Original monuments and relaxation in the city of Kosice
- Theme: History, cultural heritage, nature and relaxation;
- Place:Northeast region of Slovakia;
- Medium: April, October, November, December;
- Low: January, February, March;
- Services offered during the itinerary:
- Experienced and multilingual guides;
- At least bilingual service offered at accommodation and restaurants;
- Target: Tourists over 55 years with an interest history, culture, traditions, local gastronomy and easy hiking place could be more than satisfied. Other possibilities in terms of visits to natural wonders are within a radius of about 50km, according to specific requirements and possibilities of the clients;
- Difficulty: Easy/medium;
- Particular offers/services during the itinerary:
- Preparation and tasting of food;
- Manufacturing crafts;
- Excursions to nearby places of interest;
The city occupies the Košice Basin formed by the wide valley of the River Hornád. The city centre lies at 208 metres above sea-level, and the climate in Košice is moderately warm with average temperatures of 19° C in July and -3°C in January.
The city covers area of 244 km2 and there live 235.000 inhabitants. As an independent legal entity it is divided into 22 city wards. It is the second largest city in Slovakia.
The average age of citizens is 35.13 years, which has led to Košice becoming known as the city of youth. There is also the Technical University with 8 faculties, P. J. Šafárik University with 4 faculties, the University of Economics and the University of Veterinary Medicine.
For a long time Košice served as one of the vital commercial crossroads of Europe. It has always been the centre of Eastern Slovakia, a region of special importance within the Kingdom of Hungary.
Medieval Košice was one of the most densely populated urban areas of the Kingdom. In the 13th century, an association of 24 towns of the Spiš region was formed here, as well as the association of 7 mining towns and the so called Pentapolitana, which united the 5 most important cities of Upper Hungary.
The first written record of the city dates back to 1230. The oldest Hungarian guild regulations dating back to 1307 and the fact that in 1369 Košice became the first city ever to be granted its own coat of arms are testimonies to the rapid growth of the city, due to its strategic location and Royal privileges. Since the early 15th century, Košice presided over the Pentapolitana association and maintained its position as the second city of the Kingdom after Buda (today’s Budapest) from 1347 until the early 18th century. The founding of a university in Košice in 1657 was a natural reaction to its economic, administrative and political status.
The historical centre of Košice, whose medieval city walls were removed in the 18th century, is today formed by a nearly one kilometer long promenade lined with exquisite historical buildings, once inhabited by medieval kings and nobility. Together with craftsmen’s houses, churches, squares and narrow streets, they create an atmosphere full of legends and stories.
You can uncover these and much more of the city’s history, science, culture and art at some of the exhibitions available in the city centre, dominated by a medieval square, the heart of the largest conservation area in Slovakia.
Buildings of great historical and architectural value line the lens-shaped city centre – a lens through which you can look into history.
Every step you take in Košice is a step in a city abundant in history. Looking at the buildings in the city centre, you will be taken back to a time cloaked in the cobwebs of the past. Entering the buildings you will step into the 21st century and experience an atmosphere of life as it is today – bustling cafes and stylish shops. If you venture out of the city centre, you will find so much more than you would expect. Summer relax at the lakeside, skating on ice rinks, shopping fever in the many shopping centres, works of art in the Andy Warhol gallery or tranquil strolls or cycling in the parks or forest park of the city. You will experience the charm, excitement and vibrancy that the city of Košice has to offer as an ideal destination for a long weekend.
Why not start your visit with a tour of the city? On the tour you will visit places showing traces left by Roman emperors, kings, presidents, the Pope, artists and writers. Sample the flavour of Košice on a culinary journey, step into the world of museums and galleries, or join the throngs of fans at some sporting event. After a nice dinner, you can spoil yourself at a spa or get sucked in by the busy nightlife. Take in a concert, an enchanting play at the theatre, dance the night away at a bar, go see a good film or simply enjoy a relaxing glass of fine wine.
If you exhaust the possibilities of the city, the region of East Slovakia has so much more to offer, making extending your stay by a few days well worth while. We will gladly advise you about what natural beauties and works of human creativity you should not miss out on.
