This town is worth visiting
A young, dynamic city, Katowice is the cultural and administrative centre of Upper Silesia. For a long time, coal and steel dominated the image of the 150 year old city. Today, the city stands for science, services and fine arts. Katowice is well on its way to being a European cultural capital.
The exact location
Everything here is easy to reach: you're just minutes away from the Spodek Show Arena und the ICC (congress centre) as well as the main railway station and major roads. Discover the neighbouring cities of Gliwice, Tychy and Sosnowiec - you can be there in as little as 20 minutes.
Toboggan run in Kosciuszko Park
On cold and snowy days in Katowice's Kościuszko Park, adults and children can devote themselves to winter madness with the toboggan run! The route is 350 meters long, which guarantees unforgettable fun. Only sleds, good humour and winter weather conditions are needed for the ride. How to find this unique slide? The beginning of the track is on a hill built next to the wooden church of St. Michael.
The Wilson Shaft Gallery
‘What industry took away, culture must regain’ – this was the motto of the creators when they adapted the area of the historic mine shaft of KWK ‘Wieczorek’ to a contemporary art gallery. Today, the facility, whose history dates back to 1826, has become a unique space of culture, beauty and spirituality in austere, post-industrial interior – and the largest private art gallery in Poland with an exhibition area of over 2,500 m2. The gallery presents its own unique collection, but its main goal is to promote young, brave painters, graphic designers, photographers, performers – you can see their exhibitions here, as well as numerous fairs and festivals.
WALCOWNIA Zinc Metallurgy Museum
The largest post-industrial hall in Silesia open to visitors – the historic Walcownia is a place where the spirit of Georg Giesche, an industrialist and precursor of calamine (zinc ore) extraction in this area, is still present. The hall can be explored alone or with a guide, and by prior arrangement even a mini technological line can be viewed: from sheet rolling through guillotine cutting, strips production and extrusion of battery cups from zinc strips. The museum also has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles in Poland. Models from 1920–1986 are restored and technically functional. During the cyclically organized ‘Machine Start-ups’, vehicles are started and presented to visitors.
When the ‘Georg von Giesche's Erben’ company started to exploit more coal seams at the beginning of the 20th century, its authorities decided to build a workers' housing estate for its employees. The task was entrusted to the Berlin architects Emil and Georg Zillmann. In Giszowiec, they realised the ideals of a ‘garden city’ in which miners who usually come from the countryside would feel at home and which would satisfy all their needs. Thus, they created single-storey houses resembling rural cottages, each with a garden, and also a tavern, ice factory, bakeries, shops, canteen, bathhouse, laundry and mangle. Together, they formed a workers' colony, unique on a European scale. Today, the centre of Giszowiec is the vast Pod Lipami Square. It is worth seeing the Silesian inn (nowadays the Szopienice - Giszowiec Cultural Centre), and next to it the ‘Gawlikówka’ with a gallery of paintings by Edward Gawlik.
Exceptional desserts, wonderful cakes, the best shakes and, for the most demanding customers, Bubble Waffles. The right amount of sugar will give you a burst of energy for a winter stroll. Same Maszkety is the sweetest place in Katowice, where, apart from heavenly pastries, you can also enjoy hot shakes in winter.Read more
Opening hours 2 pm – 8 pm
One of the city's insider tips is a trip to the historic workers' housing estate Nikiszowiec, which is now a picturesque area featuring many restaurants. A walk along the cobblestone streets, surrounded by the typical red-brick estates, will put some magic into your evening. And there is another reason to visit this place. Here is located Café Byfyj, where you can taste delicious homemade baked goods.
Winter on a plate
Cafe Byfyj at Nikiszowiec is run by two sisters and it is famous for its Silesian cuisine. The girls primarily focus on the diversity of their baked goods. Throughout the year, in a room designed in Silesian style, they serve their guests unheard-of desserts, not only sweet but also savory! Although the magic of this place can not be overestimated at any time of the year, it is in cold December that we encourage you to visit Byfyj.
