These articles were published in the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide, published annually by The Slovak Spectator since 1996. The latest editions can be obtained from our online shop.

Southern Slovakia


 Photo: Ján Svrček

The city's Euro-attitude is embodied by its newest attraction: Europe Place. The recently constructed square in the city centre consists of buildings designed in architectural styles distinct to different European countries and beyond. The Hungarian building is found next to the Slovak, the French next to the Russian, the Austrian next to the Spanish. Everyone is included here, from Greenland to Turkey, the Vatican to Transylvania.

The square was opened in December 2000 and covers 6,500 square metres of land. There is an underground car park, and Euro Alley, a shopping complex below the square. The centrepiece is the Millennium Fountain. On the whole, the square is dazzling, a dizzying swirl of colour and fine detail.

Komárno is peaceful and friendly - and surprisingly indifferent to disparaging comments made up north about southern Slovakia.

Getting there

By Train: From Bratislava you'll have to switch in Nové Zámky and take a local train into Komárno. Trip lasts two hours.

By bus: Direct routes from Bratislava take two hours and 20 minutes.

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2003.

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