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Authentic Kosice

Kosice, Slovakia
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About Authentic Kosice
Take our funky retro tour in a legendary 1970’s Czechoslovak car Skoda 105/120 through the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past, as well as recent transformations in Kosice, the metropolis of eastern Slovakia. Visit vast concrete housing estate areas, neighborhoods of rich and poor, a Cold War shelter, abandoned magnesite factory and railway tunnel. Local insight guaranteed!
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Liam H wrote a review Jul 2019
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Had an excellent tour with Slavo in the 1985 Skoda. He was a great tour guide speaking very good English with a great knowledge of the area’s history. He gave us a very vivid insight into the controversy and struggle people experienced under Soviet control and in memorialising it’s legacy today. It was clear this wasn’t just a job for Slavo but a passion project from personal experience. The drinks bottles and old currency he had collected added to his story of the region’s history and culture. We had mentioned we were particularly interested in the abandoned nuclear bunker and magnesite factory so Slavo detoured out of his way to show us these. The tour overran by an hour and a half but there was no sense of urgency, only making sure we’d had the full experience. There’s no way we could have seen a fraction of this stuff on our own during our short visit, and it helped us understand the city from a local’s perspective rather than as an outsider. So much more interesting than the usual tourist attractions. We saw the area warts and all including the gypsy slum which was an eye opener. We were allowed to drive the Skoda around a 1970s steelworks estate which you’d never get to do on a more official tour. The tour finished off in a beer garden with recommended beer and ice cream all purchased for us by Slavo, with a great presentation of some historical images of the places in the tour. Was completely worth it and well-recommended if you want to learn about Košice through an authentic and raw lens and venture off of the beaten track!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Melody M wrote a review Jul 2019
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania5 contributions
Slavo was a delightful guide. We didn’t know much about Kosice history, especially communist. It was fascinating. We saw sights we never would have seen on our own and tried local snacks. The Skoda sets the perfect mood and was icing on the cake.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Buzz C wrote a review Jun 2019
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This was the best thing we did in Košice. Extremely interesting and good fun. It really adds a lot to staying in this wonderful city to learn about all the history and goings on. Slavo is a great guide and excellent company. If you get a chance 100% recommend doing this, it is well worth it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Atle T wrote a review Jun 2019
Oslo, Norway45 contributions24 helpful votes
Slavo was a very good guide, showing us a lot to understand Kosice and its surroundings in a broader sense than what you do, just seeing the old town. A great combination of cultural, historical, sociological and political aspects. Highly recommendable if you enjoy exploring!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Christian G wrote a review May 2019
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom71 contributions46 helpful votes
Slavo gave us an amazing tour, very informative and taking us to see some of the more hidden sights of the city. His English is superb and he has a wealth of historical and social knowledge of the area. It was well worth the money and I would advise anyone visiting the city to take the time to see the city through Slavo's eyes. Brilliant.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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