Visit Košice – Top 53 things to do in Košice, Slovakia

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Visit Košice – the most beautiful city in Slovakia! Here is the ultimate list of Things to do in Košice! When it comes to city breaks in Europe, a majority of the travelers prefer typical local atmosphere against overcrowded streets that are full of other hungry tourists. Not only this allows them to enjoy the city and its sights much better, but they can also see and learn a little bit more about the typical life of its residents.

And one such city that offers a pure local atmosphere, and yet it is full of sights and great monuments, arts and renowned events, can be found in Slovakia. Well, there are perhaps more such cities in Slovakia, but this one is unique, as it is the most beautiful city in Slovakia! Visit Košice!

Košice from air, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Košice from above, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia by Fotosulovsky / fotosulovsky.sk (photo published with the prior permission of the author)

Being located in eastern part of the country, Košice is the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia. With 250,000 residents it is the 2nd largest city in Slovakia and boasts the longest pedestrian promenade in the country as well as the largest area of historical urban architecture.

Being European capital of culture in 2013, Košice was awarded another great title – the European City of Sport in 2016. If you are still unsure about visiting this city, read further below about the Top reasons to visit Košice. This is the ultimate Košice travel guide made by someone who was born and has lived in Košice for 30 years (that’s me :)).

Dancing Karička - a typical eastern-Slovakia folk dance, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Dancing Karička – a typical eastern-Slovakia folk dance, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

Things to do in Košice – Visit Košice and the City’s Top Sights

1. St Elisabeth Cathedral

The largest church in Slovakia and a major landmark of Košice is none other than St Elisabeth Cathedral. This Gothic jewel was built between the 14th and 15th centuries as the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe.

There is still nothing else in the city that could beat it! You can climb up to its tower which offers great views of the city center as well as of its surroundings.

St Elisabeth Cathedral, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
St Elisabeth Cathedral, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

2. St Michael Chapel

Standing next to the Cathedral, St. Michael Chapel belongs to 3 major Gothic buildings in Košice’s city center. It was built in the 14th century on a place of the former cemetery. If you are looking for some unique place to have your wedding in, this place is one of the best choices in Košice.

St Elisabeth Cathedral and St Michael Chapel, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
St Elisabeth Cathedral and St Michael Chapel, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

3. St Urban’s Tower

The 3rd of 3 major Gothic buildings is St. Urban’s Tower standing next to the Cathedral. Built in the 14th century, the tower is the 2nd oldest building in Košice, which served as a belfry. Later it served as a museum, unique pub, or a Wax Museum.

St. Urban’s Tower, Visit Košice, Slovakia
St. Urban’s Tower, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

4. City Coat-of-Arms

Košice is the first city in the world to obtain Coat-of-Arms. It was already in 1369 and demonstrates the importance of this city within the Kingdom of Hungary and the cultural maturity of medieval Europe. You can see it just behind the Lower gate in the park at the statue of an angel.

Coat of Arms Statue on Main Street, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Coat of Arms Statue on Main Street, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

5. State Theatre

State Theatre is a great venue for those looking for some interesting performance in the historical building. Located right in the middle of Hlavna street, this Renaissance building is a great monument to enhance your travel experience once you visit Košice.

State theatre in Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
State theatre, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

6. Old Town Hall

Just next to the State theater is the Old Town Hall, the Classicist building with the late baroque elements. It was built in the late 18th century and represents the richness and importance of Košice during that time.

Old town hall, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Old town hall, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

7. Immaculata (Plague Column)

Immaculata is the 14 meters tall plague column created in the 18th century as an expression of gratitude for averting the plague, war, and famine. At its peak, you can see a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, and on the sides statues of Joseph, Sebastian, and Ladislav.

Immaculata (Plague Column), Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Immaculata (Plague Column), Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

8. Beggar’s House

It is said that once there was a beggar in Košice and he was so successful that for the money he was given he built a house right in the city center. Although this is not true as it was just a house of successful merchant. Anyway, this building is now one of the most charming buildings in the city and worth to stop by for a while.

