Founded in the 13th century, Kosice is today the second largest city in Slovakia. Headquarters of the Hungarians during the war for independence from the Habsburgs from 1703-1711, the city still shows signs of its pre-WWI Hungarian influence. Kosice was taken in turns by Czechoslovakia and Hungary, becoming the capital of a newly independent Czechoslovakia for a brief few months in 1945. Today it is a major steel-making city, but its medieval Old Town holds much of interest to visitors.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013