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Košice Region

The Košice Region


The Košice Region is a largely flat area in the southeast of Slovakia bordering on Ukraine and Hungary. With a population of 773,000, it is the second largest region while with about one third of the total inhabitants of the region, the capital Košice is Slovakia's second largest city and is the industrial anchor of the east of the country.

The terrain consists of two main land systems - the Eastern Slovak Lowlands and the Spiš and Gemer karst. The western part of this hilly area forms the Slovenské rudohorie mountains, known for their ore deposits, while the eastern half, the Slanské mountains divide the region in two.

The largest river in the region is the Bodrog, which starts at the Zemplínska šírava (Zemplín Sea) manmade lake and drains the lowlands south to Hungary; Hornád, which flows from the Spiš area through Margecany and Košice; and the Slaná, which flows south from Rožňava and the western part of the region.

Getting there

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Morské oko
Ruská Bystrá
Spišská Kapitula
Zemplínska Šírava
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Supplementary information about other places from Košice Region

Information centres

Informačná kancelária mesta Michalovce
(Town Information Centre)
Námestie Osloboditeľov 30
Tel: +421 (0)56 628-1429
Open Mon-Fri 07:30-15:00

Turistické informačné centrum
(Tourist Information Centre)
Námestie baníkov 32
Tel: +421 (0)58 732-8101
Centre offers also tickets to the town's cathedral and the tower

Spišská Nová Ves
Kultúrne a informačné stredisko
(Culture and Information Centre)
Letná 49
Tel: +421 (0)53 442-8292
The centre also offer tickets to visit the church tower,
the tallest tower in the whole of Slovakia
Open Oct-Apr: Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00,
May-Sep: Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00,
Sat 09:00-13:00,
Sun 14:00-18:00

Mestské informačné centrum
(Town Information Centre)
M.R. Štefánika 1632
Tel: +421 (0)56 668-5340
Open Mon-Fri 09:00-16:30


Kaštieľ Markušovce
(Manor House Markušovce)
Nearest urban centre: Spišská
Nová Ves (9 km)
Open May-Oct: Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00
Nov-Apr: Tue-Fri Sun 08:00-16:00
Museum of Historical Furniture
Michalská 59
Tel: +421 (0)53 449-8421

Letohrádok Dardanely
(Dardanela's folly)
Exhibition of musical keyboard instruments
Michalská 55
Tel: +421 (0)53 449-8212

Banícke múzeum (Mining Museum)
Šafárikova 31
Tel: +421 (0)58 734-3710
Open Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00
and 13:00-16:00
Tickets price: €€1

Gitarové múzeum (Guitar Museum)
Gorkého 7
Tel: +421 (0)56 652-3356
Open: Tue-Fri, Sun 13:00-17:00
Nearest urban centre: Michalovce
(21 km)

Other attractions

Castles, Caves and Spa
In the Košice region you can visit:
- castles and ruins: Krásna Hôrka, Betliar, Budimír.
- caves: Dobšinská Ice Cave, Ochtinská Aragonite Cave,
Domica Cave, Gombasecká Cave, Jasovská Cave, Krásnohorská Cave
- spa: Štós.
Nearest urban centres to the caves in Košice Region are Rožňava and Spišská Nová Ves.

Herľany geyser
A cold geyser located in the historical park in Herľany. Today, eruptions periodically occur at intervals of 21–36 hours, average yield during an eruption lasting about 25 minutes.
Nearest urban centre: Košice (27km)

Premonstratensian monastery
Built in 12th century
For visits booking is necessary - call Farský úrad (Parish Leles)
Tel: +421 (0)56 636-2323
The Gothic stone bridge
A 14th century bridge is located near by Leles - when
you turn from road 555 to Leles on the right.
Nearest urban centre: Michalovce (44 km)

Malý Horeš
There are between 250 and 300 family-owned cellars cut into the hillside,
some natural and some man-made, originally mainly used as storage
rooms for vegetables, etc. Their fixed temperatures and specific conditions
are now primarily utilised for making wine from grapes grown in nearby fields.
Nearest urban centre: Trebišov (52 km)

Slovenský raj
(Slovak Paradise)
Nearest urban centre: S. Nová Ves (7 km)
One of the nine national parks in Slovakia with 300 kilometres of hiking trails.
Two rivers, the Hnilec and the Hornád, slice through a wide limestone plain, carving
gorges, canyons and ravines into the karst hills, which are otherwise covered in dense
spruce forest.

