Pension Horse Inn
Zvonarska 17, Kosice, Kosice, 040 01, Slovakia
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This is one place I would have loved to see!
Hotel Slavia - Art Nouveau at Hlavna ulica
Train to Lviv at Kosice Main Station
Early May in Kosice
Hello (Dobry den)
I am travelling with a colleague through Slovakia in early May 2010, and we have decided to visit Kosice during our travels, in our guide it mentions a festival and while we are there we would like to explore the city and region.
Please can you tell me what you would recommend to see and do in Kosice? Any good local pubs/restaurants/Krcma? We have read about the main square, St Elizabeth's cathedral.
I hear of a children's railway nearby, can you please advise us of how we would get to it.
From Kosice we plan to travel by train to Romania and hope that we can travel through northern Hungary towards Satu Mare?
Re: Early May in Kosice
I, too, hope I'm not too late to reply.
I should point out that in Slovakia, Kosice is known as 'Kosice', and 'Kassa' is the Hungarian name for the city.
This week is the Days of Kosice and there are events most days on Hlavna, the main street.
Unfortunately for you, the children's railway doesn't start until the beginning of June, which is a real pity because it's a delightful trip through the Kosice forests, ending at Alpinka which is a great restaurant!
There are some great pubs, but I'd recommend Espresso Museum, which is on Hrnciarska St. As for restaurants, try Mlyn (Hlavna 82) - they do exceptional Slovak food and have live music at weekends. For great pizza and pasta, try Piano Bar. Another atmospheric restaurant is Keltska Krcma - also great just for having a beer (draught Kelt).
Travel Tips for Kosice
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.