Kosice is Slovakia’s second city after the capital Bratislava and is situated to the east of the country close to the Hungarian border in the south. Demographically it is a lot more diverse than the capital, with a vibrant mix of Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanies and others. The speed of life is noticeably slower also, probably due to the lack of tourists in any great numbers. The city has a wide and long main street along which there are many cafes and restaurants, and the view is dominated by the 14th Century Gothic cathedral of St. Elisabeth – the largest church in Slovakia. Kosice has the largest number of protected historical monuments in Slovakia, and is a beautiful and relaxing place to visit. The excellent street food market at the end of the main street is great fun and feels very much like the real Slovakia unlike Bratislava.