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Kosice & Eastern Slovakia

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MAIN ACCESS POINTS: Košice (Košice International Airport, good train and bus links, E50 motorway)

No visit to Slovakia, of course, is complete without a trip out to the country’s second city, Košice, and afterwards when you have wandered around the eastern metropolis’s vibrant historic heart, the countryside around it.

Whether it’s Slovakia’s world-renowned caves in Národný Park Slovenský kris – aka the Slovak Karst National Park (west), the rolling vineyards of the golden Tokaj wine (southeast) or the rafting and monasteries of a reserve like Poloniny National Park (northwest), this is a region where time stands still, pretty much, and Slovakia’s ancient folk culture comes to the fore – whilst gorgeous medieval towns like Bardejov (north) and Levoča (northwest) offer plenty of architectural eye candy. It’s not all ideal (this area is also where most of the country’s Roma population live – many in dire poverty) but it is Slovakia’s most culturally fascinating region, with another minority group, the Rusyns (who have their own dialect and traditions), adding further colour.

ALSO IN THIS REGION… Stick around in this sub-section for more on where to go in Košice and Eastern Slovakia but don’t forget to check the best places to stay hereabouts in our Places to Stay/Kosice & Eastern Slovakia sub-section AND for cool places to eat and drink, our Places to Eat & Drink/Kosice & Eastern Slovakia sub-section. We’ve also got more on Košice in the Getting Around Slovakia section!

Our destination content is now growing at such a rate of knots that for one place in Košice & Eastern Slovakia (Košice, indeed) we now have mini-guides attached to the end of each article that’s related to that destination where you can see at a glance ALL the associated destination content! This place ranks amongst our Top Slovak Stop-offs – places where we think there are a particularly high concentration of intriguing diversions worth gushing about…


Places to go in Kosice & Eastern Slovakia

  • The Englishman in Slovakia walks the walls of Bardejov ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukBardejov: Walking the Walls

    There’s always an urge when you arrive in a new city to “make your mark” – to go out into the middle of it and make sense of it, somehow. The newly-arrived do this in many different ways, of course. They might climb that city’s tallest building, or ascend to the top of whatever that ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukMedzilaborce: Serendipitous Brilliance – the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art

    I’m jolting along in a pickup truck along the potholed back lanes of rural north-eastern Slovakia, with an ugly, utterly unremarkable-seeming small town, the centre of one of the nation’s most deprived districts, gradually looming into view. Kids walking shoeless along the street, a run-down glass factory: first impressions are not breathtaking. It would be ...

  • Hiking up to Kremenec ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukPoloniny National Park: Kremenec and the Ukraine Border Hike – A Journey Along the Edge of the European Union

    6am. We set off as the sun begins to break through the mist cloaking the steep slopes of the beech tree-clad hills and climb up into the Poloniny National Park, a wild 300 sq km tangle of upland forest in the far east of Slovakia abutting the frontier with Ukraine. The valley slowly narrows. Once ...

  • img_4328Stará Ľubovňa: A Journey to the Roots of Slovak Whiskey at Nestville Park Distillery

    A few months back I was doing my usual, intermittent mooch around my favourite Bratislava whisky shop, the White Mouse, when I noticed something tucked away in the corner of the window display gathering dust that I hadn’t glimpsed on previous visits, or indeed anywhere else: a bottle of Nestville Park, and the caveat, in ...

  • ©Karen McCannKošice: the Unsung Charms (and Legends!) of Slovakia’s Second City

    Today’s article comes courtesy of Karen McCann, whose best-selling travel books include  Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home, the story of her three-months train journey through Central and Eastern Europe. Traveling without reservations or a fixed itinerary, she and her husband covered 6000 miles through 13 countries, and the results – often ...

  • Bardejov ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukTop Ten Medieval Towns in Slovakia

    It’s not just the nature that’s spellbinding in Slovakia: some of the smaller towns – whether as a result of castle strongholds against marauding Turks, or being major Medieval mining centres or having healing spas – grew up in magnificence centuries ago and have not lost any of their glory since. Note that we’re talking towns ...

  • The Art Film Festival in its old home in Trencianske TepliceKošice: Slovakia’s Famed Film Festival Flying In Its Second Year in Town

    Košice’s intimidatingly impressive arts scene just keeps growing (it’s already so big that we have quietly admitted to ourselves here at Englishmaninslovakia that one article would no longer do it justice). The arrival in June 2016, of one of Eastern Europe’s most important film festivals, Art Film Fest, might have been huge news, but it’s ...

  • Košice: Climbing the Cathedral

    When I am newly arrived in a town I do one of two things. I might look for a cafe or restaurant, nothing fancy, ideally a bustling joint where locals slurp away on coffee or wolf down cheap but good set-lunches without ceremony, a place where no one really cares who the stranger at the ...

  • tokaj1The Tokaj Wine Cellars of the Far East: Drinking Like a King

    Mmm. Culinary adventures. What better way to explore than one which has as its motive the discovery of a food or drink? I don’t just say this for my own palate’s sake. In a country I care about, it is also a beautiful thing to see a product flourishing which is a distillation of the ...

  • Slovakia’s Wooden Churches: Four of the Easiest to Visit

    On this site, we like to believe we dedicate ourselves 100% to the bizarre, the off-the-beaten-track and the profound where Slovakia is concerned: we wouldn’t want you to be reading on here what you can Google elsewhere, after all. But for some reason writing about Slovakia’s most unique attraction of all (which is fairly bizarre, ...

  • Credit: Authentic SlovakiaTours: Authentic Slovakia, the Country’s Wackiest Tour Agency

    Englishman in Slovakia caught up recently with one half of Authentic Slovakia, owned by two brothers, one of Bratislava’s newest and coolest tour agencies, to find out a little bit more about them and the kind of experiences tourists can have with them. Slovakia’s tourism industry has been keen in the past to brush over ...