the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

by ada

The river Danube forms a 143 km long natural border between Hungary and Slovakia. There are three bridges where pedestrians can cross over the Danube and pass the border: the Erzsébet bridge between Komárom (HU) and Komárno (SK), a (noname) bridge between Vámosszabadi (HU) and Medve (SK) and the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom (HU) and Párkány/Štúrovo (SK).

The Mária Valéria bridge was built in 1894-95, and was blown up two times: in 1919 by the Czechoslovakian army and in 1944 by the fleeing German troops. It wasn’t reconstructed again until 2001.

I started out in beautiful Esztergom, which is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its history goes back to Celtic times, and it’s also the birthplace of the first Hungarian king, István.

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I walked over the bridge…

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… while admiring the architecture…

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…and some picturesque shadow patterns.

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The basilica of Esztergom is beautiful…

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…and so is the Danube.

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I arrived in Štúrovo (or as it was originally called for some hundred years before Socialist times, Párkány).

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Slovakian people are ready to give you some ancient life advice.

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I passed the harbour (shall we call this tiny dock harbour?) and looked back at Mária Valéria bridge…

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…and over the Danube. Hi Hungary!

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I spent a (sunny and hot) afternoon at Vadaš termal bath where I ate lángos and drank kofola


… and walked over the bridge again. Goodbye Slovakia, until next time.

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2 Comments to “the place where Hungary meets Slovakia”

  1. It’s an open border? No border posts?

    • No, there are no border posts anymore. According to the Schengen Agreement, there are no checkpoints inside the Schengen Area, so we can cross the borders of Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia any time without being checked. There are still “real” borders (with military, police and big, angry dogs) at the borders of Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. If you want to experience The Real Face of Eastern Europe or are in the mood for some surreal time travel, I recommend you to pass the border between Hungary and Ukraina. Military Socialism pure :DD

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