Posts tagged ‘Slovakian border’

June 30, 2014

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.

Esztergom 11

I walked over the bridge…

Mária Valéria híd 23

Mária Valéria híd 19

… while admiring the architecture…

Mária Valéria híd 13

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…and some picturesque shadow patterns.

Mária Valéria híd

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The basilica of Esztergom is beautiful…

Danube at Esztergom 7

…and so is the Danube.

Danube at Esztergom 2

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

Sturovo 6

Sturovo 1

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

Carpe Diem 2

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

Mária Valéria híd 7

…and over the Danube. Hi Hungary!

Esztergom 3

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

Vadas

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

Mária Valéria híd 4

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April 24, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

by ada

One of the places where you can “officially” leave Hungary, is the Erzsébet-bridge between Komárom in Hungary and Komárno in Slovakia. It was built in 1892 an is named after Romy Schneider Empress Elisabeth of Austria, because we Hungarians have always loved our Sisi, even during her lifetime, which is a rare phenomenon and is not very characteristic for the Hungarian collective spirit. Usually we first appreciate people after their death (if at all, haha). While it’ s definitely not the most charming spot on Earth or even in Hungary, it’s still a border, and I love borders. So here is a guide on how to cross them.

1. Walk up to the bridge.

Komárno Erzsébet-híd 1

2. Keep walking.

Komárno Erzsébet-híd 4

3. Look back at Hungary (yes, I did shop at that Tesco. I was that hungry).

Komárom Tesco

4. Admire the Danube (not a particularly breathtaking sight for somebody who is such a mountain person like me but, in my opinion, the second best thing after mountains is water, so I’m okay with this less than exciting view).

Komárom Danube

4. Walk until the middle of the bridge.

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5. Look down.

Danube

6. Look up. Welcome in Slovakia!

Border Hungary Slovakia 1

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