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Győrsövényház coat of arms
Győrsövényház (Hungary)
Basic data
State : Hungary
Region : Western Transdanubia
County : Győr-Moson-Sopron
Small area until December 31, 2012 : Csorna
District since 1.1.2013 : Győr
Coordinates : 47 ° 41 '  N , 17 ° 22'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 41 '25 "  N , 17 ° 22' 21"  E
Area : 24.21  km²
Residents : 754 (Jan. 1, 2011)
Population density : 31 inhabitants per km²
Telephone code : (+36) 96
Postal code : 9161
KSH kódja: 19309
Structure and administration (as of 2015)
Community type : local community
Mayor : Imre László Hokstok (independent)
Postal address : Petőfi Sándor u. 100
9161 Győrsövényház
Website :
(Source: A Magyar Köztársaság helységnévkönyve 2011. január 1st at Központi statisztikai hivatal )

Győrsövényház [ ɟøːrʃøveːɲhaːz ] (German: Plank House, Plank Hausen, Günzelsbrück or Schewinghas ) is a Hungarian community in the county Győr in Győr-Moson-Sopron County .

Geographical location

Győrsövényház is located about 15 kilometers west of the district town Győr in the north-western part of Hungary. Neighboring communities are Bezi , Fehértó (German Weissensee) and Lébény (German Leyden, town charter since 2013). Since October 21, 2019, the name signs Plankenhausen (German place name) have been placed under the place name signs Györsövényház at all three entrances. The signs are the same size as the Hungarian ones and below the Hungarian ones. The basic color is green and the text is white. These signs were initiated by the community of interests of displaced persons and refugees in the Limburg - Weilburg and Mosbach area (Baden). The realization was carried out with the help of the German minority self-government in Plankenhausen.


  • Cemetery chapel ( Temetőkápolna ), built in 1927

The chapel has not been used for a long time because a modern funeral hall was built as part of a complete cemetery redesign. Commemorative plaques have been placed on the outer walls of the chapel in need of renovation. They remember the victims of the First World War.

