That’s “ko-SHEET-tse” to you English-speakers!
To paraphrase the city’s Wikitravel.org page:
Serving its part as a center of what may best be described as a frontier of Slovakian hill country, Hungarian lowlands and Ukrainian/Russian/Soviet East. [Some] travellers may find the city suffers from what may best be described as a small man syndrome, a feeling shared by many locals probably best attributed to being the second city in Slovakia and a place not often visited from elsewhere. This may however help in engaging with many residents who may seem to be one of those lovely people who actually enjoy foreigners visiting their place. The city prides on being known as “The City of Peace”…It has been selected the “European Capital of Culture” for the year of 2013 (along with Marseille). Despite its relative remoteness, you may likely find Košice a hidden, unknown and approachable gem.
And we only spent one day (2 nights) in this city. For our second full day in Slovakia, our group of five rented a car and drove northwest toward the countryside, the castles, the mountains, the national parks…in the direction of Poprad and Levoča on the map. I hope you enjoy the photos. It was difficult to choose so few to publish here: