1. Thermal springs and spa
Danube region is known for its rich supply of thermal springs and spas. ThIS thermal water is beneficial for the locomotor system and diseases related to it. Visitors of the region can choose from a number of seasonal as well as all-year-operated recreational facilities. We recommend visiting the thermal spa in Komárno, Thermal bath in Patince, Wellness Hotel Patince and thermal spa Vadaš in Štúrovo.
2. Komárno Fortress
One of the most durable defensive complexes surrounded Komárno during its era. It is the largest monument of its kind in Slovakia, also unique in its range from a European perspective. It is the largest fortified buildings of the former Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. Therefore it is registered in the temporary list of UNESCO World Heritage. The fortress in the past resisted even the army of one hundred thousand men of Turkish Pasha.
3. Roman defense camp in Iža
Roman military camp Celemantia is located 7 km east of Komárno in the village of Iža, on the bank of Danube. There are no doubts that the Romans during their greatest territorial expansion came to the far North and crossed the Danube river. A memento of their former presence is also a military camp Celemantia that originated near the village of Iža during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The camp was part of the famous border defense system Limes Romanus, which however fell in the year 179 after the raid of Germanic tribes.
4. The Danube Bike Route
Danube Bike Route is part of a regional transit route, which runs along the Danube river and is part of the long-distance cycle network EuroVelo 6 with the length of 3,653 km heading along several major European rivers.
A part along the Danube is also known as the Danube Bike Route. The route is not difficult, therefore it is good for children and the elderly, suitable either for a bike tour, in-line skating, running or even nordic walking.
5. Historic city center of Komárno
If you visit the Danube Region, do not miss a tour of the historic center of Komárno. You can start at the Square of General Klapka, where is located the Town Hall as well. This is an iconic renaissance building, which is characterized by Klapka’s march held every day at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. On the main square there is the Zichy’s Palace, beautiful outside and inside. Originally built in the Baroque style but after the earthquake has undergone restoration and extension in the classical style. Today, the former manor house still offers a permanent exhibition of the Danube Museum in Komárno, which is aimed at turbulent years in the lives of famous Komárno residents – writer Mór Jókai and composer Franz Lehár. In close proximity is located the Officer’s Pavilion, built in neo-Gothic style, which is a reminiscent of English Gothic architecture. On the pavilion’s façade there is an inscription TVIRIBVS (There is strength in unity – the motto of Franz Joseph I.) Originally, the building served as accomodation for military officers and their families. In the courtyard of the pavilion there is a bridge symbolizing cooperation between Komárom and Komárno, bust of the researcher Ján Selye and the amphitheater.
6. Maria Valeria Bridge in Štúrovo
Maria Valeria Bridge connects the town of Štúrovo and Esztergom on opposite banks of the Danube. It was commissioned for the first time to the public in 1895 and was named after the youngest daughter of the fourth Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth of Bavaria, known as Sissi. In 1919 it was the Czechoslovak army who significantly damaged the bridge and in 1944 German troops that bombed the bridge. People on both sides of the Danube had due to damaged bridge for nearly 60 years more difficult conditions for meeting up with friends and relatives. The role of the missing bridge was for a longer period of time covered by a ferry – KOMPA, used as a shuttle transit according to a specific time schedule, is today no longer in service.
7. Statue of Ján Sobieski
It was the Duke of Poland Ján Sobieski, who besides the tough fights against the Turks, led a fight with incomprehension between Slovak, Polish and Hungarian nations. A man who preached a timeless solidarity among the nations in the 17th century was honored in 2008 in Štúrovo by a statue with his portrait. Christian troops under his command defeated in 1683 the Turkish enemy and thus began the process of European Liberation from Turkish yoke.
8. Europe Place
The Europe Place in Komárno belongs to modern monuments in the Danube Region. It is an unusual collection of buildings typical of many European countries. Every single house on The Europe Place represents one of the 36 countries and regions through a distinctive architectural features. In the courtyard there is a Sculpture gallery “Europe”, which presents the monarchs and famous historical figures.
9. Sightseeing Cruises
The ideal way for getting familiar with the historical and natural beauties of the Danube Region are sightseeing cruises on Danube and Váh. During sightseeing cruises, visitors can explore the surrounding countryside with preserved remnants of the Danube floodplain forests or explore the historical monuments an angle inaccessible from the land. Thanks to sightseeing cruises a visitor will form a different image of places that are already known to him but yet to be discovered.
10. Gastronomy & Danube Wine Route
Gastronomic specialties of Danube Region are among the best known and most significant culinary treasures of Slovakia. Typical regional dishes are influenced by Hungarian and Turkish cuisine. The delicious food is inherently topped with delicious wine. The winery has had the tradition in the region for several centuries. The magic of the Danube Region wine cellars and delicious wines can be also tasted thanks to the Association of Enthusiastic Winemakers in the village of Mužla. Combination of wine and regional specialties will create a memorable dining experience. Warmth, friendliness, homely atmosphere and hospitality are the essential characteristics of local service providers. Visit Danube Region and see for yourself.