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Košice Travel Guide

City Map

City Introduction

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.

Top Attractions

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

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.

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.

Day Trips

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.

Shopping

Atrium Optima

Moldavská cesta 32
ocoptima.sk

 

Aupark

Námestie osloboditeľov 1
auparkkosice.sk

 

Galéria

Torýska 5
galeriakosice.sk

 

Shopping streets

Hlavná ulica and side streets

With Kids

Zoological garden

Zoo Košice
Široká 31, Košice-Kavečany
zookosice.sk

 

Technic

Slovenské Technické Múzeum
Hlavná ulica 88
stm-ke.sk

 

Bobsleigh

Bobovka
Kavečany 346
bobovadrahake.sk

 

Children’s Railway

Detská Historická Železnica
Čermeľská cesta, stanica Čermeľ
detskazeleznica.sk

 

Rope park

Tarzania Alpinka
Čermeľské údolie, Sever
tarzania.sk

 

Aquapark

Aquacity Poprad
Športová 1397, Poprad-Spišská Sobota
aquacity.sk

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In short

Overview of Košice

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.

About the upcoming Košice travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

About the travel guide

The Košice travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Slovakian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

Košice is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

Read more about Košice and Slovakia

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Košice you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

Music Fountain • Beautiful Churches • Fine Museums • Hlavná ulica

Overview of Košice

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.

About the upcoming Košice travel guide

  • Contents: Tours in the city + tours in the surrounding area
  • Published: Released soon
  • Author: Stig Albeck
  • Publisher: Vamados.com
  • Language: English

About the travel guide

The Košice travel guide gives you an overview of the sights and activities of the Slovakian city. Read about top sights and other sights, and get a tour guide with tour suggestions and detailed descriptions of all the city’s most important churches, monuments, mansions, museums, etc.

Košice is waiting for you, and at vamados.com you can also find cheap flights and great deals on hotels for your trip. You just select your travel dates and then you get flight and accommodation suggestions in and around the city.

Read more about Košice and Slovakia

Buy the travel guide

Click the “Add to Cart” button to purchase the travel guide. After that you will come to the payment, where you enter the purchase and payment information. Upon payment of the travel guide, you will immediately receive a receipt with a link to download your purchase. You can download the travel guide immediately or use the download link in the email later.

Use the travel guide

When you buy the travel guide to Košice you get the book online so you can have it on your phone, tablet or computer – and of course you can choose to print it. Use the maps and tour suggestions and you will have a good and content-rich journey.

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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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