Košice attractions

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St. Elisabeth′s Cathedral

One of the top tourist landmark in Kosice provides the picture of the city′s patron St. Elisabeth in the furthest east western style of Gothic cathedral in Europe. What is worth to see – fascinated altar, a crypt of the leader anti-Habsburg uprising Francis II. Rakoczi and san-dial from 1477.Situated in pedestrian zone in Hlavna street.

Urban′s Tower

Located in the city center next to the St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Hlavna street it is unique with its lapidarian – gravestones. 45 m high tower was originally designed as a bell tower of St. Elisabeth’s  Cathedral. The small platform in front of this tower is used for local promotional actions and social gatherings.

St. Michael′s Chapel

The Gothic monument in neighborhood of well- known St. Elisabeth Cathedral was built up in 14 th century and served as an old cemetery chapel. At present time provides the venue for wedding ceremonies and occasional performances.

The Jakab Palace

The mansion was named after its builder and served as a private residence of Jakab′s family. Later was passed into the city ownership. In 1945 became a temporary seat of Czechoslovak president Eduard Benes. Located at the corner of Mlynska and Stefanikova street  will attracts your attention during your walk from the railway station.

The Plague Column – Immaculata

This monument was built up after devasting epidemic in 1709-1710 as a gratitude of citizens who survived. The column was rose up to the height of 14 meters. The whole work is typical Baroque style and belongs to the regular places of interest. You cannot miss it walking down the pedestrian zone in the city center.

The East Slovakian Museum

Located on Peace Marathon Square nearby the statue of Marathon Runner with the names of all winners inscribed on it. The museum boasts with the collection of Ancient coins called “Kosice golden treasure”. The collection contains more than half and million items.

Sandor Marai Sculpture

The statue of the most famous local of Kosice and the world acknowledged author of literary works is situated in Zbrojnicna street only a few meters from the busier Main street. The sitting Sandor creates the charming scenery in the hidden corner inviting you to stop and enjoy the atmosphere.

Executioner’s Bastion – Rodosto

One of the places where you can see the medieval fortification of Kosice and entrance point to the city at the same time is the bastion. The copy of Turkish house was home of the last leader of Anti-Habsburg uprising Francis II. Rakoczi.

The Kosice State Theatre

This impressive part of  architecture situated in the middle of  Main Street was built in neo-baroque and neo-renaissance style. Former Café and place of social gathering is currently the home of opera ,drama and ballet performances  widely visited by local residents and tourists.

The Slavia Café

The stylish interior and exterior with the special atmosphere and beautiful secession decoration is a perfect place to stop to have a coffee break. Situated in Main Street near the State Theatre  one of the most preserved and visited places in the city.

Miklus Prison

Originally a place of the executioner’s flat and torture chamber is currently frequently visited museum with the exhibition of the medieval prison. Situated in Hrnciarska street easily accessible from the pedestrian downtown zone.

Lower Gate

Is the place of the underground museum complex with medieval gate way to the city and originally fortification from the 13 th century. Accessible  in short walk from the Double Tree Hotel at the beginning of Hlavna street.

Crafts lane

If you are looking for the perfect place to buy an original handmade souvenir don’t miss Crafts lane.  The narrow picturesque lane is created to provide the space for artists who make their products at this place.  When you follow the sign on Hlavna street you find it easily within a few minutes.

Viewpoint tower

Viewpoint  tower is situated in the northern part of Kosice on Hradova hill. After 99 steps up the stairs you can enjoy spectacular panorama of the city. Apart from this you can observe remains of medieval Castle. To get there take the bus number 29 leading to Kavecany and get off at the bus stop Vyhliadkova veza. More info on www.kosickyhrad.sk

Botanical Garden

The cultivated area rich of  thousands species of plants the largest of its kind in Slovakia. Located near the stadium of Technical University in 23 Manesova street. Find more here.

