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Košice is Slovakia's second largest city and the regional metropolis in the eastern part of the country. It is a beautiful city located on the river Honrád and relatively close to both Poland, Hungary and Ukraine. The location offers good opportunities for exciting trips in the area.

In the center of Košice there is a lot to see. The well-preserved old town is quite large and with nice variety in the sights. This is where you can see Slovakia's largest church, the Gothic Saint Elisabeth Cathedral, which stands in the middle of the city.

A stroll down the street Hlavná ulica is a must during a visit to Košice. It runs through the entire city center and many of the city's beautiful houses in art nouveau and other styles are located here. There are also several churches and many lovely cafes and restaurant for a wonderful break on the walk. It is also nice to see the narrow side streets.

There are many interesting things to see around Košice. The town of Prešov is located to the north, and from here it is not far to the ancient churches on the UNESCO World Heritage List and to the unforgettable and beautiful Tatra Mountains on the border with Poland. A trip to Hungary and Ukraine are also options.

Other attractions

Immaculata, Kosice

  • Immaculata: This is a Baroque plague column, which was erected in 1723 in gratitude for the end of the plague epidemic that ravaged Košice in 1709-1710. The 14 meter/45 foot high pillar has a Virgin Mary figure on top.
  • Mikluš Prison/Miklušova väznica: This former prison was housed in two Gothic buildings from the 17th century to the 19th century and used for both detention and torture. Today, there are historical exhibits in the buildings that are part of the Eastern Slovak Museum.

St Urban Tower, Kosice

  • St Urban Tower/Urbanova veža: St Urban Tower is a bell tower dating from the 14th century. The St Urban Bell hangs in the tower, which was given an extension with arcades around it in 1912. Here you can see tombstones from the 14th and 15th centuries.
  • The Eastern Slovak Museum/Východoslovenské múzeum: At the Eastern Slovak Museum in Košice you can take a closer look at history, art, archeology and much more from the region. The museum is located in different houses, and by the main building you can see an old wooden church that once stood in the village of Kožuchovce.

Old Town Hall, Kosice

  • The Old Town Hall/Historická radnica: Košice's old town hall was built in the years 1779-1780. You can see it on the city's main street, and inside there are beautiful rooms and halls that were supposed to represent the mayor and the city.
  • St Michael's Chapel/Kaplnka sv. Michala: St Michael's Chapel is a Gothic chapel believed to have been built in the 14th century. The chapel served as a Slovak church, while the nearby cathedral was used by the German and Hungarian congregations.

Dolna Brana, Kosice

  • The Lower Gate/Dolná Brána: The Dolná Brána is a preserved part of Košice's ancient fortifications and city walls, which were originally built in the 13th century. Dolná Brána means The Lower Gate, and ruins were excavated in the 1990s and are today open for visits with a location under the city's main street, Hlavná ulica.
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St Elisabeth Cathedral, Kosice

  • St Elisabeth Cathedral/Dóm svätej Alžbety: This mighty cathedral, locally called Dóm svätej Alžbety, is Slovakia's largest church and one of the easternmost Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The church was built in the years 1378-1508 with many beautiful architectural details. You can still enjoy the design and craftsmanship of the exterior and in the impressive interior.

Kosice State Theater

  • Košice State Theater/Štátne divadlo Košice: This is Košice's centrally located state theater. The building was constructed 1879-1899 in beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture, and the theater's interior is as elegant as the exterior decoration.
  • Jakab's Palace/Jakabov Palác: Jakab's Palace is the name of a large and almost castle-like residence, which the builder Peter Jakab built as his home. In 1945, the building became politically historic, being the residence of the country's president, Edvard Beneš.

Hlavna ulica, Kosice

  • The Main Street/Hlavná ulica: This is Košice's main street and a street where you can really experience the city's architecture, historic buildings and daily life with the many people who go for walks here. This is also where the city's cathedral is located as the center of the street.
Trips in the area

Levoca Town Hall, Slovakia

  • Levoča: Levoča is a beautiful city with a preserved city wall, Renaissance buildings and a Gothic church with the world's tallest wooden altar, made by the master Paul of Levoča. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit.
  • Prešov: Prešov is Slovakia's third largest city and is located close to Košice to the north. The old center of the city is very cozy, and here you can see architecture in Gothic, Baroque and Rococo styles. The most famous building is the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Konkatedrála svätého Mikuláša, which with 71 meters/232 feet in height is very visible in the city skyline.

Spis Castle, Slovakia

  • Spiš Castle/Spišský hrad: This is a colossal castle ruin, located on the top of a hill near the town of Spišské Podhradie. The castle was built in the 12th century and was destroyed by a fire in 1780. It has been partially reconstructed since then and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Slovak Paradise National Park/Národný park Slovenský raj: The paradise here is a national park with a very beautiful and varied nature with countless opportunities for hiking. You can walk on rocks, by lakes and waterfalls and in large forests. There are also caves in the park and the Dobšinská ice cave is open with incredible landscapes underground.

Strbske Pleso, Tatra Mountains Slovakia

  • The High Tatra Mountains/Vysoké Tatry: The High Tatra Mountains are some stunningly beautiful mountains that rise to a height of 2,655 meters/8,710 feet with the top Gerlachovský štít. The towns of Vysoké Tatry and Tatranská Lomnica are great places to start your trip to the mountains. From Tatranská Lomnica you can take a cable car to 2,634 meters/8,641 feet altitude on Lomnický štít. You should also head to the mountain lake Štrbské pleso, one of the most beautiful areas of the Tatras.
  • Bardejov: The relatively small town, Bardejov, offers a beautiful city space with the old market square as the center. Here are many gabled houses, Bardejov's town hall and the Church of St Egidius. There are also city walls around the area. Bardejov is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to the well-preserved, fortified medieval city.
  • Slovak wooden churches: In the Slovak part of the Carpathians, a number of churches were built in the 16th century to the 18th century, which today have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The churches are beautiful and quite different from one to the other. North and east of Košice you can see the wooden churches in Hervartov, Ladomirová, Bodružal, Kežmarok and Ruská Bystrá.
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With kids
  • Zoological garden: Zoo Košice, Široká 31, Košice-Kavečany,
  • Technic: Slovenské Technické Múzeum, Hlavná ulica 88,
  • Bobsleigh: Bobovka, Kavečany 346,
  • Children's Railway: Detská Historická Železnica, Čermeľská cesta, stanica Čermeľ,
  • Rope park: Tarzania Alpinka, Čermeľské údolie, Sever,
  • Aqua park: Aquacity Poprad, Športová 1397, Poprad-Spišská Sobota,
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