Sights

Danube Panorama Nature Trail

Just like the travellers in the old days, today’s tourists can have a rest on the Danube bank offering full of delights and natural beauty for the eye, whether they arrive by bike on the EuroVelo 6 route, or by car on Highway 1 or from the direction of the watercourse. The discovery can start from the corner of the old highway covered with cobblestones, Kossuth Lajos Street and Rákóczi Ferenc Street, from the cross. This is from where the bird trail leads to the Danube offering you an unexpected view. If you are lucky, you can see Széchenyi, the biggest and most powerful icebreaker ship of Hungary. Following the line of the Danube, you can reach the Visitor Centre, then, via the promenade, the Boatmen Museum, where you can look into the life of the boatmen, the formerly popular occupation, via the precious relics of the boatmen of Gönyű. A boatmen playground awaits children, while adults may read about the history and natural treasures of the settlement on the displayed boards.

The nature trail is currently under development, and expected to achieve its final form in the spring of 2019.

Life on the Danube bank - exhibition of local history

The exhibition presents the treasures of the local shipping dynasties and fishing relics. The motto has not changed since the Roman age: „Navigare necesse est!”, that is: “To sail is necessary!” - Pompeius Magnus

The exhibits collected by the members of the Gönyű Local History Club are expected to be open for visitors from the spring of 2019.

Anglers' Cottage Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is now under reconstruction. The building will provide touristic services for anglers and water tourists. A rooftop look-out terrace will be created with new terrace rails, games for families and interactive boards and panorama binoculars will be provided to allow the visitors to view the water birds.

The Visitor Center is expected to open its doors at the end of the spring of 2019.

Saint Peter and Paul Roman Catholic church

The Catholic church protected as a national monument was built on behalf of the noble Eszterházy family. It was consecrated in honour of Saint Peter and Paul in 1795. The building is characterised by the marks of the Louis Seize, also known as late baroque style. The carved family coat of arms with a griffin raising a sword is placed above the main entry, and the board commemorating the renovation in Latin is placed also here. The church can be visited only during the masses. The mass schedule is displayed on the advertising board in front of the church.

Reformed-Evangelist church

The church was consecrated during the Whit holidays in 2005. The building is characterised by the traditions of centuries of Protestant church construction and the modern architectural expectations. Its style reminds the nice atmosphere of the small churches of the Transylvanian villages. The opening hours of the church are displayed on the advertising board in front of the church.

Catholic relics

Chapel

The crypt of the Eszterházy family was built in the cemetery still in use in 1863. Currently, it serves as a chapel for funerals.

Crosses

The locals are protected by two crosses on the old main street of the village, on Kossuth Lajos Street and at the corner of Rákóczi Ferenc and Kikötő Streets.

Local history relics

Ship mast

The ship mast erected on Háry Dezső square and inaugurated by the Local History Club is unique in Hungary. New flags are attached to the mast before the celebration of 15 March, which is a memorial day of the revolution and fight for freedom of 1848-1849 each year. The aim is to proudly show boatmen travelling on the Danube that a “shipping village” is located here. Code flags are placed on the mast, each indicating a letter, but they are used by the Hungarian boatmen rather as ceremonial county flags.

Memorial to World Wars 1 and 2

The memorial of the victims of Gönyű serving on the battlefield is located in front of the Roman Catholic church.

Memorial to the Steamboat Árpád

A tragic event took place in Gönyű, during World War 2, on 28 July 1944. The Árpád steamboat ran on a mine and exploded at Vének, and took three boatmen of Gönyű with itself into the watery grave. The rope reel of the boat taken out in 2003 is shown at the local history exhibition and the boat crane is located in the cemetery as a memory of the tragedy.

Holocaust Memorial

In 1944, members of the Arrow Cross Party crowded the Jews on four anchored barges at Gönyű. Many died there, right on board or by falling into the Danube. A monument in the form of a sinking boat has been erected in the cemetery as a memory of them and other victims of World War 2.

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