Unusual city in the east of Slovakia, the frontier of modern Europe, but still at the gate . One of the oldest medieval European cities for centuries, crossroads and a hyphen between the west, east , south and north , the first city in Europe with armorial deed , for some time the capital of Czechoslovakia.

Košice inhabited European cultures for centuries, in particular, Slovaks, Hungarians, Jews, Czechs, Germans, Roma, with these nations and new residents left full influence, as reflected in the architecture, the development of the city, but especially in the particularities of Košice. A multicultural city with a beautiful and largest historical center in Slovakia, but does not try to live only in the past, Košice caught the European contemporary culture and art utilizes creative industries, as confirmed by the title of European Capital of Culture , which in 2013 received a number of cultural centers of international importance.

While this still green city is located on the river Hornád, with lots of parks, as well as the largest suburban forests in Central Europe, it is a town located in the valley between several mountains with great opportunities for sport and tourism.

State Theatre Košice
St. Michala Caple


Its history dates back to 1230th. It is mentioned under the name of Villa Cassa, originating from the Latin Cassovia, Kaschau German, Hungarian Kassa and the Slovak Košice.

In 1342 received the privileges of a free royal town. Košice was changed radically in the 20th century. Last day of 1918, it became part of Czechoslovakia, in 1938 for more than six years worked as a part of Hungary .

In April 1945, the gallery met for the first time on home soil - Czechoslovak government. Since the end of the 2nd World War II until the end of the 20th century, the population more than doubled. Most businesses in the gallery and one of the largest enterprises in Slovakia became "Východoslovenské Steelworks" (now U.S. Steel ) to Košice attracted to work for tens of thousands of people.

Landmarks in Košice

Almost all sights are in the historic center, which is the largest urban conservation in Slovakia. Its main part is the main street, pedestrian area full of cozy cafes, shops and restaurants in historic buildings. The dominant memory of this street must be the gothic St. Elizabeth cathedral.

The magnificent Gothic cathedral, the largest and most valuable historical monument of Košice, which was being built from 1380 to 1508. In addition to the impressive cathedral exterior conceals a rare interior. It is interesting for the altar of St. Elizabeth with 48 paintings, huge chandelier or unusual Gothic double staircase. The house offers rarities such as it is placed easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, offers beautiful views from its tower, you can visit Rákocziho crypt, or a mysterious labyrinth of staircases. Unique is also one of the unfinished towers on the facade of the temple, which is the house of one of the few Gothic cathedrals in the world, which is the main tower at different heights.
Complex underground museum with the original entrance to the city and the original walls of 13. up to 15. century.
A magnificent Neo-Baroque building on the Main Street, which is behind the second largest theater in Slovakia, with opera, drama and ballet.
Pseudo-Gothic building, which for himself proposed builder Peter Jakab, author of many eclectic buildings. After 2. World War the palace was for some time the seat of the President renewed Czech - Slovak Republic Edvard Beneš. It is currently used for the social events.
One of the most important and oldest museums in Slovakia.
Memorial house of Francis II . Rákoczi. It is a replica of the exile home of the Turkish town Rodosto where the last leader of the Hungarian uprising of the Estates Francis II. Rákoczi lived his life in exile in the years 1720-1735.
From 17th century until 1909 this building was the town prison and torture chamber. Now it serves as a museum full of gruesome tales and tools.
2920 gold coins, three gold medals and a gold chain renaissance (2.14 m !) . A unique collection of the 15th to 17th century in its undamaged form since finding one of the largest gold treasure in the world. Visitors will find a treasure in the underground vault of the East Museum.
The only museum in Slovakia with many exposures maping example, metallurgy, machinery , artistic blacksmith, development geodetic techniques and the development of cartography or typewriters.
The memorial room Sándor Márai 1998, at the place where he lived and worked, you will find sample personal belongings of one of the most widely read writers in Europe.
Between the State Theatre and the Dome of St. Elizabeth is a beautiful park with a large fountain with chimes , winning at regular times different melodies and surrounded by benches in the warm months solid.
St. Elizabeth catedral

Art in Košice

Košice had long been a place of art and culture. Today it is possible to find in traditional theaters and classical music scene, but also new cultural spaces that fit into European trends of contemporary art. Košice received in 2013 the title of European Capital of Culture, which greatly helped in the building of new arts centers, creative industries and in particular cooperation with artists across Europe who visited Košice and create their projects here. The gallery also born and lived in quite a lot of artists who have Europe-wide importance. The town is home to the Faculty of Arts, 4 conservatories, High School of Art and Central Film School.

