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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.

Understand[edit]

St Elizabeth's Cathedral (Dóm sv. Alžbety)
View of Main Street (Hlavná ulica) from St. Elisabeth Cathedral

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.

History[edit]

The area around Košice has been inhabited since the 8th century, but it was in the 13th century that it developed into a town. It grew relatively rich during the Middle Ages due to its strategic position as a trading center. Having briefly served as the capital of the liberated Czechoslovakia after World War II, it is now 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 unforseeably for a week or two regardless of a season.

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Tourism information office[edit]

  • 1 Official city of Košice Visitor Centre, Hlavná 59, +421 55 625 8888, . 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.
  • 2 Municipality information centre (MiC Košice), Hlavná 32, +421 911 567 423, . 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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Košice International Airport
Airlines Destination
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes
AirExplore Seasonal: Zadar
Seasonal charter: Larnaka
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Eurowings Düsseldorf
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Ryanair Liverpool, London–Stansted, Prague, Warsaw–Modlin
Wizz Air Doncaster/Sheffield, London–Luton

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.

  • 2 Cassoviaexpres, Mlynská 27, +421 915 115 555, . 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.
  • 3 Izijet, Bottova, +421 945 454 548, . Budapest – Košice 6 times a day. Arrival and departure from Košice is from Bottova Street. Internet reservation required. €39.

By train[edit]

Košice railway station

Košice train station is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and is the terminus for many bus and tram lines.

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 2 daily trains to Budapest, which takes 3 hours 30 minutes.

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 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.

  • 4 Košice Railway Station (Železničná stanica), Staničné námestie 11. It is one of the most advanced railway stations in Slovakia. Area of 30 000 ft² provides many shops, caffes, restaurants and supermarket. Luggage storage is available from 07:00 to 22:00. Košice railway station (Q801037) on Wikidata Košice railway station on Wikipedia
  • Prague
    • 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
  • Bratislava
    • 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.

There's no suitable train connection from Poland via train.

Košice Bus Station

By bus[edit]

  • 5 Košice Bus Station (Autobusová stanica), Staničné námestie 11.

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 Vienna and Prague. LeoExpress has direct buses to 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:

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 [1], 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.

See[edit]

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.

