Košice - Herľany

Košice - Herľany - choose what you need






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040 01 Košice, Palackého Ulica street 1422/2,
AUPARK, GPS: 48.718007, 21.265546

You may start at the Košice Aupark Shopping Centre. Continue eastward along the Palackého Ulica street under the railway bridge. Turn right after the fuel station. Go over the bridge over the river Hornád. Go through the passage for pedestrians, and by the noise barrier set off for the opposite side, as if going back. Along the ED8 road, you will weave your way up a mild hill via the allotment gardening area E58 until you come to the intersection next to the fuel station. Go to the opposite side and continue straight along the road 3410 direction Zdoba.

Road 3410

4,4 km

 GPS: 48.723870, 21.293392

The less travelled road 3410 will lead you through the villages of Zdoba, Sady nad Torysou, Olšovany, up to the village of Ďurkov, where on the junction with the main road turn left onto the road 576 in the direction of Bidovce


17 km

GPS: 48.708592, 21.438780

After passing Ďurkov, continue along the road 576 through Bidovce around the villages of Nižná Kamenica and Vyšná Kamenica, up to Herľany. The road traffic in these parts is not too heavy, so the cars will not interfere.


29 km

GPS: 48.800967, 21.477709

The next stop is at the natural geyser in Herl'any. To see it in its full glamour, you need to painstakingly plan your trip and have a piece of good luck, since the geyser sprays water every 32 to 36 hours. To continue your trail, you need to go back to the beginning of the village and turn left at the T junction direction Vranov.

Red C

4 km

GPS: 48.810351, 21.519744

The trail will slowly rise through the forest. After a few kilometres, the rise will go steeper in serpentines. On top of the serpentine, there is an intersection with the red bicycle trail on which you should turn right. Go through the gate on a forest path. The wellspring named Hubert is along the way, where you may refill your water supplies. You will be going through an area with a high degree of protection and you can admire the pure nature.

Dargovský Priesmyk

Dargov pass

44 km

GPS: 48.739046, 21.535274

On the forest road, you come up to the Dargovský Priesmyk pass. The buffet there is open in the summer months. You may take a rest by the Memorial. The trail continues from the left side of the Memorial at a moderate rise into the woods. This climb will still take a few miles more, but it is the last one on the trail, and when it starts going down, you have won!


61 km

GPS: 48.684037, 21.431287

In Ruskov, you will go straight to the T junction at the grocery shop. Here you should turn left in the direction of Blažice. Next, you will go through the village of Bohdanovce and by Nižná Hutka to eventually return to Košice


82 km

GPS: 48.718007, 21.265546

There are several options in Košice of how to return to your starting point. You can tap on the Red or Green C, which leads along the Hornád river, over which you will get to the entrance to Košice, or you can return through the paths and across the city by following the CENTRUM traffic sign plates



The city extends on both banks of the river Hornád in the geographical contact of the northern tip of the East Pannonian Basin – the Košice Basin, and the Carpathian Mountains of the Slovenské Rudohorie mountain ridge, which borders on the city in the Northwest by the Čierna Hora mountains and the Volovské Vrchy hills. From the East, it is enclosed by the wall of the Slanské Vrchy mountain ridge of volcanic origin.

Košice is the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia and the second largest city in the Slovak Republic.

Košice became the European Capital of Culture in the year 2013. The city has held the title of the European City of Sport from 2016, and from the same year, the prestigious international film festival Art Film Fest is taking place here every year.

The city is also the seat of the Košice region and the regional self-government – the Košice Self-governing Region, a major centre of political, economic, cultural, and Church life.

Its centre with numerous Gothic treasures, Baroque, classical, and historical architecture, is a reflection of the exuberant history of the city, which is the largest urban historical preservation with St. Elisabeth Cathedral being its most prominent landmark.

St. Elisabeth Cathedral is the largest Gothic Cathedral and the largest church in Slovakia. On its southern side, there stands the Gothic St. Michael Chapel. The Dome also has a detached belfry, the still functioning St. Urban Tower.

When you visit the city of Košice, you definitely should take a tour of the other monuments typical for this city.

There are a number of churches, among which we should mention the Dominican, Franciscan, Premonstratesian  churches, or  St. Michael Church. The synagogue at the Zvonárska Ulica street is also noticeable, which is also the oldest preserved synagogue in Košice, the synagogue at the Puškinova Ulica street, the Historic City Hall, St. Urban Tower, the County House, the building of the State Theatre of Košice, Jakab's Palace or the Immaculata. The latter is known as the most beautiful Baroque monument in the city. Another interesting feature is the Lower Gate, which presents a unique archaeological complex with a part of the city fortification dating back in the 13th century.

