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30 Great Things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Kosice, the second biggest city in Slovakia and one of the best places to visit in Slovakia , is among the most underrated cities in Europe that you should put on your bucket list right away. With so much history, numerous monuments and attractions you surely won’t be bored there and you should plan at least a weekend in Kosice.

I’ve visited the city around 10 times by now and I know I will be returning there in future too – there are just so many things to do in Kosice that I never have enough time to do them all. But even if you have only one day in Kosice you can see and do a lot – it’s a compact city and most of Kosice attractions are located within a walking distance from each other!

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Things to do in Kosice

So, without any further ado, here are the best things to do in Kosice, Slovakia, in no particular order!

Visit St. Elisabeth Cathedral

St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Kosice is a real masterpiece and one of the main places to visit in Kosice.

The works started in 1380 but over the centuries it was rebuilt and renovated numerous times. It is considered to be the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, this is also the largest worship place in Slovakia (around 5.000 people can enter the cathedral).

There are just so many sculptures and ornaments on the facade, making this building so unique and special. If you are lucky you might even spot the ugly wife of the sculptor turned into one of the gargoyles.

The interior is just as amazing and worth seeing as the exterior. Be sure to take a closer look at the impressive altar with high stained glass windows as well as the gothic double spiral staircase – there are only five of this kind in Europe!

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Climb the Cathedral’s tower

After you visit the cathedral be sure to climb the cathedral’s tower too. The north tower (known also as Sigismund’s tower) is almost 60 meters high so climbing it might be a bit of a challenge for some but it’s worth all the efforts as the views from up there are really amazing.

You can admire the State Theater, rows of colorful houses on the main street, red rooftops of the old town and more. This is probably the best view of Kosice from above you can get.

The tower is open every day, the entrance is €1,50.

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Visit St. Michael’s Chapel

Next to the cathedral, you can find a beautiful St. Michael’s Chapel from the 14th century – yet another great example of the Gothic architecture in Kosice. It used to be the cemetery chapel and the lower parts served as the ossuary.

These days it is a popular wedding chapel and some people like it even more than the impressive cathedral, especially that it played an important role for the Slovak citizens of the city. St. Michael’s Chapel has always been a Slovak church whereas the cathedral was German or Hungarian church.

On the exterior walls, you can find some of the marble gravestones from the 14th-17th century.

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See the historic coat of arms

Did you know that Kosice has the oldest coat of arms in Europe? It was granted by King Louis I the Great in 1369 – that made Kosice the first town in Europe with its own coat of arms.

It was changed three more times, in 1423, 1453 and eventually in 1502. Since then the Kosice coat of arms remained unchanged.

You can find the beautiful sculpture with all four versions at the edge of the park near St. Michael’s Chapel.

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Pay respect to Jan Kuciak

Near the coat of arms you can see the impressive 19th-century palace, now home to the State Scientific Library in Kosice. This is where all the important events, mainly protests, in Kosice take place.

The most important ones were, of course, Velvet Revolution in 1989 and recently after the murder of the journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kušnírová in 2018 (I was at those protests in Bratislava ).

Even if it’s been two years since the murder you can still see the picture of Kuciak and Kusnirova attached to the palace and people are still putting flowers there, paying the respect to the brave journalist.

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Visit the splendid State Theater

One of the greatest things about the former Austria-Hungary Empire was all the impressive theaters that were built in that period. You can find some amazing and similar theaters in Chernivtsi (Ukraine) , Zagreb (Croatia) , Cluj-Napoca (Romania) or Brno (Czech Republic) . And Kosice is no different.

The State Theater, located in the middle of Hlavna street, not far from the Cathedral is such an impressive place. Built in 1899, it is truly impressive both from the outside and inside. It is so rich in decorations that you wouldn’t know where to look, there is so much beauty around you.

The good news is the tickets are really affordable, starting at a few euros only, so going out to see the play and marvel at the splendid interior is super easy.

If you are looking for Instagrammable places in Kosice this is one of the must spots for the best pictures!

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Have a coffee at Slavia Cafe

Slavia is probably the fanciest of Kosice cafes and the place you can’t miss. Located in the beautiful art-nouveau house, the first cafe was opened here in 1900. After the turbulent history, the cafe was reopened here a few years ago and now this is one of the best spots for people-watching.

Try to score the window seat and you can see the State Theater and observe the main street while sipping the coffee. The interior is beautiful too, with art-nouveau decor and glazed ceiling.

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Enjoy cafe scene in Kosice

But Slavia isn’t the only great cafe in Kosice. Actually, the city is packed with cool places worth stopping by for a cup of coffee and a sweet bite.

You can find most of the cafes along the main street as well as Hrnciarska street. My favorite one, however, was Nico Caffe a bit outside of the center (but still within a walking distance).

You can read more about the best cafes in Kosice here .

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Have a beer at Hostinec

The best place to have a beer in Kosice is definitely Hostinec. Located on the main street just behind the theater, in the so-called Levoca House from the 15th century, this is the oldest brewery in Kosice.

Today it is owned and run by the passionate people who love beer and put their whole hearts into its production. There are different kinds of beer you can try here, from lager to IPA and beyond, and all of them are produced in the same building.

Even if you are not a big fan of beer you should visit Hostinec for its original interior and good food.

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Try the local beer

Since Slovakia is known for its good beer there are more local breweries you should visit, like Golem or Stanicny Pivovar (at the main train station, I don’t know any other train station with the brewery in it).

There are also good craft beer places you can visit in Kosice. My favorite one was Dobre Casy with the excellent selection of beers but other good ones include Tabacka, Nico Caffe or Republika Vychodu.

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Walk down the main street – Hlavna

Hlavna – the main street of Kosice’s old town – is a perfect place for a stroll. The pedestrian promenade is packed with attractions – not only you can find here all the amazing places mentioned above, there are numerous other buildings you should take a closer look at: houses, palaces, churches or the Immaculata Statue.

Hlavna is also like a textbook of the various architecture styles, you can see here Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau masterpieces.

But the best thing to do here is to just walk the street and enjoy its vibrant atmosphere or sit down in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Shop at Dominican Square

This charming little square is one of the oldest places in Kosice. It got the name after the Dominican Church from the beginning of the 13th century – you can still find it in the square. Besides cafes, restaurants, and pubs you can also shop at the local farmers’ market.

Unlike other similar markets in more popular cities in the region, the prices here are very affordable and the clientele is a mix of older residents, families with children and local hipsters.

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Say hello to Sandor Marai

Sandor Marai was one of the most famous Hungarian writers, born and raised in Kosice. Even if he has a rather difficult relationship with his hometown, Kosice is proud of the famous resident.

You can find here his hometown with the memorial room with numerous memorabilia as well as the monument dedicated to the writer – a popular spot during sightseeing in Kosice. It’s located only a few steps away from the Hlavna street, at the corner of Masiarska and Zbrojnicna streets.

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Visit Hrnciarska street

While there are many charming streets and lanes in Kosice, Hrnciarska is the queen of them all. The name literally translates as the Crafts Lane and that’s what you will mostly find here – numerous craft shops of some forgotten professions, as well as a few modern pubs and cafes.

The medieval lane with small colorful houses is a perfect place for a slow walk. You can stop by at blacksmith, carpenter or potter to see their works or go buy fresh bread or local herbs.

Every time I visit Kosice I try to walk at least once through Hrnciarska as this is such a pleasant place! It’s so pretty the picture of the street has been my phone’s screensaver for a few years now.

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Try the local wine

You might not know that but Slovakia is pretty big on the wine scene and you can get really good wine in the Kosice region too. That’s also why wine is a very important part of the city itself.

You can find a few very good wine places in Kosice, perfect for trying both local wines and those from more distant regions. Some of the places you want to check out include Villa Cassa, Enoteca Centro, Barrique or Vinotéka Löffler.

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Visit the synagogues

Just like many cities in Central Europe, Kosice also had a big and important Jewish community. Before World War 2 there were five synagogues in Kosice, now only two remained (others were either demolished or transformed into different functions).

The one on Puskinova street was built in the 1920s in the cubist style and was renovated to shine just like it used to.

The old synagogue on Zvonarska street is, however, abandoned and in the state of decay but that’s what makes it so interesting to visit. Unfortunately, it is open only during events but if you are lucky – go and see it inside, it is such a gem!

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Visit Kunsthalle

Kosice is good at giving the second life to places and one of the best examples of this trend is Kunsthalle. The former swimming pool, once one of the most valuable 20th-century architecture objects in Kosice, was closed down due to the grounds drop.

Eventually, when Kosice became the European Capital of Culture, the swimming pool was reconstructed and the art space was opened in the building. It is used mostly to show contemporary visual art, both Slovak and international.

But even if you are not a big fan of modern art be sure to visit Kunsthalle as it’s so interesting to see how the building was transformed and adapted to its new function.

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Discover Kosice street art scene

One of the things that surprised me the most in Kosice (and made me super excited) was its amazing street art scene . You can see here around 30 murals all over the city, some of them created by world-famous artists like INTI from Chile , Phlegm from England or Point from the Czech Republic .

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Admire Jakab’s Palace

Even is the palace didn’t belong to any famous or noble family, this is still probably the most beautiful building of that kind in Kosice.

Located at the edge of the Old Town, Jakab’s Palace was built in the Neo-Gothic style for the family of Peter Jakab – the man behind some of the most beautiful buildings in Kosice, such as the State Theater.

This is where the president of Czechoslovakia, Edvard Benes, stayed during his visit to Kosice in April 1945. Be sure to see this stunning building when you are in Kosice too!

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Wander around charming backstreets

But one of the best things to do in Kosice is to just wander around the winding lanes of the Old Town. Be curious, go without the map, enter random gates and passages and you might be surprised how many wonders you can find there.

Umbrella-lanes, arches above the street, colorful houses and hidden cafes – Kosice Old Town is full of surprises really!

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Visit Kulturpark

Thanks to the European Capital of Culture the former military barracks from the 19th/20th century were turned into the cultural complex. Inside you can find various institutions, such as Steel Park, literature center or fashion lab.

Kulturpark is creative, innovative and its aim is to serve everyone, therefore you can find a whole range of activities taking place here. The buildings are named after the aviation alphabet so you can see here Alfa, Bravo, Charlie etc.

The whole area is green and full of trees, making it a perfect place to relax too.

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Visit the botanical garden

Even if the botanical garden is located a bit away from the center it’s well worth a visit. This is the biggest botanical garden in Slovakia, with over 4,000 species of plants (including 1,200 cactuses).

A botanical garden is a fascinating place even in the wintertime – the outdoor area might not be that spectacular but the impressive palm house will entertain you for sure!

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Visit the remnants of the castle for the panoramic view of the city

Not many people know about it but Kosice used to have a castle. Some sources say that back in the medieval days it was even bigger than the famous Spis Castle!

Today you can see only a very few remnants of the grand structure but going for the detour from the center is definitely worth the effort.

Not only you can see the ruins of Kosice castle, but you can also go up the lookout tower and see panoramic views of Kosice and beyond.

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Visit the East Slovak Museum and find the Golden Treasure

Founded in 1872, the East Slovak Museum is among the oldest museums in the country. While the whole collection is interesting and worth seeing, there is one special reason why you can’t miss this place and that’s the Golden Treasure.

