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Gyöngyös is a town in Heves county in Hungary, 80 km (50 mi) east of Budapest.
Situated at the foot of the Sárhegy and Mátra mountains, it is the home of numerous food production plants, including milk production and sausage factories.
It is also the home of many vineyards, which use the slopes of the Sárhegy to cultivate vines.
The meaning of the town's name in English is "Made of Pearls".
The 16-17th century historian Miklós Istvánffy wrote that the name of the town comes from the Hungarian word for mistletoe (literally "wood-pearl"), which is abundant in the local woods.
It's the birthplace of two-time Olympian swimmer Gabriella Csépe.
Area: 54.1 km² (20.9 sq mi)
Population: 33,553 (2001)
Postal code: 3200
Area code: 37
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Gyöngyös is a charming little, town in northern Hungary at the foot of the Mátra Mountains.
The township is the commercial centre of a wine and tobacco-growing district.
Lead, zinc, silver and are mined nearby.
Gyöngyös has a large Franciscan college that was founded in 1634, a 14th-century church, and a beautiful castle.
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