Beggar's house, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Beggar’s house, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

9. The University Church

Beautiful building of The University Church is another baroque jewel that you can find in the city center. Located next to the State Theater it is one of the sights you simply must enter to enjoy its baroque beauty. This is where I had my wedding, by the way. 🙂

University Church of Holy Trinity, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
University Church of Holy Trinity, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

10. Hrnčiarska street

Once you are around Mikluš prison and Rodošto you have to walk through one of the most beautiful streets in Košice, Hrnčiarska street. Here you’ll find the Craftsman shop such as bakery, bag and shoe makers, metalworkers and others. So if you need to get something fixed, then visit this street! BTW, I lived on this street up to my first birthday! 🙂

Hrnčiarska street in Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Hrnčiarska street, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

11. Jakab’s Palace

If you come to Košice by train and then walk from the station to the city center (which is just a few minutes away), the first monumental palace you will find on the way is neogothic Jakab’s Palace. It was built in 1899 as a private house but later served even as the seat of the President of Czechoslovakia – Edvard Beneš.

Jakab's Palace, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Jakab’s Palace, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

12. Levočský dom

Levočský dom is one of the best preserved medieval secular buildings in the city. It housed the oldest known tavern in Slovakia established by the city of Košice already in 1569. You can still taste some delicious and typical Slovak meals here in the restaurant.

Levočský dom in Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Levočský dom, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

13. The seat of the Košice Self-governing Region

It is impossible to overlook the huge building situated opposite to the East – Slovakian Museum. This building was built in 1906-1908 for the Army as the largest building in Košice at that time. Now it is used as the seat of the Košice Self-governing Region.

The seat of the Košice Self-governing Region, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
The seat of the Košice Self-governing Region with the statue of a marathon runner on the left, Things to do in Košice

14. Orthodox synagogue and Jewish school

Even Jewish community was significant in Kosice. There were about 11,500 Jewish living in the city, which was 16,4% of the total city population. Orthodox synagogue and Jewish school were built at the end of 30’s in the 20th century. As all synagogues in Europe, even this one suffered a horrible history.

On the interior walls of the synagogue are written messages of the Jews who were collecting there before being transported to concentration camps.

Orthodox synagogue and Jewish school, Visit Kosice, Slovakia
Orthodox synagogue and Jewish school, Visit Kosice, Slovakia

15. Synagogue at Zvonárska street

The oldest preserved synagogue in Košice, however, stands one street away from an Orthodox synagogue and a Jewish school. You will find it hiding in the Zvonárska street where was built back in 1883 and represents a beautiful example of a Moorish style.

Next to it is the entrance to the Jewish religious community and a prayer room.

Synagogue at Zvonárska street, Visit Kosice, Slovakia
Synagogue at Zvonárska street, Visit Kosice, Slovakia

Museums and galleries in Košice

16. East – Slovakian Museum

East – Slovakian Museum in Košice is one of the oldest and most important museums in Slovakia. The museum currently manages more than 500,000 objects which are presented to the visitors in 9 permanent thematic exhibitions. Košice Gold Treasure is one of its main attractions.

East - Slovakian Museum, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
East – Slovakian Museum, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

17. Greek Catholic Wooden church at East – Slovakian Museum’s yard

Once you visit East – Slovakian Museum you will have an opportunity to visit also the Greek Catholic wooden church, located in the museum’s yard. The church was moved here from Kožuchovce village (district of Svidník) in 1927, while it was built already in 1741.

There are lots of such wooden churches in the eastern Slovakia, and they are still in use.

Wooden church, Visit Kosice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Wooden church, Visit Kosice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

18. Mikluš Prison

Mikluš Prison was founded at the beginning of the 17th century and served as a prison and Torture Chamber. Now you can visit this building as a museum, where you can see what tools they used to get people to tell the truth. Would you give them a try? 🙂

Mikluš Prison in Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Mikluš Prison, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

19. The Executioner’s Bastion and Rodošto

One of the best places to observe the medieval city walls of Košice is the Executioner’s Bastion. Its courtyard is dominated by an oriental building – a replica of the Turkish house, which was a home to the last leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs – Francis II Rákóczi.

