Košice is a city in Slovakia with an excellently preserved historical center, where several architectures (Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque) compete for preference. The main street is a pedestrian street and besides shops there are cafés and restaurants, often housed in old, attractive buildings. In 2013, Košice, together with the French Marseille, will be 'European Capital of Culture'.
Košice has almost 250,000 inhabitants making it the second-largest city in the country, after the capital Bratislava.
The city is located along the river Hornád in the east of Slovakia at an altitude of over 200 meters above sea level. Košice lies 20 kilometers north of the border with Hungary and about 400 kilometers east of the Slovakian capital Bratislava.
Košice is the economic center of eastern Slovakia. The steel mill of US Steel is the city's largest employer with over 16,000 employees. Other economic activities include engineering, food industry and trade of agricultural produce from Košice's surroundings.
The city's airport, Košice International Airport, is situated almost 10 kilometers south of the center. It's is easily reachable by rental car via the Moldavská cesta which turns into the E58. The exit to the airport is clearly signposted.
Košice has excellent public city transport which consists of a network of buses and streetcars. All places of interest are easily reachable by public transport. There are also bus and train connections with other places in Slovakia. The central bus station is located in the Mestský Park, opposite the train station. Here you'll also find the Eurobus terminal, with connections to Bratislava and several other European cities.
Finding your way around Košice by rental car is fairly easy. Parking also shouldn't be a problem. There's a new parking garage near the city's stadium and there are parking facilities near the large shopping centers such as Galéria, Cassovia, Optima, Hornbach, Baumax and Kaufland. You can easily reach other destinations from Košice; from the beltway, the E50 runs to Bratislava and the E71/E79 to the Hungarian capital Budapest.
Košice has an extensive choice of accommodations. Some hotels (in general the more luxurious ones) are housed in extremely attractive, historical buildings. The oldest hotel of Slovakia, Hotel Bankov, is located in Košice. Midrange hotels are also well represented and budget travelers can go to one of the many guesthouses. You can also rent many apartments in Košice.
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