The Main Street
View of the cathedral from south
State Theatre Košice
Plague Column
The Baroque Bishop's Palace
Singing fountain
Mikluš's Prison
City Park – entrance
  • 1 Main Street (Hlavná ulica). Where most of the sights worth seeing are. With its unique atmosphere it 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. Main Street in Košice (Q787510) on Wikidata
  • 2 St Elizabeth's Cathedral (Dóm sv. Alžbety). This remarkable medieval monument was built in the High Gothic style. The present cathedral stands on a site formerly occupied by a parish church, which was destroyed by fire around year 1370. The patrons of the church included St. Elizabeth. The construction of St. Elizabeth's Cathedral began approximately in 1378. The entrance to the cathedral is for free anytime during the day. There is also a possibility to visit the northern tower of the cathedral, which gives you a stunning view of the surrounding historical centre. The height of this tower is 59.7 m and contains 160 stairs in the staircase. It is open all year long between 10:00 and 17:00. You can buy the tickets at the entrance to the cathedral. The entrance fee is rather cheap. St. Elisabeth Cathedral (Q569428) on Wikidata St Elisabeth Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 3 St. Michael's Chapel (Kostol svätého Michala). The chapel probably dates from the first half of the 14th century and had always been a part of the parish church. It was built as a cemetery chapel in the centre of a cemetery inside the city walls stretching from the Cathedral to the south on the island of the Čermeľský potok (Čermeľ brook) in the place of the present park in the Hlavná ulica (Main street). The outer decoration is Gothic, the turret is fitted in the roof structure. The patron of the dead, the Archangel Michael, vanquishing the Satan as dragon is shown on the altar. There are Archangels Rafael and Gabriel on his sides. In the interior, there is a nice stone tabernacle, the ornamental sculpture "Ecce Homo" and remains of wall paintings from Middle Ages. The oldest coat-of-arms of Košice is above the door leading to the vestry. St. Michael Chapel (Q376474) on Wikidata St Michael Chapel on Wikipedia
  • 4 Saint Urban's tower (Urbanova veža). A Gothic prismatic campanile with a pyramidal roof that dates back to the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. The bell, which was installed in the tower (its weight equals to 7 tones), was dedicated to St. Urban, the patron of wine-prowers, which was cast in a mould by the bell founder Frantisek Illenfeld of Olomouc in 1557. 36 tombstones dating from the 14th century (one of these tombstones is Roman dating from the 4th century) to the 17th century were put into the outer walls of the Tower. In 1966 the tower was damaged by fire, which destroyed the roofing and the bells. In 1967-1971 the tower was restored and renovated. St. Urban Tower (Q1753933) on Wikidata St. Urban Tower on Wikipedia
  • 5 The State Theatre (Štátne divadlo). The theatre was built in a new-baroque style during the years 1879-1899, according to the projects of A. Lang and A. Steinhardt, where a former theatre building, built in 1788 - 1790, was situated. Before that, a town-hall building was standing here. The interior of theatre is richly decorated with plaster ornaments, the stage is lyre-shaped. The ceiling of the theatre's building is decorated with paintings by the Viennese painter P. Gatseb with scenes from Shakespeare's tragedies Othello, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Midsummer Night's Dream. On the main forcade of the building a memorial plaque can be found, dedicated to the first director of the theatre after World War II, the national artist Janko Borodac. State Theatre Košice (Q133708) on Wikidata State Theatre Košice on Wikipedia
  • 6 Immaculata (Plague Column). The Immaculata Statue is the most beautiful Baroque-style sculptured monument in the city. It commemorates the plague from the years 1710‑1711 and is dated from 1720‑1723. It is a 14-m-high column on the stone base with sculptures of Josef, Sebastian and Ladislav. On the top is the sculpture of Virgin Mary. On the pillars of the fence there are sculptures of St. Gabriel, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Margita, St. Michael the archangel and St. Barbora. Plague Pillar (Q7200562) on Wikidata Plague Column, Košice on Wikipedia
  • 7 Singing fountain (Spievajúca fontána). You may find it difficult not to find the 'singing fountain' in front of the theater enjoyable on warm afternoons or evenings. Calm music tunes and accompanying water salvos provide lovely vibes for couples enjoying their ice cream and serve as a hilarious entertainment for the kids. It was inaugurated on May 1, 1986, it is the oldest fountain of this type of former Czechoslovakia. Singing fountain in Košice (Q3076009) on Wikidata
  • Palaces of Košice. Košice is the city which has the highest number of palaces in Slovakia and all of them are worth seeing. Perhaps the most important palace is the Former Town Hall, which is the oldest of Košice's council offices. The Andrassy's Palace today serves as the biggest cafeteria and patisserie - AIDA. The other palaces include The Bishop's Palace, Hadik - Barkoczy Palace, Pongrácz - Forgács' Palace - the seat of the Regional State Library and Csáky - Dessewffy Palace - the building is the seat of the Constitutional Court of Slovak Republic. We shall not to forget about the Captain's Palace where you can find the Slovak Technical museum and last but not least, Jacab's Palace which was erected in 1899 in the pseudo-Gothic style constructed from discarded stones from the Kosice St. Elizabeth's Cathedral and most of the inhabitants of Košice would choose this building as one of the most beautiful ones.
  • 8 Beggar's House (Zobrakov dom). For an interesting story you may look up the Beggar's House which is one of the historical houses on Hlavna (on the right between the Theater and Immaculata when walking up north). On forefront, at top of the house you will see a statue of a guy with a hat thanking/begging for alms. The story says the career beggar who had no other income had over years used generosity of rich Košice dwellers to build the house at what was then a very 'high-end' medieval (a.k.a. Hlavna Street) part of Košice. This kind of largess may seem to be perceived a bit strange by today's beggars rarely appreciating Košice inhabitants, but it still makes up for a good narrative. (Q51586148) on Wikidata
  • 9 Orthodox synagogue (Nová ortodoxná synagóga), Puskinova, . Synagogue built in 1926-1927, it was renovated in 2007. The synagogue is still active although very little used, the Jewish community of the city having greatly reduced. On the walls, pencil inscriptions dating from May 1944 were retained. Orthodox synagogue in Košice (Q3345234) on Wikidata New Orthodox Synagogue (Košice) on Wikipedia

Museums and galleries[edit]