Executioner’s Bastion and Rodošto, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Executioner’s Bastion and Rodošto, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

20. Lower gate (Dolná brána)

During the reconstruction works of the Hlavná street (Main Pedestrian street in Košice) in 1995, the remains of the city walls were found below the street surface. Now it is a unique archeological underground museum that is known as the Lower gate.

Lower gate (Dolná brána), Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Lower gate (Dolná brána), Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

21. Museum of Aviation

If you wish to learn something about the aviation development then you must visit Košice and its Museum of Aviation. Situated at the airport, this museum offers a great collection of rare original aircraft from European countries, USA, and China, which makes it unique not only in Slovakia but also in Europe. If you travel to Košice by plane, then you can start the tour right away. 🙂

Museum of Aviation, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Museum of Aviation, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

22. Slovak Technical Museum

Slovak Technical Museum is a unique museum in Košice with lots of expositions mapping metallurgy, engineering, artistic blacksmith, development of geodetic techniques and cartography or typewriting.

It also includes Energy Department of Aurel Stodola and Hall of electric shock. Your kids will definitely enjoy even its planetarium. Even mentioned Museum of Aviation is the part of Slovak Technical Museum.

23. East Slovak Gallery

There are few more galleries in Košice, though, the most famous gallery is that of the East Slovak Gallery located in Hlavná street. If you want to see how art in the eastern Slovakia looked like in the past or today you must visit East Slovak Gallery.

East Slovak Gallery, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
East Slovak Gallery, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

Visit Košice and its Amazing parks, Gardens and Forests

There are 3 small parks located right in the city center that offer great relax during the sightseeing tour. All of them boasts nice fountains and great views of the magnificent sights.

24. Park with singing fountain and carillon

Park with singing fountain and carillon that bells every hour are in the middle of Pedestrian zone, between Cathedral and State Theatre and is the most popular one. Sit here on the bench and rest for a minute while listening to the music and falling water.

Singing fountain and State theatre, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Singing fountain and State theatre, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

25. Park at Lower Gate

The another park is on the other side of Cathedral, where St. Michael Chapel is situated. This part is known as the Lower Gate (Malá brána), which I have already mentioned above. There is also a nice fountain, lots of benches, trees, and flowers. It is a quiet place suitable for reading a book.

Park at the Lower Gate, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Park at the Lower Gate, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

26. Park with a Fountain with Zodiac signs

The 3rd park on Hlavná street is located behind the State Theater. In its middle, there is a nice fountain with Zodiac signs and fish floating in the water. The park is most beautiful during the spring and summer months when the flowers are in full blossom.

Park with a Fountain with Zodiac signs, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Park with a Fountain with Zodiac signs, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

27. Botanical garden

Even the largest Botanical garden of Slovakia has its home in the city of Košice. On the area of 30 hectares, you can see up to 4,000 species of fauna. Mini-zoo and playground will certainly be useful if you are visiting Košice with your kids.

The best time to visit this garden is during its favorite exhibition of Butterflies from tropical countries organized every year here.

Botanical garden, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Botanical garden, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

28. City Park

City Park was once quite a dark place in Košice, but it has recently been well renovated and now serves all the people including children as a great playground and picnic place with the lake, old trees, flowers and interesting fountain. Located near the busy railway station the park is passed by a lot of people during the day.

Pond in City Park, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Pond at City Park, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

29. Hradová hill and view tower

Košice is located in the valley and is surrounded by several hills from where you can see the city from above. One of the best places to go for it is the View-tower on the hill Hradová. More than 20 meters high tower allows you to see the city along with the green nature around.

Once here do not miss a visit to a nearby watching terrace, replica of the castle as well as the short walking trail with wooden animals which is a guarantee of nice adventure for the kids.

A view of the city of Kosice from Watch tower, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
A view of the city of Kosice from Watch tower, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

30. Čermeľ forest and Alpinka recreational area with Children’s Railway

If you spend some more time in Košice and you wish to explore also some of the best natural places in the city, then taking a hiking tour in Čermeľ forest is something you must try. There are several hiking trails in this forest, but perhaps the most popular and beautiful one is a blue colored one.

