Letter to the Editor: Dunajská Streda not so bad

Dear Sir,

I was really shocked while reading your list of the "Worst of the Worst" towns in Slovakia in the latest issue of the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide 1998-99 to find that Dunajská Streda won first place among the "worst" places.

It's true that we have some socialist buildings in this town, but where can they not be found in Slovakia?

Unfortunately, in the 1950's, the aim of the political leaders in Dunajská Streda was to pull down the old buildings that referred to the past. But the present leaders of the town have done their best to remedy these defects, and have employed one of the most well-known Hungarian architects, named Imre Makovecz, to renovate and reconstruct buildings. One of Makovecz's main projects will be the Vámbéry main town square.

Dunajská Streda was founded in the 12th century, and is still a small town, one with clean parks, modern restaurants and a newly opened literary café. But maybe people who have grown accustomed to big cities find it difficult to spend even five minutes in a smaller one.

Dáša Feketeová,

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