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Tourist Information Centre
Rynek 13, 40-098 Katowice,
Monday - Friday 9.00 - 18.00, Saturday 9.00 - 16.00
Phone: (+48 32) 259 38 08
Phone/fax (+48 32) 259 33 69
The biggest tourist attractions in Katowice
Although Katowice is one of the youngest European metropolises, it has an interesting architecture. Among the Art Nouveau buildings we will find elements of eclecticism, modernism and neo – classicism. The one hundred years old workmen's housing estates Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec are unique architectural examples. Despite their primal character, they can make you feel the atmosphere of the early 19th century and move to the time of early – industrial development of Katowice. Those buildings were used in the famous Silesian film triptych directed by Kazimierz Kutz.
Among other architectural monuments in Katowice, the Arch Cathedral of Christ the King and an enormous house of the former Silesian Parliament is worth mentioning. Also the monuments to the Silesian Insurgents Monument like Wojciech Korfanty, Józef Piłsudski, Jerzy Ziętek and also the Parachute Tower in Tadeusz Kościuszko Park.
Close to Katowice
During the stay in Katowice, apart from the city and agglomeration, the whole Silesian region is worth seeing. The Beskids, the most beautiful mountains in Poland which offer plenty of tourist attractions, are only dozens of kilometers to the south of Katowice.
Cracow and Częstochowa Jurassic Upland (Jura Krakowsko – Częstochowska), picturesque place with rocks and castles, is even closer. What is worth seeing is also the Pszczyna Palace Museum, The Immaculate Conception of St. Mary the Virgin Sanctuary in Częstochowa (Jasna Góra) and the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim. Furthermore, each city of the region offers its local attractions and that is why it is better to see it than only read about it.
Katowice – what to see?
• Spodek (a large sports center / concert hall) and Rondo Sztuki (a gallery)
• Secessionist architecture of old railway station
• Nikiszowiec- famous miner's settlement
• Franciscan Fathers Neo-Roman monastery and church in Panewniki
• Modernistic architecture of Silesian Stanisław Wyspiański's Theater
• Cathedral in Katowice
• Monument to Silesian Insurgents
• Tadeusz Kościuszko Park and Church of St. Michael the Archangel, the oldest church in the city, built in 1510
• Market square and streets: Warszawska, Teatralna, Dyrekcyjna, Staromiejska, Dworcowa, Wawelska, 3 Maja, Stawowa, Mickiewicza
• St. Mary's Church
• Silesian Museum
• BWA Gallery of Modern Art
• Museum of the Smallest Books in Piotrowice
• Museum of the History of Katowice
• Three Ponds Valley
• The Silesian Parliament in Katowice
• Silesian Philharmonic
• CKK - Centrum Kultury Katowice (galleries and concerts)
• Mariacka Street - the center of nightlife in Katowice
Sites worth seeing in Silesia
- Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa
- The Black Trout Gallery (Sztolnia Czarnego Pstrąga) in Tarnowskie Góry
- DSD dolomity (Sportowa Dolina) in Bytom - ski and snowboard center, open all year
- Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (the Silesian Culture and Recreation Park) in Chorzów is a center for sports, arts, and recreation. It is the largest city park of this type in all of Europe. It includes: an amusement park, a swimming pool complex, a zoo, a planetarium, an ethnographic park, a stadium, a ropes course, a paintball park, bike paths, a rose gar¬den, tennis courts and more! Check out www.parkslaski.pl to plan your visits.- The Trail of the Eagles' Nests (Szlak Orlich Gniazd) - a marked trail named after a chain of 25 medieval castles which the trail passes by between Częstochowa and Kraków- Aquapark in Dąbrowa Górnicza or in Tarnowskie Góry
- GUIDO mine in Zabrze
- Brewery in Tychy - the biggest brewery in Poland
- Auschwitz-Birkenau (historic Nazi concentration camps)
- Castle Museum in Pszczyna
- Old Town Square and Castle in Cieszyn
- Szczyrk, Ustroń, Wisła, Korbielów - ski and snowboard resorts