Art studios and traditional workshops line quaint Hrnčiarska, including herbalists, blacksmiths, potters and purveyors of precious stones. Some of their crafts haven't changed in 200 years; others use timeworn techniques to create contemporary designs. A few businesses along this cobbled lane have traditional crafts demonstrations, while others house arty coffee shops.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Košice attractions

1. Rodošto & Mikluš Prison

0.07 MILES

This complex's motley attractions form a whirlwind tour of Košice's history. In the bastion, whose walls date to the 15th century, Košice is revealed as a…

2. Kunsthalle

0.11 MILES

Like the steely, brutalist gallery building itself (a former swimming pool), the rotating contemporary art exhibitions at the Kunsthalle are matter of…

3. Plague Column

0.14 MILES

A statue of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary crowns Košice's 14m-high 'plague column'. Raised in 1723, this masterful baroque sculpture is a…

4. Hlavné Nám

0.17 MILES

Much of Košice's finery is assembled along Hlavné nám, a long plaza with flower gardens, fountains and cafes on either side. Stroll past the central…

5. Singing Fountain

0.19 MILES

This water feature, framed by flowerbeds, dances to the merry tune of a nearby 22-bell sculpture every hour. In summer, come after sundown when…

6. Sándor Márai Memorial Room

0.23 MILES

The city's greatest literary giant is Sándor Márai, who was born in Košice (then Kassa, part of the Kingdom of Hungary). Peep at the ornate balcony of the…

7. Cathedral of St Elizabeth

0.24 MILES

This 14th-century cathedral dominates Košice's main square, its gables bristling above tall, stained-glass windows while colourful roof tiles evoke a…

8. East Slovak Gallery

0.25 MILES

A thoughtfully curated gallery space with rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, the East Slovak Gallery also has a permanent collection of 19th- and…