Why Haven’t You Visited Košice Yet?
Traveling takes time and money, so you probably prefer to choose a famous location, a big city (maybe a capital) to fly there fast and mark the check-box on your travel list.
But if you are like me and sometimes want to experience the off-beaten path of the world and get the “real” feel of a nation, then it’s best to visit a less touristic location.
KOŠICE (a city of around 250 000 inhabitants situated in Eastern Slovakia, near the border with Hungary) is one of those hidden gems that many don’t consider visiting. It’s the second largest city in Slovakia and you can get there in 5-6 hours by train from Bratislava.
What you can do in Košice is to walk and admire the Main Street and eat traditional Slovak food (Halušky). There are shopping centers if you’re in the mood for shopping, the beer is good and if you want to visit the Zoo, there is one outside the city.
I admit I would have probably never traveled to Košice if I hadn’t known wonderful people that live there, Slovak people that I met during a beautiful summer spent in Ocean City, USA.
Stii si tu cum e: calatoritul necesita timp si bani, deci preferi o locatie faimoasa, un oras mare (probabil o capitala) unde poti zbura rapid si astfel bifezi un “vazut” pe lista ta de calatorii.
Dar daca esti ca mine si vrei sa te abati uneori de pe calea batuta a turistilor ca sa vezi locuri nemaivazute si nemaiauzite, atunci sigur o sa iti placa in KOŠICE – un oras de 240 000 de locuritori situat in Estul Slovaciei aproapte de granita cu Ungaria. Košice al doilea oras ca marime din Slovacia, primul fiind capitala Bratislava.
Ce poti sa faci in Košice e sa te plimbi pe Strada Principala si sa mananci mancare traditionala slovaca (Halušky). Sunt vreo 3 mall-uri daca ai chef de cumparaturi, berea e buna si daca ai chef te poti duce la Zoo, care e in afara orasului si e un fel de parc imens, iar animalele au destula libertate.
Recunosc, probabil nu as fi ajuns niciodata in Košice daca nu cunosteam oameni minunati de acolo, pe care i-am intalnit intr-o frumoasa vara din timpul facultatii petrecuta in Ocean City, SUA.
(Košice se pronunta Coșițe).
St Elizabeth Cathedral and St Michael Chapel / Catedrala Sf. Elisabeta si capela Sf. Mihail
MAIN STREET (HLAVNA ULICA) IN KOSICE
The city’s old historical center is situated along the Main Street (Hlavna Ulica) with well preserved buildings (in Renessaince, Baroque or Art Nouveau style), shops, cafes and restaurants, the State Theater and St. Elisabeth Cathedral.
The traffic is closed and the street is available only for pedestrians and bicycles (and dogs).
Centrul istoric al orasul Kosice se intinde de-a lungul Strazii Principale (Hlavna Ulica), unde traficul e inchis si strada e accesibila doar pentru promenada. Aici gasim cladiri vechi bine intretinute, multe magazine, cafenele, restaurante, teatrul, si Catedrala Sfanta Elisabeta.
Andrassy Palace on the Main Street with Aida Cafe at the ground floor – great cakes and ice cream here!
Casa Andrassy pe Strada Principala. La parter: Cofetaria Aida – super prajituri si inghetata!
The Church of Holy Trinity / Biserica Sfintei Treimi
Old railways on the Main Street / Vechile sine de tramvai pe strada principala
State Theater Kosice (Štátne divadlo Košice)
The State Theater is situated in the center of the Main Street in Kosice, next to St. Elisabeth Cathedral. It’s built in Neo – Baroque Style and its construction finished in 1899.
Teatrul de Stat din Kosice se afla pe Strada Principala, langa Catedrala Sf. Elisabeta. Cladirea e in stil Neo – Baroc si constructia sa a fost finalizata in 1899.
St. Elisabeth Cathedral (Dóm svätej Alžbety)
It’s situated on the Main Street in Kosice and is the biggest Gothic church in Slovakia. It dates from around 13th century and suffered several damages and restorations throughout time.
Catedrala Sfanta Elisabeta se afla pe Strada Principala in Kosice si este cea mai mare biserica in stil gotic din Slovacia. Dateaza din secolul al XIII-lea si a suferit numeroase daune si restaurari de-a lungul timpului.
