KOMÁROM-KOMARNO TWIN CITIES
Komárom is regarded as one of the oldest inhabited settlements which has been populated since the Stone Age. First, Celts settled down there then the Romans, who strengthened the riverbank with forts and military camps. Brigetio, which was built on the right bank of the River Danube, was the legionary camp of the former Limes; and the civil settlement was the prosperous city of Pannonia. Goths, Avars and Slays lived there but this beautiful, fertile land could be preserved for the Hungarians who were coming from Asia.
The nation of Arpad occupied the territories of the Danube River Basin, which is protected by the Carpathians, and then later Alaptolma, the son of Ketel, built a castle here. With the help of King Bela IV, Komarom got the privileges of the town in 1265 and the citizens received the same rights as the citizens of Buda.
In the 16th century, the Turks wanted to occupy the castle of Komarom twice, however it resisted both attacks. The large-scale development of the town started in the beginning of the 18th century. Komarom became one of the most populated towns of the country. Furthermore, it played an important role during the Napoleonic wars and the War of Independence and Revolution of 1848/49.
After the Trianon treaty, which followed World War I, the town became separated. The southern part, Komarom, belongs to Hungary and the northern part as North-Komarom (Komarno) belongs to Slovakia.
The main tourist attractions of these towns are the charming public places, exhibitions from the Roman times, remnants of the Komarom Fortification System on the Hungarian side and on the Slovakian side, the Gyorgy Klapka Museum, the Komarom Spa, the Hungarian Equestrian Theatre Komarom, the Courtyard of Europe in Komarno, the Danube Museum and the Jokai Theatre. We are looking forward to your visit.