Spišská Nová Ves
Sadová 6
Tel: +421 (0)53 446-2631
Open Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00

(Wine micro-region)
The Tokaj region is specifically delineated from the rest of the country
for its unique micro-climate and network of cellars that allows its vintners
to produce a distinctive, sweet dessert wine. The micro-region
embraces: Bara, Čerhov, Černochov, Malá Tŕňa, Slovenské Nové Mesto,
Veľká Tŕňa and Viničky.
Population of the micro-region: 3,920
Nearest urban centre: Trebišov (24 km)


Penzión pri kaštieli Betliar
Kaštieľska 16
Tel: +421 (0)58 788-2002
Double rooms start at €37
Nearest urban centre: Rožňava(6km)

Hotel Jalta
Nám. osloboditeľov 70
Tel: +421 (0)56 642-6086
Double rooms start at €93

Hotel Čierny Orol
Námestie Baníkov 17
Tel: +421 (0)58 732-8186
Double rooms start at €43.15

Spišská Nová Ves
Hotel Metropol
Štefánikovo námestie 2
Tel: +421 (0)53 442-2241
Double rooms start at €54


June: Krásnohorské renesančné dni (Krásna Hôrka enaissance Days) Renaissance days at the Krásna Hôrka castle with many interesting attractions Renaissance music and dance, medieval military camp, medieval wedding reception. (Krásnohorské Podhradie) Nearest urban centre: Rožňava (8km)

June: Dni Moldavy (Days of Moldava) Various programmes such as sport, music, dance (Moldava nad Bodvou) Nearest urban centre: Košice (33km)

June: Eurofolk International folklore festival (Amphitheatre Rozhanovce) Nearest urban centre: Košice (13km)

July: Dobšinský kopec International hill climbing (Dobšiná) Nearest urban centre: Spišská Nová Ves (33km)

July: Strunobranie a folkfórum Festival of folk, country, bluegrass, rock music, jazz, blues, chanson (Spišská Nová Ves, the High Tatras)

July: Spišský trh (Spiš market) Wide choice of products, music, dance... (Spišská Nová Ves - main square) July-August: Nočná prehliadka kaštieľa v Markušovciach (Night tour in Markušovce manor house) (Markušovce) Nearest urban centre: Spišská Nová Ves (9km)

July: Šírava fest Music festival, (Zemplínska Šírava) Nearest urban centre: Michalovce (5 km)

July-August: Nočná prehliadka kaštieľa v Markušovciach / (Night tour in Markušovce manor house) (Markušovce) Nearest urban centre: Spišská Nová Ves (9 km)

August: Motozraz Sveta motocyklov Zemplín (ZemplínMotorally of Cycle's world) Festival of rock music and everything motorcycles (Zemplínska šírava-Hôrka) Nearest urban centre: Michalovce (4km)

September: Ars Antiqua Europae in Via Gothica The festival offers classical music played in the monuments of Gothic route in Gemer, Abov and Spiš region.

September: Tokajské vinobranie a Deň otvorených tokajských pivníc (Tokaj Festival of Young Wine and the Day of Open Tokaj Wine Cellars) The wine cellars in the Tokaj region are opening their doors for the visitors. (Čerchov and Tokaj region) Nearest urban centre: Trebišov (24km)

September: Spišská karbidka Gold-panning contest, (Slovenský raj) Nearest urban centre: Spišská Nová Ves (7km)

September: Na baňu klopajú (Knocing on a mine) Retrieved mining traditions in the mining town, (Gelnica) Nearest urban centre: Prešov (37km)

September: Tempus Art International Festival of Alternative Theatres Rožňava,

October: Divertimento Musicale Festival of chamber and symphonic music (Spišská Nová Ves - Reduta)

October: Jazda Svätého Huberta (Saint Hubert Ride) Traditionally, a fox hunt in the Betliar manor house park Nearest urban centre: Rožňava(6km)

December: Spišské vianočné trhy (Spiš Christmas Market) Typical Christmas market with a wide variety of products such as wooden toys, gingerbread, Christmas goodies... (Spišská Nová Ves - main square)

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2009, which you can obtain from our online shop.

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