In the center of the town is a little park with a very big play of fountains which goes up and down on music. It is a meeting-point, people are reading a book, or they feed the pigeons. It's a place for flirting young people and a nice place for children: they try out how far they can go under the fountains and at the end they are all wet.
On my trips to Slovakia I always tried some of the local beers.
One of my favourite Slovak beers is the lager of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant). The brewery was founded in 1967 in Hurbanovo, and is nowadays owned by Heineken.
Another popular Slovak beer is Saris. The brewery was established in 1964 in Velky Saris and taken over by SAB Miller in 1995.
An Underground Tunnel....
Again, another 'off the beaten path' in Kosice itself.
There's an underground tunnel underneath the capital ! The entrance is at the south of St. Michael Chapel. This tunnel was discovered during a building work in 1996.
Guided Tours of the claustrophobic tunnels take you past the buried remains of Kosice's medieval fortifications, including the moats, south gate, cathedral foundations & city walls.
Please ask at the Tourist office.
Unfortunately, the tunnels were closed for renovations on the day I was there.
The photo of the left shows only the part of it, taken from above the ground...
This is one of the biggest lakes in Europe at 11km long by 3.5km wide and a holiday hotspot for many eastern europeans. Lots of small and medium hotels are available at reasonable prices. Campsites and chalets are right on the lake side.
See if there still are TUZEX stores
This TUZEX store was on a side street in the town center. It was closed the day I was there but, I could see from the window display, that the type of items sold were typical in most non-communist countries. What I found most intriguing was the fact that shopping in a Tuzex store could be done only with foreign currency--which, by the way, we were not supposed to bring into the country with us.
Better quality items were sold in Tuzex stores and the locals were not able to shop in them unless a visitor came with foreign currency. Seems like a pretty Capitalistic System to me.
I wanted to go back later, when the store was open, to buy gifts for my Slovak family, but with all our travels we never made it.