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KosiceSlovakia

Sloping red roofs, Gothic cathedrals and surrounding green hills make Kosice an irresistibly picturesque destination with a classically Slovakian atmosphere.

The city of Kosice is one of the cultural highlights of eastern Slovakia, offering an enchanting town center decorated with medieval monuments. Wander around the old town, down colorful streets of typically Slovakian architecture. An enticing array of museums, galleries and family attractions cements the appeal of this undeniably charming city.

Learn about the history of Kosice and the surrounding region in the Eastern Slovak Museum. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the town boomed as a commercial hub in the Kingdom of Hungary. The museum contains a collection of Kosice’s famous golden treasures and galleries of fine art.

Explore the old town on foot. St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral is the dramatic centerpiece, a 14th-century Gothic beauty and the largest church in the country. Stroll past other stunning buildings, such as the Old Town Hall, built in 1779, and the green-roofed Jakab’s Palace. Crafts Lane is a beautifully preserved medieval street with handicraft shops and bakeries occupying old buildings.

Breathe in the scents of hundreds of plants in the Botanical Gardens. More than 4,000 species of plants grow in glasshouses and across several outdoor gardens.

Bring your family to Kosice and enjoy attractions such as the Children’s Railway, which trundles around a valley on the edge of the town in the Alpinka Recreation Area. Steel Park features dozens of interactive exhibits on metalwork and mining.

Spend an evening in the town center enjoying a performance at the Kosice State Theater, which has been hosting shows since 1899. The Marionette Theater offers entertainment of a more traditional kind.

Kosice is easily accessible from the rest of Europe, as it features a major train station in the city center and an international airport with incoming flights from London, Prague and Vienna. Once here, join one of the city walks, which aim to educate visitors on various elements of Kosice’s fascinating story.

Visit Kosice in August for the warmest days. Christmas time offers festive markets and a cozy ambience in the town center.

Where to stay in Kosice

Kosice showing interior views

Košice Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Košice Old Town is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like East Slovak Museum and St. Elisabeth Cathedral.

Košice Old Town
The St. Elisabeth Cathedral can be found on main street in Košice. Construction began in the 14th century, and has seen many additions and renovations over the years. Today, it is the largest church in Slovakia, and a fine example of Gothic architecture.

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Juh

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

Juh might not have many top sights, but Steel Arena and Hlavna Ulica are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Juh

Top Hotels in Kosice

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
KOŠICE HOTEL
KOŠICE HOTEL
4 out of 5
Moldavská cesta II. 51/2414, Kosice
The price is $61 per night

Located in Západ, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Steel Arena, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, and Hlavna Ulica. Cathedral of St. Elizabeth (Dom svatej Alzbety) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (38 reviews)
Short business stay

"Very good breakfast service, lunch menu and dinner."…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

KOŠICE HOTEL
Hotel Bankov
Hotel Bankov
4 out of 5
Dolný Bankov 2, Kosice
The price is $72 per night

Located in Sever, this golf hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lokomotiva Stadium, University of Pavol Jozef Safarik, and East Slovak Museum. Peace Marathon Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
Great

"Nice n relaxing very spacious room Friendly staff. Good food"…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2018

Hotel Bankov
Boutique Hotel Chrysso
Boutique Hotel Chrysso
4 out of 5
Zvonárská 3, Kosice, Slovensko
The price is $108 per night

Located in Košice Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hlavna Ulica, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, and Miklus Prison Museum. Cathedral of St. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (54 reviews)

"The setting of this hotel, a courtyard. Very clos to the main avenue of Kosice."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Boutique Hotel Chrysso

Popular places to visit in Kosice

St. Elisabeth Cathedral
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St. Elisabeth Cathedral

5/5(7 reviews)

Medieval legend says that removing one stone from this 600-year-old cathedral could cause its collapse. Visit Slovakia’s largest church to discover this legend and even more extraordinary facts. 

Hlavna Ulica
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Hlavna Ulica

5/5(4 reviews)

Grandiose palaces, medieval towers, museums, restaurants and stunning churches decorate this regal boulevard, which cuts through the heart of Košice.

Crafts Lane
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Crafts Lane

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Kosice with a visit to Crafts Lane. Discover the area's museums and cathedral.

Top things to do in Kosice

Wine tasting & Spa (small group minimum 2 people)
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Wine tasting & Spa (small group minimum 2 people)

$700
Per adult
Beer tasting & Beer Spa (small group minimum 2 people)
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Beer tasting & Beer Spa (small group minimum 2 people)

$700
Per adult
The best of Eastern Slovakia (small group minimum 2 people)
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The best of Eastern Slovakia (small group minimum 2 people)

$829
Per adult

Reviews of Kosice

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Verified traveler

Sep 12, 2019

Kosice is definitely a city worth visiting. One can spend a great time here, enjoy architecture of the Old Town, try some good food and beer in local restaurants. If you go there with kids - Kosice Zoo and Dinopark should be on your must-visit list.

5/5 - Excellent

Rodney

Sep 1, 2019

I will be back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 16, 2019

Mostly were with family in the villages, but did enjoy the old town Kosice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2019

Kosice is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2019

A Good and historic old city and safety.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2019

Kosice is poised for tourists and growth. We loved the architecture and the Old Town. Our visit was very short. The food was wonderful.