  • Bell tower ( Harangláb ), built in 1925
  • György-Fricke observation tower ( Fricke György-kilátó ), built in 2016
  • Marien Column ( Mária-oszlop ), built in 1890, in the church garden
  • Keresztelő Szent János Roman Catholic Church , built in the 18th century (Baroque)
  • Memorial plaque, erected in May 2007 by the Győrsövényház Association to commemorate the displaced persons, on the outside of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Monument built in 2011 by the Győrsövényház Association.
    The initiators were Gábor Hancz (President of the Association of Expellees) and Isabella Horváth, both from Győrsövényház. It is in the center of the village. The names, carved in the black and gray stone, of the fallen and dead, as well as the names of the expelled Hungarian Germans are listed in four paragraphs.
    The German translation for the heading is "The victims of the disastrous epoch in the middle of the 20th century by Győrsövényház / Plankenhausen". The first paragraph lists the names of those who died in WWII. In the second paragraph the names of the Holocaust victims can be read. In the third paragraph the names of the dead are listed who lost their lives to German bullets when the Soviet troops marched in. The fourth (last) paragraph lists the names of the displaced families.
  • Monument, triangular, made of light gray granite with a memorial plaque on the side, bilingual
    The memorial was erected in Győrsövényház in 2012 by the German self-government. It reminds of the settlement of the village by German settlers after it was burned down by war. The memorial bears the year 1712 as the beginning of settlement by the Germans. However, the local administration dates this point in time to the years 1715 or 1718. On the side, on two wooden posts, the history of the village is written in Hungarian on one side and in German on the other. The story, in short, begins with the first mention of the place in 1396 and the German settlement (given here after 1710) and ends with the expulsion of the Germans in 1946.
  • The fire station with a bell tower was built in 1925
    There is an extinguishing water syringe and fire fighting equipment inside. There are two bells in the tower. These are no longer rung in the event of a fire. The small bell is called the "bell of the soul" and is rung after a death in the village.
  • The town hall, built in the 1930s.
    It was the only two-story building in the village until the Second World War. In 2006 it was renovated. The roof was renewed, the building received thermal insulation and the previously white exterior color was replaced by a yellow paint. The mayor's offices are on the ground floor. The rooms on the upper floor are rented to a family.
  • The village community center, built in 2011
    It's on Gárdonyi Géza Street. It has a hall with a stage and basic catering equipment. The community library is also located in the building. The old school building stood on this property. It was demolished after serving the state school for decades. The state school and the state kindergarten as well as a Waldorf school and a Waldorf kindergarten are now housed in the formerly stately home of the former large landowner family "von Fricke" (who fled in 1945).
  • The youth center on the area of ​​the Roman Catholic Church
    The old rectory was in poor structural condition and was demolished in the 1990s. After the death of the German-born and German-speaking pastor Michael Wolf it was referred. The church administration promised to fill the pastor's position when a new rectory with youth rooms was built. This was followed by the demolition with subsequent new construction. The pastor's position was no longer filled, since then the Catholics have been provided for by the parish of Lébény (neighboring town).
    The youth rooms have remained. The new building was financially supported by many displaced families, former residents and descendants from Győrsövényház. They all live and lived in the Limburg-Weilburg district. Theresia Rieber, b. Szabó (November 9, 1930 - December 11, 2016) from Bad Camberg - Würges and her husband Günter organized a fundraising campaign to support the new building. The result was an amount of DM 5,100.00, which was handed over to the incumbent mayor of Győrsövényház in 1997.
  • The river Rabnitz (Rábca)
    The Rabnitz is being built in Lower Austria in the Blumau district of the Hollenthon community. It flows through central Burgenland. In the area of ​​the Austro-Hungarian border it flows through the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel (partly UNESCO World Heritage) and the National Park Fertö-Hanság. Hanság is a fen landscape. In the past centuries it was almost completely drained by canal and moat systems. The seasonally fluctuating water levels in the greater Neusiedler See area are thus regulated. In the area of ​​Győrsövényház there are dikes and a lock with a lock keeper's house. The Rabnitz flows into a right branch of the "Little Danube" (Moson-Danube) near Győr (Raab), shortly before the Raab joins the "Little Danube". Sections on the Hungarian side, along the Rabnitz, are nature reserves.
  • The monument to the " Good Shepherd " was built in 1921 and completely restored in 2017/2018.
    Founders were Johann Husz and Maria Göltl in 1921. The memorial stands in the center of Győrsövényház and is a sign of deep roots in the Catholic faith and a sign of German immigrant families and their descendants. After the end of the Turkish wars, i.e. after 1710, these were settled by the Jesuit order to rebuild the burned down village . Most of these settlers came from Bavaria.
    In the 1941 census, 1312 inhabitants were registered. Of these, more than 900 people belonged to "Deutschtum" or the "German language". Due to the consequences of the Second World War, flight and displacement in 1945/1946, 621 registered people of German descent left the village. They were settled in Germany either directly or "via Austria". About 100 other people of German origin fled as small groups or individual families. The target areas in Germany were the Limburg-Weilburg district, Mosbach area and Passau area. The loss of this large number of inhabitants was partially "made up" by Hungarian families. At the beginning of 2018, the place had almost 800 inhabitants.
    The memorial survived the Second World War relatively well, only the left hand of the "Good Shepherd" was shot down. The co-founder Maria Höck (née Göltl) kept this hand and took it with her when she was expelled to Germany. She wanted to have these reattached later. It did not come to that, their descendants evidently did not keep this hand either. However, the hand was later replaced on the statue. Over the decades, the statue and the entire monument had been affected by the weather. The monument together with the originally colored, later heavily faded statue was painted white in 2002. The founder of this measure was the daughter of a dentist from Canada (obviously with roots in Győrsövényház). The re-inauguration took place on August 24, 2002.
    In 2016, Johann Geigl from Saulheim, himself a displaced person, founded the interest group of "displaced persons, refugees, their descendants and friends", which took care of the restoration of the monument. Gábor Hancz, Deputy Mayor, had taken care of the execution of the work and of obtaining a cost estimate. He was able to win over the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest for the restoration. Professors Richárd Káldy and Balázs Szemerey-Kiss and two students took over the work free of charge. Johann Geigl and Roland Göltl, Mosbach (from the community of interests) were able to win over the Franz and Gertrud Schenzinger Foundation from Obrigheim am Neckar to cover the costs of material and transport in the amount of approx. 3900 euros. On July 24, 2018, the monument was inaugurated again. The diocesan bishop András Veres from Győr , made the blessing with the local pastor Tibor Gögh. Zoltán Németh, President of Győr-Moson-Sopron County, gave the keynote speech, a travel group of the interest group and descendants of the former donor families took part in the ceremony.
  • The avenue
    The main entrance to the "Fricke Schlösschen" is lined with a chestnut avenue. In the Hungarian language, avenue is called "fasor". In regional usage, especially in the town, the word "avenue" was adopted in the Hungarian language. At the end of the avenue, the street forms a circle. This is the "right of way" to the main entrance. Today the circle is overgrown with small trees. On earlier postcards the circle was a "gardened" flower arrangement.
  • The bank for displaced persons and refugees
    This bank was donated on March 24, 2017 by the travel group of displaced persons and refugees, as well as descendants and friends. It stands in the center of the village with a view of the 2011 memorial with the names of the displaced families. It was set up with a sign indicating the donors in 2017.
  • The Fricke Schlößchen, today a school building
    The Fricke Schlößchen was built by the Jesuit order in the last third of the 17th century. At that time this order was the largest landowner in the village until 1773. Then, through marriage, the general Georg von Fricke from Celle near Hanover came into his possession of the small castle and large estates. Until the end of the 2nd World War it was owned by several Fricke families. The last owner was Valére von Fricke , a large landowner and member of parliament in the Hungarian parliament. After the end of World War II, the building was used as an agricultural school until the late 1950s. After that, the state school and kindergarten were established in the building. In 1990, after the end of communism, the school was continued by the local self-government. In 2007 the upper level of the elementary school was closed due to a lack of students.

In 2008 a Waldorf school also moved into the building. A Waldorf kindergarten followed a few years later.


In Győrsövényház the roads No. 8417 and No. 8503 meet. The nearest train stations are in Enese to the south and Lébény-Mosonszentmiklós to the north, about 9 kilometers away on the main route Vienna - Győr (Raab). The distance to the motorway E 60 / E75 Vienna - Győr - Budapest, exit Lébény (Leyden) about 9 kilometers. The motorway is subject to a toll (vignette). The nearby federal highway 85 leads from Sopron (Ödenburg), Austrian border, to Győr (Raab). In the area in front of Győr it has been expanded to four lanes and is also subject to a fee (separate vignette).


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Journal for Eastern Research: Countries and Peoples in Eastern Central Europe . NG Elwert., 1962, p. 238.
  2. ^ Contributions to name research . C. Winter., 1969, p. 269.
  3. ^ The portal of the Hungarian Germans, meeting point, Hungarian German place names, chapter Györ-Mason-Sopron (Raab-Györ-Wieselburg County), page 14 (penultimate page)
  4. ^ A Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung beszámolt a Jó pásztor szobor avatásáról / friendship filled with life. In: / Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung . July 13, 2018, accessed on August 3, 2018 (Hungarian, German).

Web links

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