Winter heart of the city
Nikiszowiec is a real highlight of Katowice. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a coal miners' settlement, who worked at the nearby (no longer active) mine. Now it is an interesting cultural attraction, well worth visiting while staying in Katowice, especially during winter time while there are many festivites going on. The Christmas fair during December is a great opportunity for finding original, handmade presents that are also a fantastic souvenir from the Upper Silesia region.
Katowice loves murals! Scattered around the city, they are eye-catching, surprising and fun. When you go on a tour of Katowice, you simply cannot pass them without a closer look. You'll find them on small buildings, in the gates, in underground passages and on huge facades. Now it is time to find your favorite!
With your head in the clouds
Few people know that Park Śląski (Silesian Park) is larger in area than New York’s famous Central Park. The Legendia Silesian Amusement Park, a real zoo, planetarium and Silesian open-air village museum – all of these attractions are waiting for you at Silesian Park.
Katowice is the hometown of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In its honour, a new concert hall was recently built on the site of the former "Katowice" coal mine. You should not miss the chance to attend a concert by Poland's best orchestra.
In the ul. 3 Maja the cityscape is characterised by lovingly restored patrician homes. The pedestrian area is studded with chic boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Most of the bars and clubs are located in the ul. Mariacka – one of the hip centres of nightlife in Poland.
Katowice is the home of the newly built International Congress Centre(ICC), Poland's largest congress and event centre with space for more than 15,000 people. A pedestrian underpass also gives visitors direct access to the neighbouring Event Arena Spodek, which looks rather like a flying saucer from the outside.
There is also quite a lot to explore in the neighbouring historic cities of Gliwice, Tychy and Sosnowiec. Tychy is particularly noted for its rich and varied entertainment programme, many green areas, boulevards and recreational facilities. The oldest brewery in the country is also based here and is open to visitors.
- From the Hauptbahnhof train station:
From the "Dworzec“ bus stop, take bus nr. 0, 51, 110, 911, 930 or 950 and get off after only 2 stops.
(Journey time: approx.10 mins. Fare: approx. EUR 1,-*)
Plan your journey by train.
*Price quoted is for guidance only.
- From Katowice-Pyrzowice airport:
Take the "Lotnisko“ bus in the direction of "Katowice Dworzec“. Get off after the third stop, "Katowice Sokolska", and you will be at the hotel.
(Journey time approx.60 mins. Fare: approx. EUR 5.50*)
Plan your journey by plane.
*Price quoted is for guidance only.
- From the south:
From Bielsko-Biała turn onto route 79 (ul. Chorzowska) from route S86, then head for the city centre. Continue straight across the roundabout and turn left at the first traffic light.
- From the north:
From Warsaw, Łódź turn onto route 79 (ul. Chorzowska) from route S86, then head for the city centre. Continue straight across the roundabout and turn left at the first traffic light.
- From the west:
Coming from Wrocław, exit the A4 motorway onto route S86 toward Warsaw. After about 2 km, turn onto route 79 (ul. Chorzowska) in the direction of the city centre. Continue straight across the roundabout and turn left at the first traffic light.
- From the east:
Coming from Krakow, exit the A4 motorway onto route S86 toward Warsaw. After about 2 km, turn onto route 79 (ul. Chorzowska) in the direction of the city centre. Continue straight across the roundabout and turn left at the first traffic light.
The Vienna House Easy Katowice provides video-monitored parking spaces outside the building and a 2-storey garage with space for 150 cars: EUR 12 per day.
Via personal transfer
For a stress-free journey to or from the hotel, ask the hotel staff to organise a personal transfer for you.
- Bus stop: "Katowice Sokolska“: 100 m
- Dworzec PKP Katowice Glowny railway station: 600 m
- City centre: 1 km
- Spodek Sport Arena: 1.1 km
- Katowice Congress Centre (ICC): 1.2 km
- Katowice airport: 31 km
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