Čermeľ forest, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Čermeľ forest, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

A pleasant one-hour walk takes you through the great forests along Čermeľ stream up to Alpinka recreational area, where is a large playground for kids, rope-park, golf resort, and much more attractions not only for kids but for the whole family.

And at the end of the day, you can get back to the city by a small steam train known here as Children’s Railway. The locomotive was made in 1884 in Germany and its name is Katka.

Children's Railway, Alpinka, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Children’s Railway, Alpinka, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

31. Park with manor house in Barca

Another large and well-maintained park in Košice is the one located in the district called Barca. There is a large playground for children, ponds with lots of ducks, swans, and other animals. There are several events organized in here during the summer months.

Pond in Barca park, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Pond in Barca park, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

32. Anička recreational area with boating

Situated not far from the city center, Anička has been a great place to relax for years. Whether you are looking for some Children’s park, carousels, the place for a picnic or games, outdoor swimming pool, boating, Vax museum or other amusement, Anička recreational area will not disappoint your expectations!

Anička recreational area, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Anička recreational area, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

33. Furčiansky lesopark (Furča forest)

There are many forests that surround Košice, which you can choose for your relaxing day. As we have just returned from Furčiansky lesopark I have to include it on this list! If you really want to see where the majority of kids (including me) who live in Furča suburb spend their childhood, then you should visit Furča forest.

There is a roller ski trail across the forest so you can take a roller ski, bike or even stroller with you. But you can also choose a different trail for your trip. There are many of them!

Furciansky lesopark, Visit Kosice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Furciansky lesopark, Visit Kosice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

34. Košice Public Cemetery

This can sound a little strange, but another amazing park is the one that fills Košice Public Cemetery. With its area of 350,000 square meters and 40,000 graves, this cemetery is the largest one in Slovakia.

There are lots of trees and walking paths in the cemetery and if you are looking for a quiet place this comes in handy! Once here do not forget to visit even old Jewish cemetery that can be found in this area.

Kosice Public Cemetery, Slovakia
Kosice Public Cemetery, Slovakia

Košice Jewish Cemetery - Visit Košice, Slovakia
Košice Jewish Cemetery – Visit Košice, Slovakia

35. Chata Hrešná (cottage) with horse riding

Chata Hrešná was built on a hill above Košice Kavečany in 1983-1986 at an elevation of 597 meters above sea level. The cottage is built on the major hiking trail leading through the whole of Slovakia. The name of red hiking trail is Cesta hrdinov SNP/Way of Heroes SNP (Slovak national uprising) and it is 750 kilometers long (Map: https://mapy.hiking.sk/?katalog=8).

Here you can take some horse riding lessons through the forests and also enjoy breathtaking views of Kosice and surrounding hills.

A view of Kosice from Hresna cottage, Visit Kosice, Slovakia
A view of Kosice from a hill near Hresna cottage, Visit Kosice, Slovakia

Fun and entertainment in Košice

36. Zoo Košice and DinoPark

There are four Zoological gardens in Slovakia and the largest one is located in Košice. Founded in 1979, ZOO Košice is now visited by more than 170,000 visitors every year. Since 2013 it has also become a home to a popular DinoPark with moving Dinosaurs.

Zoo Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Zoo, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

DinoPark Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
DinoPark, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

Find more information about this attraction at http://kosice.dinopark.sk/en/

37. Bobsleigh Track

Right next to the ZOO is another great attraction – Bobsleigh Track. Designed not only for children but also for adults, this attraction brings you and your family much more fun and adventure you can even expect. But be careful, there is a break you have to use, otherwise, the adventure can end up with some broken arms, or legs.

Summer Bobsleigh Track, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Summer Bobsleigh Track, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

38. Water-skiing, swimming and relaxing in Jazero recreational area

Do you need some more adventure? There is a Trixen company in Košice that now manages Water-skiing attraction in the district of Jazero. You need nothing just courage to try this. The equipment such as ski, jackets, wakeboards or wetsuits is included in a ticket price.

