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Kosice — a city of a thousand possibilities

Are you looking for an undiscovered gem of Europe? A city where history blends with culture, where delicious meals are savoured alongside local beers, where you can freely walk and marvel at historical sights, but also stop to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade with your friends and locals? Then Kosice is the place to be.

Only 2,5 hours via Wizz Air, Kosice is easily accessible from the airport. Variety of its interests creates a unique city where you find exactly what you are looking for.

So why visit Kosice and what to do there? Check out some reasons and book your flight today!

Reason #1 – Historical promenade

Whether you are a scholar of history or you just like to enjoy the sight of well-preserved monuments, the longest promenade in Slovakia is sure to enchant you with buildings which mark the historical beauty of the city – let it be St Elizabeth’s Cathedral, Jakab’s Palace, Jewish heritage sights, underground city walls, the largest preserved bastion in Europe, a medieval prison or numerous well-hidden yards charm even the most sceptical ones.

Reason #2 – Local products

Do you love beer? People of Kosice love it too. They even went to such extent that they brought back the oldest pub in Slovakia (and the 5th largest in Europe) to its former glory, producing local beers of various forms, tastes and colours. To try it, however, make sure to reserve a table in advance – “Hostinec” (which means “pub” in Slovak) is usually fully occupied every night!

If you prefer lemonades, do not fret – two brothers have created delicious lemonades sweetened with honey, of rose, thyme and juniper taste called Mellos. You can easily find them in shops, as well as in pubs and bars.

Reason #3 – Events

Once you are in the city, do not miss events which bring it to life. Whether it is Celebration of Kosice City Day when the whole city transports back into history to enjoy the anniversary of the bestowal of its 1st coat-of-arms (the oldest one in Europe, as it happens); Long Night of Museums, when for one night, you can become part of history and enjoy museums’ and galleries’ exhibitions under the cloak of night. If you prefer food, get ready for Kosice Gourmet Festival, which gathers the best restaurants of Kosice and offers everybody a chance to try unique meals cooked by the best chefs there are.

Apart from these events, you can find pubs, bars and venues where there is a concert, performance, a quiz or a lecture almost every night!

Reason #4 – Kosice’s region

Do you like hiking? Caves? History? Wine? Do not worry – you can find all this within 100 km from Kosice. The wonderful Zádiel valley, Slovak Paradise, Slovak Carst and High Tatra Mountains are great places to relax, flex your muscles and enjoy sports and beauty of Slovak nature two in one. On your way there (whether by bus or train), you can stop at caves (Jasovská cave, Ochtinská aragonitová cave), castles (Spis Castle, Betliar Manor), monasteries (Monastery in Jasov) and churches (Ruská Bystrá) which depict the rich heritage (both historical and natural) of the country, including 18 UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Should you like to try Tokaj wine, winemakers from the region are happy to organise a tasting for you.

Are you thinking about coming to Kosice? Learn more about the city here