During the renovations of Hlavna street in 1935 the pouch was founded – inside there were almost 3.000 golden coins and jewelry from all over Europe. You can see it all in the East Slovak Museum and trust me, it is one of the most impressive exhibitions you will ever see. All the gold is just dazzling!

While you are in the museum be sure to check the back garden to see the wooden church from the East Carpathian region.

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Have a drink and watch a movie at Kino Usmev

A few steps away from the main street you can find Kino Usmev – the old cinema, originally from 1929, turned into one of the cultural hubs of the city. The decor is still original from the 1980s and very much retro but that’s not the only reason to visit the place.

Kino Usmev, besides playing less known and independent movies, is also a vibrant place with a bar, exhibitions, cultural events, and food trucks corner. It’s one of the favorite hangout spots for locals and you should stop by here as well, not necessarily for the movie (although these are good too!).

things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

Enjoy the singing fountain

In the warmer months, the square between the Cathedral and the State Theater at Hlavna Street turns into the light, sound and water show. The singing fountain is a bit cheesy but at the same time mesmerizing.

You can spend here way too much time, just watching how the water plays with the sound of well-known songs and, in the evening, also with kitschy lights. Definitely recommended!

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Take the ride at the Children Railway

While the name indicated this is an attraction for children I disagree – everyone can enjoy riding this old steam train ( I most certainly did! )! This was the first railway of that kind in former Czechoslovakia, it dates back to 1955.

The Children Railway is a bit over 4 kilometers long and goes through the beautiful forest. The train runs from the end of April till the beginning of November so if you are in Kosice at that time be sure to include it in your itinerary.

Not far from the Children Railway you can also find Kosice ZOO – the largest zoo in Slovakia.

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Learn about Hungarian ties with Kosice

Sandor Marai isn’t the only Kosice’s tie with Hungary . The history of the city has always been very much connected with Hungary and the city is known also under its Hungarian name “Kassa”.

Probably the most important sign of the past importance of Hungary is the fact that Francis Rakoczi, the famous leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs at the beginning of the 18th century, is buried here, in the St. Elisabeth Cathedral.

Near Hrnciarska street you can find Rodosto House – the former house of Rakoczi that was transferred to Kosice from Turkey.

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Visit the former Tobacco factory, now the cultural center

Yet another cultural spot and creative center in Kosice that is worth visiting. A former tobacco factory where now you can find bistro, pub and numerous local initiatives (such as Street Art Communication).

The walls of Tabacka are covered in street art, the whole place has a cool alternative vibe and numerous events will make you want to return here over and over again. Be sure to check their website to see what’s currently happening in Tabacka.

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Go for the day trips in Kosice region

Not only Kosice is a great city to visit and spend a few days in, but it is also a perfect base to explore the Kosice region and Eastern Slovakia. And let me tell you this part of Central Europe has a lot to offer yet is still rather unknown.

From Kosice, you can easily go to the wine region of Tokaj (that most people associate with Hungary but a small part of it is in Slovakia too), explore the stunning area of Slovak Paradise or visit ruins of one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe – Spis Castle.

A bit further, but still easily reachable from Kosice, you can find the breathtaking Tatra Mountains with its high peaks or Bardejov – the picturesque town so full of monuments it has made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Eastern Slovakia is a gem that still waits to be discovered and Kosice is a perfect starting point to get to know this region!

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Further reading

I published many articles about Slovakia that you might find useful when planning your trip there. Here are some of them:

  • 35 Amazing Places to Visit in Slovakia
  • 13 Best Things to Do in Slovakia
  • The ultimate list of things to do in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 17 Great Day Trips from Bratislava, Slovakia
  • A Complete Guide to Visiting Spis Castle, Slovakia
  • Visit Nitra – the Oldest City in Slovakia
  • Visit Levoca – the UNESCO gem in Slovakia

If you are looking for articles about a specific destination – check out the map with all the articles I’ve published (and their locations). You can also join my Facebook group about traveling in Central Europe and ask your questions there.

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Travel Resources

You can find the best accommodation options at Booking . They have many discounts and excellent customer service. Click here to look for the place to stay in Kosice

Never travel without travel insurance , you never know what might happen and better safe than sorry. You can check the insurance policy for Slovakia here.

I recommend joining organized tours to get to know the place better and to visit more places during your trip. You can find a great selection of tours at Get Your Guide – click here .

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You say that Košice is underrated city. Well, I agreee with that. There are literaly thousands of underrated cities and places not only in Europe, but in whole world. But, keep in mind – lots of tourists have limited free time. Not everyone can travel all the time. 30-40 years with 30-60 days of free time. With only limited free time, lots of tourists stick to big cities and capitols. That said, back to Košice. I have been there a few times. And there are a lot of places that I would still like to visit. I heard that square in Košice is the largest (or longest) square in central Europe. Can you check that? So far, I have been in cathedral, some musem and few caffes and restaurants. I hope to come back again.

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True about the underrated cities but still if people are visiting Krakow and Budapest why not including Kosice for a day or two in between these two? Many tourists don’t even know the city so interesting is so near those popular destinations. I’m not telling you should come from across the globe to Kosice only as that would be crazy but including it in the Central Europe itinerary isn’t such a bad idea.

I will ask my friends from Kosice about the square although technically it is street. I read the largest square is in Kraków and I wouldn’t be surprised since it’s pretty large.

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Rivca Hildebrandt

I love Kosice! I don’t know if I love it because it is the birth place of Sandor Márai or because I had the time of my life there. Reading your post made me remember all my beloved places. I was there a year after the assassination of Jan Kuciak. I love the place and I know I will return many, many times. Slovakia is lovely. And I really must take a picture with the statue of Márai. Reading his novel The rebels was the reason why I went to Kosice in the first place.

I’m so happy to hear you like Kosice too. This city is simply amazing! All the best!

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Ravana Gozalova

Already saved many information for my visit in August, the coolest was Tokay region, never could thought if not seeing your post and many more useful information. Great thanks.

I’m glad you found it useful! Have a great trip to Slocakia!

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I just would like to appreciate your job, because usually I don’t read such lists to plan a trip, because they are too touristic, but I enjoyed reading yours. Thanks.

Thank you so much, that means a lot to me! When I travel I always try to find some less touristic places and then I’m happy to share my finds here :)

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Lovely and very elaborate list of things to do in Košice! I am an Austrian living in Košice for almost 10 years, and I really love it here. Almost every day you can see something new, new bars, cafés, restauration of old buildings… and as it looks now, we’ll get a whole new and modern city centre in the next years ;)

Thank you! That’s why I always enjoy visiting Kosice, there is so much to do and see, no matter how many times I’ve been there. Guess I should plan another trip there soon :)

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15 Best Things to Do in Košice (Slovakia)

Amateur historians will be in dreamland in Košice, Slovakia’s beguiling second city in the east of the country. There’s an impossible amount of noteworthy sights to get through in the Historic Centre, but the good news is that they’re all packed tightly in the space of a few streets.

Most of your attention will be on Hlavná Ulica (Main Street), which splits into two parallel branches that skirt the big monuments like the Gothic ensemble of the Cathedral, Urban Tower and St Michael Chapel. This is just the first step on a journey that will lead you through a medieval dungeon, a singing fountain, an opera house with low-cost seats, and bring you to a record-breaking brilliant stash of gold at the East Slovak Museum.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Košice :

1. Hlavná Ulica (Main Street)

Hlavná Ulica

All of Košice’s historic monuments are concentrated onto one glorious street.

In the north, at the Immaculata monument, the street breaks off into two parallel branches.

On the outer edge of the street are stately palaces, municipal buildings and townhouses.

On the inside are the city’s main sights, all in a line and interspersed with squares, fountains and little parks,. The cathedral, Urban Tower, State Theatre and St Michael Chapel are all here, so you can jump from one incredible monument to the next.

Hlavná Ulica is part of Slovakia’s largest historic centre, and you can duck down the side streets where more churches, museums and old-time restaurants await.

2. St Elisabeth Cathedral

St Elisabeth Cathedral, Kosice

With pride of place on Hlavná Ulica is the westernmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, and also Slovakia’s largest place of worship, begun in 1378. The cathedral is unusual as its north portal, rather than its west or south, is the one that is most ornamented.

Pause beneath the relief in the tympanum showing people arriving at the gates of heaven, the last judgment and Christ on the cross.

Also go around to the south facade, where above the main window is a sun dial from 1477. Inside, the frescos are also from the 15th century, as is the sensational double spiral staircase leading to the King’s Oratory.

There’s tons of detail to get through, but make time for the the crypt of Hungarian national hero Francis II Rákóczi, and go up the 60-metre church tower for a view to remember.

3. Urban’s Tower

Urban's Tower, Kosice

Next to the cathedral is its former campanile, which was raised during the 15th century.

These days the inside holds a small waxwork exhibition of famous people from Košice’s past.

Urban’s Tower is also in the Gothic style, but with little extras added down the years like the portal, which was carved in the 17th century, and the arcades on the corners from the beginning of the 20th century.

These protect historic ledger stones from the 1300s and 1400s, which were embedded into the tower’s stonework after being removed from the cathedral.

The tower’s original bell was cast in 1557 and weighs seven tons.

It was damaged in a fire in the 1960s and after it was restored it was placed in front of the tower as a monument.

4. St Michael Chapel

St Michael Chapel, Kosice

The last of the ensemble of Gothic monuments clustered around the cathedral is this lovely chapel constructed in 1300s.

Found where the city’s cemetery used to be, it was initially an ossuary dedicated to St Michael, the patron saint of the deceased, and like Urban’s Tower it has ledger stones in its outer walls going back to the 1370s.

In the 17th century it became known as the “Slovak Church “, as it was the only place of worship where masses would be conducted in the Slovak language.

Despite its small size the chapel has all the attributes of a church, including a sacristy, oratory and choir.

At the entrance to sacristy you can find the oldest known depiction Košice’s coat of arms, dating to the 14th century.

5. Immaculata (Plague Pillar)

Immaculata, Kosice

In a little fenced enclosure at the upper end of Hlavná Ulica is Košice’s elaborate plague pillar.

It’s a Baroque Marian column, capped with a sculpture of the Virgin and erected in the 1720s to praise her for ending the plague epidemic that had hit Košice in 1709-10. Around the pedestal are statures of St Sebastian, St Ladislaus and St Joseph.

And greeting you on the plinths that punctuate the fence are St Margaret, Archangel Gabriel, St Margaret, St Barbara, St Michael and Elizabeth of Hungary, all added later.

6. State Theatre

State Theatre

Košice’s striking Neo-Baroque opera house is also on Hlavná Ulica and replaced the first theatre which went back to 1756. It was designed by the German-Hungarian Adolf Lang who specialised in that bold Historicist style and contributed many grand monuments throughout Hungary.

In the lavish auditorium, tilt your head back to see the painstaking detail of the gilded stuccowork and frescos of scenes from Shakespeare’s tragedies.

You can ask for a tour at the entrance during the day, but you might as well just come by in the evening to watch an opera or ballet as tickets are absurdly cheap.

7. Mikluš Prison

Miklus Prison, Kosice

On an alley off Hlavná Ulica is a compound of two medieval houses, which in the early 1600s were converted into Košice’s city prison.

It’s strange to think that for 350 years before that point these had been everyday homes.

The prison is a testament to the city’s harsh penal system, in which over 60 crimes were punishable by execution.

Inside, you’ll watch a video about the prison and Košice’s development down the centuries.

With the help of an audioguide you’ll tour the cells and will go down into the creepy torture chamber.

You can also visit the executioner’s quarters where the swords that put people to death are exhibited.

8. Levočský Dom

Levočský Dom

Right by the State Theatre on Hlavná Ulica is Slovakia’s oldest inn, which has stood here since the 15th century.

For almost all that time it has been in the hospitality business, and owned by some of the most important figures in the city.

One event that happened here was the wedding reception for Gabriel Prince Bethlen of Transylvania and Catherine of Brandenburg in March 1626. The inn’s only hiatus came in the 17th century when it was granted to the Jesuits who turned it into a pharmacy for a few decades.

You’ll recognise the inn by its elegant bay window, which has Košice coat of arms between the mullions.

9. Beggar’s House

Beggar's House, Kosice

Overlooking the Immaculata is a gorgeous Art Nouveau house dated to 1898, and one of the prettiest in the Košice.

Just under the gable there’s a mural of Elizabeth of Hungary and above it is a statue of a beggar, doffing his cap to people on the street below.

According to legend this career beggar got rich from the generosity of the citizens, and never had to pay tax from the money he received as gifts.

So with all his earnings he could afford to build a house here, in the most prestigious part of the city.

10. Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall, Kosice

As good a place as any to start your visit to Košice, the Old Town Hall now hosts the city’s visitor centre and tourist office.

This fine building was finished in 1780 at the transition from Baroque to Neoclassical.

An interesting piece of trivia is that the Russian field marshal Mikhail Kutuzov stayed here on his way home after the defeat to Napoleon’s army in the Battle of Austerlitz.

In the imposing pediment on the facade is an elaborate rendition of the city’s coat of arms.

The visitor centre is on the ground floor and has a shop and small exhibition about the city.

Across the town hall’s courtyard is the Slovan Cinema, dating to 1927 and now used for concerts and plays.

11. Košice Gold Treasure

Neo-Renaissance Andrassy Palace

One of the first things you might read about Košice is its gold treasure.

It is the largest single hoard of gold in Slovakia, and one of the largest in the whole world.

This stash was found by chance while excavating the foundations of the Finance Directorate in 1935, and contains coins from 16 different regions in Europe.

The treasure dates to the 17th, and is made up of 2,920 gold coins, two gold medals and an exquisite gold chain.

Since 1970 it has been in the vault of this plush Neo-Renaissance museum, a few streets up from Hlavná Ulica.

12. New Orthodox Synagogue

New Orthodox Synagogue, Kosice

On Puškinova Street, a couple of streets east of the cathedral, is the city’s active synagogue.

Dating to 1927, it’s the largest in Slovakia, with a capacity for 800 worshippers.

The Neoclassical facade has local historical elements like a cornice in a style often seen in Renaissance buildings in Eastern Slovakia.

By the entrance see the plaque in memory of Košice’s 12,000 Jewish citizens sent to the concentration camps in the Second World War.

More than 2,000 were actually held captive inside the synagogue, and some left graffiti in pencil on the walls.

13. Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity, Kosice

For a time in the 16th and 17th centuries Košice was a protestant city.

But following the Thirty Years’ War in the mid-1600s it was in Catholic Habsburg hands.

This Baroque church was part of that Counter-Reformation spirit and was built for the Jesuits by the city as an apology for a massacre of Jesuit priests that took place in Košice during the war.

The magnificent church is richly decorated in the Baroque style and has trompe l’oeil murals, gilded altars in the side chapels and delicate carvings on the pulpit and pews.

14. Singing Fountain and Chimes

Singing Fountain, Kosice

The main square (Hlavné Námestie) has a small park encircled by tall fir trees.

At the centre is a fountain with dozens of jets that perform a little show in time to classical and pop music piped through speakers around the square.

It’s a fun diversion for a few minutes while you’re taking a break on the benches or tucking into an ice cream.

The show stops on the hour for the square’s carillon to chime and then resumes.

Drop by at night as the fountain is even prettier in lights.

15. Tabačka Kulturfabrik

Tabačka Kulturfabrik

It’s worth breaking away from the medieval centre to see another, grittier side to Košice which has a young, arty atmosphere.

This is epitomised by the Tabačka Kulturfabrik, a cultural centre in a repurposed tobacco factory built at the end of the 19th century.

If you’re up for some live music there are bands or DJ sets most nights, and a lively program of temporary art exhibitions and cinema screenings.

The rest of the time you could hang out at the bar/restaurant which has cheap Pilsner Urquell on tap.

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Where else can you explore six UNESCO caves, Slovak Paradise, the largest Karst in Central Europe together with Vihorlat primeval beech forests, and a unique protected lowland area along the River Latorica? The Košice Region boasts most natural UNESCO sites in Slovakia, spectacular historic and cultural sights, exceptional local folklore, and traditional regional cuisine. Our region is strikingly rich in historic buildings, as well as in castles, chateaus, and manor houses. People of different cultures, diverse nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious communities live together peacefully in our vibrant cities.

The Košice Region has great potential for development of various industries. It offers opportunities to invest into traditional industry sectors such as metallurgy, machine and electric engineering alongside fast developing and dynamic ICT sector, creative industry, and biomedicine. There are high quality universities, secondary and vocational schools and professional training centres that offer educational programs tailored to suit the needs of investors. Most importantly, we have skilled people devoted to this piece of land who want to develop it further.

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  • 1.1 Orientation
  • 1.2 History
  • 1.3 Climate
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  • 2.1.1 Košice International Airport
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  • 15.4 By hitchhiking

Košice (pronounced Ko-shi-tse) is the second largest city in Slovakia , with a population of almost 240,000 (in 2021). It was the European Capital of Culture in 2013. Despite its relative remoteness, you may likely find Košice a hidden, unknown and approachable gem when seeking for a lesson in less known European history, lively arts scene or for a less spiritual entertainment thanks to its vibrant party scene.

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Košice has had a colourful history with its ever changing medieval and modern rulers of Hungarians, these days hardly imaginable Turks for a while, Czechs and nowadays Slovaks. Serving its part as a centre of what may best be described as a frontier of Slovak hill country, Hungarian lowlands and Ukrainian/Russian/Soviet East, it has become a predominantly Slovak city in what was then Czechoslovakia after its emergence in chaos of reconciliations after the First World War. Until these days the city is inhabited by descendants of east Slovak dwellers with many relations in the gorgeous rural surroundings of the city who were flocking to the town during its industrial boom after the World War II and a large Hungarian speaking minority along with its fast growing underprivileged and often resented population of Gypsies (or Romas as is their official naming).

A smart, patient and crying with the wolves traveller may find the city suffer from what may best be described as a small man syndrome, a feeling shared by many locals probably best attributed to being the second city in Slovakia and a place not often visited from elsewhere. This may however help in engaging with many residents who may seem to be one of those lovely people who actually enjoy foreigners visiting their place.

The city prides on being known as "The City of Peace" thanks to non-violent ethnic and national tolerance throughout its history. Visitors can get a view into the history of a lesser known corner of Europe, and at the same journey enjoy a lively art scene and nightlife.

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Košice sits in a basin, above 200 m above sea level, where the Hungarian plains meet the Carpathian mountains. A few suburbs have been built on the mountainsides, though not much higher than the rest of the city. Towards the south, along the Hornád river the plains open up; but unlike what one might expect of a city and a river, it passes through the suburbs of Košice rather than going right through the core. A landmark south of the city is a massive steel plant, the U. S. Steel Košice, employing over 10000 people.

Speaking of the core of the city, it's centered around the St. Elisabeth cathedral and is the largest protected historical downtown in Slovakia. There you can find much of the city's attractions, restaurants and bars. The periphery of the city is mostly made up of apartment blocks from the Communist times and have little to offer the average visitors aside from a few cheap places to sleep.

The mountains surrounding Košice, especially on the western side, and their forests are excellent places for hiking which is a popular pastime with locals. Outdoor areas such as Kavečany, Jahodná, Bankov et Čermeľská dolina can be accessed by public transport.

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The region has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Celtic peoples settled in the region around 300 BC, Slavic people in the 5th century AD. In the 9th and 10th century it was part of Great Moravia, the first Slavic kingdom to be established in Central Europe. Towards the 11th century the region was Christianized, became part of the Hungarian Kingdom and got the name Abov. During Hungarian rule, a city started growing here, fortified during the rule of King Emeric (ruling 1196–1204) and first described as Villa Cassa in 1230.

A few years later the Mongols invaded the region, and in 1241 a battle was fought in Jasov 22 km from Košice. After they were expelled, the region was repopulated with German settlers invited by king Béla IV. In 1250 the Dominicans had a church built, which is the oldest standing building in the city, and the order still occupies the adjacent convent. The fortifications were strengthened throughout the 13th century and in 1290 Košice was granted city status. With the death of king Andrew III in 1301, the House of Árpád went extinct and this resulted in a war of succession where Košice supported different kings, with a major battle fought in Rozhanovce just east of the city in 1312. Eventually peace returned and Košice got the status of a royal city in 1347. In the 15th century the city grew both in population and importance, among other things the cathedral was built and Košice had around 10,000 inhabitants in 1480s – a lot for a city during the Late Middle Ages.

Košice saw troubles again during the following centuries. In 1526 Hungarians fleeing the Turkish invasion sought refuge in the city. A fire ravaged the city in 1556. And in 1597 the Catholic bishop of Eger, fleeing the Turkish advance, settled in Košice which was Protestant stronghold. He wanted to make the cathedral to a Catholic house of worship, and made a coup in the city in 1603 to further his goals with the support of the Austrian emperor. This led to a series of uprisings against the Habsburgs over the following century, ending in the Peace of Satu Mare (Szatmár in Hungarian) in 1711.

This was followed by two centuries of peace and prosperity. Hungarian aristocracy made the city a home, and many grand buildings were built during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Industrial Revolution reached Košice in 1791 when a hat factory was built, in 1860 the first train services arrived and horse-pulled trams started serving the city in 1891 (they were electrified in 1914). After the Austro-Hungarian compromise of 1867, when Hungary regained some of the privileges that had been taken away by Austria after the uprising of 1848, authorities made the formerly trilingual (Slovak-Hungarian-German) and -cultural city a more Hungarian one. In that, the cathedral was renovated, the State Theatre was built, and the remains of Francis II Rákóczi (leader of the 1703 rebellion against Austria) were brought to the city.

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Having been part of the Hungarian kingdom for almost a thousand years, Košice became part of Czechoslovakia which was formed after WWI. The city briefly became Hungarian again in 1938 when annexed by Hungary, and during WWII Hungary was occupied by Germany. Jews made up about 20% of the city's population before the war, and they were deported to concentration camps in 1944. In January 1945 Košice was liberated, was reinstated as part of Czechoslovakia and even served as the temporary capital of the country as Prague was still occupied.

After the war the city grew in size and population, many suburbs were built, and in the 1960s a large metal plant in Šaca south of the city. Like Prague and other places in Czechoslovakia, Warsaw Pact troops invaded Košice in 1968 after the Prague Spring. The Velvet Revolution in late 1989 saw a strike at the university followed by tens of thousands of people demonstrating on the streets. After the fall of Communism, also the Czechoslovakia separated into two separate countries in 1993, and Košice went from being the fifth largest city in the former country to the second largest in Slovakia.

In the 21st century the city is finding its new role as one of the easternmost centers of the new European Union . It provides a look into the not-that-long-gone way of living in an eastern European country while also serving as a lovely example of a booming and rapidly changing place with rich ancient history best served by its stunning historic city center, with an impressive cathedral quickening the hear-beat of every picture hunting traveller.

Climate [ edit ]

Košice has a continental climate with hot and relatively humid summers and cold winters. Summer (July–August) temperatures may rise up to 30 °C with stretches of rainy weeks and maximums of 15 °C, while winter (December–February) weather is mainly freezing with stretches of weeks with significant snowfall and temperatures of -10 °C, interspersed with weeks of positive temperatures during the day.

The city receives relatively a lot of sunshine hours with winter months being the most gloomy. Winds and humidity may make the winter time rather uncomfortable, but temperatures usually stay above those in areas of hilly country north of the city and most of Slovakia. Snow and skiing forecast may vary unpredictably within a week ahead. The best season to visit may be the blooming and lovely spring of late April/May, though damp weather may occur unforeseeably for a week or two regardless of a season. Autumn can also be a good time to visit with warm rather than hot temperatures and precipitation as rain rather than rainstorms, and beautiful fall foliage in October.

Visitor information [ edit ]

  • Official tourism website
  • 48.72162 21.25818 1 Official city of Košice Visitor Centre , Hlavná 59 , ☏ +421 55 625 8888 , [email protected] . M-F 10:00-18:00; Sa 10:00-17:00; Su 10:00-16:00 . It provides complex information on the city as a destination, tourism packages in the city and where to explore the region, and also official city guides in various languages. With helpful staff it will help you to make your stay in Košice easier, fun and memorable. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 48.720368 21.257477 2 Municipality information centre (MiC Košice) , Hlavná 32 , ☏ +421 911 567 423 , [email protected] . M-F 10:00-18:00; Sa 10:00-15:00 . Provides information on the city and official guides for Košice and the nearby region. English, German, Hungarian, French, Russian, Spanish, Polish and Italian speakers available. ( updated Jul 2021 )

Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ], košice international airport [ edit ].

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Other airports [ edit ]

As the number of destinations from Košice airport is limited, a minibus service is organized to the main regional airports, in particular to Budapest and Vienna.

Such minibuses aren't the only way in from these cities, see By bus and By train for more options, and you can also fly to Bratislava (not that many destinations either) or Krakow.

  • 48.72137 21.26196 2 Cassoviaexpres , Mlynská 27 , ☏ +421 915 115 555 , [email protected] . M-F 0:00-21:00 . Budapest – Košice 4 times a day, Vienna – Košice 3 times a day. Arrival and departure from Košice are from the McDonald's parking lot next to the indoor city swimming pool, opposite to Aupark Shopping Center. €39 to Budapest, €69 to Vienna .  
  • 48.718437 21.262318 3 Izijet , Bottova , ☏ +421 945 454 548 , [email protected] . Budapest – Košice 6 times a day. Arrival and departure from Košice is from Bottova Street. Internet reservation required. €39 .  

Otherwise, Flixbus offers routes to Budapest and Vienna airports, though services are irregular and tickets sell-out fast.

By train [ edit ]

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Many trains run between Bratislava and Košice. Several connections from Prague are operated daily by night and day trains, which takes about 8 hours. There are anywhere between 4 and 8 daily trains to Budapest, which takes 3 hours 30 minutes, though delays are not uncommon.

A ticket to Bratislava costs just over €20. InterCity trains are a little more expensive and require reservations. Sometimes they are full especially on the eve of long weekends, Christmas, Easter, etc. For Budapest the ticket costs €20 round trip. This is a promotional ticket valid only on the two direct daily trains between the two cities. The one-way ticket is more expensive than the round trip, so you won't even be offered a one-way ticket. There is also a small reduction on the round trip to Prague.

A daily personal car transport service [dead link] exists between Prague and Košice, 1 train during the day and one train at night. The prices are not too high and the trip is much more relaxing than by road. If it's full from Košice, ask if there is still room from Poprad at 1 hour 30 drive. Book well in advance, especially around Christmas and Easter.

  • 7 hr 48 min, SuperCity Pendolino Košičan
  • There are more daytime connections with a change at Puchov .
  • EN 442, 9½ hr (night train)
  • RegioJet: 8½ hr, 3 trains a day
  • LeoExpress: 8¼ hr, 2 trains a day
  • R trains every 2 hr, taking 5 hr 50 min and costing ~€20
  • 4 InterCity trains a day taking a little less than 5 hr, for also around €20
  • Night train Gemeran Poľana (7 hr) costing €25-50 depending on the berth type (triple/double/single)

Be aware that some of the R trains follows a different and slower path, via rural central Slovakia, and the journey lasts for 7½ hr. But it also offers fairly spectacular nature scenes especially at section between Brezno and Margecany . Journeys on many Slovakian trains may be interrupted after 100 km off the starting point while you remain within your ticket validity dates.

  • Budapest : 3½ hr, 2 IC trains a day
  • Vienna : 6¼ hr, one IC train a day
  • Mukachevo : 4 hr, 2 RR trains a day

From Poland, you would need to travel to Bratislava and change trains to get to Košice. Leo Express has trains from Krakow to Ostrava, and from Ostrava to Košice though on their website they need to be searched for and booked separately as of January 2022.

By bus [ edit ]

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  • 48.72136 21.26755 5 Košice Bus Station ( Autobusová stanica ), Staničné námestie 11 . The bus station doesn't have as much services as the nearby railway station; there's a newsstand, an eatery, ticket sales and an information desk. ( updated Jul 2021 )

Given the efficiency and value of the train system, you shouldn't need to use the bus system very much. Eurolines , Interbus and Eurobus coaches come to here from numerous European cities, and bus is the most efficient way of reaching the nearby towns. There are also several companies linking Košice with Prague, usually with several stops on the route, including Brno .

Flixbus has direct buses to Kosice from Kraków , Vienna and Prague . LeoExpress has direct buses from Mukachevo and Lviv .

By car [ edit ]

The city forms a crossroads between the north, Poland and the north of Slovakia via Prešov. In the east, the road to Ukraine leads to the main frontier post between these two countries, in the south, it leads to the east of Hungary and Budapest. Towards the west, it is heading to south Slovakia and Bratislava.

The main roads to the city are:

  • 1. class road no. 16 towards Zvolen (E58, E571) — expressway R2 in construction ; the way in from Bratislava (450 km), Vienna , Brno and Prague .
  • 1. class road no. 20 towards Prešov ; the way in from Poland, Ostrava and Prague
  • 2. class road no. 552 towards Slovenské Nové Mesto ; from easternmost Hungary.
  • 2. class road no. 547 towards Spišská Nová Ves ; a scenic sidetrip from the road from Ostrava.
  • 2. class road no. 548 towards Gelnica ; from central Slovakia.

Get around [ edit ]

Košice has a small and compact city center, and is mostly navigable by foot. If you are staying in the suburbs, the tram system is cheap and efficient. With good bus and tram connections around the whole city, transport is very easy to handle. You can get practically anywhere by public transport and all the main sights of the city are within walking distance.


By public transport [ edit ]

Public transport is operated by DPMK . English information on their website is limited, the route planner is more informative. Services usually run from 5:00 in the morning to 23:00 in the evening, with a few bus services running during the night.

Ticketing [ edit ]

Tickets for public transport can be bought from sales points listed below, vending machines (at some stops), newsstands, from drivers or as SMS (if you have a Slovak SIM card). They should to be validated in a machine in the vehicle the first time you're using it, then you can travel and transfer as long as the ticket type is valid. Some ticket prices for adults are €0.90 for a 30 minute ticket, €1 for a 60 minute ticket, €3.20 for a 24 hour ticket and €24 for a 7 day ticket. Tickets for night buses costs more, and buying tickets from the driver also costs more.

In addition to paper tickets there are electronic ticket cards similar to ones on public transit systems elsewhere the world. They can be bought from the sales points, are loaded with electronic money and are used for buying (slight discount compared to paper tickets) and simultaneously validating tickets in the validating machines.

  • 48.70383 21.23664 3 Customer service and sales point ( Zákaznícke centrum ), Bardejovská 6 ( in front of the tram depot ). ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.71832 21.26139 4 Sales point , Rooseveltova č. 3 . ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.71621 21.26122 5 Sales point , Nám. Osloboditeľov ( small blue kiosk in the front of Centrum Hotel ). ( updated Mar 2018 )

By tram [ edit ]

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Trams are numbered 2–9 run and during most of the day, every 10–20 minutes. There are also trams numbered R1-R8 connecting different parts of the city to the huge steel plant, though their schedules are irregular and routes of little use to visitors.

Not all trams are accessible to mobility impaired passengers. In the schedule there's a wheelchair symbol next to departures where trains with a lower floor (ie. wheelchair accessible) are used.

By trolleybus [ edit ]

There are two "trolleybus lines" marked as such, 71 and 72. In reality they're operated by normal buses but the overhead lines have been left in place and functional, as the city might decide to buy new trolleybuses to operate these lines again.

There's a large bus network allowing you to get around the city and to the suburbs. Buses numbered 51-57 are express lines skipping some stops, and they run mainly during rush hour. Most buses are wheelchair accessible.

Night services [ edit ]

There are seven night buses, numbered N1-N7. They operate hourly from 23:00 to 5:00, all departing from and returning to the railway station. Normal public transport tickets aren't valid here, you need to buy a more expensive ticket (€1.50/60 minutes).

By taxi [ edit ]

Some taxi companies have a flat fare for rides in the city. Going to or from the airport will cost at least €10.

There are always taxis waiting along the main street, at the railway station and airport terminal when flights arrive. Usually ordering a taxi is cheaper than hailing one on the street.

  • CTC taxi , ☏ +421 55 6 333 333 , +421 905 955 955 (mobile phone) . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Easy taxi , ☏ +421 919 333 333 , +421 907 234 263 (mobile phone) . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Maxi taxi , ☏ +421 55 16 555 , +421 905 357 555 (mobile phone) . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • VIP taxi , ☏ +421 55 16500 , +421 907 556677 (mobile phone) , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2018 )

Getting around by car is usually hassle-free, unless there are road works or accidents you will rarely encounter traffic jams. You can rent a car at the airport, most global rental companies have counters there.

Parking in Košice downtown costs on weekdays during the day ( 07:30–18:00 ) and on Saturday morning to early afternoon ( 07:30–13:00 ). Pay in parking machines or if you have a Slovakian SIM card, by phone.

By bike [ edit ]

There are some biking lanes in the north-south direction along the main streets, and you can bike along the river bank too even though there's no dedicated bike lane there. In the east-west direction there's not really any infrastructure specifically for bikes. In pedestrian zones and parks there's a 10 km/h speed limit for bikes.

  • 48.72063 21.26058 6 LBike - cyklocentrum , Mlynská,19, 04 001 Košice ( the shop is at the back of the courtyard ), ☏ +421 55 625 1123 . Bike store and repair shop. ( updated Mar 2018 )

By foot [ edit ]

In the old town, walking is the only practical way to get around as there's no public transport and many streets are pedestrianized.

See [ edit ]

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Most of Košice's attractions are along the main pedestrianized street, known as Hlavná ulica (Main Street), Námestie Maratónu mieru (Peace Marathon Square, the north end of Hlavna), and Námestie osloboditeľov (Square of the liberators, at the southern end of Hlavna) at various parts.

With its unique atmosphere Hlavná ulica creates the heart of the town. In the past, it used to be a medieval square and the whole town started to grow from this point. Now this place is flat, however in the past it used to be hilly and even a stream flew there.

The "Čermeľský potok" (The Tshermel stream) used to create an island on the main street, where the Saint Elizabeth cathedral is located now. Due to developing infrastructure, this stream was filled in in 1899 and was renewed only symbolically during the renovation of the main street in the 1990s.

Today, all the traffic from the main street is excluded, therefore it is a very pleasant pedestrian site. Except the Saint Elizabeth Cathedral, you will find also the Saint Michael Chapel, Urban tower, the State Theater, the so-called singing fountain (a unique fountain in Europe), as well as many stylish original bourgeois houses.

The oldest sights in the city are from Medieval times, including the ruins of fortifications, the Mikluš Prison housing a museum of Medieval justice, the Katova bašta (city walls) and the castle outside the city.

Museums and galleries [ edit ]

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  • 48.72326 21.2597 9 Craftsmen's house ( Dom remesiel ), Hrnčiarska 11 . A museum presenting the different crafts that were practiced in the region in the Middle Ages, that also contributed to theur development. ( updated Mar 2019 )

Churches [ edit ]

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Palaces and houses [ edit ]

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  • 48.63613 21.16407 19 Šaca manor , Šemšianska 4 ( Bus: 20 or 26, bus stop « Šaca námestie » ). Constructed in 1776, renovated in the 1970s after degradation, nowadays a venue for private parties but you can look at it from the outside. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71986 21.25765 23 Bishop's Palace ( Biskupský Palác ), Hlavná 28 . The archbishop of Eger was exiled in Košice for a long time in the 17th century, but in 1804 the city got its own bishop and four houses next to the cathedral was transformed into a bishop's residence. It burned down in 1841 and was rebuilt in its current form, later the library and left wing was added. The house was empty for much of the Communist Era, but returned to its former use afterwards. In 1995 the pope promoted the office of the bishop of Košice to the status of archbishop, so the building is the residence of an arch bishop. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72363 21.25445 28 Sándor Márai house , Mäsiarska 35 , ☏ +421 55 625 8888 . Childhood home of writer Sándor Márai (1900-89), part of which has been turned into a museum. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72111 21.25648 29 Hadik - Barkoczy Palace , Hlavná 71 . Baroque building from the 18th century, this palace too hosts a library. ( updated Jan 2023 )

Monuments and statues [ edit ]

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Ruins and cemeteries [ edit ]

  • 48.76151 21.23712 33 Košice castle ( Košický hrad ) ( bus 29 towards Kavečany, to bus stop « Vyhliadková veža », from there a gravel path leads to the castle ). A ruined castle on a forested hill. There's a viewing tower providing amazing views of the city to the south and to the valleys to the north. An association arranges medieval events on the site regularly, including a reconstruction of a medieval military camp each summer. There are several wooden statues and a small playground for kids. free . ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.69457 21.2602 34 Public cemetery ( Verejný cintorín ), Rastislavová ( Trams 3, 4, bus 12, stop: Verejný cintorín. ). The largest cemetery in the city. A part of it is dedicated to the Jewish community and features a Holocaust memorial. The Star of David on the memorial used to be mounted on the present-day House of Arts that was a synagogue until WWII. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.73223 21.23365 35 Cimetière Rozália . The final resting place for many important and wealthy personalities in the city, and many tombstones are quite impressive. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Jewish Košice [ edit ]

Jews were allowed to settle in Košice in 1840 and in a century the city developed into and important center of Jewish culture. In 1938, about one in five of the city's inhabitants were Jewish, but in 1944 the ruling fascist Arrow Cross party had them deported to Auschwitz to be killed. Today a small Jewish community lives in the Košice, but there are still a couple of monuments from the time before; the old and new synagogues, the House of Arts that formerly was a synagogue, and a cemetery from the 19th century. There's also a Holocaust memorial and a Jewish section at the main cemetery (see above).

  • 48.71902 21.26021 37 Old orthodox synagogue , Zvonarská 7 . Built in 1883 in Moorish style, as of 2018 renovations were underway to make it a cultural center. It's the heart of the Jewish cultural community in Košice nowadays. It has a prayer room, a mikveh and a kosher café. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72409 21.24168 38 Jewish cemetery , Tatranská . Used from 1844 to 1889, it has been poorly maintained. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Parks [ edit ]

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  • 48.750803 21.253386 41 Anicka ( pronounced as [ahnjiczka] ). A popular park area and easily approachable weekend hangout for many locals. Tennis, playgrounds for children, summer swimming pool, pubs and lovely evening walks by the river. Take bus 71/72/29 north from the city center to 'Mier' stop and ask for directions. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 48.67808 21.267 42 Barca Park ( Barčiansky Park ) ( tram 4, terminus of the line. ). A nice park, 7 hectares in size in the suburb of Barca. It has a pond, a statue of pope John Paul II (at the tram stop) and is lined by two manors. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Other [ edit ]

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Do [ edit ]

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For children [ edit ]

Cultural life [ edit ].

  • 48.71706 21.25401 8 House of Arts ( Dom umenia ), Moyzesova 66 , ☏ +421 55 622 45 09 , fax : +421 55 2453 119 . The home of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Košice and a venue for other classical music events too. The building was constructed in the 1920s as a synagogue, and became a concert hall after WWII. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Annual events [ edit ]

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Winter and spring [ edit ]

  • Spring music festival ( Košická hudbná jar ) ( Maison des arts ). April-May . The oldest music festival in Košice, classical music. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • City Days ( Dni mesta Košice ). takes place in May . Cultural program for a week celebrating May 7 1369, the day when the city received its first coat of arms. Craft displays on the main street, medieval fights, opening of the summer season of the Children's Heritage Railway and Zoo. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • USE THE C!TY Festival . takes place in May . Non-traditional art festival which intends to use the slightest cranny of the whole city. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • Night of museums and galleries ( Noc muzei a galerii ). takes place in May . Only one common ticket for Košice museums allows you to enter everywhere. Events lasts just for one evening. ( updated Jul 2021 )

Summer [ edit ]

  • Cassovia folkfest . late June . Traditional folk dance festival, with performances on two stages. The one on the main street has free shows, the indoor one requires you to buy a ticket. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Festival Mazal Tov . early July . The first Jewish cultural festival in the country, with concerts, an exhibition and conferences. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Fall and Cristmas season [ edit ]

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  • White Night ( Biela noc ). takes place in early October, the day before the Košice Peace Marathon. . The White Night is an annual cultural event taking place over a night in which many animations take place in the street or in public spaces and squares. The concept initiated in France has been taken up in Košice since 2010, the latest editions were a popular and received mass success. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 48.72447 21.24658 9 Jazzfest , L. Novomeského 13 ( GES club ). October . Annual jazz festival, arranged since 1995. It takes place at the GES club, where there are concerts around the year. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Jazz for sale ( old town hall ), ☏ +421 55 622 04 21 . November . Jazz festival taking place each year since 1990. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Festival sakrálného umenia ( Sacred art festival ). November . Festival of sacred art, taking place since 1990. There are concerts and song events at the cathedral and the House of Arts as well as art expos. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Christmas market ( Košické Vianoce ), Hlavná ( downtown ). December . Christmas market with gift and medovina (hot mead) and warm wine vendors, and a stage with concerts and dance performances. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Sports [ edit ]

Athletics [ edit ].

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Team sports [ edit ]

Swimming [ edit ].

In addition to the indoor pool downtown, there are three outdoor pools usually open from late June to early September depending on the weather.

  • 48.71973 21.265 11 Covered swimming pool ( near the railway station ). A pool 50 m in length with eight lanes and another 25 m in length with four lanes. Sometimes they're reserved for swimming clubs, in that case you can ask if there's a free lane. ( updated Jan 2022 )
  • 48.72408 21.26157 12 Mestká plavareň , Rumanová ( in the park between the railway station and downtown ). Completely renovated in 2013. ( updated Jan 2022 )
  • 48.7434 21.25171 13 Ryba Anička , Pod šiancom 5 ( Parc Anička, trolleybus 71, 72, bus 29, bus stop « Mier » ), ☏ +421 908 377 577 , [email protected] . price= . Three heated outdoor pools, there's also an eatery. ( updated Mar 2018 )

Skiing [ edit ]

  • 48.7401 21.2538 16 Požičovňa lyží Košice , Hlinková 25 , ☏ +421 911 41 41 40 , [email protected] . Shop where you can rent or buy ski equipment. ( updated Feb 2017 )

Toboggan [ edit ]

  • 48.781265 21.20175 17 Summer toboggan track ( Letna bobova draha ) ( between the Zoo and the ski resort ), ☏ +421 55 633 4901 , [email protected] . Daily 09:00-19:00 . 800 m long summer toboggan track with 9 extreme twists and 3 tunnels. children (up to 12 years old) one ride €1.50, adults one ride €3 . ( updated Jul 2021 )

Bowling [ edit ]

  • 48.7257 21.24618 18 Admiral , L.Novomeského 7 , ☏ +421 55 727 92 19 . Bowling, billiards and slot machines. ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.71605 21.21396 19 Bowling Erika , Gudernova 3 , ☏ +421 55 644 10 43 , +421 911 606 860 . Bowling hall with a restaurant. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Hike [ edit ]

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All hiking trails in the gorgeous surroundings of the city may be looked up at [1] . Apart from magnificent, relatively close and serious mountains of High Tatras (~1½ hr on the train to Stary Smokovec with a stopover in Poprad , take one of the faster 'rychlik' trains) you may take up on an easily public transport approachable Bankov [bunkow] (hop on a bus #14 from Havlickova or Mier to Horny Bankov stop) providing nice views of the city, Jahodna [yahhodna] (a bit more distant, small but enjoyable also on summer days ski resort, the #14 bus also), or Vyhliadkova veza (the sightseeing tower , overseeing the city, #29 bus from center, direction at the Zoo or 'Kavecany').

For a more challenging hike you may take the train to ' Ruzin' stop (you need to take the slower 'osobny vlak' train as the faster ones stop in farther Margecany station only), walk up the hill splurging in wonderful views of the surrounding hill country and the Ruzin dam along the yellow trail. The trip up and to the other side (take the green trail straight to the west then) of the Sivec [seewatz] hill (Kosicke Hamre bus stop, with last bus connection to Kosice at 17:24) takes about 2½ hours and makes for great views and photographs.

