With 250 000 inhabitants, Košice in Eastern Slovakia is the second largest city in the country, after the capital Bratislava. The easiest way to get to Košice from Budapest, is to catch a train from Keleti railway station. The train ride takes 3 ½ hours and costs 6300 forints (around 20 euros).
Košice was probably not that famous until last year, when it became the European Capital of Culture for 2013. I had one full day in Košice, which was the perfect amount of time to have a look around the city.
Hlavná is the lively main street in Košice. Many of the most important sights are on Hlavná, for example the State Theatre and Singing Fountain.
A market is organized on the Dominican Square. Here you can buy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Two Slovak women returning from the market.
Košice’s top sight, St. Elizabeth Cathedral, is Slovakia’s biggest church.
The best time to visit St. Elizabeth Cathedral is midday – the sun shines beautifully through the big glass windows.
My amazing Couchsurfing host Zuzana. She is an artist and has her own gallery on Hlavná, where she sells her gorgeous glass art.
I was pleasantly surprised to find Govinda in quite a small city like Košice. These Hare Krishna restaurants can be found around the world and I love eating in them. The food is tasty, healthy, always vegetarian and often quite cheap. This massive meal cost 4,50 €. Govinda is situated at the end of Hlavná.
Entrance to Mestský park, a nice outdoor area.
Kunsthalle, at the edge of Mestský Park, held an exhibition about the Slovak National Uprising. The art gallery is built in an old indoor swimming pool.
In Kulturpark there was a free exhibition by Slovak artist Pavol Megyesi. The style was a bit too modern for my taste…
I happened to be in Košice when Košice Night Run was organized. More than 1000 people participate in the 10 km run through the city. I had a great final evening in Košice with Zuzana, her family and friends, cheering on the contestants, eating pizza and experiencing the lively atmosphere in the city.