Komárom: Hungary's Lesser-Known Treasure!

Welcome to the fascinating city of Komárom, Hungary! Nestled at the confluence of the Danube and Váh rivers, this charming city beckons you with a unique blend of historical significance and modern attractions. From its storied fortresses that once defended the Austro-Hungarian Empire to its unusual dual-city status, where the Slovakian town of Komárno shares the border, Komárom is a place where history comes to life. Add to that the soothing thermal baths, cultural events, and the picturesque beauty of the Danube River, and you have a destination that promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Hungary. Join us as we delve into the many facets that make Komárom a gem waiting to be explored.

Known by alternative names Komárno (Slovak) and Komorn (German), the city lies on the south bank of the Danube River. Despite Komárom’s city status, it only takes up around 70.19 km2 (27.10 sq mi) of the Danube River area.

Getting there

Komárom is about an hour’s drive by car (via M1) from Budapest, and 1h10m by train. Thus a perfect staycation to explore.

 Directions: Car & train routes.

 Check the weather before you go.

Komaromi Bridge dailynewshungary opened summer 2020

What it’s known for

  • In keeping with the authentic Hungarian style, geraniums, and pálinka are everywhere.
  • The city lies in two countries. Namely, Komárom (Hungary) and Komárno (Slovakia).
  • The last big story about Komárom was about the Monoštor Bridge. The beautifully constructed modern bridge, that connects Slovakia and Hungary, was officially opened to traffic in the summer of 2020.

Things to do in Komárom

  • See the ancient Roman ruins that remained after the Turks’ destruction of the monastery in the early 16th century, including a stone mile marker and watchtowers.
  • Visit Fort Monostor (Monostori Erőd), now a museum of irregular polygon-shaped buildings, that was constructed between 1850 and 1871. 
  • Relax at Brigetio Gyógyfürdő, public baths.
  • György Klapka Museum is in honor of one of the most important Hungarian generals of the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848–1849. Also known under the German name, Georg Klapka, he was a politician, member of the Hungarian Parliament, and deputy War Minister.
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Fort Monostor
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Fort Monostor

The main attraction in Komárom, Hungary, is undoubtedly its historic fortresses. Specifically, the Fort Monostor and Fort Igmand stand out as the city’s primary draw. These imposing fortresses have a rich history and played vital roles in the defense of Hungary. Fort Monostor, the larger of the two, is particularly impressive. It’s a massive structure that was constructed between 1850 and 1871 as part of a defensive system for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

It’s known as Hungary’s biggest ammunition storage after World War II, for the South Soviet Army Group. The fort is rich in history. For instance, the first parts were created during the Napoleonic wars, and Fort Csillag served as a transit camp for Jews.

Visitors can explore its intricate maze of tunnels, imposing walls, and well-preserved buildings, offering a glimpse into the past.

Fort Igmand

Though smaller, Fort Igmund is equally intriguing, with its own unique history and architecture. These fortresses serve as a window into Hungary’s historical military heritage and are a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

The impressive scale and the stories they hold are what make these forts the main attraction of Komárom, drawing visitors from far and wide to explore their secrets.

Travel Tip(s)

Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom, and Komárom add up to a car drive of around 2h40m, subject to traffic conditions. I recommend each destination as a day trip. Alternatively, hop on a river cruise and hop off as you wish.