowadays the lake is used for fishing, boat rides, skating (in winter) as well as for educational and research purposes. The hall of the entrance to the cellar is a monument itself. In addition it is fitted with a cloakroom, information desk, souvenir shop and you can also buy fishing accessories here as well. Through this hall you can access the restaurant and cooking showroom. Continuing your walk through a passage you arrive to the exhibit room. Most of the objects exhibited here present some documents and photographs of the old traditions of craftsmanship (gold washers, fishermen) from the region.

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Deák square
This was once the market square of Magyaróvár. From the east it is bordered by the mill and the three storey high building of the brewery. The Deák Ferenc commemorative plaque was inaugurated on 17th of October, 2003. On the other side of the square is the Habsburg palace built in old-Viennese style. The grand-grandson of Leopold II lived here in his late years for more than 16 years. He was a person close to the people. As he took long walks every day he stopped and discussed with his servants and greeted pedestrians while he was sitting on the bench in front of the palace. For this reason the people of Mosonmagyaróvár remembered him by placing a sitting sculpture of the archduke on a wedlock bench at the beginning of Magyar street. Another gem of the square is St. John of Nepomuk’s Baroque statue consisting of three figures. It was erected in 1744 by Károly József Hugenstein who was the land steward at that time. He erected the monument to commemorate the crowning of Maria Theresa. Restoration of the sculpture was finished in 2008. St. John of Nepomuk is considered the patron of the Czech Republic, as well as the patron of rivers, bridges, watermills, and fishermen. St. John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the seal of the confession.

The house was named after its former owner Dr. Kálmán Cselley, notary of the king. Nowadays it houses the Hanság Museum. In the basement there is a Roman lapidary. The building also houses an exhibition that presents paintings and objects made of porcelain. These paintings and objects were donated by Dr. Tibor Gyurkovics and his wife Dr. Irén Mika.

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St. Gotthárd church
The church was named after an old Bavarian saint. After the devastation made by the Tartars and the Turks many Bavarian traders and craftsmen arrived and settled in the region. Along with their knowledge they probably brought their religious customs as well. St Gotthárd is the protector of children, and ill people suffering from gout or rheumatism. The Benedictine abbot is worshiped throughout Europe, but in Hungary there are two towns linked especially to St. Gotthárd's name: Mosonmagyaróvár and Szentgotthárd.
The earlier church was burnt down by the Turks. Since the church was too small for the inhabitants of the town they donated money for the enlargement. The church was enlarged in the period 1737-70. The crypt of the present one-nave church has been used as a burial place for the members of the archduke branch of the Habsburg family since 1932.
The 18th-century St. Gotthárd church has one nave and both sides have two side chapels each set in a niche. The archduke Frigyes and his wife Izabella are buried here. Naturally the baroque high altar is dedicated to St. Gotthárd and the saintly bishop is depicted in the upper section of the painting accompanied by St Peter and St. Paul. Onto the ceiling above the altar a fresco of Our Lady was placed in memory of the 200th anniversary of the naval battle of Lepanto. On the right side of the pulpit is the ornamented baptising well with depictions of Jesus and St John.. The ceiling fresco above the nave depicts scenes from the life of St Paul the Apostle. The facade is rather sober and only the tower is in Baroque style.
The interior's elaborate late Baroque ornamentation was added in 1777. In 1820 chapels were erected between the nave and the separate steeple which received its tall spire at the same time. In the mid-19th century a Romantic main porch was constructed which harmonises superbly with the Baroque edifice.

Hanság Museum
The building was erected in 1910 on the land donated by the town. Although the classicist building of the museum was finished on 1st of October 1912, the First World War made it impossible to house the first exhibition until 1921. The building was erected according to plans made by Höhnel Béla, a local master builder. Unfortunately most of the exhibition material was lost in the Second World War. The Hanság Musem is one of the oldest museums in Hungary. It was established more than 127 years ago. At first it was owned by the „Mosonmegyei Történeti és Régészeti Egylet” (History and Archaeology Association of Moson county). After the nationalization in 1950 it was renamed the Hanság Museum. Ágost Sőtér, one of the founding members of the association started the first archaeological excavations in the county. Due to his work we could find out about the unknown culture of the Bronze Age called Gátai culture. An important focus was set on excavations linked to the border line (limes line) of the Roman Empire. There are three important Roman settlements in the county. The museum was made world famous by the important archaeological findings discovered at Bezenye.

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