It was a beautiful summer day back in 2003 when I visited Kosice, Slovakia for the first time. I didn’t know anything at all about the city, the only reason why I ended up there was my free train ticket and a spare afternoon. It was only some 2 hours away from Tatra mountains where I was staying and I’ve decided out of the blue that Kosice is a good option to kill some time and see a new place in Slovakia.
And it really was! Even if this visit happened so many years ago my memories are still very vivid in my mind. I remember how St. Elisabeth Cathedral – the easternmost gothic cathedral in Europe – took my breath away or how charming I found the main street – Hlavna – with a tiny canal in the middle. But most of all I remember the dancing fountains in front of the State Theatre – the first fountains of that kind I’ve ever seen!
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Kosice – the best city in Slovakia!
Since then I’ve been to Kosice some 5 or 7 times (stopped counting a while ago) and each time I’m falling for the city more and more. I really appreciate how it is changing, how cool and laid back it became.
If you ask me Kosice is the best city to visit in Slovakia. Bratislava – the capital city and the best destination for a day trip from Vienna – is pretty nice and pleasant too but Kosice is the place to go! Not only the old town is way prettier and much more authentic but Kosice has this distinctive charm that makes you feel good there, as you’re in the perfect place.
Tip: When looking for accommodation in Kosice try to find a place in the center, to my within a walking distance to all the major attractions! I’ve stayed in either Hotel Ambassador and Hotel Bristol and can definitely recommend you both! Check out the deals and details on accommodation in Kosice here (click!)
Why I adore Kosice, Slovakia
There are so many small things that I enjoy about Kosice!
I love their cafe culture with so many amazing places to hang out at. Only in the last year, between my two visits in July 2015 and September 2016, at least three great spots have opened and all the old ones are still doing very well.
I love picturesque charming corners like Hrnciarska street with numerous tiny craftsmen shops (this lane is so pretty it’s the screensaver on my phone). I love the architecture of Hlavna street – a perfect example of Central European legacy.
I love how in the warm days the center of Kosice is full of people, walking around, sitting in the outdoor cafes and enjoying their city. I love how 2013 European Capital of Culture has changed Kosice and what amazing cultural institutions were created then, places that are still working and shaping the present of the city.
And I love Kosice street art scene, definitely the best one in Slovakia.
Every time my train is crossing Hornad river valley and approaching Kosice I’m almost bouncing with joy and feel like I’m arriving to a special place. I try to spend every minute in Kosice as best as I can yet I always leave disappointed, knowing I could have used my time there even better. Right now I’m thinking of another trip to Kosice, to explore their cafe and pubs scene.
And with new direct flights from Warsaw to Kosice with LOT the trip is easier than ever. I flew there last time and the time of the journey was barely 40 minutes! That’s faster than sometimes commuting within the city!
I didn’t plan to write this post, I think that Kosice has already a rather strong position on this blog. But after my recent visit there I feel like paying a little tribute to one of my favorite cities in Europe.
I believe Kosice is a crazy underrated place that can offer so much for everyone (like, recently I was riding an old narrow gauge train for kids and it was such a joy! and it was still within the borders of Kosice). I really hope that the city will get more of the much deserved attention and that next time you’re around this region you will include Kosice in your itinerary too and share my love for the place. And then we can discuss together how amazing it is!
Kosice in pictures
And since a picture is worth a thousand words I will leave you with some Kosice pictures to prove you how right I am with my affection for this place!I’d also like to thank from the bottom of my heart my friends at Slovakia Travel, Visit Kosice and Kosice Region for showing me recently their city. I could see it from another, local perspective and I fell for it even more!
Have you been to Slovakia? Would you like to visit Kosice? What’s your favorite city?
If you think of visiting Slovakia or just want to read more about the country take a look what else I wrote about it:
- Banska Stiavnica – one of the most beautiful towns in Europe
- Bardejov – the most enjoyable town in Slovakia
- Top 5 places to visit in Slovakia
- and more!
Disclaimer: My trip was in partnership with Visit Kosice but as always all opinions are 100% mine.
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