With its historic Old Town and beatnik nightlife, Košice – in the east of Slovakia – has something to offer everyone. Its colourful origins go back as far as the Medieval period and its buildings now are a mash-up of Gothic and Soviet influences. Attractions include St Elizabeth's Cathedral and the so-called singing fountain.
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Visitors lacking in navigation skills will be thrilled to learn that Košice’s historic monuments are very handily concentrated on the city’s glorious main street. At the Immaculata monument – built to express thanks after the plague epidemic – which is found at the north end, the street splits into two parallel branches. On one side you can find palaces, handsome municipal buildings and traditional townhouses. On the other are Košice’s main historical sights, all lined up, interspersed with pretty squares, fountains and dinky parks. With the main street home to the Urban Tower, the cathedral, the State Theatre and St Michael Chapel, you can spend the day hopping from one monument to another, while slipping down the side streets for a piece of Trdelnik, or funnel cake. Served cold, stuffed with ice-cream, in the summer, and warm, with a mug of mulled wine on the side in the winter, it’s a sweet treat all year round.
Also on that handsome main street is Košice’s striking Neo-Baroque opera house. Designed by the German-Hungarian architect, Adolf Lang, who specialised in the bold Historicist style, the theatre’s lavish auditorium impresses with its frescoes, which depict scenes from Shakespeare’s tragedies and the painstaking detail of the gilded stucco work. There are tours throughout the day but, with its super cheap tickets, we recommend visiting in the evening and seeing the ballet or an opera.
A cultural centre that can be found in a repurposed tobacco factory, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, represents the new, arty and slightly gritty side of Košice. On most nights it plays host to DJs and live bands, while there’s also a packed programme of temporary art exhibitions and film screenings. Top tip, head to the bar for a glass of cheap Pilsner Urquell on tap.
Košice zoo is the biggest in Central Europe.
The city centre features Slovakia's longest promenade, in addition to its best preserved historic district.
The city plays host to Europe’s oldest marathon, which is also the second oldest in the world. The Kosice Peace Marathon takes place during the first weekend in October.
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