Lake Jazero, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Lake Jazero, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

And if you visit Košice in winter, you can try how is it like swimming in the freezing waters of the lake. The ice is uncovered and prepared for those who like such kind of relaxation. And right after swimming, you can play a hockey here.

Freezing waters of Jazero (lake) prepared for swimming as well as ice-skating, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Freezing waters of Jazero (lake) prepared for swimming as well as ice-skating, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

Swimming in the freezing water in Jazero (lake) on the last winter day (19.3.2016), Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Swimming in the freezing water in Jazero (lake) on the last winter day (19.3.2016) – the water temperature was 6°C and ambient temperature was 5°C, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

39. Ski resorts

Once you visit Košice in winter, then do not forget to pack your ski with you. Košice offers great skiing opportunity in Jahodná ski resort. However, there are more ski resorts in the mountains around the city, such as Košice-Kavečany or Zlatá Idka.

Jahodná ski resort, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Jahodná ski resort, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

40. Dressage arena

If you like horses and want to enhance your city experience with some additional adventure then visiting dressage arena will be on your itinerary. It is good to plan your visit in Košice during some dressage competition, which is several throughout the year.

Dressage arena, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Dressage arena, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

41. Kino Úsmev cinema

Have you ever seen famous Sicilian movie Cinema Paradiso? Well, this is not Sicily, though, but Kino Úsmev in Košice is a cinema which also remembers lots of stories and lives. It is the oldest cinema in the city and its history dates back to the year of 1929.

It was closed and then fortunately reopened several times but survived as the only one from all old cinemas in the city. You can still see some old but good movies here!

Kino Úsmev cinema, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Kino Úsmev cinema, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia by REpublik

Visit Košice during its Best Events

42. Košice Peace Marathon

Maybe you have already heard something about the oldest marathon in Europe. If not, then you have probably heard something about the 2nd oldest marathon in the world. Although Košice Peace Marathon cannot beat its older competitor in Boston in terms of size nor in terms of its age, it is still the major international event in Košice.

Started in 1924 by only 8 brave runners this event has become so popular over the years that in 2015 there were already 11,000 sports enthusiasts running a marathon. This event takes place on the first Sunday in October every single year.

Visit Košice during Košice Peace Marathon - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Visit Košice during Košice Peace Marathon – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia by Majo

43. Baloon Fiesta

When the month of June is finally here, all the city residents are waiting for an amazing event to come into Košice to decorate sky over the city. Baloon Fiesta was first established in 1993 and immediately became one of the best events in the city.

Visit Košice during Baloon Fiesta, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Visit Košice during Baloon Fiesta, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

44. Košice City Days

Košice has also its own celebration called Košice City Days. Every year the residents celebrate a day when the King of Hungary Louis the Great granted an armorial warrant to a city as the first time ever in European history (7 May 1369). The celebration starts on 30 April and lasts usually for 10 days during which the city is full of exciting events.

Visit Košice during the Old cars show - Košice City Days, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Visit Košice during the Old cars show – Košice City Days, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

45. White Night

Another attraction you would probably not want to miss is the White Night event – a prestigious international art festival founded in Paris back in 2002. It has been a major October event in Košice every year since 2010. You will find really a lot of people in the streets

Visit Košice during the White night, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia by Majo
Visit Košice during the White night, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia by Majo

46. Dancing Karička

Do you like folk dances? The East Slovak dance known as Karička is originally a girls’ dance, accompanied by their singing. It represents the beauty of the colors of the Zemplín region through their beautiful costumes. You can become a part of this dance every year in June on Hlavna street in Kosice city center.

Dancing Karička - a typical eastern-Slovakia folk dance, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Dancing Karička – a typical eastern-Slovakia folk dance, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

47. Rušňoparáda – Festival of trains

If you like trains then you should plan your visit to Košice in April when the city holds a festival of trains known locally as Rušňoparáda (Train parade). You will find here lots of old and new locomotives and learn something more about railways in Slovakia. It is organized once a year during one weekend in April.

