Kosice Travel Guide

  • St. Elisabeth Cathedral
    St. Elisabeth Cathedral
    by balhannah
  • Kosice
    Kosice
    by balhannah
  • St. Elisabeth Cathedral
    St. Elisabeth Cathedral
    by balhannah

Kosice Highlights

  • Pro
    HORSCHECK profile photo

    HORSCHECK says…

     Well preserved city centre with many historic sights. 

  • Con
    mingul profile photo

    mingul says…

     Extremely few and pretty expensive accomodations 

  • In a nutshell
    kit_mc profile photo

    kit_mc says…

     A gem not often visited due to its distance from Bratislava. 

Kosice Things to Do

  • THE WOODEN CHURCH

    This beautiful little church I walked past on my way from my Hotel to the historic centre of Kosice.This wooden Catholic church was built in 1741 and was dedicated to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. In 1927 the church was transported to Kosice to the Museum.Unfortunately, it was surrounded by high fence and construction workers were busy on the...

    more
  • HLAVNA STREET / MAIN STREET

    The main street, a street with buildings that are from another era!The long street is where most of the interesting historical buildings are located and is the one street YOU MUST WALK ALONG IF LIMITED ON TIME.As I am a fan of beautiful architecture, Kosice was a city I loved, for along the main street and surrounding streets in the historic town...

    more
  • THE ZODIAC FOUNTAIN

    This Fountain was a pretty one located in a park in the main street of the historic centre.. There was water spouting from the centre of a rock pile, then from the edges were signs of the whole zodiac which had water spouting into the centre. Some goldfish were in the pond. It was really nice. Once again, there was plenty of seating to sit and...

    more

Kosice Hotels

See all 24 Hotels in Kosice

Kosice Restaurants

  • Hungarian Restaurant!

    This was the second restaurant we came across and it was very near Bufet Hamburger, maybe a "Restaurant Row" type street of that time. The the menu was displayed in the window and looked interesting. I wouldn't have known the difference between Hungarian food and Slovak food at that time anyway.Since I've worked in restaurants much of my life I...

    more
  • A Novel Idea!

    Today, there are many more restaurants in Kosice than there were on my visit. In fact this was the first I saw. Naturally, believing that "hamburgers," as depicted on the window of the restaurant, were predominately an American creation,--yes, I know that "Steak Tartare," Hamburg Steak and other forms of chopped beef have been around since before...

    more
  • Cafe Pizzeria Modena

    On our first afternoon in Kosice we were starving and wanted a little lunch snack.We decided to check out one of the many nice restaurants and cafes at Kosice's Central Square (Hlavne Namestie) as all of them had nice outdoor terraces which face the main sights.We chose the Cafe Pizzeria Modena due to its proximity to the St. Elisabeth Cathedral....

    more

Kosice Nightlife

  • RETRO grade

    This place has a hideous interior decor like some color-blind gay duck was responsible for the eclectic midge-modge where Retro means making the place look like the innards of some 1990s laptop. The place assaults the eyes so badly because, usually, there's no one in the bar to cover up or divert attention away from the walls and chairs (except the...

    more
  • Your best bet on a regular night

    The only place we found open on a Tuesday night was called Beer House. For a long time now we will be very grateful to the bartenders as they allowed us to drink for one hour after the closing time and for being the only Slovaks that actually made us feel welcome in their town.Definetely the strong Slovak beers are a MUST TRY!!!On their website, it...

    more
  • A pub with its own brewery!

    Golem seemed to be the kind of place that the local students or litterati hang out. Perhaps the conversations weren't all about Sartre and Foucault, but then I don't speak Slovakian.This pub sells food at reasonable prices but we just popped in for one of their home-brewed beers. The place has its own micro-brewery which you can actually see...

    more

Kosice Transportation

  • TRAMS IN KOSICE

    Trams looked the way to go in Kosice. I noticed it was easy to reach most places as there are plenty of routes going in all directions. The no 7 Tram goes to the Botanic gardens and the Zoo.. I also noticed old and very modern Trams.You can buy tickets (no-transfer ticket for four stops, transfer ticket for 30 or 60 minutes, 60-minute night ticket,...

    more
  • From the airport to the city centre by...

    Unfortunately public transportation from the airport to the city centre is limited to local bus #23 which serves the route less than once per hour. So you are more or less forced to take a taxi. The company VIP Taxi is the contracted partner of the airport and you find their taxis in front of the terminal. On display is a price of 27 SKK/km which...

    more
  • Explore Kosice by tram

    I must admit that I didn't use public transportation in Kosice. Nevertheless, the tram lines seem to be especially useful to get from the train station to the city centre as they stop directly in front of the station.Kosice has about 16 tram lines which together with buses and trolleybuses form the public transportation system run by DPMK (Dopravny...

    more

Kosice Shopping

See all 2 Shopping in Kosice
  • SOUVENIRS

    At the moment in 2013, I found cities and towns in Slovakia don't cater much for tourists who wish to buy a souvenir. I am sure this will change as these countries get on their feet more and people realize the beauty of them and visit.I managed to find something I liked at Global Press, which I think may have been a Newsagent too!The Tourist...

    more
  • MARKETS OR SHOPS?

