Sárvár is a town lying on the banks of the river Rába at Kemeneshát, and is located in Vas, Hungary. The town has become a popular international tourist center and is renowned as a spa destination. Although Sárvár is a small town, it has quite a large number of hotels catering to the many tourists seeking relaxation and medical treatments; as its spas are well known internationally for its famous medicinal water. Muslim travelers must be aware that they might find it hard to locate Muslim-friendly facilities in Sárvár.
This small town has a few places of interest for those who are seeking to explore the area. Like most places in the country, the town’s history has been concentrated in the past around its castle. The pentagon shaped Nádasdy Castle has seen many changes and additions to it over a period of time. The exterior of the castle today is of a fortified late renaissance castle while the interior is of baroque style. It is home to a fine collection of medieval weaponry and is decorated with lavish paintings and furnishings. The castle houses the Ferenc Nádasdy Museum, where a number of rarities of cultural remains are exhibited.
Tourists could also visit the Arboretum, which is a nature reserve with many trees - most of which are over 300 years old. Other places of interest in Sárvár include the Park-Forest and the Csónakázó Lake. But the citys main attraction is it thermal and wellness bath, which are of European standard. Most hotels have spas with an inner and outer section, and its spas are of different styles, and the water found in the baths are of different temperatures.
Sárvár is also popular with families seeking relaxation and therefore there are plenty of areas suitable for doing just that. These family-friendly areas are mostly of an open plan - with water cannons and separate swimming pools; where children can enjoy without disturbing guests visiting the hotel. Other fun activities families and tourists can enjoy are; horse riding, fishing, ice skating, ten pin bowling, squash and there are even boats available to rent so that tourists can enjoy a boat ride on the lake
The closest international airport to Sárvár is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, located in Budapest, approximately 176 kilometres from the center of Sárvár. The next closest airport to Sárvár is in Vienna. The Vienna International Airport is situated approximately 130 kilometres from the city of Sárvár.
Halal restaurants in Sárvár will be hard to find. Muslim travelers can dine at seafood or vegetarian restaurants after making sure the chosen dishes do not consist of any non-halal ingredients. Muslim travelers should be aware that most restaurants in Sárvár do serve alcohol. Another option would be for travelers to prepare their own meals, if they have the facilities to do so. Tourists could ask the locals for more information on shops in the area that sell Halal items.
There are no known Islamic centers or mosques in Sárvár, so Muslim travelers will find it difficult to locate prayer facilities in the town. Muslim tourists could offer their prayers in the privacy of their hotel room before leaving on the day’s activities, when possible. Since Sárvár is quite a small area, travelers should be able to return to their hotel rooms in time to offer their prayers, when and if necessary. Muslim travelers can also inquire from the locals for a private area in the vicinity that can be used when traveling outdoors.