For a shorter and easier hike to Sivec take the bus from bus station to Kosicke Hamre and walk up the hill on the green trail. Mid-range accommodation and food is provided at Kosicke Hamre at 'Sivec Pension' and 'Bradan'. Ruzin dam also makes up for nice fishing (permit required) and boat rides. For another lovely day-trip, you may take the 30 minute 'osobny vlak' train south to Slanec [slahnetz] township and enjoy lovely sights from the top of the hill with interesting ruins of a small medieval castle. For those interested in less distant history, take the bus from bus station to Dargov , a place of a major World War II battle with real tanks and a war museum. A trip entertaining for kids with lovely surroundings asking for a hike and with the Herlany geyser in medium hiking distance.

Itineraries [ edit ]

There are a lot of numbered paths, and they can be combined to create hiking trips suitable to your time, interest and physical condition.

  • 48.78204 20.98796 20 Hike from Kojšovská hoľa to Košice-Čermeľ . A beautiful day hike, 33.5 km in length. Take a bus from the bus station to Zlatá Idka and start walking from there. The hike has an ascent of 1036 m, and a descent of 1471 m and commonly takes a little more than 9 hours. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.82371 21.15495 21 Hike from Košice-Čermeľ to Vysoký Vrch . Departure at Zlatá Idka, accessible by bus as above. It's a hike of 25.5 km with both an ascent and descent of 907 m, and it commonly takes a little more than 7 hours. Departing from the Children's railway (240 m ASL) (see listing above), follow the signs with red stripes to Nad Kavečanmi (580 m ASL) and on to Sedlo Repy (805 m ASL) next to Vysoký Vrch. Then follow the signs with blue strips to return to Košice-Čermeľ. ( updated Feb 2018 )

For hiking SHOcart maps with a scale of 1:100000 can be found at libraries and supermarkets. Map N°233 - Slovenský kras, Slovenský Raj, Slovenské rudohorie – východ covers the city and the mountains west of it. Map N°235 - Dolný Zemplín covers the city and the region east all the way to the Ukrainian border. On these maps, all paths are marked together with estimated times for hiking and biking. An online alternative is mapy.hiking.sk .

Learn [ edit ]

  • 48.70781 21.21698 7 QSI International School of Kosice , Drabova 3 , ☏ +421 55 625 00 40 . The only international school in Eastern Slovakia. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.73066 21.24578 8 Košice Technical University . The largest university in Košice with some 16 000 students. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71942 21.25117 9 Pavol Jozef Šafárik University . With around 7 000 students. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.73912 21.24776 10 University of Veterinary Medicine . Has programs in English attracting many foreign students. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Work [ edit ]

Citizens of EU countries can work freely in Slovakia, but need to get a compulsory public health insurance and register at the foreigner's police. Citizens of other countries also need to obtain a residency card, allowing them to open a bank account and get the aforementioned health insurance. It's

Salaries are low compared to Western Europe, and lower than in Bratislava.

  • 48.71506 21.23575 11 Foreigner's police , Trieda SNP 35 , ☏ +421 9619 31208 , fax : +421 9619 31209 . ( updated Feb 2018 )

Buy [ edit ]

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You won't need to walk or travel long distances anywhere when craving for shopping in Košice while you stay in the center or most inner city areas. There are quite a few shopping malls in Košice, you may also find many historical center buildings hide interesting and chick boutiques while roaming around.

Shopping malls [ edit ]

  • 48.69603 21.25142 4 Cassovia ( Carrefour ), Pri Prachárni 4 ( tram 9, buses 15, 16, 34 stop:Železníky, križovatka ). Shopping mall with a Carrefour hypermarket and a large Décathlon sports store. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.74098 21.26709 5 Tesco extra ( Trolleybus lines 71, 72 stop: Tesco, Džungľa ). Hypermarket. ( updated Nov 2016 )

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Artisans [ edit ]

Hrnčiarská, literally "Potter's street", has several boutiques selling artisanal products:

  • 48.72329 21.25948 6 Opal , Hrnčiarská 6 . Decorative stones, necklace, jewelry and other precious and semi-precious stone objects. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72391 21.25936 7 Potter , Hrnčiarská 19 , ☏ +421 904 32 20 16 . Terracotta objects worth seeing even if you don't plan to buy. There's a balcony from where you can see the workshop. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.7238 21.25941 8 Bakery , Hrnčiarská 17 , ☏ +421 911 469 966 . Pastry shop and tea room. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72425 21.25895 9 Shoemaker , Hrnčiarská 20 . Repair of leather products and sale of bags and belts. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72387 21.2592 10 Herborist , Hrnčiarská 24 . Herbal teas. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Markets [ edit ]

There are many markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers - in addition to the ones listed below, several smaller neighborhood markets. The main market is downtown at Dominikánske Námestie.

  • 48.72057 21.2544 11 Dominikánske Námestie market . every morning excepy Sunday . Regional producers sell products like seasonal vegetables, eggs, honey or flowers, old ladies selling products from their gardens and Romani selling berries from the mountains. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71111 21.2603 12 Astoria market ( Tram 3, 4, 7, stop:Astoria. ). Not that large but just one tram stop from the main street. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71902 21.23299 13 Terasa market , Trieda SNP, 22 ( Tram 6, 9, R3 stop: Kino Družba, behind hotel MEI. ). A bit larger than Astoria. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.73911 21.25206 14 Mier market ( Trolleybus 71, 72, stop: Mier ). North of downtown. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Eat [ edit ]

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Hlavna and adjacent streets has the greatest concentration of restaurants. In outer districts you will find popular pizza places. Prices usually are a bit higher downtown. On Sunday restaurants often open only for dinner. There's just one completely vegetarian restaurant (Ajvega) but most restaurants have one or several vegetarian dishes on the menu.

Budget [ edit ]

  • 48.71461 21.25955 1 Panda , Fejova 13 . open from 09:00 to 19:00, closed on Sunday . Asian bistro, good and cheap food, average price for lunch is €3.50. Ask for opekane rezance , Asian style noodles for €1.50. ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.71907 21.25988 2 Pizzeria Zvon , Zvonárska 133/4 , ☏ +421 55 622 56 89 . Lovely pizza restaurant, with great food, was about €5.20 for a large pizza. All stone baked on hand thrown dough, brilliant toppings, lively atmosphere, and great staff. €4-10 (Oct 2016) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.72348 21.25613 3 Bamboo , Hlavná 78 , ☏ +421 55 622 5895 , [email protected] . One of the Asian restaurants that's not a fast food place. €5 (Feb 2018) . ( updated Jan 2023 )

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  • 48.71919 21.2543 4 Burekas , Vratna 58 , ☏ +421 911 285 245 . Israeli restaurant known for its falafel and hummus. €3-9 (March 2019) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.7261 21.2457 5 Santa Lucia , Československej armády 18 ( Tiptop mall ), ☏ +421 918 98 99 97 , [email protected] . A good pizzeria in a small shopping mall. menu of the day 4.50 (March 2018) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.7275 21.2567 6 Kebab Haus , Hviezdoslavova 1 . Kebab place, with kebab in pita, with salad, fries or rice. €5-9 (Feb 2018) . ( updated Jan 2023 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • 48.723919 21.255992 7 Karczma Mlyn , Hlavna 86 , ☏ +421 55 622 0547 , [email protected] . M-Th 11:00-23:00, F Sa 11:00-00:00, Su 11:00-22:00 . Slovak and Polish cuisine on the main street. Rural decoration. €8-15 for person (July 2021) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.724136 21.259167 8 Pub u kohuta ( Pub u kohúta ), Hrnciarska 23 , ☏ +421 948 314 384 , [email protected] . M 11:00-22:00, Tu-Th 11:00-23:00, F 11:00-00:00, Sa 12:00-00:00, Su closed . Slovak cuisine and particularly nice terrace in summer with concert in the evening. €5-15 for person (July 2021) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.72045 21.25527 9 Golem , Dominikanske namestie 15 ( opposite the church ). Nice pub and restaurant with an indulging vibe usually on all week days. Try out their own microbrewery produced beers and home made pickled ermine cheese. ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.72294 21.25544 10 Maxi pizza , Poštová 2 , ☏ +421 908 259 160 . One of the best pizza places in town, with a pizza cook that has lived several years in Italy. €6-10 (March 2018) . ( updated Nov 2022 )
  • 48.72446 21.25813 11 12 Apoštolov , Kováčska 51 , ☏ +421 55 29 51 05 , [email protected] . Traditional cuisine. €6-14 (June 2020) . ( updated Jul 2022 )
  • 48.72446 21.25544 12 Piano Café ( Hlavná 92 ), ☏ + 421 55 381 06 97 , [email protected] . Pizzeria and cocktail bar. ( updated Jun 2022 )
  • 48.72038 21.26025 13 Ajvega , Orlia 10 ( turn left when walking Mlynska west towards Hlavna from the train station ). A vegetarian and celiac diet friendly meals and pizzas providing restaurant. Dietary meals (with some including meat) offered at the 'tower', upstairs. A quiet place with a terrace enjoyable on warmer days. A weekday inexpensive midday lunch menu offered. €5-9 (Feb 2018) . ( updated May 2022 )

Splurge [ edit ]

  • 48.7174 21.26069 14 Sushi Maiko , Hlavná 1 , ☏ +421 917 887 887 , [email protected] . Specializing in sushi but they also have other Asian dishes. ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.720197 21.258868 15 Republika Vychodu ( Republika Východu ), Hlavna 31 , ☏ +421 905 299 278 , [email protected] . M-Th 08:00-22:00, F Sa 08:00-22:30, Su 08:00-21:00 . Menu in eastern Slovakia dialect, great cakes and coffee. €8-20 for person (July 2021) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.71823 21.25884 16 Le Colonial , Hlavná 8 , ☏ +421 55 729 61 26 , [email protected] . International and French cuisine, frequented by wealthy international customers. €8-30 (Feb 2018) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.72254 21.25928 17 Camelot , Kováčska 19 , ☏ +421 55 685 40 39 , +421 911 232 986 , [email protected] . Steakhouse with a Medieval interior, a bit expensive but they have lunch specials on week days. €9-22 (April 2015) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.72061 21.26011 18 Rosto Steak House , Orlia 6 , ☏ +421 55 728 98 20 , [email protected] . International cuisine, including South American steaks and New Zealand lamb. €10-25 (Feb 2018) . ( updated Jan 2023 )
  • 48.71606 21.25762 19 U troch ruží , Štúrova 18 , ☏ +421 907 856 578 , [email protected] . Specializing in different steaks. ( updated Jan 2023 )

Drink [ edit ]

Košice is faithful to its east Slovakian tradition in providing great and cheap parties for both locals and travellers while competing with many of Europe's much bigger and more often visited cities in what travel books usually call 'liveliness'. Season may vary with summer months unexpectedly providing a bit of a lull in usual Friday/Saturday silliness but city's center compact and concentrated bar scene provides many hidden gems disregard of day of week or month of the year.