The city also boasts the longest pedestrian promenade in Slovakia, where you'll find plenty of stylish cafes and restaurants, lanes, parks, historic buildings, courtyards, and abundant social life.

You may discover all of these sites when you visit Košice by taking a walk in the city centre, which hides many interesting treasures.



Guest House Villa Regia, Dominikánske Námestie square No. 3, Košice

Phone: + 421 (0) 55 625 65 10, E-mail: penzion@villaregia.sk , www.villaregia.sk

City Hotel Kosice, 040 01 Vodárenská Ulica street No. 6

Phone: + 421 (55) 796 88 00, E-mail: recepcia@cityhotelkosice.sk , www.cityhotelkosice.sk

Guest House Set, Trieda SNP No. 85, 040 11 Košice

Phone: + 421 (0) 55/311-2, E-mail: 7880 penzionset@penzionset.sk , www.penzionset.sk



Baránok, Čermeľská Cesta 67, 040 01 Košice

Phone: +421-55-633 43 18 67 + baranok@baranok.sk , www.baranok.sk

MED MALINA, Hlavná Ulica street No. 81, 040 01 Košice

Phone: + 421 (0) 55/622, 03 97 restauracia@medmalina.sk , www.medmalina.sk
PIVOVAR HOSTINEC brewery pub, Hlavná Ulica street No. 65, 040 01 Košice

Phone: + 421 902 580 580, manager.hostinec@gmail.com , www.pivovarhostinec.s


Bike service shops:

MAD BIKER, Roosveltova Ulica street No. 6, 040 01 Košice,

Phone: + 421 (0) 55 62 270 20, 0944 418 533, madbiker@madbiker.sk , www.madbiker.sk

JUMP SPORT MIER, Študentská Ulica street No. 1, Galla Centrum, 040 01 Košice

Phone: + 421 55 698 62 31, + 421 910 901 619, E-mail: jumpmier@netkosice.sk , www.jumpsport.sk

LBIKE-CYKLOCENTRUM, s.r.o., 040 01 Košice, Mlynská Ulica street No. 19

Phone: + 421 (0) 55 625 11 23, + 421 910 154 554, www.cyklocentrum.eu



Herľany is a municipality in the district of Košice - Precincts. It is known for its Geyser of Herľany that currently sprays water in the height of up to 7 - 15 metres. It is the only cold-water geyser in Europe.

The Geyser of Herľany differs from standard geysers in its being situated in the volcanic mountains of the expired volcanic activity, and fundamentally by its having been artificially activated by a borehole of 404.5 metres deep, as well by its low-temperature water. The Geyser of Herľany came to exist due to the heyday of the local spas in the 19th century, for which it was necessary to provide sufficient amount of curative mineral water.

At present, the eruption repeats itself in 34 - 36 hours intervals, the eruption action takes 25 minutes, and the average yield is 25 - 30 litres/ s-1. The time interval among the respective eruptions depends on the rain - after a heavy rain it is reduced, and vice versa.

Due to its specific characteristics and the uniqueness which differ it substantially from the world's geysers, one may justifiably consider it a global rarity. The history of the Geyser of Herľany, including the bore-hole drilling device, which was used by Viliam Zsigmondy in his explorations, are exhibited in the Zsigmondy Museum in Visegrád, Hungary.



The municipality of Dargov stretches between the spurs of the central part of the Slanské Vrchy mountain range, in the upper part of the of the Trnavka creek basin, at an elevation of 260 metres a.s.l. Dargov is the last village in the region of Zemplín in the district of Trebišov, and forms the boundary line with the Abov region. The historical boundary stone called the " County Stone" is part of today's border line between the districts of Trebišov and Košice.

Remembrances of the cruelty of World War II are also associated with Dargov in form of the memorial on the top of the nearby hill. The village was almost destroyed during the battles of the Dargov Pass; according to the materials available, 22 thousand soldiers and civilians fell into the battle. The "Victory Monument", built on the top of the pass, is a never-dying memento of those times.

Dargov is a gateway to the “Bačkovská Dolina” valley national nature preserve.


Accommodation and catering facilities:

Hotel Biele Studničky, Hlavná Ulica street No. 222, 076 61 Dargov

Phone: + 421 (0) 56/678, 37 99 www.bielestudnicky.hoteldargov.sk

Guest House Bowten, Hlavná Ulica street No. 270, 076 61 Dargov

penzionbowten@gmail.com , + 421 918 682 274, www.bowten.sk

Košice - Herľany



Bicycle trip: Košice - Herľany


Did you know what?

