Inhabited since the 8th century, Kosice, featuring a stunning historic city center and an impressive cathedral, is a lovely example of a booming, rich ancient history. Located within the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains along the Hungarian border, Kosice is recognized as the second largest city of Slovakia. Situated on the Hornad River, Kosice grew relatively rich during the Middle-Ages, due to its strategic positioning as an effective trading center.
An economic hub of eastern Slovakia, Kosice is home to a large steel mill which is the second largest employer in the country. At a distance of 400 kilometers to the east of Bratislava, Kosice is merely 20 kilometers from Hungary, 80 kilometers from Ukraine and 90 kilometers from the Polish border. Close to the mountains of High Tatras, Kosice offers some of the best hiking trails which are relatively close to the town.