Želiezovce is a small town situated 160 km drive from Bratislava and 30km drive from Levice. The manor house in Želiezovce was built in 1720 in Baroque style, later rebuilt in Classicist style and it was a Summer residence of Esterházy family. Esterházy family supported artists and musicians, therefore Count Johann Karl Esterházy invited Austrian musician and composer Schubert spent the summer of 1818 as a music teacher to his tow daughters at their château in Želiezovce. The pay was relatively good, and his duties teaching piano and singing to the two daughters, Maria and Caroline, were relatively light, allowing him to compose happily. Schubert may have written his Marche Militaire in D major (D. 733 no. 1) for Marie and Karoline, in addition to other piano duets. And he fall in love with Caroline of course. And Schubert was supposed to be the most poetical musician in 19th century!
And one hour drive from Želiezovce, where the picturesque Little Danube flows into the longest Slovak river, the Váh, is Kolárovo. A romantic place reminiscent of The Bridges of Madison County.
How to get there?
- by car using D1/R1 highways and E571/58/75 routes to Želiezovce approximately 2 hours’ drive from Bratislava, than using route 75 to Kolárovo, approximately 1 hour drive
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