The second largest theater in Slovakia, offers drama, opera and ballet and also has his little scene. Play in it almost every day.
The former synagogue, socialism transformed into the seat of banquets, balls and especially home location.
The current cultural center of European importance, renovated from the former military site. It consists of several buildings with concert and theater halls, galleries, art studios and incubators and also housing for artists in residency.
Independent cultural center with a theater and concert hall, exhibition area, café, bar and club. We offer quality domestic and foreign agenda, concerts and theaters of various genres, scientific and civic debate, exhibitions, cinema, but also regular electronic club party.
Hall Art Kosice , bringing contemporary art gallery of the world, but also from Slovakia. Housed in a unique renovated building of the former swimming pool.
A smaller gallery, except that exposure works by sculptor Vojtech Löffler and unique self-portraits of the most important painters of the 20th Košice century maps and supports the development and gives space for the presentation of contemporary art and a new generation of artists.
East Gallery presents not only the fine art of eastern Slovakia from a historical perspective, but gives space and contemporary artists. Gallery owns more than 7,000 works of art from the 19th, 20th and 21th century. Annually organizes about 40 exhibitions both in their own premises, or in other Slovak and foreign galleries.
Košice as a hockey town has the greatest hockey arena in Slovakia, which also serves as a place of hockey and concerts of world and domestic music stars.
East Gallery


First the October Sunday Košice Marathon is the oldest marathon in Europe and the third oldest in the world. For the first time it ran in 1924. MMM starts every year in the first October Sunday.
The October First Friday, Art Festival Festival of Lights, which revives night artistic play of light in conjunction with art. Tour stops on the night city walk on the eve of change visually powerful experience and represent Slovak and foreign artists.
30. April - 8 May, Celebrations Košice Košice received its coat of arms as the first city in Europe already in 1369 by the then ruler Louis the Great. Celebration of this day is in Košice associated with medieval crafts market, with historical accompaniment, or knight festivities. At this time, opens the summer season the tower and the sea from the Children's Zoo.
One Saturday a month Stock antiques and curios are held every month in the park at the old manor house in the village Budimír (9 km from Košice).
April/May, Classic Music Festival International Music Spring Festival is the oldest music festival in the city.
September, Festival Theatre First week of September falls in Košice theaters. Performances - theater groups from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary - are held in non-traditional theater spaces on the big stage on Main Street, in a tent, in workshops or in rehearsal.
November, Festival of Contemporary Music New Music Days ISCM is a major showcase of modern classical music.
May, City Arts Festival The Festival USE THE C ! TY festival is to introduce various forms, genres and forms of art in public spaces.
August, a street festival Street Art Communication Festival ( SAC ) systematically creates a public space in Košice contemporary public art gallery and is among Europe's top street-art event.
September Tradition of wine and feasting on reality come alive - wine festivals that offer competitive wine tasting , a wide selection of domestic and foreign wines, a relaxed atmosphere, the lower gate, relaxed tasting in a medieval complex Executioner's Bastion and the continuation of the wine cellar and a bar until dawn.
20.-22. June, Food Festival Festival of exceptional taste follows the tradition of similar festivals in European capitals. Approximates experienced gastronomy through presentations Košice restaurants. Complement tasted the accompanying program, which will show off their skills by the best Slovak chefs, bartenders and sommeliers.
October - November, Jazz Festivals To the top we are adding jazz festivals in different parts of the city with a large number of domestic and foreign musicians.


On an area of 30 hectares located approximately 4,000 species of plants, ranking among the most important in Central Europe. Interesting is a collection of about 1,200 cacti and succulents, which is the largest collection of cacti throughout the territory of the former Czechoslovakia.
Try water skiing, wakeboard or wakeskate water ski lift to the lake. Everything you need can be rented on site.


