KOSICE - The hidden gem of Europe
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 might your the place to discover Europe.
The longest promenade in Slovakia also constitutes the city’s Main Street, where breath-taking sights marking the city’s most important historical moments are located. The bronze statue of the oldest coat-of-arms in Europe, a Singing fountain dancing to the tones of a nearby carillon, picturesque parks full of vibrant flowers, the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, dozens of colourful buildings which hide long, undiscovered yards. There are places to see and try, people to meet, memories to make.
Apart from history, Kosice is also home to alternative culture – concerts, performances, lectures, movie screenings are an inherent part of the city, not to mention street art, which has created an Open Mural Gallery (OMG for short) all over the city and changed otherwise dull socialist blocks of flats into canvases.
Should you find yourself in need of food and drink, do not fret – the city centre flourishes with dozens of restaurants, cafés and confectioneries, such as the oldest pub in Slovakia and the 5th oldest pub in Europe. It is called “HOSTINEC” (meaning “pub” in Slovak) and it offers not only freshly brewed beers of its own making, but also traditional homemade meals. Café and restaurant Slávia next to it, on the other hand, transports you into Art Nouveau times when elegance and fine manners were a Must. / Text: Red.