Zoo Kosice

Zoo garden is located in northern part of Kosice and in  area is the largest Zoo in Slovakia. The place is frequently visited by local residents who admire the animals and enjoy the time  in nature as well. To get there take the bus number 29 direction Kavecany and get off at the terminal stop.

The Museum of Aviation

Set up with the support of Rudolf Schuster the former president of Slovak Republic provides the unique collection of planes called “Gallery of presidential aircraft”. Situated in the City borough Barca.

Kosice Children Railway

At the outskirts of Kosice in the part called Cermel valley is a nice stop for everybody who loves historical trains. Kosice children railway provides the nostalgic journey to the past with a steam engine and carriages reminding their golden era. Come and see what local fans of trains restored and brought to a new life. Find more on  www.detskazeleznica.sk

Alpinka golf area

At the terminal stop of the Kosice children railway you can find the free time resort with possibility to try a  golf course surrounded by forested valley and peaceful scenery. More information www.golf-alpinka.sk

The places worth of seeing in Eastern Slovakia

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Spisske Podhradie

The town of Spisske Podhradie is rich in cultural-historical monuments. Since 1993 the town is enrolled in UNESCO world´s cultural and natural heritage list. The most popular building in this area is a three-aisled St. Martin´s Cathedral built in 1245 – 1275 in Romanesque style.

SPIS Castle

One of the biggest castle complexes with vast fortification is crowning on a travertine hill. This four-hectare site, connected by stony pathways and stairs includes views from the 22m-high tower, and a museum of medieval history within the former palace.
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Slovak Paradise

Slovenský Raj’s rocky plateaus, primeval forests and interlacing streams form some of Slovakia’s most picturesque hiking terrain. Treks often involve scaling metal ladders or balancing on footbridges above waterfalls. For some, the ice-cold slap of river water is reward enough; for the rest of us, it’s the views: cliffs giving way to forests and fog-filled valleys, and soft meadows. Trails are challenging but well-marked, and information centres offer multilingual advice.
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Dobsinska Ice Cave

More than 110,000 cubic metres of ice are packed into the gleaming walls of this Unesco-listed ice cave, near the southern edge of Slovenský Raj National Park. The atmosphere is splendid: icy stalagmites, resembling polished marble, bulge from the ground and chambers sparkle with dangling tendrils of frost.The guided tours offered.
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Andy Warhol Museum

Pop-art pioneer and provocateur Andy Warhol (1928–87) would perhaps have wryly approved of Slovakia’s peculiar museum in his name. The gallery dominates the eastern town of Medzilaborce, where Warhol’s parents grew up. Photographs and newspaper clippings detail the lives of the Warhols, but the art is much more interesting. Alongside Warhol originals are temporary exhibitions of present-day artists.
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Levoča

The medieval wealth of Levoča, a former royal town, is large across its Unesco-listed centre. The historic main square is an architectural treasure chest: it’s lined by burgher mansions with gabled roofs, and dazzlingly restored town hall.The most visited place is the Gothic church inside of which you find the highest wooden altar in the world carved by Master Paul.
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Bardejov

Gothic spires and razor-roofed houses are gathered like a spiky bouquet in Bardejov’s main square, girded all around by medieval walls. Bardejov received its royal charter in 1376 and grew rich on trade into the 16th century.
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Kežmarok

Sitting pretty between the High Tatras and the Levoča Mountains, Kežmarok’s 15th-century castle and modest historic centre afford a glimpse of its high-and-mighty history. The town’s name is thought to come from the German Käsemarkt (cheese market), a relic of the town’s German and Hungarian past.
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Pieniny National Park

Mirrored by a Polish national park on the other side of the border, Slovakia’s Pieniny National Park is memorable for its mix of living history and forest-capped limestone peaks. At 37 sq km, it’s the smallest of Slovakia’s national parks.
It is recommended to climb the tallest top of the Pieniny mountains Tri koruny lying on the Polish side of the Park. The beauty of these three sharp rocks though, can be also admired rafting down the river Dunajec.
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The High Tatras

