Košice has a number of green spaces that are perfect for a stroll in the summertime shade, a morning jog, an afternoon picnic or whatever else it is that people like to do in parks. The Botanical Gardens are clearly the highlight, but we’re not going to turn our noses up at a Dino Park any time soon.
Located within the grounds of the Pavel Šafarik University, Košice’s Botanical Garden is an oasis of verdant fauna that is home to thousands of plants, animals, flowers and the rest. Of particular interest is the vast collection of cactuses (or cacti? We never knew), with over a thousand of the spiky pests lurking in this expansive garden. There is also the opportunity to spend some time in a greenhouse and see if you could deal with the intensely muggy conditions of a rainforest, so consider that an ideal practice before you go off to live in the Amazon.
The City Park in Košice is located between the centre of the city and the train and bus stations, making for a pleasant walk between transport and everyday life. There are a couple of playgrounds within the park, along with plenty of walking paths, benches, and a bridge that doesn’t seem to be crossing any obstacle at all.
Did you know that Košice Zoo is the largest in Central Europe in terms of area? Well, you do now. There are almost 1,500 animals lurking within the 292 hectares, the third-largest zoo in all of Europe. Almost 250 species make up the numbers, including African legends like lions, zebras, antelopes and the rest. There are also penguins, and who doesn’t love penguins? To visit using public transport, jump on the number 29 bus and get off at the terminus.
Dinosaurs are so very, very cool. Nobody disagrees with that statement, and if they do then you need to have a think about whether you need that negativity in your life. The Dino Park is a part of the zoo complex and is full of statues of prehistoric beasts, and we’re not just talking about the classics. Sure, you’ve got your Tyrannosaurs, Stegosaurus, Diplodocus and others, but you’ll also find Pachycephalosaurus, Compsognathus and our personal favourite — Parasaurolophus.
Located on the very edge of the city some 6km from the centre, the Košice Lookout Tower is a very popular summertime spot. Surrounded by glorious green nature, the 21 metre high watchtower offers sublime views of the city and its surroundings. There are 99 steps (we can’t quite grasp a Jay-Z reference) but the views are absolutely worth it.