For the most central part of Košice, I consider, from the tourist’s point of view, the street called Hlavná. Reason why is that the most of interesting museums, galleries, old buildings and monuments is situated here. It’s very simple to get to this street. From the bus stop Staničné námestie or directly from the railway or bus station leads the straight way on which you can’t get lost. It goes through the city park and it connects to the street called Mlynská.
Na Mlynskej chvíľu ostanemeLet’s have a stop on Mlynská street
Even when Mlynská wasn’t our final destination, we had to stop here for a minute. We walked a few meter of this street and saw a splendid building – Jakab’s palace. This building is named after the man, who designed it for himself – Peter Jakab. The palace also used to be a residence of the president of ČSR, Edvard Beneš.
Unfortunately, we could see this building just from the outside, because the interior is not allowed to be entered by people and it’s a question if it’ll ever be. It’s a pity, because I believe that the interior would be as magnificent as the outside.
The jewel of Košice
When we were walking the Mlynská street, we saw the best-known monument of Košice – St Elisabeth Cathedral – from a long distance. I am happy to tell you, that you can also enter this cathedral and if you want you can also attend a mass. The masses are held at following times:
Except this you can also go to see the view from the north tower of the cathedral, called Sigismund’s tower. The price is 2€ per one person. The only bad thing which can happen to you is that the weather may not be very good, for example when we were at the top of the tower, the wind was too strong and cold. Anyway, the view was stunning!
Surroundings of the cathedral
The St Elisabeth Cathedral is not the only interesting thing you can see when you enter the Hlavná street. The cathedral is surrounded by St Michael’s Chapel with the park and the fountain, Urban’s tower and Singing fountain.
We could see the chapel and the tower just from the outside. On the first sight, they were very beautiful builidns but when we took a closer look on the Urban’s tower, we saw that it decays and there is probably no interest of people to renovate it. We wanted to visit the museum of the wax figurines which should be, according to the poster on the door to the tower, located in the Urban’s tower, but unfortunately we found out that the museum was moved somewhere else a long time ago and the tower itself is not allowed to enter.
The Singing fountain is located next to the Urban’s tower. It’s characteristic feature is a calm music, playing all around. If you are tired from walking all day, you can sit on a bench, listen to the music and relax. A big disadvantage is that many people want to relax here, so it’s probable that you’ll have to wait a few minutes until someone leaves and the bench is free for you.
Mikluš’s prison and the executioner’s bastion
We decided to make a little turn-off from the Hlavná street and take a look to the complex connecting the Mikluš’s tower and the executioner’s bastion. It’s very easy to get there. You just get to the state theater and then turn right to the University street. Then u will just go straight until you come to this building:
There is a map on the door, which will navigate you to the cash desk. The entrance fee for the students is 1€ and for the adults it’s 2€. The lady from the cash desk led us to the beginning of the tour and she played us a short video, in which we saw the evolution of this place in the past. After watching the video we could go and see the whole complex. The tour was without a guide, but every room is described very well by the table with the text.
Našu prehliadku sme začali na poschodí a postupne sme prechádzali všetky miestnosti a schádzali nižšie a nižšie, až sme sa na záver dostali do podzemia, kde sa nachádza mučiareň. Tá bola pre mňa osobne najzaujímavejšou, no zároveň aj najstrašidelnejšou časťou prehliadky. Miestnosti boli temné, doplnené nie len mučiarenským vybavenímale aj obrázkami, na ktorých bolo ukázané, ako sa niektoré z mučiacich nástrojov používali.
Our tour started above the ground but as we went through all the rooms, we went down and down until we got under the ground and saw a torture chamber. It was for me the most interesting and at the same time the scariest part of the tour. The rooms were dark and full of a torturing equipment as well as with the pictures which show the use of it.
Although I’d like to write more about all the interesting places situated in the centre of the Košice, it’s not possible. That’s why I’ll at least name them and I hope that you’ll visit them by yourself.
Remeselnícka street (Craftsmen street)
Old Town Hall building
Stephen Bocskai memorial
Soviet soldiers memorial
Museum of archeology
Museum of eastern Slovakia
Slovak technical museum
Maybe it’ll be problem for you to find some of these buildings, but don’t worry. Thesedays, many of the buildings are not in their original state but there are restaurants and coffee places in them. I believe that if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find these buildings by its unique architecture.