Food and drinks
On the Main Street there are restaurants, pubs and cafes. From sprig to autumn you can enjoy sitting outside in the sun.
I recommend you try Slovakia’s traditional food: Bryndzove Halusky. At first I did not like it at all, but it is now an acquired taste. I love it so much that I am drooling only thinking of it.
Pe Strada Principala sunt restaurante si cafenele, iar din primavara pana in toamna poti sta afara la soare savurand bunatatile oferite.
Va recomand Halushky cu branza si sunca prajita, mancarea slovaca traditionala. La inceput nu mi-a placut, dar acum a devenit un gust dobandit. Imi place atat de mult incat salivez numai gandindu-ma.
This beer is actually Czech / Asta e de fapt bere ceha
OTHER THINGS TO SEE IN KOSICE
This palace was built in the 19th century in Neo -Gothic style. No king lived here, just the normal Jakab family who constructed this building on the Mill Street (Mlynská Ulica).
Castelul a fost construit in sec XIX. Aici nu a trait niciun rege, ci doar familia Jakab, care a si construit cladirea.
It’s narrow, quiet and hidden street behind the Main Street. If you want some nice hand-made souvenirs, this is the place for you! And while you are here, why don’t you treat yourself to coffee?
E o straduta inguta, linistita si ascunsa langa Strada Principala. Aici gasesti suveniruri lucrate manual, cateva restaurante si cafenele/ceainarii dragute! Si daca tot esti aici, de ce sa nu te rasfeti cu o cafea?
Aupark mall, built a few years ago in the center of Kosice
Double Tree Hotel at the beginning of the Main Street
New apartment building / Bloc recent construit
Wow… what a beautiful city .
Beautiful shots 🙂
It is beautiful, right? 🙂
Your images gives a great perspective of the places in detail…
Have a great time 🙂
Great post! My boyfriend is from Košice and we are going back there this summer. I’m looking forward to all the Slovak food 😉
aww, how nice, my bf is from Kosice too 😀 Have fun this summer and don’t eat too much, hehe 😉
Your whole site is eye-catching 🙂 I love European cities though I have never been to. Completely different what we see in most of the Asian countries. So neat and clean. Lovely beer image 🙂
Thanks Deepak! Aren’t you planning to visit Europe? I’m sure you’ll love the beer 😉
Yes, I will start my journey from Romanian this October 🙂
Ah, yes, starting with Brasov and Sibiu if I remember correctly 🙂
After seeing this place,not sure why anyone would visit Ocean City? The architecture is out of this world over your way.I would go crazy with all that beauty. Was that ocean city new jersey or maryland? I grew up going to ocean city new jersey for summer vacation,but things have changed way too much,and ocean city maryland is too hectic for a beach destination.
Hi Reese, it was Ocean City Maryland, I’ve spent 2 summers there and I liked it, I lived just at the beach so I enjoyed it a lot 🙂 I didn’t find it hectic, how you say.
It was there in OC that I met my Slovak friends, therefore I could visit Kosice, the city I am talking about in this post 🙂 I am glad you like the architecture, I think is awesome too.
O.C new jersey is much quieter. Actually the last few years we went on vacation there,the restaurant help was primarily from various european countries. this is a new phenomenon for me and not sure how they all found their way there?
I know what you mean about the restaurant help. That is what I did when I spent the 2 summers in O.C. As University students, in Eastern Europe we have the possibility to go to USA during summer vacation (for 3-4months) and work in unqualified jobs, like waitressing or housekeeping. It’s a lot of fun, it involves getting to know a new culture, improving our English and travel! It was awesome!
Corina, I had a great time when I was there (on business) but had time for a bit of enjoyment. Your picture of a few beers reminded me of the wonderful glass of beer I had. I can still taste it, fantastic (image here https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicktynan/2490103074/in/set-72157605036372556).
I’m going to study in Kosice for 4 years starting in September so your photos have really gotten me excited! Planning on visiting the city for a few days in June and it really does look gorgeous. Thanks for posting your lovely photos
Hi Maxime! That sounds exciting to study in Kosice, I know they have a big university. Where are you from? I hope you will have great fun during your studies, the city is peaceful and the city-center is lovely 🙂 good luck for a new beggining!