I think Katowice is perhaps the most underrated city in Poland, but it certainly has a lot in store for you. The cliché of KatOWice applies to most people in Poland: it is a boring, grey city where industry has prevailed and there is absolutely nothing interesting to be found. For years, I didn't think it was a great place for tourists, or even a city worth visiting. But after a few days of breathtaking tours, I explored the center of Katowice without realizing the city I had visited all those years earlier.
That was when I realised that Katowice must be a great place to live, and I finally understood why all my friends and family had recommended Silesia as their favourite place in the world.
The Polish Railway (PKP) has a good connection to Katowice, and the city is connected to Krakow and Warsaw, the journey takes about one and a half hours. From there we continue to the capital of Silesia, not to mention Prague and Vienna. Entering and leaving Katowice is a great experience, but not as easy as in other parts of Poland.
The capital of the province is located in Katowice, easily accessible, with a wide network of airport and railway connections. It is also part of the region's tram system, which also serves the cities of Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and other cities in the region, as well as Warsaw.
Although the city is much smaller than Krakow, Katowice does not forget to play the best live music acts on its stage. Although there is no principal science or education centre in the region, the Warsaw University of Science and Technology (see our Warsaw Guided Tour) and its sister university in Gdansk offer a wide range of entertainment options that can compensate for the rarity of the sights.
The Historical Museum of Katowice is an excellent gallery that gives an insight into the life of the city and shows the history of the city and its inhabitants from its foundation in 1929 until today. The museum was only officially opened last year at its current location, but the exhibits include a wide range of non-professional art, including works by miners.
The Polish city may not be as colourful as Poznan or Gdansk, but it is not grey and dreary either. Polish city, and if you give Katowice a chance, you will see that it is not your average city break. It is the largest private gallery in Poland and you will see street art that Poland perceives not as vandalism but as an enrichment of the urban landscape. Taking away industry and regaining culture has to be the best definition of all of Qatar, it has to be a cool, modern city.
The Second World War did not prevent Katowice from being the capital of the most industrialised region of the country, and the city itself is the centre. This huge building, considered one of the most important monuments in Poland, is a famous landmark in Katowice. If you want to take a look at the history of Silesia, which belonged to Poland after the uprising of 1919-21, it is hard to miss the monument.
Muchowiec, today's Katowice district, has become one of the most innovative areas of the city with a number of universities, hospitals, schools and other facilities. It has thus become a centre for the development of education, research and tourism. The airport was limited to sporting activities until a new major airport had to be built in Pyrzowices.
Nevertheless, it is still one of the most beautiful sights in Katowice and all guests are welcome during the day. It is assumed that it is everywhere in Poland and that it is beautiful and interesting during your visit, but I have a suggestion: do not just think about it, take the time to discover this small town in southwestern Poland, you may simply be pleasantly surprised.
The other side of Katowice railway station is worth a visit, as there are also some interesting buildings in this area. In the surrounding area you will also find a number of interesting shops and restaurants as well as some restaurants and bars. To enjoy everything KatOWice has to offer to the fullest, you can also indulge in some walking food. The best thing about making the first day of your visit to Katowingice a short one is that you don't have to take too long to see everything.
I remember that before the Katowice mines were closed, this part of the city was only an empty area on the map. In 1953, after the death of Jozef Stalin, it was called "Stalinogrod" and annexed by the German Reich. It had ambitions to become a modern city, taking in many neighbouring towns, including Mucki. After the end of the Second World War, the name of the Katowice Voivodeship was changed to Stalinogrod Voivodeships and the region became an independent administrative unit under the General Government, which also included the Polish pre-war area.