  • 10 East Slovak Museum (Vychodoslovenske muzeum), Námestie Maratónu mieru 2, +421 55 622 0309, . Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00, Su 14:00-18:00. Museum was established in 1872 and it is one of the oldest and most significant museums in Slovakia. From the architectonic point of view, the buildings of the museum itself are very interesting historical sights. In this museum, the following permanent expositions can be found: the nature of Carpathia, Hundreds of years of art, "Rodosto" - the memorial house of Franz II. Rakoczy, Artistic metal founding in Eastern Slovakia and Centuries of Košice - Mikluš's Prison. Except these expositions, there are always some temporary events and expositions. price depends on exposicion. East Slovak Museum (Q1186439) on Wikidata East Slovak Museum on Wikipedia
  • 11 Slovak Technical Museum (Slovenské technické múzeum), + 421 55 622 4035, . Tu-F 09:00-17:00, Sa Su 12:00-17:00. The museum presents a collection of objects that describe the history of techniques from the eighteenth century, particularly in the field of metal work, mining extraction, watchmaking, physics and chemistry. Slovak Technical Museum (Q429663) on Wikidata Slovak Technical Museum on Wikipedia
  • 12 Archeological museum Lower gate (Archeologické múzeum Dolná brána), Námestie slobody. open to the public from 15 May to 15 September: Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Archaeological basement of the main street at the lower gate of the 13th century fortifications of the city. Additionally you can still find parts of fortification in other places around the city center. children and seniors €0.50, adults €0.90. Archaeological Museum in Košice (Q3329443) on Wikidata
  • 13 Mikluš's Prison (Miklušova väznica). Exhibition focused on the history of the city, it's part of the East Slovak Museum. Prison of Mikluš (Q3403979) on Wikidata
  • 14 Executioner's bastion and Rodosto (Katova bašta a Rodošto), Hrnčiarska 7. Katova Bašta is a part of the pregnant walls of the city. Rodošto is the name of a replica of the house where Francis II Rákóczy (1720 - 1735) lived in exile. He was the author of one of the revolts against the Habsburg. The building was built in 1943 at the time of the annexation of the city by Hungary. In the courtyard there is a statue of Francis II Rákóczy. The whole is part of the museum of the East Slovak Museum. Rodosto House (Q1249754) on Wikidata
  • 15 Museum of Aviation (Muzeum letectva Košice) (near Košice International Airport), +421 903 747 595. Tu-F 09:00-16:00, Sa Su 10:00-17:00. Museum of Aviation is giving an overview of the technical evolution of aircraft, aircraft engines, equipment and aviation information. We owe the museum's creation to former Slovak President Rudolf Schuster who by his international initiatives and personal contribution helped to build a collection of aircraft from European countries, the United States and China, unique not only in Slovakia, but Also in Europe. The museum is divided into five parts: debut of aviation until 1945, aviation since 1945, aircraft engines, the aircraft of the presidential gallery and road transport consisting mainly of old Czechoslovak cars and motorcycles. Museum of Aviation (Q17512514) on Wikidata Museum of Aviation (Košice) on Wikipedia
  • 16 Vojtech Loffler Museum (Muzeum Vojtecha Lofflera), Alzbetina 20, +421 55 622 3234, . Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa Su 13:00-17:00. Likely interesting for the more art inclined traveler after seeing the usual government sponsored touristy stuff. €4. Vojtech Löffler Museum (Q104768924) on Wikidata
  • 17 East Slovak Gallery (Vychodoslovenska galeria), Hlavna 27, +421 55 681 7511. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. student €2, adult €4. East Slovak Gallery (Q3094652) on Wikidata East Slovak Gallery on Wikipedia

Parks[edit]

  • 18 City Park (Mestsky park), +421 55 622 1400. M-Su 06:00-22:00. Main city park created in the 1860s and renovated in 2013. There are very beautiful trees, a kiosk with from time to time a concert, a fountain and lake, a small bridge, a children's playground and fitness facilities. Mestský park (Q50737466) on Wikidata
  • 19 Botanical Garden (Botanicka zahrada), Manesova 23, +421 55 633 1556, . children €2, adults €3. Botanical Garden UPJŠ Košice (Q11235342) on Wikidata
  • 20 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.