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Non-alcoholic [ edit ]

There many ice cream shops, many open during the summer but some around the year, functioning as pastry shops in the winter. Ice cream shops seem to have the same prices all around town.

  • 48.72338 21.25423 1 Dobrá čajovňa , Mäsiarska 42 , ☏ +421 907 460 718 . Tea salon with a large choice, and a hookah. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72185 21.25565 2 Caffé Trieste , Ursulinska 2 , ☏ +421 911 272 931 (téléphone portable) , [email protected] . Italian-style café part of a chain. The chain has three other cafés in Košice: at Žriedlová 11 west of old town, at Trieda SNP 395/37 further west and at Južna trieda 2/A south of old town. ( updated Mar 2016 )

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  • 48.72097 21.25703 3 Aida , Hlavná 44 , ☏ +421 55 6221014 . Popular ice cream and pastry place, formerly a chain, now just this café. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71848 21.25796 4 Urban café , Vrátna 4 , ☏ +421 55 685 42 07 . A café owned by a Belgian with pralines, waffles and other pastries. Ice cream is more expensive but also better. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72474 21.25615 5 Trdelniky , Hlavná 97 . Specializing in a trdelnik , a spit cake from western Slovakia reminiscent of Hungarian kürtőskalács. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Beer bars [ edit ]

  • 48.72146 21.25674 6 Beer House , Hlavná 54 . Beer House offers probably the widest range of beers in the city. The cheapest beer is for €1.06/0.5l, most expensive €1.96/0.5l. They offer pizza at the same time and you can order it until 2am. There is live music every Thursday and Saturday.  
  • 48.7329 21.24936 7 Kembridž ( Cambridge ) ( a 5-minute walk or 1 stop tram ride north of Namestie Maratonu Mieru (the north end of Hlavna) ). A popular Slovakian style and cheap 'biergarten' enjoyable on warm evenings within easy reach of the center. ( updated Mar 2015 )
  • 48.7146 21.25461 8 Bistro Záhrada , Kukučínova 13 , ☏ +421 55 622 11 30 . Another popular Slovak-style "Biergarten", a nice place to sit on a warm summer evening. During wintertime it's a small bar in a basement with boardgames. ( updated Mar 2015 )
  • 48.72506 21.25541 9 Staromestská piváreň , Hlavná 104 , ☏ +421 902 25 79 25 , [email protected] . Czech style brewpub with restaurant. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71968 21.26135 10 Dobré časy , Čajkovského 4 , ☏ +421 948 979 411 , [email protected] . A large choice of beers, 26 on tap, and a choice of small dishes and hamburgers. ( updated Oct 2020 )
  • 48.71884 21.25727 11 Pokhoi , Hlavná 20 , ☏ +421 905 822 930 . Bar in a small courtyard. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72515 21.25524 12 Red Nose Pub , Zbrojničná 2 , ☏ +421 55 625 87 54 , [email protected] . Very large choice of beers on tap, though no food (just some snacks). ( updated Oct 2020 )
  • 48.71988 21.2568 13 Bernard club . Bar on the first floor of a house near the cathedral, often crowded. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72434 21.25506 14 Irish Pub Diesel , Hlavná 92 , ☏ +421 902 309625 . Archetypical Irish pub, attracting an English speaking crowd. On many nights there are DJs playing. ( updated Mar 2016 )

Wine bars [ edit ]

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  • 48.7227 21.25922 15 Villa Cassa , Pri Miklušovej väznici 2 , ☏ +421 917 991 001 , [email protected] . Enoteca with a large choice of Slovak and foreign wines, not cheap. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Cocktail bars [ edit ]

  • 48.72199 21.25953 16 Little Havana , Kováčska 13 , ☏ +421 903 959 088 , [email protected] . Cocktail bar, specializing in rum based drinks. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72363 21.25418 17 Cubano Bar - Shisha - Milkshake - Shots ( City Košice cafe bar ), Mäsiarska 480/50 , ☏ +421 907 158 959 . You can try a water-pipe (shisha, hookah.) here with numerous options for quality tobacco blends. Good place to watch football.  

Discotheques and nightclubs [ edit ]

  • 48.72363 21.25861 18 Jazz Club , Kováčska 39 ( right next to Hlavna, one street to the east from Immaculata ). Despite the confusing name (no jazz music happening in there) providing for the dance music and party craving types and being the place to go for the regular night entertainment seeking locals on most week days. A bit overpriced but definitely lively. Serves food also.  
  • 48.71544 21.26182 19 Boba bar , Južná trieda 2/A , ☏ +421 55 6259791 , [email protected] . Disco and bar. ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.7202 21.25357 20 Collosseum , Dominikanske namestie . Dominikanske namestie, at the end of the square with a bit of hidden entry though fairly huge with several pubs inside the space. An alternative music and lifestyle craving types may find this one to be a great place for an entertaining hangout or a not occasional international live music act. Also a great place for partying even until the weekday wee hours. Discretion or attending in wider groups may be advised.  

Sleep [ edit ]

Camping [ edit ].

  • 48.6873 21.256 1 Autocamping Salaš Barca , Alejová 24 ( Tram line: 9, R2, stop: Autokemp ), ☏ +421 918 894666 , [email protected] . Next to the beltway, south of the city. The only camping in Košice, it has a restaurant and cabins for rent. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71872 21.25606 2 Hostel Happy Bull Kosice , Vrátna 30 , ☏ +421 55 625 87 54 . Cozy with houseplants and outdoor terrace. Breakfast available ( €6 ). Dormitory rooms available from €15 . $40 . ( updated Mar 2021 )
  • 48.72457 21.25935 3 Hostel Vodná 1 , Vodná 946/1 , ☏ +421 903 627 862 . Clean hostel. No breakfast though. $32 . ( updated Jun 2022 )
  • 48.7158 21.2544 4 K2 Hostel , Štúrová 32 . Very popular with younger visitors to the city traveling on a shoestring. A room with two beds, eight with three beds, seven with four beds. Rooms are basic, and the bathrooms are shared. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71874 21.2418 5 Turistická ubytovňa , Medická 2 ( Trolleybus 71, 72, stop Ružová, OC galéria, Bus 12, 17, 36 stop Považská, Nová nemocnica. ), ☏ +421 55 643 5573 , [email protected] . Boarding school with some rooms available to visitors. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71811 21.26213 6 Hotel Gloria Palace , Bottová 1 , ☏ + 421 55 625 73 27-28 , fax : + 421 55 625 73 30 , [email protected] . Accommodation at modern-day standards in single and twin-bed rooms and suites. All rooms have their own bathroom and WC, color television with 10 channels supplied by cable and telephone. Guests have internet access on the reception. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.719879 21.260647 7 Penzión Horse inn , Zvonárska 17 , ☏ +421 55 62 314 23 , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • Penzión Slovakia , Orlia 6 , ☏ +421 55 728 98 20 , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72052 21.25565 8 Penzión Villa Regia , Dominikánske námestie 3 , ☏ +421 55 643 21 02 , [email protected] . Modern renovation of an old building. All rooms to high standard with en-suite shower rooms. Breakfast included, in great restaurant. Very friendly staff, 250 m from cathedral and centre. Wifi throughout. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.720476 21.254557 9 Penzión Plaza ( formerly Penzion Platz ), Dominikanske namestie 23 , ☏ +421 55 622 34 50 , +421 905 195 650 , fax : +421 55 625 15 27 , [email protected] . 15 rooms ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.69922 21.24958 10 Hotel Múza , Pri prachárni ( near the Carrefour hypermarket. Tram 9, R2 stop: Železníky križovatka, Bus 15, 16, 34 stop: Blšák. ). Decorated with pop art. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.65522 21.27006 11 Hotel Bonaparte , Šebastovská 4 ( 8 km from the city towards Miskolc, Bus 12 terminus. ), ☏ +421 915 492 038 , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2018 )

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  • 48.72544 21.25147 12 City residence , Bačíkova 18 , ☏ +421 55 622 8601 , fax : +421 55 799 9089 , [email protected] . 8 downtown apartments. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71761 21.26051 13 Doubletree by Hilton , Hlavna 1 , ☏ +421 55 325 11 00 . Modern amenities and warm hospitality. The newly renovated downtown hotel. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72962 21.2572 14 Hotel Yasmin , Tyršovo nábrežie 1 ( Trolleybus lines 71 and 72 ), ☏ +421 55 795 11 00 , [email protected] . 4 star designer hotel steps from the historical pedestrian zone. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.71892 21.25839 15 Hotel Zlaty Dukat , Hlavná 16 , ☏ +421 55 727 93 33 , fax : +421 55 727 93 44 , [email protected] . Four-star hotel offering luxurious premises. Glass museum in the hotel and gourmet specialties. ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.7205 21.2599 16 Boutique Hotel Bristol , Orlia 3 , ☏ + 421 55 729 00 77 , + 421 55 729 00 78 , fax : + 421 55 729 00 79 , [email protected] . A 4-star hotel with a Roman spa, one of the most luxurious in the city. ( updated Apr 2015 )
  • 48.74747 21.20822 17 Hotel Bankov , Dolný Bankov 2 , ☏ +421 55 63 245 22 , fax : +421 55 63 245 40 , [email protected] . Elegant 4-star hotel with a charming atmosphere and style in quiet environment. The oldest existing hotel in Slovakia. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72491 21.25622 18 Hotel Ambassador , Hlavná 101 , ☏ +421 55 720 3 720 , fax : +421 55 720 3 727 , [email protected] . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72652 21.26373 19 Hotel Dália , Löfflerová 1 , ☏ +421 55 799 43 21 , [email protected] . 37 rooms and apartments. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72709 21.25115 20 Hotel Maraton , Strojarenská 11/A , ☏ +421 55 720 41 41 , [email protected] . Boutique hotel with four stars. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72498 21.25986 21 Golden Royal , Vodná 8 , ☏ +421 55 720 10 11 , +421 0905 551 550 , [email protected] . 24 luxury rooms, on a calm downtown street. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Connect [ edit ]

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  • 48.72187 21.25026 13 Central Post office , Poštová 20 , ☏ + 421 55 6171300 . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.72627 21.26619 14 Košice 2nd post office , Thurzova 3 ( near the railway station ), ☏ + 421 055 6813200 . ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.74106 21.26603 15 Košice 19th post office , Trolejbusová 1 ( in a Tesco extra supermarket ), ☏ +421 55 6250090 . The post office with the longest opening hours (until 21:00). ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.70807 21.23729 16 Atinet , Trieda SNP 88 . Computer store with Internet access, games, printing facilities and computer service. ( updated Feb 2018 )

Stay safe [ edit ]

Avoid parks and the train station surroundings at night. Do not be overly generous to the homeless and pay caution to impoverished Romanis (also known to some as Gypsies) including children and do not engage with them. Call 112 for medical, police or fire department help.

Avoid the area known as Luník IX, which is populated by Romani and is known for crime and public safety problems.

If you walk evening Hlavna after seeing everything 'important', do not hesitate to ask around. Only beware of getting caught up in acts of suspicious types, visiting parks at nights etc., as this place, though being relatively safe, really may be called the frontier of civilized part of Europe at times. Common safety measures for women and lone travelers are advisable.

