Štúrovo – A City For Tourists
First and foremost Štúrovo is a spa town. The Thermal Spa VADAŠ is justly famous not only in Slovakia but also abroad. It has a capacity for 8.500 visitors and with its reconstructed pools of different sizes, indoor swimming pool, reconstructed row of snack-bars/cafeterias, sanitary and sport facilities, it offers an ideal recreational opportunity for the sun and water lovers.
The city and surrounding area was first settled in the stone age. During the Roman period it was the site of the „Anavum” military garrison. At the beginning, the city was comprised possibly of the settlements of Nána and Kakath. Kakathvár was built as a summer residence by the son of the Magyar tribal chieftain Árpád, in the 10th century. Through the middle ages the settlement Kakath gradually grew in its significance, and had become a marketplace for merchants coming from southern and western Europe. During the tatár invasions the settlement was fortified. It was in this period that the city’s new name „Párkány“ was introduced.
In 1724 the settlement was promoted to town status with the rights to hold markets. King Charles IV awarded the town market rights and the most significant was the Simon – Juda market, held on the days of St. Simon and St. Jude. This traditional market continues to be held annually even today. After the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918 the city of Párkány, formerly an in-land city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, became a Czechoslovakian border city. The change of the name from Párkány to Štúrovo occurred in 1948.
The city is famous for its tolerance where throughout the centuries people of different nationalities and religions have lived together in peaceful harmony. This diversity gives the city a special atmosphere and flavour. I am certain that during your stay in our city you will have a wonderful time here, and that the people of Štúrovo will show you warm-heartedness and hospitality.