KOŠICE, the metropolis of the east is the second largest city in Slovakia. The city is situated in the foothills of the Slovak Ore Mountains in the broader valley of the River Hornád, not far from the border with Hungary. A unique Central European metropolis, a European Capital of Culture 2013! The unique atmosphere of the city is a mix of culture, lifestyle, history and industry. Košice is home to the oldest marathon in Europe, the place with the largest monument reservation in Slovakia, with the largest and most significant golden treasure in Europe, but primarily a place where life can be experienced and enjoyed.

The model for the cathedral was the St. Victor Cathedral in Xanten, a town on the Rhine River in Germany. In the course of centuries a number of legends have arisen around the St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice. Legend has it that the builders placed a hollow stone in an unknown location during construction. If this stone were to be removed, it would cause the entire church to collapse.

It is made up of 2920 golden coins, ducats and double-ducats, three golden medals and a Renaissance golden chain. It was stored in a box made of embossed copper sheet metal engraved with images of animals. The treasure was probably hidden from Imrich Thököly, who during the anti-Habsburg rebellions occupied Košice.

Sándor Márai was the most important representative of the city’s literature and culture of the 20th century. He loved Košice and its residents. There he drew inspiration for his greatest works.

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Video - City of Kosice – Official destination spot 2013

Events in destination
- there is always something happening

Events Calendar:

Bricklandia opäť v Košiciach

Košice / Košice

Zimný festival jedla

Spišská Nová Ves / Košice / Košice

Svetový deň sprievodcov

Košice / Košice

- there is always something new happening


Turecký TV štáb objavoval TOP atraktivity regiónu

Published: 16.08.2017
Spiš / Slovak Paradise / Gemer / Košice

Novinári V4 objavovali čaro dolného Zemplína

Published: 10.07.2017
Košice / Lower Zemplín / Zemplínska Šírava / Tokaj

Za vôňou viniča

Published: 19.05.2017
Košice / Lower Zemplín / Kráľovský Chlmec / Malý Horeš / Vinné / Zemplínska Šírava / Tokaj / Malá Tŕňa / Veľká Tŕňa / Orechová


Published: 25.04.2017

Did you know what?

The National Park Slovak Krast, with an area of over 36 000 ten-hectares, is one of the biggest karst areas in Central Europe.

The Zádielská Valley belongs to the gems of Slovak rock-climbing? The climbing of the specified rock massives is permitted from 1st August until the 1st of March.

The statue of the marathon runner is the only one in the world. There isn’t an artistic sculpture depicting a marathon runner anywhere else in the world, additionally, a part of this piece of art is documentation of all the marathon winners, who’ve conquered the running track in Košice.

There’s an exceptionally rare epitaph written by the field marshal F. Renaud from 1740 in the Fransiscan Seminary Church, made by G. R. Donner, the exclusive sculptor of Vienna.

The Premonstratesian monastery contains unique symbology? It has 4 entrances, just like the number of seasons, 12 chimneys just like the number of months in a year and 365 windows just like the number of days in a year.

The point situated the lowest in Slovakia is in Dolný Zemplín- the village and municipality Klin nad Bodrogom (94, 3 m above seal level), as well as the lowest situated town in Slovakia - Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

Sobrance is the most eastern town in Slovakia.

More than 210 types of birds live in the protected landscape area Latorica.

The reservation Tajba is a unique place where one can find the rare European Pond Tutle.

Morské oko (‘The Eye of the Sea’) is the biggest enclosed volcanic lake in Slovakia.

Vineyard and winemaking district Tokaj is one of the five in the world, where one can grow grapes for the production of naturally sweet wines.

The museum of guitars in Sobranovce is one of a kind in Europe and the second of its kind in the world.

Zemplínska Šírava has the biggest water area in the region and the second biggest in Slovakia.

Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is the only one of its kind in Europe and there are only two other ones like it in the world.

The Silická Ice Cave is a popular hide-out for bats during the winter, on rare occasion, even the rare Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri).

A prominent writer of romances, Mór Jókai, who was looking for some jewel pieces for his new novel ‘Levočská biela pani‘ visited the castle Krásna Hôrka in the year 1883? His creation was published in many editions and has been translated into many languages.

The precious frescos were only discovered in the church in Štítnik at the beginning of the 20th century.

The building of the church tower in the Barroque Evangelical Church in Betliar lasted just 2.5 months.

The building work on the church of the Reformed Chruch in Hrhov began on the basis of a collection of gold coins from the locals which came to 789 gold coins in total.

The characteristic ‘Šošovkovité‘ (Slovak for ‘in the shape of a lens‘) Square in Spišská Nová Ves is the longest of its kind in Europe.

The tourist season never ends in Slovak Paradise and tourists can carry on exploring it during the winter months.

That the municipality of Smižany, situated in Slovak Paradise, is the biggest municipality in Slovakia.

Kláštorisko had become a hiding place under the incursion of Tartars on the Spiš territory and has frequently acted as a refuge for local inhabitants.

The characteristic style of the Spiš Jerusalem is also emphasized by the planting of the black pine which resembles cedar from the Middle East.

In the year 2000 the likeness of the bridge went as far as being immortalised on a postal stamp.

The town placed lowest in Slovakia: Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

The lowest point in Slovakia: Klin nad Bodrogom (94,3 m above sea level).

The first coat-of- arms for a city in Europe: Košice.

The biggest church in Slovakia: St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice.

The biggest castle complex in Central Europe: Spiš Castle (4,1 ten-hectares).

The biggest ice cave in Slovakia: Dobšinská Ice Cave (11 200 m3).

The only cold geyser on the European continent: Herľany.

The oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world: The International Marathon of Peace (Košice, 1924).

The largest karstic area in Central Europe: The Slovak Karst (440km²).

One of the three accessible aragonite caves in the world: Ochtinská Aragonite Cave.

The biggest botanical garden in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area: Košice (30 ten-hectares, more than 4000 plant species are being grown here).

The tallest church tower in Slovakia: the church Nanebovzatia Panny Márie in Spišská Nová Ves (87m).

The second biggest water area in Slovakia: Zemplínska Šírava (area 33 km², the maximum length 11km, maxiumum breadth 3.5km, the average depth 9.5m and the maximum depth being 14m).

Endemic (a plant which doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world): Onosma tornensis (Turniansky Castle).

Košice’s golden treasure, containing 920 gold coins from the 15th-17th century, belongs to the oldest bulk discoveries in the world.

The largest zoo in Central Europe and in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area : ZOO Košice.

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