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Katowice from the outside

Katowice is city located in southern part of the country, in Silesia region, in province called Wojewodztwo Slaskie. It is 75 km from Krakow.

The city is 140 years old and has been founded for mining and metallurgic industry. That's why it is still very poluted and discourages its scenery. Few years ago I heard even an anecdote about some Japanese scientists who predicated that it's imposible for any human being to live in such a polluted area ;-)

I believe that visiting Katowice, your first feeling about this place is "I'm in the CONCRETE JUNGLE! Get me out of here!" :-) And you wouldn't be wrong. Tall post-communist blocks, wide polluted streets, gray scenery... You could think "it's not a place I wish to stay longer and get to know better"

let me warn you,what you would lose ;-P

Coming deeper into the down-town you can see some nice 19th and 20th century tenement houses and a big spaceship (SPODEK, the most famous building in Katowice).
However the bigest attractions are in the suburbs:
MUCHOWIEC is a huge part of the city with small local airport (except of this one we have the international one, obviously ;-) and a really big and wild park (it's more like a forest) with many lovely ponds.
The other big green space is PARK CHORZOWSKI, located in the nearest town Chorzˇw, which is closer from the center of Katowice than Muchowiec, to be honest. You can meet there three-legged giraffe :-) visit the ZOO, amusement park (the biggest in Poland as far as I remember :-) and the beautiful folk museum which contains traditional polish wooden rural building. Besides you can go there on the longest in Europe low lying cable-chair way or try to ride on the yearly bob-sleigh coast. You could spend also some time relaxing in lovely cafes or eating traditional silesian sausage from the barbecue :-)

as you can see...

It's not a 'must tourist destination', however if for some reason you are in the area, there is plenty of reasons to visit my home town, even if it seems to be a concrete jungle from the outside :-)

To be quite frank with you, I learned to appreciate and love this city recently, and I'm still discovering its charm day by day :)

Take a look at my pictures of the amazing sky over Katowice :-)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:green spaces, the longest in Europe low lying cable-chair way, spaceship in the center of the city, cheap beer, three-legged giraffe, ME :-)
  • Cons:pollution, dust, smelly river, packed buses in the rush hours, lack of night life (uncommon thing for the university town, I suppose)
  • In a nutshell:Katowice is not worth to be a travel destination, but if you are already there for some reason, there is many things to see there :-)
  • Last visit to Katowice: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nov 4, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Arantha, i'm visitig Katowice for a few days and really appreciate ur advice. thank you!! a few things that scare me, and i hope it all turns out well....but thanks for the warning! and thank you very much xxx take care

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    Dec 16, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Hi, Nice to read about your city. I hope to travel there next year.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2007 at 3:37 AM

    I just returned from Katowice and had a fantastic time there!

  • May 19, 2006 at 8:29 AM

    Seems like the place to visit

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2006 at 11:10 AM

    Birthday greetings from Alaska! Very sorry to hear about the roof collapse. Hope all your loved ones are safe.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2005 at 3:59 PM

    Interesting page with helpful tips about Katowice. I like your introduction photo. :o)

  • Sep 28, 2005 at 3:16 PM

    Looking forward to your updates and photos. Yeah...I agree with Ben. You live in a great country :) Can't wait to travel back...maybe to Bialystok.

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2005 at 2:28 PM

    Very good start Ania -- I like that Intro photo -- I've had many good times in Katowice -- I lived on ul. Monte Cassino when I worked there -- I look forward to your other Poland pages -- I love your country.

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