The village's old name, Kirwa, was mentioned first in 1255, among the first settlements in the area. During the 18th century a wave of German immigrants arrived in the Kingdom of Hungary and settled here as a result of the settlement policy of the Habsburg government. Proof of their flourishing existence is the German cemetery nearby; nowadays only about 20% of the population claims German roots, as a result of the government's forced resettlement actions after WWII. One of the most famous sights worth visiting close by is the Esztergom Basilica, which happens to be not only the largest church but also the tallest building in Hungary, with its dome reaching 100 m (328 feet) or about 30 stories! The basilica was consecrated in 1856. It sits on top of a hill, overlooking the Danube river. If you visit Esztergom, don't miss a "dip" in the thermal baths of Sturovo (Parkany), Slovakia, just across the river. The "Vadas" Thermal Resort offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools and wellness services for the whole family.