Discover the High Tatras a unique region with 25 peaks over 2,500 m asl, glacial tarns, protected plants and precious fauna. Find flawless harmony of your body and mind in our Tatras.There is about 600 km of marked tourist trails in the territory of the High Tatras that run to the most attractive spots of this mountain region. They lead through valleys, to Tatra chalets, beautiful tarns, peaks and 2,000 metre summits, mountain saddles with breathtaking views.
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Stara Lubovna Castle

A large stone castle built in the 14th century to protect trade routes to Poland was an important administrative center, as well as a shelter for the Polish crown jewels.  Visitors can find Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles all over. Walks through the palaces, bastions, courtyards, gates and passsages and views from the tower are enchanting. The castle is full of historical furniture, collections of arms, crown jewels, vaulted cellars, rare carriages and interesting rooms and expositions.
Can be followed by the visit of Stara Lubovna open-air museum.

Wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area

The wooden churches represent one of the best examples of European wooden religious architecture from the late Middle Ages to the end of 18th century. Visit the churches of Eastern rite in Bodruzal, Ladomirova and Ruska Bystra.

Ochtinska Aragonite Cave

Listed as an UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and one-of-a-kind in Central Europe, Ochtinska cave boasts a unique aragonite decorations.
Three generations of aragonite were discovered in the cave. The oldest is 138 thousand years old! Aragonite decoration in the shape of needles, tufts, branches, spirals, tips, sun and countless other forms was created by the activity of atmospheric waters in crystalline limestones of white and blue-gray color.
The tour is 300 m long and lasts half an hour.
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Betliar

Manor House Betliar mansion was built in the 15th century held by famous noble Bebek and Andrassy family invites us to admire unique original library from the 18th century and many other art collections. Interior of the manor house is very romantic and luxurious. There are numerous paintings, decorations, souvenirs from hunts and abroad travels (for example an Egyptian mummy or samurai’s armature), collection of hunting rifles, combat weaponry and many hunting trophies.
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Solivar- Saltworks

Solivar near the city of Prešov is one of the most significant technical monuments in Slovakia. The unique complex of technical objects for extraction and processing of natural brine into kitchen salt preserves the picture of the former mining life in this area.
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Slovak opal mines

Beautiful opal mines in eastern Slovakia are admired in the whole world and now they became a valuable technical monument In the territory of mountains Slanské vrchy between village called Zlatá Baňa and village called Červenica. Opals from Slovak opal mines are highly appreciated in the world markets for their unique characteristics. Their asset is what is referred to as opalescence that means the perfect play of colours.

Cave Silická ľadnica

One of the most outstanding natural sights of the Silická plain in Slovak Karst. It is located on Silická plain, 2 kilometers to the west from the village Silica. The entrance-mouth of the corrosive-tumbling abyss is 503 meters above sea level. The descent, mostly horizontal parts, was developed by the Black Creek (Čierny potok) underground stream.
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Summerhouse Dardanelle

The summerhouse – located in a French park of the Manor house in Markušovce – built in the second half of the 18th century. was used for social and representative purposes. Today, there is a fascinating exhibition of keyboard instruments such as pianos, organs and clavichords.
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Herlany Geyser

This natural rarity can be seen occasionally within 25 km northeast of Kosice. A cold mineral water Geyser erupts in time periods. Information about the time of eruption can be checked here.

The Jasov Cave

Driving west from Kosice after 30 km you can get the nearest accessible Jasov Cave included in the World heritage list. The remains of prehistoric dwelling attract the visitors as well as the those who use this place to cure the respiratory diseases.

Zadiel Canyon

An exceptional beauty of the Slovak Karst area can be seen 40 km south west from Kosice. The Zadiel Canyon was created by the activity of the Blatnica stream and its dominant feature is limestone rock formations. 3 km long walk among massive rocks is a good tip for your trip.
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