City of Dunajska Streda
Dunajská Streda is a city in Southern Slovakia, located in Podunajská
nížina (Danubian Lowland). It is part of the regional government in
Dunajská Streda is the heart of Žitný Ostrov (Rye Island), within the
triangle formed by three important cities: Bratislava, Vienna and Győr. It has
about 25,000 inhabitants and is an urban center for about 100,000 citizens of
the of Žitný Ostrov region.
The city of Dunajská Streda grew from a settlement in the middle of Žitný
Ostrov. The teritory was inhabited as early as the Bronze Age, but there is
historical evidence of the Roman Empire, as well as the Migration Period.
The city has a 950-year history as a market town. Since 1405, it has been a
feudal town. The modern city of Dunajská Streda was, according to the city
chronicle, founded in 1874 by a merger of independent settlements Újfalu,
Nemesszeg, Előtejed and Szerdahely.
Area: 48 km²
The thermal spa in Dunajská Streda is among the most popular and most
visited spas in the region. It offers healing mineral waters, a park, a small
lake, swimming pools, a restaurant, several food stands, a bed and breakfast,
and camping facilities.
The thermal water comes from 1,600 meters deep and on surface reaches 57 °C
It is suited not only for swimming, but also has healing properties for
locomotor and joint diseases.
The spa facilities, on 26 hectars, consist of six pools with water
temperatures between 24 °C and 38 °C.
The beautiful Vámbéry Square is dominated by the Gothic Roman Catholic
church from the 14th Century. Renovated several times in the past, the interior
is now in a Baroque style. The Protestant church on Hlavná ulica (Main Street)
is from 1883. A synagogue once stood on this street and it was the biggest
temple in Žitný Ostrov. Unfortunately, the building was bombed in 1945 and
its ruins were taken away. According to historical documents, a religious school
was functioning in Dunajská Streda as early as the mid-17th Century and the
first 8-year secondary school opened in 1938.
There are other valuable buildings that showcase to the visitor Dunajská
Streda’s rich history. One of the most prominent ones is the Yellow Castle, a
Baroque building, built by the city’s well-known citizen and advocate, bishop
Mikuláš Kondé, in 1770. The castle now hosts the Museum of Žitný Ostrov.
Another beautiful building is Villa Vermes.
Well known personalities from Dunajská Streda:
Ármín Vámbéry, the famous scholar of the Orient, who lived in the second
half of the 19th Century, was a citizen of our town. He was an author of several
travel books about the Near East.
The Mayor’s Office:
Mestský úrad Dunajská Streda
929 01 Dunajská Streda
Článok bol publikovaný: 27. 1. 2016