The city of Košice, the second largest city in the Slovak Republic, is located in the eastern part of Slovakia, near the borders with Hungary, Ukraine and Poland. In the past, this advantageous location made Košice an important point on trade routes, today it is a key economic agglomeration, but also a crossroads of transport routes, to which the railway junction and the international airport contribute.
The Dome of St. Elizabeth, situated in the city, is the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe. The historic center is the largest urban conservation area in the Slovak Republic. The city has the largest zoo in Central Europe and the largest Slovak botanical garden. The children's railway in the Čermeľ Valley is the oldest and the only one in Slovakia.