Sopron in pictures - details of a western Hungarian city

Sopron in pictures - details of a western Hungarian city

A local photographer's guide about Sopron, one of Hungary's most western cities with ancient Roman, Medieval, and Baroque building details, wonderful tourist destinations.

Shoot photos where you live!

There are stock photographers who travel the world, following their well-planned route, and take shots of the tourist sights that have probably been shot plenty of times. Doing so, they are becoming serious competitors of the local gifted photographers. Rather not? I believe things are quite different. Because you may plan your trip precisely, you may prepare yourself by digging deep in the guide books, you are able to take shots in the given circumstances. You cannot order the proper weather, or cannot change the number of people distracting your photo.

On the contrary, the local stock photographer, who not only knows every inch of the place and the surroundings better than anybody else, s/he is able to start a photo series at any time during the year. S/he looks out of the window, and if the light is just perfect, goes out for a walk to take awesome photos for his/her stock library portfolio.

Sopron on stock photos

On my favourite stock photo site, the British Alamy, 4000 photos are stored that have the tags ‘sopron hungary not gyor’ (putting in not gyor is necessary to narrow down the results, excluding the county name Gyor-Moson-Sopron). Out of this number, 1625 images have my name as the photographer.

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Most of the other 2000 photos depict the Main Square, the Firewatch Tower (the symbol of Sopron), and also some of the well-photographed sights. All these are the images of traveling photographers.The captions (titles or descriptions) often contain mistakes or misspelled Hungarian words, sometimes the location is wrong.

Details that only local people know

Sopron could receive the title ‘The town of the small details’ beside the existing ‘Civitas fidelissima’ (The most faithful city). Let’s see some pearls from the string that I, as a local photographer, can easily visit day by day, and show you through my stock photos.

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If I look out of the window…

Every city has its well recognizable sights (usually buildings). In my childhood, coming home from holiday by train, when we saw the TV-tower on top of the mountains around Sopron, we knew we were at home. Although the TV-tower was erected in 1969, it soon became an organic part of the cityscape of Sopron. Here come some images taken from our window, with the tower in the background.

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The landscape around Sopron

Sopron is mostly surrounded by woodland. The Sopron Mountains with the Karoly lookout turret to the south, the Dudlesz forest on the Becsi-domb (hill) to the north, the Szarhalmi forest to the east. Looking west you can only see forests farther in Austria.

There is another peculiarity, the most eastern part of the Alps: the mountain Schneeberg. The German name means ’Snow mountain’, which is odd, as in Austria, there are much higher and bigger snowy mountains (e.g. the Alps). But seeing from Sopron, that is the only snowy peak. Therefore, the name might come from the people of Sopron, who are proud to live near a snowy mountain.

To see the Schneeberg in its whole beauty, you have to wait for the perfect weather conditions. It only happens a few times a year.

I say, starting from any point of the town, you can breath clear forest air after a short half an hour walk.

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My selected photos on Fine Art America

Fine Art America is a POD (Print on demand) site where anybody can upload their best images (photos or digitized paintings). The images can be bought as professional wall art prints (framed or not), or printed on a wide range of objects (like mugs, towels, jig-saw puzzles, T-shirts, etc.).

Take a closer look at the gallery about Sopron, Hungary in my customized webshop at Pixels (Fine Art America).

Images in the post

Images in the post
Coat of arms from 1622 on the wall of the Firewatch Tower
An often photographed view: Firewatch Tower with the Main Square. The evening mood, however, adds to the image.
Maybe the most decorated window railing above a door in Kolostor utca.
Medieval stone window frame in Fo ter (Main Square).
Sun/Flower graven motif on an old wooden gate in Halasz utca.
Stone plinth forming the shape of ancient Kingdom of Hungary in Lackner utca.
The TV-tower on a winter day.
Cloudy but sunny weather over the city in spring. TV-tower in the background.
Őszi naplemente a TV-toronnyal.
Reggeli súroló napsugarak, háttérben a TV-torony.
A Károly-kilátó a Károly-magaslaton.
A Soproni-hegység látogatottabb része műúttal a Károly-magaslat felé.
A Várhely-kilátó. Hajdani földvár helyén.
© every photo on this page belongs to Viktor Wallon-Hars (wahavi)

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Viktor Wallon-Hars

I started my adult life as a kindergarten teacher, but later I turned towards being self-employed. I have been developing websites for several years now, and photography became my side job as a stock photographer. My experience in making websites, and also photography itself were a great help to launch wahaviBlog, the bilingual blog that deals mainly with stock photography, and photography basics.