Why Haven’t You Visited Košice Yet?

united_kingdomTraveling 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.

 romania_flagStii 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, Kosice, SlovakiaSt Elizabeth Cathedral and St Michael Chapel / Catedrala Sf. Elisabeta si capela Sf. Mihail



united_kingdomThe 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).

romania_flagCentrul 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.

kosice, main street

main street in Kosice, Slovakia

the Main Street in Kosice, near St Elizabeth cathedral

Hlavna ulica, main street with shops in Kosice

aida, kosice, hlavna ulica, Andrássy PalaceAndrassy 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!

on the main street in Kosice

park kosice main streetold town hall and buildings on the Main Street in Kosice, Slovakia

Jesuits Church in KosiceThe Church of Holy Trinity / Biserica Sfintei Treimi

Building on Main Street, Salvia Cafe, Kosice

park in Kosice and rails on the main streetOld railways on the Main Street / Vechile sine de tramvai pe strada principala


State Theater Kosice (Štátne divadlo Košice)

united_kingdomThe 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.

romania_flagTeatrul 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.


State Theatre on the Main Street in Kosice


St. Elisabeth Cathedral (Dóm svätej Alžbety)

united_kingdomIt’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.

romania_flagCatedrala 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.

St. Elizabeth Cathedral in Kosice, Slovakia

St Catherine Catedral in Kosice

Tower of St Elizabeth Cathedral in Kosice

Mlynska Street and park near st Elisabeth Cathedral in Kosice


Food and drinks

united_kingdomOn 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.

 romania_flagPe 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.

Levoča House in neo gothic style in Kosice, Slovakia

mamma mia pizzeria

beer, slovakia, kosiceThis beer is actually Czech / Asta e de fapt bere ceha



Jakab’s Palace

united_kingdomThis 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).

romania_flagCastelul a fost construit in sec XIX. Aici nu a trait niciun rege, ci doar familia Jakab, care a si construit cladirea.


Jakab's Palace in Kosice, Slovakia


Hrnčiarska Ulica

united_kingdomIt’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?

romania_flagE 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?


Hrnciarska ulica, kosice

windows and lamp, Kosice

Historical center in Kosice, Slovakia



Aupark mall in KosiceAupark mall, built a few years ago in the center of Kosice

Memorial of fallen heroes, Kosice, SlovakiaMemorial of fallen heroes

Double tree hotel in Kosice, SlovakiaDouble Tree Hotel at the beginning of the Main Street

new block of flats in Kosice, SlovakiaNew apartment building / Bloc recent construit


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16 thoughts on “Why Haven’t You Visited Košice Yet?

  1. Great post! My boyfriend is from Košice and we are going back there this summer. I’m looking forward to all the Slovak food 😉

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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