Stay healthy [ edit ]

  • 48.72196 21.23804 17 Univerzitná nemocnica L. Pasteura , Trieda SNP 1 ( Tram 6, 9 stop: « Nová nemocnica » ), ☏ +421 55 640 31 27 (office) . Emergency service ( urgentný príjem ) in Košice's main hospital. ( updated Apr 2015 )
  • 48.71361 21.23111 18 Poliklinika Terasa , Toryská 1 ( Tram 6, 9, trolleybus 71, 72, N71 stop: « Magistrát mesta Košice » ), ☏ +421 55 285 17 00 . Night care for both adult and child patients. ( updated Mar 2018 )
  • 48.64259 21.17285 19 Nemocnica Košice-Šaca , Lúčna 57 ( terminus of bus lines 20, 26, 52, 54 ), ☏ +421 55 7234 111 . Private hospital with a good reputation, though the fees are higher than at public hospitals. ( updated Feb 2018 )

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In slovakia [ edit ].

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Any destination in Eastern Slovakia is accessible as a day trip. This includes the High Tatra mountains, and many world heritage sites: the towns of Bardejov and Levoča , Spišské Podhradie castle, beech forests , Slovak Karst National Park and wooden churches.

In addition, there are destinations nearby in the region which are less than an hour away accessible by direct public transport:

  • 48.99824 21.24138 6 Prešov ( 35 km north, frequent buses and trains ). Slovakia's third largest city, likewise with a long main street leading to a church. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.80008 21.47793 7 Herľany ( 26 km northeast, buses from the bus station ). A small village of Slanské vrchy, with a geyser and hiking trails. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.63597 21.47724 8 Slanec ( 28 km east, buses from the bus station ). Has a fortification, and there are hiking trails into the Slanské vrchy, a volcanic massif covered with beech forests. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.44207 21.6901 9 Slovak Tokaj vineyards ( Tokajská vinohradnícka oblasť ) ( 58 km southeast, train towards Čierna nad Tisou or bus towards Malá Trňa. ). A small wine region comprising seven villages. Here internationally famous white wine is produced. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.60068 20.87866 10 Turňa nad Bodvou ( 36 km southwest, buses and trains ). Attractions include Zadielská dolina Canyon and castle ruins. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.65038 20.59662 11 Krásnohorské Podhradie ( 63 km southwest, buses from the bus station ). Fortification and mausoleum. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.68212 20.97565 12 Jasov ( 27 km west, buses from the bus station ). A convent and world heritage listed caves. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.70929 21.15156 13 Bukovec ( 10 km west, buses from the bus station ). A small artificial lake with a beach, a buffet restaurant and hiking trails. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.75172 21.00595 14 Zlatá Idka ( 23 km west, buses from the bus station ). A small village and ski resort in the Volovské vrchy massif. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.85568 20.93788 15 Gelnica ( 42 km northwest, buses from the bus station and one daily train with change in Margecany ). An old mining town with a mining museum in the middle of the Volovské vrchy massif. ( updated Feb 2018 )

In Hungary [ edit ]

Hungarian destinations are hard to access by public transport. If you have a car or a bike, however, it's easy to get to the villages in the Zempléni-hegység massif, the Tokay vineyards and other places in Northern Hungary .

By public transport, and a bit of walking, you can make trips to these places in Hungary:

  • 48.54002 21.4545 16 Füzér ( 37 km southeast ). Hungary's northernmost village, towered over by a castle. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.53803 21.41544 17 Hollóháza ( 29 km southeast. Bus to Skároš before the border, from there it's 7 km to Hollóháza ). The town has a porcelain factory functioning since 1777, and a porcelain museum. ( updated Feb 2018 )
  • 48.39684 21.65697 18 Sátoraljaújhely ( 57 km southeast. Train to Slovenské Nové Mesto. ). Ancient provincial capital near the Tokaj vineyards. ( updated Feb 2018 )

By hitchhiking [ edit ]

It's easy to hitchhike out of town.

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    Košice sú mesto, ktoré atmosférou pripomína dovolenkovú destináciu. Metropola, ktorá nikdy nespí. Prebúdza sa pri východe slnka všetkými vôňami a chuťami sveta. Pocítite to nielen na tanieri miestnych podnikov, ale aj v uličkách, v ktorých sa budete túlať a objavovať nové zážitky.

  2. Best Places to Visit in Kosice Region

    Food & Drinks To Try In Kosice Region. 1. Bryndzové halušky - a traditional Slovak dish made of potato dumplings topped with sheep cheese and bacon . 2. Slovak beer - try local brews such as Zlatý Bažant or Šariš . 3. Kofola - a popular Slovak cola-like soft drink with a unique flavor . 4. Slovak wines - sample wines from the Tokaj region or the Small Carpathians

  3. 13 Awesome Things to Do in Kosice, Slovakia for Solo Travelers

    Admire the St. Elisabeth's Cathedral. Witness the Beauty of the Jakab Palace. Check out all the beautiful architecture in the Town's Old Square. Wonder at the origin of the Kosice Gold Treasure. A Day trip to Spis Castle. Eat at Med Malina. Get a quick morning coffee fix at Cup of coffee.

  4. Kosice travel tips

    Day trips from Kosice. Not only the city is extremely interesting, but it also has a lot of great day trips opportunities! Once you are done with seeing the city you should set off to see the region. One hour drive from Kosice can take you to the Tokaj region known for its amazing wines and relaxing atmosphere.

  5. Region Košice and its environs

    The region of Košice and its environs is situated in the east of Slovakia. Its core is the L-shaped Košická kotlina basin. This fertile and densely populated basin is surrounded by mountain ranges, which offer excellent possibilities of hiking and recreation. Three mountain groups occupy its western end, part of the Slovenské rudohorie Mts.

  6. Kosice Region: All You Must Know Before You Go (2024)

    Jekyll&Hyde cafe bar. 13. $$ - $$$ • Bar. Kosice Region Tourism: Tripadvisor has 17,548 reviews of Kosice Region Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Kosice Region resource.

  7. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Kosice (UPDATED 2024)

    October 11, 2023. The Dino Park in Kosice was a rewarding experience. The park displayed a variety of dinosaurs in a forest environment. The forest environment adds the realism of the dinosaurs! Some of the dinosaurs were animated with speakers to express the sounds! I spent almost four hours to make pictures and videos. The snack bar is also good!

  8. Košice Region

    48°36′36″N 21°8′42″E. Map of Košice Region. 1 Košice. The main town with about 250 000 inhabitants. Metropolis of eastern Slovakia, the second largest city in the country with the easternmost Gothic cathedral of the European continent, the oldest in Europe armories assigned to a city, a historic center with the complex of the ...

  9. 30 Great Things to Do in Kosice, the Coolest City in Slovakia

    Visit St. Elisabeth Cathedral. St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Kosice is a real masterpiece and one of the main places to visit in Kosice. The works started in 1380 but over the centuries it was rebuilt and renovated numerous times. It is considered to be the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, this is also the largest worship place in Slovakia ...

  10. 15 Best Things to Do in Košice (Slovakia)

    2. St Elisabeth Cathedral. With pride of place on Hlavná Ulica is the westernmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, and also Slovakia's largest place of worship, begun in 1378. The cathedral is unusual as its north portal, rather than its west or south, is the one that is most ornamented.

  11. Košice administrative region

    Region Košice is situated in the southeast of Slovakia.It borders on Hungary and Ukraine in the south and east respectively. The metropolis of the region and the whole eastern Slovakia is the city of Košice - the centre of commerce, trades, culture, and education of the whole region. Košice is the second biggest town of Slovakia and as such it contains numerous cultural and historic monuments.

  12. Kosice, Slovakia: All You Must Know Before You Go (2024)

    A mix of the charming, modern, and tried and true. See all. Doubletree by Hilton Kosice. 702. from $107/night. Hotel Yasmin Kosice. 341. from $103/night. City Residence Apartment Hotel.

  13. Kosice, Slovakia: All You Need to Know Before You Go (2024

    27. ££ - £££ • Bar, Brew Pub, Fast food. Jekyll&Hyde cafe bar. 13. ££ - £££ • Bar. Kosice Tourism: Tripadvisor has 12,784 reviews of Kosice Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Kosice resource.

  14. Welcome to the Official Site of the Košice Region

    The Košice Region boasts most natural UNESCO sites in Slovakia, spectacular historic and cultural sights, exceptional local folklore, and traditional regional cuisine. Our region is strikingly rich in historic buildings, as well as in castles, chateaus, and manor houses. People of different cultures, diverse nationalities, ethnic groups, and ...

  15. The 10 Best Things to Do in Kosice

    The view was amazing, it's worth to visit it. 8. State Theatre Kosice. 52. Theatres. By pawel_hbg. It is one of only two theatres in Slovakia, the other one being the National Theatre in Bratislava, to be home to... 9. Botanical Garden.

  16. Tourist information center

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  17. Kosice Region Tourism (2024): All You Need to Know Before You Go

    Kosice Region Tourism: Tripadvisor has 17,525 reviews of Kosice Region Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Kosice Region Tourism resource. ... Guest House Kosice Region Holiday Homes Kosice Region Flights Kosice Region Restaurants Kosice Region Attractions Kosice Region Travel Forum Kosice Region Photos Kosice Region Map ...

  18. Domov

    Výlet do Kluknavy na juh Spiša vás prekvapí svojím pestrým programom. Pomenovanie obce už okolo roku 1300 definovala kľuka rieky Hornád, ktorá obchádza časť Štefanská huta. Práve tu sa obzrieme v čase do slávnej éry Csákyovej huty Štefan. Prejdeme sa takmer 200 ročným dreveným mostom - národnou kultúrnou pamiatkou.

  19. Košice

    Map N°235 - Dolný Zemplín covers the city and the region east all the way to the Ukrainian border. On these maps, all paths are marked together with estimated times for hiking and biking. An online alternative is mapy.hiking.sk. Learn [edit] 7 QSI International School of Kosice, Drabova 3, ☏ +421 55 625 00 40.

  20. Košice Region Tourism (app)

    The new Košice Region Tourism app will help visitors plan your visit to the region's many interesting monuments, attractions and events. Discover 16 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Eastern Slovakia that can all be reached in less than 2 hours by car.. The app presents unique and iconic sites in Košice - the European Capital of Culture 2013 - including the beautiful gorges ...

  21. Košice Región

    Košice Región, Kosice, Slovakia. 19,697 likes · 1,753 talking about this · 528 were here. Košice Región Turizmus www.kosiceregion.travel Košice Región | Kosice

  22. Trips

    Nechajte sa inšpirovať cyklovýletmi na Kraji sveta - v Košickom svetovom kraji. Skvelé tipy na cyklovýlety na Tokaji, Gemeri či v okolí Košíc

  23. Košice Región Turizmus

    Expozícia VÝCHOD - VÁŠ CAMP na Caravan Bike Travel 2024. 4. apríla 2024. Košický a Prešovský samosprávny kraj (v rámci svojich krajských organizácií cestovného ruchu Košice Región Turizmus a Severovýchod Slovenska) spojili sily a na veľtrhu Caravan…. Ďalšie novinky >>. Stránka organizácie Košice Región Turizmus.