    Shopping in Kosice. - If your looking for a shopping mall, then you will have to head out of the city on route 50 where the Optima shopping mall is located. In this centre are more than 70 shops and restaurants and a supermarket. The shops are open daily from 9am - 10 pm and offer every kind of shopping including brand names.In the historic centre,...

    more
  • Kosice Hotels

    24 Hotels in Kosice

    82 Reviews and Opinions

Kosice Local Customs

  • Local currency: Euro

    Slovakia joined the European Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004 and on the 1st of January 2009 Slovakia even became a member of the Eurozone. This means that nowadays the Euro is the official currency in the country.When I was in Kosice, Slovakia still had the Slovak Crown (Slovenska Koruna) as official currency. The Slovak Crown was subdivided into...

    more
  • Twin city: Wuppertal in Germany

    When wandering around Kosice I came along a street sign stating "Wuppertal 1490 km".Wuppertal is located in Germany and only about 60 km from my hometown. Wuppertal and Kosice are twinned since 1980 and it was one of the first partnerships between a big German town and a city of the former Czechoslovakia.Other twin cities and partner towns of...

    more
  • Slovak Beer

    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...

    more

Kosice Warnings and Dangers

  • by StretfordEnd Written Sep 8, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As with most places, tourists are seen as a potential source of income to the unscupulous. Watch yourself walking at night, especially outside the city centre. Oh yeah, EVERYWHERE SHUTS AT 10:00PM!!! thats bars, restaurants, the lot. After ten, look out for little dimly lit places down back streets, usually little bars full of locals, with scandalously cheap beer. Expect to be stared at though.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Kosice Tourist Traps

  • Kosice around

    To The Slovak Paradise National Park you have to get train to town Spisšká Nova Ves and next door of Train station is there Bus station. By bus have to go to ……. There are starting food path to National park. The best is “Prielom Hornadu”. (approx. 4 – 5 h. return). Is a protected natural area which extends over 140 sq. km. It has an infinite...

    more
  • Kosice

    Kosice is the center of East Slovakia. This city, the second largest in Slovakia, has a long and rich history. In the town center is the magnificent Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, as well as the Chapel of St. Michael, the Urban Tower and the Neo-Baroque State Theatre where famous orchestras perform. The Katova Citadel and the St....

    more
  • Tourists beware the Exchange...

    Tourists beware the Exchange Bureau charging 8% commission next to Tescos. Also beware of the money changers who will try and fob you off with Russian currency.

    more

Kosice What to Pack

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Free Kosice map

    by HORSCHECK Written Mar 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Miscellaneous: During our time in Kosice I used a free city map of the Tourist Information Centre. The map also included some basic information about Kosice and the sights.

    The Tourist Information Centre also provides several other brochures both about Kosice and about other regions in Slovakia.

    Kosice's Tourist Information Centre is located inside the Old Town Hall (Stara Radnica) at the Main street (Hlavna ulica 59).

    Related to:
    • Trains
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Kosice Off The Beaten Path

  • KOSICE - TOKAJ BY CAR

    From Kosice, we took Route 50 until we reached a major cross-road. Here we turned right and travelled along Route 79 to the Hungarian Border.This route was quite quiet. It was scenic as this was farmland and small Slovakian villages. We did pass by a few bigger towns with quite large Churches.I could say "the hills were alive with blossom," as that...

    more
  • Daily Market

    Of all the places I saw, this Flower Market seemed to be a living tribute to the life and times my grandparents experienced before they left Slovakia. Off Hradbová ulica at Dominikanské námestie, in the square near the Dominican Church you'll find flower sellers. Every morning the square hosts a flower market where nice, old ladies in traditional...

    more
  • Orthodox synagogue

    Kosice's Orthodox synagogue (Ortodoxna synagoga) was constructed between 1926 and 1927 after designs of the Christian architect Ludovit Oelschlager. It has a capacity of 800 seats and is also home to a school.At the front of the synagogue a Holocaust memorial plate can be found. It commemorates the 12.000 Jews of Kosice who were taken to...

    more

Kosice Sports & Outdoors

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Peace Marathon Statue

    by HORSCHECK Written Mar 14, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The oldest Marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world takes place in Kosice on every first Sunday in October. The history of the so called "Peace Marathon" dates back to 1924.

    A statue of a marathon runner which lists all winners can be found at the Square of the Peace Marathon (Namestie Marathonu mieru) just opposite of the East Slovakian Museum.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Trains
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Kosice Favorites

See all 21 Favorites in Kosice
  • Home In Kosice

    A close-up view of a typical Habitation in Kosice from the third floor flat I stayed in. The look of the massive buildings, everyone refered to as "habitations," which dotted the landscape throughout Kosice were not charming, especially compared to the lovely old town center. Stepping inside those buildings, it seemed as if I had gone back forty...

    more
  • Leninova Street Is No More!

    This was one of the first places my family took me to and I recommend that you spend some time here. Of course, if you go looking for Leninova Street, you'll not find it on your tour of Kosice. It is now named Hlavna. Not all street names have changed, but I think all that were a reminder of Soviet Occupation have been given new names. One of my...

    more
  • Over Six Hundred Years Old!

    Kosice Dom, considered by some as the greatest Gothic edifice in Slovakia. Kosice Dom is a beautiful Cathedral and has for over six centuries, been the most impressive and dominating artistic feature of Kosice. "The Saint Stephan's of Slovakia," they all told me. (Of course, I knew what that meant only because I had just been in Vienna where the...

    more

Instant Answers: Kosice

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

104 travelers online now

Comments

Map of Kosice

View all Kosice hotels