Dudince (before 1927 Ďudince, Hungarian: Gyűgy, rarely German: Dudintze) is a spa town in southern Slovakia. It is the smallest town in Slovakia with only a population of around 1,400. It is known for its mineral water, hot springs and destination spas. It's located near the edge of the Banská Bystrica Region of Slovakia.
|Region||Banská Bystrica Region|
|• Mayor||Dušan Strieborný|
|• Total||6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||140 m (460 ft)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
It is located in the foothills of the Krupina Plain (inner western Carpathian Mountains) in the valley of the Štiavnica river, around 27 km south-west from Krupina and 15 km north from Šahy. Besides the main settlement, there is a formerly independent village, Merovce (annexed in 1960).
The town lies in the Stredoslovenska wine region and is surrounded by vineyards. Travertine piles and "Roman" spa (see image gallery) can also be found.
Archaeological discoveries show that the town was inhabited in the Neolithic era. The first written acknowledgement dates back to 1284 as Dyud. The oldest mention of hot springs was in 1551, but there is strong evidence that the Romas knew of the thermal pools over 2000 years ago.
It was the venue for the 2013 European Race Walking Cup.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 1,500 inhabitants. 95.67% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 3.53% Hungarians and 0.20% Roma. The religious make-up was 55.67% Roman Catholics, 28.93% Lutherans and 11.27% people with no religious affiliation.
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive, Statny Archiv in Banska Bystrica, Nitra, Slovakia.
- Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1784-1893 (parish B)
- Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1783-1929 (parish B)