GET READY FOR A MARATHON OF TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
Make the most of your stay in Slovakia and reserve more days off to explore this hidden gem in the heart of Europe. We will show you what not to miss, especially near Košice, where your marathon adventure begins. Visit the amazing underground scene of the oldest opal mines in the world. Camp under the star-spangled sky with the Milky Way being perfectly visible with the naked eye. Hike through gorges full of jungle-like greenery teeming with life you will not find anywhere else. Discover the region peppered with preserved wooden churches, listed in UNESCO, that are anything but ordinary. Or fulfill your Disney fantasies and tour the fairytale-like castle that belongs among the most visited landmarks in Central Europe… The beauties of Slovakia are rich and varied – our 10 travel bucket list experiences will guide you to extraordinary vacation:
You will quickly find out that Košice is not far at all. Located right in the heart of Europe and easily approachable by car or train. City has good flight connections to the whole world – over 500 destinations are available with just one stop.
Visit the first European city that achieved municipal coat of arms in 1369. Nowadays the city’s proud rests in the oldest marathon in Europe. In 2013 Košice was awarded the title European Capital of Culture and in 2016 became the Best European City of Sports.
MARATHON WAS BORN
You will find yourself in the city where tens of thousands spectators have been cheering for marathon since 1924, where olympic champions conquered the course at the time most of us even hadn’t been born yet. Only Boston experienced more.
Stay awhile and visit the unique statue of the Marathon Runner. Engraved in bronze you can read names of all Košice winners out of which many were worldwide known champions.
Experience the moment of peace in the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, established in 1380. St Elizabeth Catedhral is a dominant part of the great slovakian historical monument reservation
of incalculable value.
Evening before the marathon start all the runners and tourists are absorbed by the city nightlife and international festival of modern street art White Night (Nuit Blanche). Pubs and restaurants with local and world delicacies, great beer or tasty vine will enchante you.
On Sunday all the athletes will be enjoying one of the world’s fastest courses originaly designed for IAAF World Half marathon Championships in 1997. You will run in the footsteps of marathon legends with a good chance to improve your personal best.
The atmosphere is electrifying. One can’t find a lot of other world marathons where almost each 3rd citizen is applauding all along the course from start to finish. Generations of Košice citizens understand and truly love marathon.
One of the very pleasant features of Košice Marathon is a fact that all the key points are close together. From the registration desks to the start gate, from the finish line to the swimming pool or your hotel room. Most of these crucial locations are situated near at hand.