While not a place that attracts masses of tourists, Eastern Slovakia has lore, color and history as well as beauty and grace. The second-largest city in the country, Kosice, anchors Eastern Slovakia from its space on the Hornad River. This section is especially popular with those seeking a more active holiday.
Kosice has a Hungarian flair and a vibrant social life as well as numerous museums and points of interest. St. Elizabeth's Cathedral, built in the gothic style, is ornate and memorable. The city features a pedestrians-only downtown square populated with charming restaurants and shops. Not far outside the city limits, the Herlany Geyser fires water high into the air about every day-and-a-half and there are several caves recognized as UNESCO Cultural Heritage sites.
The Upper Zemplin region, which borders Poland, is full of virgin forests and rich wooded areas in which small villages and Greek Orthodox and Catholic wooden temples intersperse with the trees and meadows. Saris, in the northeast, is at times mountainous and has several towns rich with history such as Presov, Bardejov and Sabinov; commercially, the area is known for the beer that carries its name, and its mineral deposits include extensive salt and opal mines.
The Slovakian cottages are the perfect place to rest your tired feet when you've traversed the square, walked trails or climbed stairs and hills in search of the next treasure or memory.
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