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Katowice

Country
Poland
State
Silesia
City
Katowice
Type of Location
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About Location

Katowice is the largest city in Upper Silesia in Poland with a population of about 320,000 in the city itself and over 2.1 million if the surrounding cities of the Upper-Silesian Metropolitan Union are taken into account. Located in the middle of Silesia on the banks of the river Rawa, Katowice's historical importance as Poland's main industrial centre has been indisputable in recent decades. Nowadays Katowice has also a rich cultural life with theatres, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Silesian Museum and famous concert hall is known as the Spodek. Visitors will find an interesting city with many relics, stunning modern architecture, hospitable people and easy access to the Beskidy Mountains and other Silesian Cities.
 



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How to Reach

By plane

Some major airlines, Poland's national carriers LOT Polish Airlines , Wizzair, Ryaniar and some other low cost airlines fly to Katowice's Pyrzowice Airport (KTW). Domestic flights operated by LOT (under Eurolot brand) connect Katowice with i.e. Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW). There is also possibility to flight from and to nearby Kraków-Balice airport.

By train

Katowice Main Railway Station is located in the city center.
Trains from all parts of Poland and other countries arrive at Central Station. There are fourteen trains per day between Warsaw and Katowice and twenty-eight trains per day between Cracow and Katowice during the day; the journey takes 180 minutes (from Warsaw) and 80 minutes (from Cracow). You can arrive by train directly from Vienna, Budapest, Kiev, Berlin, Ostrava, Praha, Bohumin, Bratislava, Zilina, Cesky Tesin, Hamburg, Moskva, Minsk. The Main Station has left luggage lockers. The station is an easy two minute walk apart main Bus Station.

By car

The main approaches to Katowice are
from Cracow on the A-4 motorway; Katowice is about 60 km westward of Cracow
from Wroclaw on the A-4 motorway; Katowice is about 180 km eastward of Wroclaw
from Warsaw on the E-67 European main road; Katowice is about 300 km south of Warsaw
from Cieszyn (on the southern border) on the E-75 European main road; Katowice is about 70 km north of Cieszyn

By bus

Long-distance bus services arrive at International Katowice Bus Station (in the city centre, close to Sadowa Street). The main operator is Pekaes Eurolines .
Bus from Katowice to Krakow and viceversa
UNIBUS travels between Katowice and Krakow for 10PLN. It is suggested to book in advance.
Buses operated by PKS Katowice, running something like once per each two hours: it takes ca. 2 hours to get to Krakow, costs 16 zl one way, but if you go round trip, you get 40% discount.
Plenty of mini-buses services are operated.

Key places to visit
Silesian Museum, Silesian Culture and Recreation Park, Kosciuszko Park, Zadole Park, The Silesian Insurgents, Parachute Tower Katowice, Goldstein Palace


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Places to Visit

Silesian Museum

The museum was founded in 1929 by the Silesian Sejm, while the region was recovering from the Silesian Uprisings. In the interbellum, the Silesian Museum was one of the biggest museums in Poland. The Nazis however brought the collection to Bytom and tore the building down in 1940. In 1984 the museum was reinstated in a former hotel building.

Silesian Culture and Recreation Park

Silesian Culture and Recreation Park or Voivodship Park of Culture and Recreation is a recreation complex in the center of the Upper-Silesian Metropolis (bordering of Chorzów and Katowice) in Silesia, Poland. It is the largest city park of this type in Europe.It was founded in the 1950s-1960s from an initiative of local politician Jerzy Zietek as a popular community center for sports, arts, and recreation. Its area is 620 hectares.

Kosciuszko Park

The Kosciuszko Park, which has existed since 1925, is one of the most famous and frequented parks in Katowice, Poland. It is situated at the street of the same name.Its foundation dates back to 1888 when a municipal park was founded on the 6 ha area of suburban grove. The present area of the park is 72 ha. Its arrangement is influenced by English gardens-parks, which is emphasized by an alley of roses turned to wild. The park used to belong to the most beautiful places in Katowice, also because of the flower arrangements on the flower-beds and pergolas and classicistic gardens. After dusk the park is lit by stylish street lamps but it is not a safe part of the town in the evening.

Zadole Park

The Zadole Park which used to be a hamlet of Piotrowice, but now it belongs to Katowice districts of Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union there is a park with an amphitheater for 800 persons, a swimming-pool complex, a cafe and a playground for children and walking alleys. In 1906-1914 it was a place of the convention of the Polish choirs and bands within the framework of the Singing Societies existing in that region at that time. Students Hostels adjoin the center and not far from them there are tennis courts - free of charge.

The Silesian Insurgents

The Silesian Insurgents Monument in Katowice was designed in 1967 by Gustaw Zemla - a sculptor, and Wojciech Zablocki - an architect. It is considered one of the best-designed Polish monumentsand is presented at a very well exposed location. It is also the largest and heaviest monument in Poland.It is a harmonious combination of architecture and sculpture with appropriate symbolism: the wings symbolize the three Silesian Uprisings 1919 - 1920 - 1921 while the names of places that were battlefields are etched on the vertical slopes. The monument was funded by the people of Warsaw for Upper Silesia.

Parachute Tower Katowice

Parachute Tower Katowice is a 50 meter tall lattice parachute tower built in 1937 for training parachute jumps. It was used in the first days of World War II by the 73rd infantry regiment as an observation tower.The parachute Tower in Katowice is the only existing parachute tower in Poland.It is known for a legend that during the first days of the German invasion of Poland Polish boy and girl scouts shot German troops from it; that story has however been recently[when?] put into question and is now considered controversia

Goldstein Palace

The Palac Goldsteinów or Goldstein Palace is neo-renaissance palace, which was built by two brothers, Abraham and Joseph Goldstein. It is located in Katowice, Silesia, Poland, at the west end of the city centre.The palace is representative for the building style of second part of the 1870s. Front elevations and interior staircases are decorated in typical neo-renaissance ornamentation. The opulent use of marble and sandstone testifies of the owner's wealth. It has two floors. On every floor there are lords’ room, kitchen, bathroom, pantry and two rooms for staff.

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