Rušňoparáda - 2016, Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
Rušňoparáda – 2016, Visit Košice – Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

48. Bonus: Strange sight in the middle of the old town

Well, I nearly forgot to include one sight on this list. You will find it right in the middle of the old town, next to the State Theater. It is strange and you will not find it in any city guide. So it is really hard to find out what this monument means.

It is too small for Heliport… Maybe it is just some kind of modern art which I don’t really understand. What do you think it could be? (You’ll find an answer in the photo gallery. :)).

Bonus - What is this? Visit Košice - Things to do in Košice
Bonus – What is this? Things to do in Košice by Julius

Swimming pools in Košice

49. Indoor swimming pool (Krytá plaváreň)

Indoor swimming pool (Krytá plaváreň) is a place where first-class water polo players train, or where lots of Košice’s residents spend their active evenings. It offers large 50 meters long and 25 meters wide swimming pool and one half-size pool as well.

Indoor swimming pool (Kryta plavaren), Kosice, Slovakia
Indoor swimming pool (Kryta plavaren), Kosice, Slovakia in very bad conditions (from July 2016). Although the water should be fine and is regularly controlled by independent authorities and swimming here is really very relaxing, you must close both your eyes before entering this pool. The swimming pool is managed by Košice city itself (European city of sport 2016). Could such a swimming pool be still opened in any other country in Europe? I am sharing this picture so that you are not surprised if you want to spend some days in Košice actively and to force European city of sport 2016 to make some reconstructions. Photos by Pavol Titurus‎.

50. Mestská plaváreň

The city swimming pool known here as Mestská plaváreň is located right in the city center, next to the city park. It is very popular during the hot summer days and can be really overcrowded. While it is close to train and bus stations it is good for the travelers as well.

City Summer Swimming Pool (Mestska plavaren), Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia
City Summer Swimming Pool (Mestska plavaren), Košice, Things to do in Košice, Slovakia

51. Červená hviezda

The oldest swimming pool in Košice, now a national cultural monument, called Červená hviezda (Red Star) was firstly open in 1936. Although it was closed for the last 8 years, it was well renovated and open to the public again this month (July 2016).

52. Triton

Triton is a summer swimming pool and it is one of the most beautiful pools in Košice. It offers three pools. One for adults, suitable for swimming, one for relaxing, and one with a wooden slide for children. There is also the four-lane water slide which is the only one in Košice.

53. Ryba swimming pool

The last swimming pool on this list is Ryba – Anička summer swimming pool located not far from the city center. You can find it in a recreational area known here as Anička (already mentioned above). There are three pools, popular restaurant, you can also rent a boat and use several other attractions.

Ryba swimming pool, Things to do in Kosice, Slovakia
Ryba swimming pool, Things to do in Kosice, Slovakia

How to get to Košice?

Košice has an international airport situated not far from the city. There are cheap direct connections with London (Luton), Doncaster Sheffield and Bristol airports via Wizzair.

Although the airport is serviced by the public transport system, the bus runs here only once per hour during the week and only once per two hours in the weekends. So you will probably want to take a taxi, which is not expensive here.

If you need to move within Košice city, the taxi usually drives for one price, which is 3,-EUR (from one place in Košice to another) and can take up to 4 people (price is for a ride, not for a person :)). If you need to go outside of Košice you will be charged 0,5EUR/1km. These are the conditions of EasyTaxi which I usually use. You can give them a call once you land in the airport. Telephone number is +421 919 333 333.

Wizzair

So these were the reasons why you should visit Košice. It is definitely the most beautiful city in Slovakia and offers plenty of sights and things to do. Have you already been there? What did you like the most or did you have any negative experience? Tell us below in the comments.

What to visit around Košice – Day trips from Košice

There are a lot of things to do in Košice, but you may also wish to explore its surrounding which is very nice and worth visiting as well. Being a home to two national parks, amazing caves, mountains, forests, waterfalls, canyons and gorges you will hardly get bored here.