In a suburban area Kavečany, about 10 km from the center of Košice, located as the largest zoo in Central Europe. Visitors can see over 200 species of animals, especially large ungulates, carnivores and birds. Attractions are penguins and seals, as well as breeding Carpathian brown bears in a unique natural area. Part of the zoo since 2013, Dinosaur Park, covers an area of 5 ha.
Perfect adrenaline experience: in stainless steel trough full twist the downhill run to the truck, equipped with a parking brake. Bobsleigh, see Kavečany, near the zoo.
On the hill above Hradová rises an observation tower, 21 meters high, which overlooks the city and the entire neighborhood. Approach it by a pedestrian walkway (about 20 minutes) from the parking lot road Košice - Kavečany.
Just below the observation tower there are hidden among the trees of the castle, the ruins of Košice.
Košice children's historic train station is 4.2 km and located in Čermeľ valley near Košice, the cermet to Alpink . It is there since 1955, and regularly runs from May to October. Train is pulled by a steam locomotive Katka. Čermeľ valley is a beautiful place for a picnic at Čermeľ stream and the railway will track child. Recreation area Alpinka is just 6 km from the city center and there is a children's playground, bar and restaurant, rope park TARZANIA, western show or golf course.
Located on Alpinka, a few miles from Košice towards strawberries. The rope park on trees is built of 32 obstacles of around 4-10 meters above the ground. Visitors can find much obstacles and nearly 180 m lifts.


In winter Košice and its snowy surroundings offer excellent conditions for winter sports. Surroundings of Košice offer two slopes directly to the mountains in the immediate vicinity of the city and Jahodná Kavečany, but have named slopes, but they offer night skiing. For experienced skiers there are Plejsy that are not from Košice located approximately 45 km.
Lake uniquely positioned directly under the panel apartment buildings in the city of the lake, offers water skiing attraction.
Beautiful lake reminiscent of its small width, length and large amounts of river bends before. Although in some places it is only 30 meters wide, and its length is 11 km. From Košice it is located about 20 km far.
Spiš region northeast of Košice offers beautiful nature but also unique and monumental sights. One of them is Spiš Castle, which is an area of more than 4 ha - one of the largest castles in Europe. Since 1993, it entered the List of World Heritage Sites .
Řožňava east of the significant peak that dominates Rožňavská basin rises the castle. Its main attractions include mummy Sophia Andrássy - Seredy . The castle houses the Museum Betliar exhibition which presents the history and construction of the castle, as well as the lifestyle and nobles in the past.
Spišský región severovýchodne od Košíc ponúka krásnu prírodu ale aj unikátne a monumentálne pamiatky. Jednou z nich je Spišský hrad, ktorý je s rozlohou vyše 4 ha jedným z najväčších hradov v Európe. Od roku 1993 je zapísaný do Zoznamu pamiatok svetového dedičstva UNESCO.
Herring Castle was a Gothic castle from the 13th century, which was destroyed in 1679. It maintained one three-storey tower and several walls.
Slovak Paradise National Park northwest of Košice hides one of the largest ice caves in the world and the beautiful landscape of plains, gorges, waterfalls, rocks, rivers and caves. There are narrow canyons and deep gorges, waterfalls, after which it can pass through a number of ladders and footbridges.
Slovak Karst National Park lying to the south of Slovakia near the border with Hungary is the largest karst area in Central Europe and has the most underground spaces (There are 1,100 caves and pits).
Located in the eastern part of the Slovak Karst, it is inhabited by Neolithic people, the locals have been known in the Middle Ages, when it was in hiding before the Tatars and Turks.
Tokaj wine that is grown on the Slovak- Hungarian border is among the wines that winemakers know all around the world. It is the wine of kings, as in the history of Europe the wine was regularly on the tables of European monarchs. Slovakia is the gateway to Tokaj town of Trebic, Slovak Tokaj wine route with its center in the Little and Great Tŕňa offers ten kinds of wines that have won many awards.
Acquaints visitors with the most precious cultural and historical attractions of the area, incurred mostly in the Gothic period. Individual monuments are marked by brown and white signs indicative of a pictogram in the shape of a Gothic arch.