Whether you are an adult, a child, a fan of culture, a gourmet, sportsperson, businessperson or are retired, Košice has something for everyone. Throughout the year the city has an excellent programme prepared for you to make your ideal weekend exactly what you expect it to be. Visit Košice for a cultural, sporting or culinary weekend. No matter when you come, we guarantee that your stay will be full of experiences.
Atmosphere, architecture and hidden treasures
Košice is more than a main street full of fantastic monuments and attractions, which include the most eastern gothic cathedral in Europe and the largest in Slovakia, Dóm svätej Alžbety (St. Elisabeth Cathedral). The special atmosphere is enhanced by the little streets, alleyways and courtyards of the historical buildings in the centre, which conceal many exciting treasures. The many amazing buildings include those of the Jewish congregation – what is now called the House of Art or the synagogue on Puškinova street, with its walls bearing the words of the large Jewish congregation that used to be here. You should not miss out also on a tour of the remnants of the medieval city fortifications – Executioner’s Bastion, the Dolná brána (Lower gateway), the Bastion on Krmanova street and the reconstructed bulwark on Hradbová street. Other interesting sites include Jakab Palace, Hrnčiarska street – Crafts Lane, Mikluš Prison, the treasures of Komenského street or a visit to the Monastery and church of the Dominican Order, where under the carpets in the Presbytery we can find the ancient Indian swastika religious symbols (cult symbol in the shape of an equilateral cross).
You can get to know the city also by its details – take a look at some of the beautiful balconies of the city mansions, for instance. They all have unique facades or their own special story to tell. Artistic works are complemented by sculptures (for example, the sitting Sándor Márai on Zbrojnična street or the Marathoner statue on Námestie Maratónu mieru (Peace Marathon Square),plaques and commemorative notices on houses recalling renowned former locals and residents of the city, or simply praising their beauty. The Košice period of the Argentinean Recoleta – Rozália cemetery offers a walk among the other treasures of the “dead town” — amazing headstones of some of the city’s admired personalities
In terms of size, Košice Zoo in the Kavečany district is the largest in Central Europe, with its pride and joy being the breeding of Hucul horses. Feeding the animals is always very popular, as is watching the majestic brown bear. In the summer months the Zoo has a special programme called Night at the Zoo – at the seasonal scout camp in the children’s Zoo. The largest botanical garden in Slovakia in terms of area is the Botanical Gardens on Mánesova street, which is home to over 4,000 species of plants. The temporary exhibitions of tropical butterflies, orchids and cactuses are truly inspirational. In the summer the various Must Experience events include a trip on the Children’s railway in the Čermeľ valley, which is drawn by the oldest steam locomotive called Katka, or visit the Watchtower on Hradová hill offering a fantastic panorama of Košice, or try the original cocktail Košické zlato (Košice Gold).
Košice breathes culture and sport
The title of European Capital of Culture 2013 encourages a visit to at least one cultural event in Košice. In traditional spirit you will be welcomed to the National Theatre Košice or the The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice, for instance, or there is the unconventional base of the project Košice 2013 at Kasárne/Kulturpark or Tabačka Kulturfabrik. Košice lives also for sport. Join the many hockey fans for the electrifying atmosphere of the STEEL ARENA, support the basketball teams at the Infiniti Arena or run the oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world – the International Peace Marathon. At the water-ski zone on Jazero lake you can find one of just three water-ski tow areas in Slovakia, where an excellent atmosphere is always guaranteed.
Košice is a true treasure among Slovak cities. Take a look at 11 reasons why you should fall in love with it. The following offer is for everyone that is not only interested in history, but would like to experience urban adrenaline, unique cultural events or just to have fun. This city has all this to offer and a lot more and it will surely show you that it deserves to be considered the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia.
This city has all this to offer and a lot more and it will surely show you that it deserves to be considered the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia.
Arriving to the city:
The international airport in Košice is just 6 kilometres south of the city centre. There are daily flight connections with the Slovak capital Bratislava. At present, Košice has regular international air connections with the likes of Prague, Vienna and London. Airport Košice has a non-stop general aviation service for private and commercial travellers. For more information about all flights, visit www.airportkosice.sk or call the non-stop passenger information line on +421 (0) 55 683 2100.