You can check these tips in my another article Košice region things to do, where you’ll find such great tips as Jasov cave and the village, Prielom Hornádu canyon, Hájske waterfalls, Zadielska gorge, Veľký Sokol gorge. And if you’ll still have some free time, then check adjacent Prešov region which is a home to 3 national parks and additional great places.

Suchá Belá gorge, Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia
Suchá Belá gorge, Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia

All pictures were taken by me (if not stated differently)!

If you liked Košice then you will also like the rest of Slovakia. It is small but beautiful country in the middle of Europe that waits for you to explore its nature and history. Do not miss these Top places to visit in Slovakia, Slovak National Parks or Slovak Caves!

Two faces of Košice – two faces of Slovakia

As I already mentioned here, Slovakia is full of garbage that you can see all around (in the rivers, in the forests, in the cities, at the hiking or cycling trails, whenever you go…). And Košice is not an exception. I call it “two faces of Slovakia” and this time, it is “two faces of Košice.”

Visit Košice - two faces of Košice / two faces of Slovakia
Two faces of Košice / Two faces of Slovakia

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Julius

I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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43 Responses

  1. Richard Mound says:

    Great guide to this lovely city. We are here for a family wedding and this is the perfect introduction to the city. Great pictures and interesting information!

  2. Sophie says:

    This has easily been the most helpful travel guide I’ve ever come across. It has a little of everything to suit every travelers needs and desires! Usually I’ll search for a place and people’s suggestions are completely scattered on what to do and what’s worth it or not. Here, having lived in such a lovely place for so many years, know what’s worth the visit in the city and what’s not, inside and out, it’s perfect. I originally had my trip starting in Bratislava and was going to go straight to Prague after that, but your post changed my trip plans for the better!! Thank you so much

    • Julius says:

      Hi Sophie, thank you very much for reading my article about Košice. It is a very nice city indeed and would be a pity to skip it! And the whole region is very nice as well! So for next time plan a longer trip so that you can see everything! 🙂 Once you’re here, let me know, I can show you around if you wish. Thanks for commenting and keep us updated with your trip!

  3. Kevin says:

    Julius, I am going to Kosice in early October as part of an 8 city, 5 country trip. Your blog is a great list of things for me to see while I am there, and now I am really excited for the trip and can’t wait to see all these things in person!

    • Julius says:

      Thank you, Kevin, you chose great city for your trip! 🙂 For how long do you stay here? What are the other cities?

      • Kevin says:

        I am starting in Krakow, then heading to Kosice where I will be for 3 days/2 nights before heading to Bratislava for 3 days/2 nights. After that, I am going to Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, and then Prague before flying to St. Petersburg and ending my trip in Moscow. I am quite excited about the trip from start to finish!

        • Julius says:

          Nice journey, however, I would replace Bratislava with some other Slovak town/city or national park (High Tatras or Slovak Paradise), or with Budapest. It’s also on the way to Vienna. 🙂 Cesky Krumlov and Prague are both excellent as well as Russia! Good choice! 🙂

  4. Onno says:

    Hi Julius,
    Thanks for all the good information on your site! Your beautiful pictures make it even more attempting…
    I will visit Slovakia with my kids in august, and we will stay in Kosice as well (instead of Bratislava).
    Jasov is on our shortlist for a day trip from Kosice.

    I Will keep reading the information.

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    Onno

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Hi Onno, good decision! Kosice is better choice than Bratislava, nicer and smaller city with lots of natural places all around! How old are your kids? Jasov – the cave and surroundings is great, take a look also at Zadielska gorge as well as Hajske waterfalls. These three places are all on the same direction when driving from Kosice. Then Domica cave (+ Baradla cave in Hungary), Gombasecka cave and Ochtinska Aragonite cave can be done in one day trip from Kosice if you have a car. (Check Slovak caves). Kids will be happy. 🙂 Let me know the age of your kids and I’ll find some more places for you and your family then!

