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Our beloved village, Leányfalu lies on the right bank of the river Danube, near the main road, number 11. It is 25 kms from the capital city, Budapest. It is situated by the foot of the Pilis Mountains. Our village is part of the Duna-Ipoly National Park. There are 1300 self-contained family houses and 1200 holiday homes in Leányfalu with a population of 3500 people. The pestige of the village can primarily be attributed to the vicinity of the country capital and well-known people who settled here. We have been sister cities with Penzing, Bavaria, Germany since 2001 and we became sister cities with Bánffyhunyad, Transylvania, Romania in 2008.

In the last third of the 1st century AD, territories west of the river Danube were part of the Roman empire under the name of Pannonia Province. Along the Danube the so-called “Limes” could be found, which was a fort system made up of military camps and watch towers. Since 106 AD the village had been under the influence of Aquincum, the capital of a new province, Pannonia Inferiorm, where small farms were set up. In 373 A.D. Emperor Valentinus did additional modernization on the fort system, that is, when the two-storey watch tower with 17x17 metre side walls was built.

During the migrations which started in the 5th century the tower was destroyed by various groups of nomad people. The ruins had been covered with earth, and were only recovered in 1963. Until the mid 19th century the territory of the village was uninhabited; there were only vineyards and press houses owned by farmers of Pócsmegyer, a village situated on the other side of the river.

At the end of the 19th century, however, the farmers sold their lands as the phylloxera epidemic destroyed the wine culture. The lands and press houses had fallen into others’ hands: rich civil families from Budapest bought lands and properties, like well-known, celebrated writers, actors and artists of the National Theater and the Opera House. With the appearance of these renowned people and their friends, village life had dramatically changed; a bustling cultural and art life had started to evolve in Leányfalu. A neogothic catholic church was built from the donations of the new residents in 1892. Families donated ornamental windows, benches, sculprures, and flags. Nowadays there is a busy religious life in the village.

In 1901 the Casino of Leányfalu came to life, which not only entertained its illustrious members but also contributed to the development of the village. The elementary school opened in 1908. Along with numerous great artists, Móricz Zsigmond - the distinguished figure of 20th century’s Hungarian literature - lived in Leányfalu between 1912 and 1942. Social life was even more enriched by the Leányfalu Tribe. This group of local patriots organized carnival balls, Anne-balls, concerts, and theatrical performances. Their greeting was: “Hail to the Danube!”

In 1945 many villa owners left the country and their properties had been nationalized and were used as trade union holiday homes until the change of the regime in 1989. Since 1949 Leányfalu has been administratively independent from Pócsmegyer.

Leányfalu is an ideal place for holidays. The largest open-air thermal spa of the Pilis-region can also be found here. The temperature of the water there is 62 C degrees, there are 6 pools and a sauna as well. Water polo matches and swimming competitions are often held in the 50 m long pool. It is open all year, and in winters, an ice rink operates in the area of the spa.

In the Museum of Local History you can find a Móricz Zsigmond memorial exhibition beside exhibitions of other renowned writers, poets, artists who played an important role in the history of Leányfalu. In the summer, tourists can

enjoy classical music concerts, “music in the square”, temporary exhibitions and various other forms of entertainment. A public footpath (red route) leads to the 521 m high Vöröskô (Red Stone), where a breathtaking view of the Danube Bend can be seen. One of the prettiest Danube bank section of the EuroVelo cycle route system runs across the village. Several historical towns of Hungary, such as Budapest, Szentendre, Visegrád, Vác and even Eger can be reached in a day trip from Leányfalu, thanks to its central location. The number of full-time residents is growing dynamically, therefore, large scale investment and continuous development is necessary to fulfil the needs of the residents.

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