Do[edit]

Part of Main Street
Children's Heritage Railway
Sightseeing tower
Art Film Fest red carpet
White Night festival

Everyday activities[edit]

  • 1 Walking the historic centre. The best thing to do on a short trip or shortly after arriving is to walk the compact and lovely historic center. Old Town, Košice (Q1046961) on Wikidata Old Town, Košice on Wikipedia
  • 2 Day hikes. All hiking trails in the gorgeous surroundings of the city may be looked up at [2]. 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.
  • 3 Children's Heritage Railway (Detska historicka zeleznica), +421 905 496 426, . 3-km-long railway line in the forest. Three locomotives, Katka-named vapor locomotive, Danka and Janka diesel locomotives operating from the end of the suburbs to the recreational area of Alpinka. children: one way €3/roundtrip €4, adults: one way €5/roundtrip €6. Košice Children's Heritage Railway (Q2655053) on Wikidata Košice Children's Heritage Railway on Wikipedia
  • 4 Zoo, +421 55 796 8011, . Daily 08:00-19:00. One of the largest zoos in Europe by its area. In the area there is also DinoPark with life sized prehistoric dinosaur models. children €5, adults €8 (including DinoPark). Košice Zoo (Q2626523) on Wikidata Košice Zoo on Wikipedia

Cultural life[edit]

  • 5 The State Theatre (Štátne divadlo). The State Theater, already mentioned in the See section, proposes a classic program that includes operas and ballets for in Slovak language for quite low prices. It is also a way to visit the interior of the building. It is possible to purchase tickets for performances on F 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 17:30PM, Sa 09:00-13:00 at the cash register on the west facade of the building or an hour before the performances in the vestibule at the main entrance. State Theatre Košice (Q133708) on Wikidata State Theatre Košice on Wikipedia
  • 6 Kasárne Kulturpark, Kukucinova 2, +421 55 685 4299, . Cultural Center in old barracks completely renovated in 2013 including the park that surrounds it. Offers concerts, exhibitions and conferences. Kulturpark Barracks (Q62057640) on Wikidata
  • 7 Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Gorkeho 2, +421 907 548 586, . Alternative cultural center including concerts and movies. The bar is a trendy place and cooking is good. Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Q26493090) on Wikidata
  • 8 Kunsthalle, Rumanova 1, +421 55 308 0289, . Temporary exposures of contemporary art. This cultural center is located in the building of the old indoor pool built in the 1930s abandoned in the 1980s and renovated in 2013. Kunsthalle Košice (Q22692185) on Wikidata

Annual events[edit]

  • Art Film Fest, +421 904 111 333, . takes place in June. International film festival. Art Film Fest (Q4288457) on Wikidata Art Film Fest on Wikipedia
  • City Days (Dni mesta Košice). takes place in May. Cultural program for a week celebrating May 7, 1369, day when the city received its first coat of arms. Craftsmanship on the main street, medieval fights, opening of the summer season of the Children's Heritage Railway and Zoo.
  • USE THE C!TY Festival. takes place in May. Non-traditional art festival which intends to use the slightest cranny of the whole city.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sports[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Team sports[edit]

  • 9 Ice Hockey (Steel Arena), Nerudova 12. In Slovakia, the national sport is ice hockey. The local club, the HC Košice evolves in national division and has repeatedly been champion of former Czechoslovakia and present Slovakia. The games take place in season at Steel Arena, one of the two world rinks of the World Championships hosted in 2011 and 2019. Steel Aréna (Q937895) on Wikidata Steel Aréna on Wikipedia

Skiing[edit]

  • 10 Kavečany. There are 7 lifts with a total capacity of 7432 people per hour. (Q13421934) on Wikidata
  • 11 Jahodná, +421 903 561 554, . Small winter sports station in the middle of the forest. Alpine ski rental. Public transport access is a little less easy than for the Kavečany station because of the sporadic schedule of bus number 14. Jahodna (Q31555180) on Wikidata

Other[edit]

  • 12 Summer toboggan track (Letna bobova draha) (between the Zoo and the ski resort), +421 55 633 4901, . 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.

Buy[edit]

Aupark Shopping Center at Namestie osloboditelov

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.

