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Kosice



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A "City of Peace" with architecture as diverse as its historic inhabitants.
Slovakia's second largest city, Kosice (pronounced "Kosh-eet-sa") features a well-preserved Old Town, rich with Art Nouveau, Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic exemplars. Literally standing above it all is the Gothic St. Elisabeth Cathedral, the country's largest church, which reflects 15th century Kosice's brief but glorious time as one of Europe's largest cities. Fought over by a confusing array of armies and kings, cosmopolitan Kosice's many inhabitants are reflected in its architecture and culture. You'll see traces of the Jews, Germans, Turks, and Hungarians who have called this "City of Peace" home, helped make the place a European Capital of Culture in 2013, and given it more protected historical monuments than anywhere else in the country.
Kosice is prosperous again, which has led to the restoration of the city's colorful, diverse historic facades. Spend a day strolling the Old Town, then an evening indulging in its lively arts scene, and you won't leave disappointed. Situated in the east of Slovakia, Kosice is an ideal detour or stop between Budapest, Krakow and Lviv as it's almost equidistant from all three, or combined with the High Tatras and Bratislava if touring just Slovakia.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Kosice

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Where to stay in Kosice

Small Boutique Hotel
Historical hotel with modern design.
Boutique hotel
Stylish accommodation in the heart of the city.
Luxurious apartment hotel
Apartment hotel with free bike rental.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Kosice

Is Kosice safe?
In recent years crime levels have fallen. You can feel very safe when walking during the day. Generally you should not be afraid to walk at night. It is highly unlikely that you will be attacked or robbed in Kosice. While staying in KoSice it is better not to leave valuables in the car, they can be stolen. Chances to hear insults or sexual harassment are very low. Tourists with a different skin color, ethnic, religion or sexual orientation can feel safe because Kosice is a tolerant place.
How long should I stay in Kosice?
One night tends to be sufficient, but people often spend two nights in Kosice, to make room for day trips to nearby castles and caves.
When's the best time to visit Kosice?
May - September is a good time to visit Kosice and its surroundings. Kosice doesn't attract as many tourists as their western Europe counterparts which makes it a great place to visit during peak season.
How can I get around Kosice?
The old town is small and walkable. Transport tickets (30-/60-minute ticket €0.60/0.70, 24-hour ticket €3.20) cover buses and trams; buy them at news stands and machines, and validate as soon as you board. Bus 23 runs between the airport and train station; buy tickets on board for €1.
What are the typical opening hours of stores and shops in Kosice?
Most shops are open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday and between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday. Large department stores and shopping centers stay open all week long, until 9 p.m.
Where can I exchange money in Kosice?

Euro is an official currency in Slovakia since 1st of January 2009. Any Euro coin is valid in any country of the Euro area.

The quickest, easiest and usually cheapest way to exchange money is to use an ATM.

Money can be changed at most bank branches throughout the city, or at currency exchange locations (often a booth, situated at the airport, train station and the central areas of the city). Banks are usually open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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