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Kosice

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day16

    Sucha Bela

    October 22 in Slovakia

    Bei unserer Rundwanderung im Slowakischen Paradies ging es über die Sucha Bela Schucht erst mal knapp 500 Hm aufwärts. Das Ganze über Stock, Stein, durchs Wasser und über wilde Leiterkonstruktionen.

  • Day15

    Kosice

    October 21 in Slovakia

    Da das Wetter weiter südlich eine bessere Prognose hatte, ging es durch die wunderschönen Herbstwälder erst mal zum Gejsir nach Herlany. Wir konnten aber nicht herausfinden ob er vielleicht gerade Winterschlaf machte und da er wohl nur alle 32-36 Stunden "ausbrechen" soll, hatten wir keine Lust auf den richtigen Zeitpunkt zu warten. Also ging es weiter nach Kosice das unweit der ungarischen Grenze liegt. Ein wirklich nettes Städtchen, mit viel sehenswerten Bauwerken und einem mächtigen Dom an dem 130 Jahre gebaut wurde, bis er fertiggestellt war.Read more

  • Day16

    Klastorisko

    October 22 in Slovakia

    Vom Ausstieg der Sucha Bela ging es über den Bergrücken hinunter zum Kartuziansky klastor wo es die Ruinen einer alten Klosteranlage zu sehen gibt. Von hier sind wir über die Klastorska roklina zum Prielom Hornadu abgestiegen.

  • Day28

    Kosice

    August 23 in Slovakia

    I originally had plans to spend two days hiking in the Tatras, but the next day I was hobbling around like a geriatric and the one flight of stairs in my hotel were bringing me to tears as my foot and joints remonstrated me for pushing them to their breaking point. So. Cutting my losses I decided I might as well push on and decamped to Kosice.

    Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia, but with only 250,000 people this isn’t saying much. It is, however, an undeniably beautiful city with one of the broadest pedestrianised boulevards I have ever seen running through the middle of it, complete with a cute little stream running down the centre of it leading to the largest cathedral in Slovakia, also the most eastern gothic cathedral in europe.

    I spent 3 days there in total not doing much, partly due to the lack of things to do and also taking the opportunity to relax and recharge and letting my aching body recover. I spent most of my time hanging out in the many very cool coffee shops on the main drag doing some planning for my remaining 2 weeks and connecting with the local cafe culture.

    The cafe culture in Eastern Europe is surprisingly strong, this is something that always surprises me, never fitting comfortably with my stereotypes. People sit out in cafes all day long, ensuring they are always packed. Starting with coffee in the morning and moving on to beer and wine in the afternoon, which is something I have always been only too happy to play along. After 2 days of doing little else, I felt like a new person, however, restless and ready to move on.
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  • Day241

    Day 242: Caves of the Slovak Karst

    October 14, 2017 in Slovakia

    Feeling about the same today, not much better though at least not worse which is a nice change! Time to leave Tokaj and indeed, time to leave Hungary! Had our hotel breakfast and checked out with no issues, then hit the road heading north. Our target for today was a world heritage site just across the border in Slovakia, a series of caves in what's known as the Slovak Karst.

    The listing itself actually covers a whole bunch of caves, 30 or so I think, but annoyingly for us they are mostly closed this time of year. They tend to only open for a few months in the summer (April - September) so we were too late in the main. But we'd found one that was both open and interesting, so we headed there.

    After a few hours of driving and crossing back into Slovakia we arrived in Ochtinska, a tiny little mountain town with a nearby cave entrance. This cave is famous for its Aragonite formations, a type of calcium carbonate that forms on the ceilings of limestone caves.

    Grabbed a couple of tickets for the 12:30 tour, which was of course going to be conducted in Slovakian (which is confusingly named Slovensky and not to be confused with Slovenian which is named Slovenščina). But thankfully they had laminated information handouts in various languages including English, so we were set.

    The tour was only about 30 minutes, but quite interesting. The Aragonite formations look kind of like coral formations, only growing on cave ceilings! Some of them quite large, others small and scattered across an area called the Milky Way. Quite evocative.

    Drove out of the mountains and went looking for lunch, but all of the nearby villages looked quite poor and grim, and populated with semi-menacing Roma (gypsy) types, so we didn't linger. Eventually made it to a fairly large town where the typical big-box retailers on the outskirts had a handy kebab van out the front, so we grabbed some kebabs and ate in the car.

    Onwards we went, east towards the city of Kosice - actually the second-largest city in Slovakia! Not a huge place, but the old centre seemed quite nice. Our apartment is on a side-alley above a Cuban cafe that's closed for the winter. Nice and modern, though a bit bare, only one water glass and a helpful corkscrew though no wine glasses! No kitchen either, basically just a hotel room I guess.

    I had another snooze while Shandos headed out into town to check things out. Later on we had a brief walk then dinner at a decent-looking Asian restaurant. Reasonable food, I took a punt that the owners/chefs were Vietnamese (partly because some of the menu items were obscure-ish Viet dishes), and was rewarded with an excellent bowl of beef pho. I know we both got sick of Asian food last year, but it's a great change from the stodge of central European winter food!
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  • Day242

    Day 243: Working in Kosice

    October 15, 2017 in Slovakia

    Feeling a bit better today, but decided to use one of our spare days today for staying in and recovering. Shandos went out and about for a bit doing various things, but I mostly stayed in and relaxed and worked. Got through a few videos, did some organising and research etc.

    In the evening we went out for dinner and drinks at a place on the nearby main square - good food and good drinks. I had a pork neck burger while Shandos had a risotto.Read more

  • Day42

    Eimal dur d Slowakei

    October 18 in Slovakia

    Uf oisem Weg nach Rumänie fahremer quer dur d Slowakei, em Tomtom nah via "kürzeste Route".
    Di letste 15min hemmer es Dufterlebnis vom feinste gha... Zersch en unzueordnigsbare Gstank richtig Toitoiduft, denn Gasig, Gülig und schlussendli vermottends/brännends Laub. mmmh.. mir sind froh hemmer scho gässeRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kosice, Košice, Kassai körzet

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