The airport is connected to the city centre and the main train and bus stations by public bus number 23 every hour. The bus journey to the city centre takes around 15 minutes. You can also use a taxi service to get to the centre.
Train connections from Vienna, Bratislava and Prague will take you right to Košice city centre. The comfortable journey by EC/IC train from Prague takes 8 hours, while from Bratislava it is just under 5 hours. If you travel at night, you can use the couchette or sleeping cars, or take a motorail train. Košice is also linked by rail to Budapest, with two direct connections – morning and afternoon, with the journey taking around 3.5 hours. Kiev is another destination that the city has direct connections with. For more information, visit www.slovakrail.sk or www.cp.sk or call the information line on +421 (0) 18 188.
There are direct bus links from Košice to numerous European capitals, i.e. Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice, Prague and Vienna. There are several connections daily between Bratislava and Košice. There is also a direct shuttle bus from Budapest Airport to Košice, tickets for which can be bought as part of your flight ticket.
By its position at the north-south crossroads between Poland and Hungary and the east-west route from Bratislava/Prague to Ukraine, the city of Košice is easily accessible from every direction. You can get to Košice from Bratislava along the E50 international route, most of which is by motorway. From Budapest you can go by motorway or by the E71/E79 (M1 and M3) expressway. All routes connect up to the city ring road, from which you can cut off to the city centre, where you will find easy parking. Parking boxes are marked on the streets or you can use any of the car parks. Parking in the centre is charged.
If you need some help, we will happily give you friendly advice at our Košice Visitor Centre at Hlavná street 59, on the local info line at + 421 (0) 55 625 8888 or from the e-mail address: email@example.com.
Kosice city — Focus on historical and cultural monuments
Dates: 18–21 of April 2017
Duration: 4 days
Accommodation: Penzion Plaza Kosice **
Day 1 – 18th of April
Penzion Plaza Kosice is located in the historic center of Kosice, just 3 minutes walk from St. Elizabeth. The cozy guest house is ideally located for a walking tour of the old town. Jakab Palace is 700 meters, Chapel of St. Michael from the 14th century on foot in 5 minutes.
Rooms are furnished with wooden furniture and parquet or carpeted floors. Each room has a radio and a private bathroom. For breakfast available 8 breakfast menu. They are served in the restaurant where you can sample traditional local cuisine. Dinner will be served at the restaurant of the hotel, offering homemade traditional dishes where to taste a wide range of flavors, fresh salads, traditional food, crepes and much more.
Day 2 – 19th of April
The lower gate, The Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, St. Michaels Chapel, Park with musical fountain and carillon, State Theatre, Immaculata (Plague Column), The alley of crafts, City Coat-of-Arms, Gerster House (Gersterov dom), Kunsthalle, Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kasarne/Kulturpark.
In the aternoon tourists visit the site known as Tokaj, known production of quality vines for the production of Tokaj wine.
Ostrozovic degustation of wine http://www.ostrozovic.sk/
Wine cellars of Tokaj are simply amazing. They are mysterious, full of liquid treasures hidden our eager thirst. These wine cellars were originally shelters for villagers hiding themselves from invasions of Turkish troops. Their function is much more pleasant today.
Tasting wine with dinner served in the traditional style. After dinner, tourists can buy Promotions — top-quality wines and unique brand.
Day 3 – 20th of April
The third day of a trip to the tourists interesting cave Domica and Betliar along with the Krasna Horka castle.After breakfast at the penzion, the group will go by bus to visit beautiful cave Domica UNESCO sites, castel Krasna horka and Betliar. Domica is the most known and longest cave in Slovak Karst National Park. In addition to significant geomorphological values attracts attention especially valuable archaeological finds rich occurrence of flowstone shields and drums, as well as numerous generic representation of bats. Within the caves of the Slovak and Aggtelek Karst it is included in UNESCO.
Lunch will be served at the restaurant restaurantg day of visits, the dinner will be served at the penzion to conclude the trip and share experiences.
Day 4 — 21th of April
The participants will have breakfast at the hotel and will get ready for departure.
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