Košice - Top 10 tourist attractions

Why choose Košice for your upcoming conference, seminar or event? Besides good access by airplane, train or car, a location close to Hungarian and Ukrainian border, the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia has a lot to offer to its visitors.

1. Historical atmosphere of the city center

Discover rich history of the city, reaching back to year 1230 by a nice walk around the Košice downtown. Visit imposing gothic St. Elisabeth cathedral, Slovakia's biggest church, as well as the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Meet most significant personalities of Košice metropolis in The Museum of wax figures in St. Urban´s tower, originally a Gothic campanile from14th century or explore unique craftsmen´ shops in the Street of crafts and bring home an original souvenir from Slovakia. 



2. Steel aréna stadium – Hokey & concerts

Modern city is living by hockey games in Steel aréna stadium and upcoming World Hockey Championship 2011 as well as regular concerts & shows of many Slovak and international stars.

Among the most famous artists Steel arena had a pleasure to host you can find e.g. Elton John, Lord of the dance, Bryan Adams, Seal, Eros Ramazzotti, Scorpions, Enriqie Inlesias, Lenny Kravitz, Jevgenij Pljuščenko, Holiday on ice, etc.



3. International Peace Marathon

The oldest European peace marathon is organized in Košice every first Sunday in October, when the city attracts the best marathon runners in the world. Even non-professional runners can try their luck in half-marathon or mini-marathon, special marathon for physically disabled athletes on wheelchairs and hand bikes is organized as well.



4. Christmas in Košice

Celebrating the most beautiful holiday of the year has a unique charm in the historical city center of Košice. Don´t miss the Christmas markets (from 5th– 23rdDecember), taste traditional specialties e.g. mayor´s punch, spicy mulled wine, grilled sausages and home-made pastries. Enjoy great atmosphere, Christmas concerts and traditional folk performances and bring home unique craftsmen products that are sold on the market.



5. State theater and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra 

Combine your visit to Kosice with exceptional cultural experiences. State Theatre, situated in beautiful historical building offers unique opera, ballet and drama performances. This season you can choose from classic performances such as Swan Lake, Gizelle, The Nutcracker, Faust and Margaret, The Marriage of Figaro and The Bartered Bride. If you are looking for more amusing shows, don´t miss successful comedies as Beetle in the head or Tom, Dick and Harry. 

State philharmonic orchestra, based in the House of Art, the former Jewish synagogue, offers regular symphonic concerts as well as international festivals, e.g. The Košice Spring Music Festival, International Organ Festival and the Festival of Sacred Music.



6. Wine route - an unforgettable trip to Tokaj region

Unique wine region of Tokaj is located only 60 km from the city of Košice. Tokaj wine region is one of the only 5 areas in the world where it is possible to grow grapes for producing naturally sweet wines. The beginnings of the wine-growing traditions in this region go back to the period of Roman domination, when the region used to be a part of Pannonia. Tokaj wine gained exceptional popularity even on the table of King Louis XIV. and Queen Maria Theresa as well and thus gained the epithet ´king of wines, wine of kings´.

Today you can taste the wine of kings in an extraordinary atmosphere of original tuff cellars, which have protected the oak barrels of delicious wine for centuries. During your visit to Tokaj region, take the advantage to combine special wine tasting with traditional specialties of Zemplin region cuisine.



7.Cultural monuments - sightseeing trips around Košice 

Krásna Hôrka Castle (70 km from Košice)

Gothic castle from 1320, situated on the top of the hill near the city of Rožňava with its´original interior and artifacts belongs to the best preserved castles in Slovakia. Particularly interesting is the castle kitchen and the collection of medieval weapons. The most precious exhibits include e.g. bronze cannon from 1547 with barrels of gunpowder and gunboats and castle´s stock of rifles ´hákovnice´ from 18th and 19th century. In the end of 20th century a monumental medieval slingshot was installed. It is still used annually as part of castle games.


Betliar Manor (75 km from Košice)

Representation hunting lodge Betliar Manor is surrounded by beautiful English park with small romantic buildings, artificial cave and a waterfall. Equally interesting is the interior with its gallery of paintings, music and hunting salon, imposing library, well preserved period furniture and exotic hunting collections. The reconstruction of the manor was awarded by EUROPA NOSTRA award.



8. Hiking - trips around Košice


Zádielská Valley (40 km from Košice)

Unique canyon of Zádielská Valley is one of the most interesting places for rock-climbing in Slovakia. It is a favorite destination for hiking trips, which you can combine with the visit of Turňa castle ruins on the top of the nearby hills.





9. Skiing close to the city - Ski resort Jahodná

Ski resort Jahodná (only 12 km from Košice) provides 6 ski lifts with total transport capacity of 6940 people per hour.  The ski resort also offers night skiing with the total length of 560 meters of illuminated slopes. 

The fans of cross-country skiing are also very welcomed in the ski resort Jahodná, where they can enjoy 17 km of tracks.




10. Adventure

Off-road motorbikes in ski resort Jahodná

Try group races or trips to the surrounding woods on adventurous four-wheel motorbikes.

Balloon flights

Balloon flight is not an unrealizable dream anymore. It could be a great one-time experience or the beginning of adventurous hobby.


Parachute jump

Touch the clouds during amazing parachute jump (with basic training included) or try tandem jump with a professional tandem-master. Enjoy unique experience of a lifetime!



Our tip: DoubleTree by Hilton Košice ****

Business hotel completely renovated in modern design with the best location in the city of Košice.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel offers accommodation in 170 comfortable rooms including 10 suites and more than 1200 m² of flexible conference and banquet facilities with the maximum capacity of 350 guests and state-of-the-art conference equipment.

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