The National Park Slovak Krast, with an area of over 36 000 ten-hectares, is one of the biggest karst areas in Central Europe.

The Zádielská Valley belongs to the gems of Slovak rock-climbing? The climbing of the specified rock massives is permitted from 1st August until the 1st of March.

The statue of the marathon runner is the only one in the world. There isn’t an artistic sculpture depicting a marathon runner anywhere else in the world, additionally, a part of this piece of art is documentation of all the marathon winners, who’ve conquered the running track in Košice.

There’s an exceptionally rare epitaph written by the field marshal F. Renaud from 1740 in the Fransiscan Seminary Church, made by G. R. Donner, the exclusive sculptor of Vienna.

The Premonstratesian monastery contains unique symbology? It has 4 entrances, just like the number of seasons, 12 chimneys just like the number of months in a year and 365 windows just like the number of days in a year.

The point situated the lowest in Slovakia is in Dolný Zemplín- the village and municipality Klin nad Bodrogom (94, 3 m above seal level), as well as the lowest situated town in Slovakia - Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

Sobrance is the most eastern town in Slovakia.

More than 210 types of birds live in the protected landscape area Latorica.

The reservation Tajba is a unique place where one can find the rare European Pond Tutle.

Morské oko (‘The Eye of the Sea’) is the biggest enclosed volcanic lake in Slovakia.

Vineyard and winemaking district Tokaj is one of the five in the world, where one can grow grapes for the production of naturally sweet wines.

The museum of guitars in Sobranovce is one of a kind in Europe and the second of its kind in the world.

Zemplínska Šírava has the biggest water area in the region and the second biggest in Slovakia.

Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is the only one of its kind in Europe and there are only two other ones like it in the world.

The Silická Ice Cave is a popular hide-out for bats during the winter, on rare occasion, even the rare Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri).

A prominent writer of romances, Mór Jókai, who was looking for some jewel pieces for his new novel ‘Levočská biela pani‘ visited the castle Krásna Hôrka in the year 1883? His creation was published in many editions and has been translated into many languages.

The precious frescos were only discovered in the church in Štítnik at the beginning of the 20th century.

The building of the church tower in the Barroque Evangelical Church in Betliar lasted just 2.5 months.

The building work on the church of the Reformed Chruch in Hrhov began on the basis of a collection of gold coins from the locals which came to 789 gold coins in total.

The characteristic ‘Šošovkovité‘ (Slovak for ‘in the shape of a lens‘) Square in Spišská Nová Ves is the longest of its kind in Europe.

The tourist season never ends in Slovak Paradise and tourists can carry on exploring it during the winter months.

That the municipality of Smižany, situated in Slovak Paradise, is the biggest municipality in Slovakia.

Kláštorisko had become a hiding place under the incursion of Tartars on the Spiš territory and has frequently acted as a refuge for local inhabitants.

The characteristic style of the Spiš Jerusalem is also emphasized by the planting of the black pine which resembles cedar from the Middle East.

In the year 2000 the likeness of the bridge went as far as being immortalised on a postal stamp.

The town placed lowest in Slovakia: Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

The lowest point in Slovakia: Klin nad Bodrogom (94,3 m above sea level).

The first coat-of- arms for a city in Europe: Košice.

The biggest church in Slovakia: St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice.

The biggest castle complex in Central Europe: Spiš Castle (4,1 ten-hectares).

The biggest ice cave in Slovakia: Dobšinská Ice Cave (11 200 m3).

The only cold geyser on the European continent: Herľany.

The oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world: The International Marathon of Peace (Košice, 1924).

The largest karstic area in Central Europe: The Slovak Karst (440km²).

One of the three accessible aragonite caves in the world: Ochtinská Aragonite Cave.

The biggest botanical garden in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area: Košice (30 ten-hectares, more than 4000 plant species are being grown here).

The tallest church tower in Slovakia: the church Nanebovzatia Panny Márie in Spišská Nová Ves (87m).

The second biggest water area in Slovakia: Zemplínska Šírava (area 33 km², the maximum length 11km, maxiumum breadth 3.5km, the average depth 9.5m and the maximum depth being 14m).

Endemic (a plant which doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world): Onosma tornensis (Turniansky Castle).

Košice’s golden treasure, containing 920 gold coins from the 15th-17th century, belongs to the oldest bulk discoveries in the world.

The largest zoo in Central Europe and in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area : ZOO Košice.

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