      • Onno says:

        Thanks Julius!
        We find several things to do and sites like yours make it easier to choose. In Kosice are more options: zoo, the city itself, surroundings (Spis, Slovak Paradise), too much alltoghether.
        My kids are 11 and 14, like hiking, so some nature should be on the list.
        We travel by plane, train and bus this holiday, so don’t have a car. Connections we can find on cp-atlas.

        • Julius Szabo says:

          I think that you are already quite familiarized with Kosice and the surroundings and what to do here. 🙂 I’ll prepare a new article about Things to do in Kosice region, so that you can choose great places.

          • Onno says:

            Thanks! Yes I like to do some research before visiting the country, it’s fun to do.
            Too many nice things to choose from unfortunately. Luxury problem… You live in Kosice, so when we are there (appr half august, after Kosice we head on to Banska Stiavnica and Budapest), we might meet for a coffee or a beer, I can bring you a nice souvenir from my country.
            greetings Onno

          • Julius Szabo says:

            Hi Onno, that would be really great. I’ll be happy to meet you and show you some good pubs here or nature around! Please remind me later few days before your arrival. I published new article about places to do in Kosice region: http://www.traveltipy.com/kosice-region-things-to-do/

  5. Katarína says:

    the last thing on the list – there used to be a board on those stakes countdowning days and hours to the start of new year 2000 🙂

  6. Great lists you make, love it! Keep up the good work!

  7. Julius that would be amazing! Thank you!

  8. I have wanted to visit Slovakia since a friend of mine had a great experience travelling there. Thanks for this guide, Košice is definitely on my list!

  9. What an awesome and comprehensive list! I’m definitely set for things to see and do there when I eventually make it back to Europe. I’m a big architecture buff so Kosice looks to be right up my alley.

  10. The city has stunning architecture, and there seems so much to see and do! In reference to the instruments used to get people to tell the truth … To be honest, they wouldn’t need to use them on me. I would just look at them once and then tell everything they wanted to know! :p

  11. Meg Jerrard says:

    I’ve started to hear a TONNE about Košice so I’m updating my bucketlist to add that to the top the next time we’re in Europe. I’ve heard that there’s some amazing street art around the place too – did you experience any during your trip?

  12. Kate says:

    Slovakia is a country I must visit soon. I’ve seen so many great photos and articles recently. Your post shows so many fantastic things to see and do in a place I had never heard of until now. Thank you for sharing a hidden gem. Great photos and tips

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Slovakia is very nice country, although the services are quite poor here and still 20 years back, its nature is pristine and breathtaking. There are also some nice towns and cities and Kosice is the first stop!

  13. kami says:

    I adore Kosice! Have been there few times, this summer I’ve spent 4 days there and it still wasn’t enough! And there’re still so many things to do there that you wouldn’t mention: all the cultural activities or street art for example! Kosice is such an underrated place!

  14. I must admit this isn’t somewhere I’ve really considered going but you’ve made it sound wonderful. May have to go there now 😉

    • Julius Szabo says:

      There are lots of such places in Europe that are overlooked or hidden in the shade of more popular places and cities. But they also deserve some attention and many times offer the same, sometimes, even more than hottest spots. 🙂

  15. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful charming city, looks like lots to do with little people too! Your photography is excellent.

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Yes, little travellers will not be bored here 🙂 Thanks for your compliment I like taking pictures and already took around 100,000 pictures so I learnt something from it 🙂

  16. sue says:

    I am somewhat ashamed to say that I had not heard of this city. Your post is so informative and comprehensive. If I ever get to visit then I will have this printed as you have done all the research I would ever need, thank you

    • Julius Szabo says:

      Thanks Sue for a positive review, actually it wasn’t that hard to cover all these places as I was born and have lived in this city for a long time. I think you will see the most of them in one day, although 2 or 3 days would be better to make it without a pressure. 🙂

  17. This is quite a nice list. I’ve only been to Bratislava before and would love to go back and explore more of the country. With Košice having the largest area of historical urban architecture, it certainly is going to be in my list of places & cities to visit in Slovakia!

  18. We would love to go to Košice and to explore all of Slovakia. This is a really handy list to explore this beautiful city.

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