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Introducing Szombathely

Szombathely means ‘Saturday market’ – an appropriate name for this bustling city that has been a trade settlement since 43AD when Romans built Savaria on this site along the Amber Route. Plundered by the Huns, Longobards and Avars, Szombathely bounced back again in the Middle Ages, but the Mongols, then the Turks and the Habsburgs put a stop to that. The town began to flourish again with the appointment of the first bishop in 1777, followed by its development as an important railway hub in the 19th century. Heavy bombing during WWII and subsequent rebuilding accounts for Szombathely’s architectural diversity and when it comes to Roman ruins and treasures, Szombathely is second to none.