Nové Zámky, Slovakia


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The town is located in the Danubian Lowland area, on the Nitra River, around 100 km from the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava and 25 km from the Hungarian border. It is a road and railway hub of southern Slovakia.

From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary. A fortress was built, against the Ottoman Turks, on the site of an older settlement in the years 1573–81. The town developed around the fortress and 1573 is regarded as the founding date of the town. The huge new fortress was one of the most modern fortresses in Europe when it was built, a prime example of the star fortress which was considered to be adapted to the advance in artillery in the preceding centuries. (In fact, the Hungarian name means “the archbishop’s new castle”.) It resisted Turkish conquest for over one hundred years until 1663, but later, in 1685, it was conquered by the imperial troops of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine.

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After the break-up of Austria-Hungary in 1918/1920, the town became part of newly created Czechoslovakia. As a result of the First Vienna Accord, it was occupied by Hungary between 1938 and 1945. During World War II, the town was heavily damaged by bombings. Only small parts of the fortress are still standing today. It is, however, still depicted on the city’s coat of arms. In 1993 Slovakia became an independent state alongside the Czech Republic as the former Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved.

The population is around 42,000, with 70% of them being Slovaks and most of the others Hungarians.

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Tourist attractions are many. Taste the local cuisine, which combines the best of Slovak and Hungarian gastronomy. The city is lively with a full range of cultural and sporting events. Novozámocký rag, Novozámocký Market Porciunkula, Vintage Festival, Novozámocké castle games, exceptional concerts – from traditional events to choose each. Options everyday enjoyment are equally rich – 3D cinema Peace Art Gallery Ernest broom, Jan Thain Museum, sports fields, playgrounds, outdoor fitness, skate and street workout park. See Castrum Novum Television

One of the most beautiful cultural monuments of the town today is the Calvary from 1779 situated on the site of hexagonal foundations of the disappeared town walls near Forcháchs bastion. Dominant in the city square is the Roman Catholic church of Holy Cross built in the years 1584-1585. The pride of the town is the Baroque group of statues of the Most Holy Trinity from 1749, commemorating a plague epidemic, which devastated the town in 1740.

 Contacts:

Mayor –Otokar Klein, elected until 2018 email: primator@novezamky.sk;

Lukas Stefanik   First Deputy Mayor         lukas.stefanik@novezamky.sk;

Tunde Szekeresova   Head of Municipal Office  tunde.szekeresova@novezamky.sk;

http://www.novezamky.sk/

City Office:Mestský úrad Nové Zámky, Hlavné námestie 10, 940 02 Nové Zámky, Slovenská republika

http://slovakia.travel/en/nove-zamky

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Priority development for the town during the period 2014 – 2018

◾Finalize the new city plan.

◾Revitalize the Main Square and adjacent streets in the city center.

◾Improve the system for repairs to local roads and pavements.

◾Resolve parking policy in the city

◾Expand the number of jobs to negotiate with existing employers and the search for potential new employers.

◾Continue to work with civil society and NGOs in ensuring the provision of social services and ensure its dissemination to marginalized populations.

◾Make use of EU funds to finance sustainable development projects and investments in the enhancement of municipal property.

◾Reconstruct the City Market.

◾Expand capacity in kindergartens in the city

◾Expand the surveillance system to increase the security of citizens and the maintenance of order and in peripheral and recreational areas of the city.

◾To build playgrounds and recreational areas in housing estates.

◾Protect and enhance the natural wealth in the city.

◾Effective use of urban property.

◾The effective functioning of municipal companies and organizations.

◾Reforming urban culture, organize the traditional city events, reinforcing the efficiency of urban media Novozámocká television and Castrum Novum.

◾Improve communication with public authorities and businesses, focusing on priority areas of employment, transport and regional development.