"Gliwice - The pearl of Upper Silesian region" Gliwice by Misiex

Gliwice Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 66 photos

Welcome to my hometown!

Gliwice - a town of about 200,000 inhabitants, situated in the southern Poland. Gliwice is a part of a big Silesian conurbation which is created by a different cities, formaly the capital city of this region is Katowice, which are 30 kilometers away from here. The Silesian conurbation is a home for almost 5 mln people - that's the biggest concentration of people in Poland.

Gliwice stray from the conventional Upper Silesian towns. Ages of history engraved themselves on many preserved buildings and in the mediaeval system of streets of the old town.

Moreover, influences of the latest history have been considerable - a widely known symbol, among others, is the Gliwice Broadcasting Station.

Gliwice is a mixture of "border line" elements - Polish, German, Czech, as well as Jewish and Armenian influences can be found here. Descendants of autochtonous inhabitants of the Upper Silesia and persons arriving from different parts of the country, of whom repatriates from the Polish borderland, live and act jointly in Gliwice.

Contemporary Gliwice is a town of culture, science and initiative with aspirations for the seizure of the position of one of the administrative centres in the Silesian region and a town entering the XXIst century in a European.

Some newest history:

"On 31 August 1939 there was a simulated attack upon the radio station (present Tarnogórska Street). The event was supposed to give the German army a pretext for invading Poland" - so here the Second World War began.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good architecture, places and people
  • Cons:Big traffic jams in the city center
  • Last visit to Gliwice: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 9, 2006 at 4:32 AM

    @ Pawtuxet: Hello! Kolbuszowa is about 250 km away from Gliwice ;) Greetings from Gliwice

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    Jan 22, 2006 at 5:24 AM

    Happy to find another interesting city in Poland. How far are you from Kolbuszowa? I hope to visit in June. It will be my 4th trip to Poland.

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    Apr 11, 2005 at 4:28 AM

    Most promising page (unlike my own!). Need to address my Polish heritage recently reawakened so trying to find out as much as possible about your wonderful country. Note you visited Windsor - I work for Windsor & Maidenhead Council!

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    Feb 17, 2005 at 12:44 PM

    Hi Misiex, thank's for your comments. What lovely pictures of Gliwice, especially the market square. Poland is a wonderful country!

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2004 at 10:45 AM

    Hello. You have a wonderful page about Gliwice! Best wishes!

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