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KOSICE – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
In 2013 Košice city will hold the title of ‘European Capital Of Culture’.
Košice is the second biggest city in Slovakia (following the capital Bratislava) with the population of approx. 250,000. It is situated in the south-east of Slovakia, about 20 km from the Hungarian borders and is the cultural and economic centre of Eastern Slovakia. It is also a seat of a constitutional court. Thanks to its secondary schools and universities, it became a popular choice of education among students. As a result, the average age of citizens is about 35 years, which has led to Košice becoming known as ‚the city of youth.‘
- You can have your treatment carried out and enjoy your holiday at the same time.
- Great cultural and culinary experiences for a fraction of the price
- Cheap European metropolis in comparison to other European destinations.
- Experience the cultural mix of Slovak, Hungarian, German and Jewish influences.
- In close proximity to Košice is Hungarian border which allows you to visit Slovakia’s southern neighbour Hungary
- Regular links to Hungarian capital Budapest directly from Košice bus station, train station or Košice Airport.
WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT KOŠICE?
|"I loved the idea of having a surgery done and being able to recover while on holiday. I met some lovely people and loved the city’s main street with its cafes and pattiseries. But the most beautiful thing about the city is the singing fountain!"|
Slovakia is a member of European Union and in 2009 it adopted Euro as its new currency. However, average prices of groceries, transportation and restaurants are much cheaper than in the rest of the Europe. The city of Košice therefore offers a great shopping experience. The quality of services are very good as most of the people are speaking English or German. The city's public transportation system includes buses, trams, and trolleybuses. The tickets can be purchased from the ticket dispensers at every bus stop or from the bus drivers. The prices range from 0.50€ - 1.00€, depending on time of travelling. An extra charge is applicable if travelling with luggage or pets. There are also 24h and 7-day tickets available. The ticket needs to be inserted into the ticket timer inside the bus. There is an easy access to taxis and car hire companies, too.
HISTORY OF KOŠICE
As a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the history of Košice was influenced not only by Slovaks, but also Hungarians, Germans and Jews. The town with its location on an international trade route from Hungary to Poland became an important economic and cultural crossroad. It was given a status of Free Royal Town and the biggest cathedral in the Kingdom of Hungary - St. Elisabeth Cathedral was built there, too. During the reign of King Matthias Corvinus the city reached its cultural peak and was among the largest medieval cities in Europe. Along with German merchants, the manufacturers producing English porcelain, hats, cloth and more, were flooding the town. After break-up of the Empire during the World War I, the city became part of the newly-established Czechoslovakia, but during the Second World War the city was ceded to Hungary. Being occupied by Germany led to the deportation of the city’s entire Jewish population. The city was later captured by Soviet Red Army and whole Czechoslovakia became part of the Eastern Block. After the break-up of Czechoslovakia, the city became the second biggest city in Slovak Republic.
TIPS AND ATTRACTIONS
Košice is popular touristic choice offering a great deal of cultural and historical sights. The city has a well-preserved historical centre, the largest among Slovak towns. There are many heritage protected buildings in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, including Slovakia's largest church - St. Elisabeth Cathedral. Its main attraction, late-Gothic altar consisting of the largest number of paintings in Europe, attracts hundreds of thousands visitors every year. The main street, rimmed with aristocratic palaces, churches, and townsfolk's houses, is a thrilling pedestrian zone with many boutiques, cafés, and restaurants. There are also several theatres, museums and galleries documenting ancient as well as present day Slovakia.
Hot summers and snowy winters make Košice a great holiday destination in a close proximity of Muránska planina National Park, Slovak Karst National Park and Slovak Paradise National Park which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The region is known for its many caves (open to public) as well as waterfalls, karst lakes, rare plants and animals.
In 2013 Košice city will hold the title of ‘European Capital Of Culture’.
HOW TO GET TO KOŠICE
There are regular flights to Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava from all over Europe provided by Ryanair.
The Košice International Airport is located in south of the city offering regular direct flights from/to Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague. Regular flights are provided by Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Danube Wings.
Another option is to fly over to Budapest Airport (Hungary) and take a direct shuttle to Košice (Slovakia). Regular flights to Budapest are provided by EasyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, British Airways, WizzAir and others. The prices of flight tickets vary from approx. 60 EUR. We advise you to book your ticket in advance due to special advanced prices. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer to our clinic.
People considering cosmetic surgery abroad face a huge problem: which country to choose. Slovakia is one of the popular directions along with Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, India or Tunisia. There are at least several reasons why to choose Slovakia:
- First and foremost Slovakia joined European Union in 2004. This event triggered many social and legal changes. Slovak medical sector is now better equipped and does not differ from “western” standards.
- Slovakia is the country with a deep-rooted European tradition and life style. In contrast to such countries like India or Tunisia, in Slovakia a patient has a feeling of safety and is not surprised by different culture, tradition or behaviour.
- In Slovakia all cosmetic and plastic surgeons have to obtain specialization degree in plastic surgery. It means that all of them are qualified and well experienced in plastic surgery field.
- Transport to and from Slovakia is not a problem nowadays. There are many low-cost airlines servicing airports in Slovakia. There are direct lines from London Luton to Kosice or Poprad, or you can fly to Budapest where we are also able to arrange transport from directly to Kosice by our car.
- A knowledge of English language has recently risen dramatically in Slovakia. Doctors and medical staff speak English.
- In Slovakia MRSA cases are very rare and in private clinics there is no MRSA problem at all.
- Last but not least prices in Slovakia are very attractive. In comparison to British or Irish prices patient may save from 40% up to 70% of western price, even if transportation and accommodation are taken into account.
- Travelling to Kosice is easy
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