Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia, behind the capital city of Bratislava, with around 240,000 residents. Located in east Slovakia, the city lies on the River Hornád within close range of both the Tatras and Slovak Ore Mountains which offers fantastic hiking and climbing opportunities, for when the culture becomes too overwhelming.Executioner's Bastion For an unusual museum experience visit the Executioner's bastion which dates back to the 15th century and was originally part of the ancient fortifications of Košice. Wander around the Ferenc Rákóczi House which contains personal possessions of the Hungarian revolutionary Francis II Rákóczi. Don’t miss the Mikluš prison which is home to both a prison and torture chamber, neatly contained within interconnecting 16th-century houses. The State Theatre Constructed in a Neo-baroque style in 1899 is the State Theatre which features ornate plaster ornaments and statues alongside a lyre shaped stage. The ceilings are intricately decorated with paintings from Shakespeare tragedies, painted by Viennese painter P. Gatseb. The paintings depict scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear. Located on Main Street, today the Opera House runs regular performances of ballet, drama and opera; try to catch a performance at this historic gem if you can. Beggar's House Explore the ‘Beggar's House’ which is a traditional house located on Hlavna Street which features a statue on the front of a man doffing his cap. The fable says that this was a career beggar who used the charitable donations he received to build this house in what is a highly desirable medieval street. Plague Column Monument Take a moment to reflect on the effect the plague had on this city at the Immaculata, aka the Plague Pillar. Built in 1723 this monument shows gratitude for the end of the plague which swept the city in 1710. Standing at 14m tall there is also a small park and fountain where locals meet.