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.
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 It was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a coal miners' settlement, who worked at the nearby (no longer active) mine.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.
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.
Most romantic places
Nikiszowiec is one of Silesia’s most beautiful places. A walk along the cobblestone streets, surrounded by the typical red-brick estates, will put some magic into your evening of romance.
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.
In the summer of 2015, the Silesian Museum was relocated to the former coal mining area. 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.
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
Lat: 50.263649 | Lon: 19.016321