Town of Medzev was founded by German colonists, whom he invited to the country after the Tatar invasion in 1241 the then Hungarian King Bela IV. From its earliest beginnings to the first half of the 20th century it was inhabited by people of Medzev German and Flemish origin from which gradually became an ethnic group called Carpathian Germans and folk “Mantaci”. The Town of Medzev has nearly 4,000 residents, and the majority of the population can communicate in German, and more specifically “mantake”, which is an advantage for foreign especially German-speaking tourists.
The original inhabitants of Medzev made their living by agriculture, mining and metal processing in huts called Hamre. The word “Hamor” comes from the German word “Hammer”. The term “Hamor”, however, have long been enjoyed not only to refer to the hammer, but also to the iron-works in which a large iron hammers powered the water processed iron, copper, tin or another metal. In Medzev are most frequently mills for processing iron ore.
In Medzev, visitors can find reconstructed water hammer mill, which once again is mastered by blacksmiths who produce spades, shovels and knives. These visitors can buy directly from the blacksmith. There is a local swimming pool in Medzev, which is opened during summer and used mostly by the local visitors and residents of the City of Kosice. Medzev and its surroundings are tourist destination rich in natural rarities and curiosities as well as important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. From this perspective, Medzev a perfect location for hiking and tourism.
The adjacent Medzev-county lies on the eastern slopes of the Slovenske Rudohorie in the Košicka kotlina. The town lies in the valley of the river Bodva, 36 km west of Kosice, 35 km from the Hungarian border, 120 km from the Ukraine and 135 km from Poland.