Károly lookout (Károly-magaslati kilátó)

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Károly lookout (Károly-magaslati kilátó)

Károly lookout (Károly-magaslati kilátó)

Károly lookout (Károly-magaslati kilátó)

Starting your walk from the State Sanatorium (Állami Szanatórium) in Várisi street, the history of the Sopron Groove and the Dalos-hill manifests itself and visitors can admire the larches of the Millecentenary Forest and taste the fruits of the Alpine woods. Sopron is situated in the middle of three different botanical and zoological areas and this explains the extreme richness in species in the nearby forests. Walking on the dense network of paths, you can discover numerous wonders of nature.

The first wooden lookout tower in this area was constructed by the enthusiastic local patriot Károly Romwalter, at his own expense in 1876. The 23m high lookout tower standing there at present was built of quarry-stone. On the first floor, there is an interesting exhibition of the activity of three natural scientists of European fame: Pál Kitaibel, Endre Gombocz and Zoltán Kárpáti. It also demonstrates the main characteristics of the Sopron Nature Conservation Area. There is a splendid view of Sopron from the tower’s two upper floors; with the Szárhalmi forest in the background, and the shimmering water of Lake Fertő in the distance. The spectacular view is topped off by the silhouette of the Wienerwald on the left and the snowy mountain blocks of the Schneeberg on the right.

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