  • 1 Aupark (Aupark Shopping Center), Namestie osloboditelov 1, +421 55 321 3411, . Daily 09:00-21:00. Located in the city centre at Námestie osloboditeľov. Aupark (Q12762737) on Wikidata
  • 2 Atrium Optima (Optima Shopping Centre), Moldavska cesta 32, +421 55 644 6345, . Daily 09:00-21:00. The biggest shopping centre in Eastern Slovakia. It is 53 300 m² and has more than 175 boutiques and a multiscreen cinema Cinemax with 7 screens. You can get there easily by public transport with tram no. 5 or bus no. 10. Atrium Optima (Q50737362) on Wikidata
  • 3 OC Galéria (Galéria Shopping Center), Toryska 5, +421 905 606 636, . Daily 09:00-21:00. Shopping centre is close to the city centre. You may find it in about 10 minutes walk to west (up the steeper hill) of Steel Arena ice hockey arena. Shopping Center Galéria (Q50737505) on Wikidata

Eat[edit]

Local cuisine[edit]

  • 1 Med Malina, Hlavna 81, +421 55 622 0397, . M-Sa 11:00-23:00, Su 11:00-22:00. Polish and Slovak cuisine offering all of the traditional meals. €10-15 for person.
  • 2 Karczma Mlyn, Hlavna 86, +421 55 622 0547, . 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.
  • 3 Pub u kohuta (Pub u kohúta), Hrnciarska 23, +421 948 314 384, . 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.
  • 4 Haluskaren (Haluškáreň), Hlavna 100, +421 917 916 548. Daily 11:00-22:00. Slovak cuisine. €5-10 for person.
  • 5 Republika Vychodu (Republika Východu), Hlavna 31, +421 905 299 278, . 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.

Vegetarian[edit]

  • AJVEGA, 10 Orlia (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.

Budget[edit]

  • Panda Asian bistro, Fejova 13, open from 09:00 to 19:00, closed on Sunday, good and cheap food, average price for lunch is €3,50. Ask for opekane rezance, Asian style noodles for €1.50.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Med Malina. Restaurant, Hlavná 81, open from 10:00 till 22:00 every day, and till 23:00 on Fridays. Offers good food, English speaking staff, wi-fi internet access and cosy traditional environment.
  • Golem. Dominikanske namestie 15, next to 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.
  • Pizzeria Zvon, Zvonárska 133/4, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia, +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.

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. 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.

  • 1 Amana Tea House, Hlavná 21. Daily 10:00 to 22:00. Literally hundreds of teas to chose from, and friendly staff to help you chose. Very special ambiance, with several sitting corners, games. A great place to hide from the rain or have a peaceful moment.
  • 2 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.
  • 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.
  • Collosseum. 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.
  • [formerly dead link] Jazz Club, 39 Kovacska (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.
  • Cubano Bar - Shisha - Milkshake - Shots (City Košice cafe bar), Mäsiarska 480/50, +421 907 158 959. Masiarska 50. A fine tea house with a wide range of quality loose tea to offer, often referred to as the best one in the town. You can choose from numerous quality teas from all over the world, as well as there are also some specialities you can get only here. In addition, you can try a water-pipe (shisha, hookah.) here with numerous options for quality tobacco blends. With its friendly atmosphere, fine lounge music and with a blend of exotic scents, it is the best place to relax with a book in your hand, or just to hang out with friends.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • K2 Hostel, Štúrová 32. Popular accommodation among young budget travellers. 5 min walk from the Main Street. Accommodation is offered in 1 two-bed, 8 three-bed, and 7 four-bed rooms, altogether 54 beds. Rooms are furnished with basic furniture. Bathrooms are shared. The cheapest single room is available for €16.50
  • 1 Hostel Happy Bull Kosice, Vrátna 30, +421 55 625 87 54. Cozy with houseplants and outdoor terrace. Breakfast available. $40.
  • 2 Hostel Vodná 1, Vodná 946/1, +421 903 627 862. Clean hostel. No breakfast though. $32.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Gloria Palace, Bottova 1. 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.
  • Villa Regia penzión, Dominikánske námestie 599/3, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia, +421 55 625 65 10. 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.

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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 gypsies including children and do not engage with them. Call 112 for medical, police or fire department help.

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Go next[edit]

By train[edit]

There are a few trains per day (2½ hr) to Chop (Čop/Чоп) in Ukraine if you're looking for just another country.

By hitchhiking[edit]

It's easy to hitchhike out of town.

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