Katowice downtown

Katowice downtown

Discover Katowice – the biggest city of the Upper Silesia Metropolis

The city of Katowice was founded in the second half of the 19th century, after the Industrial Revolution. You will not find here the medieval town hall or ramparts. Visiting Katowice is the unique opportunity to experience the concept of Modernist and former workers’ housing estate, which was built from scratch, starting at the beginning of the 19th century.

Let’s have a look back

During our walk through Katowice we will try to explain the phenomenon of this city in the simplest way. Let’s go back in time to the Plebiscite and the Silesian Uprisings. You will get the answers why one of the main streets of Katowice is called “Francuska” and how it happened that monumental Marszałek Piłsudski rides a mare, which is a stallion…

What to see

  • The Evangelical Church of the Lord’s Resurrection (Warszawska Street) – the first brick church in Katowice, built in the neo-Roman style in 1858.
  • The Edifice of Silesian Parliament (Jagiellońska Street) – a magnificent building in the neo-Classicist style, the headquarters of Silesian Autonomy in interwar period.
  • “Drapacz Chmur” the skyscrapers (Żwirki i Wigury Street) – the second highest building (62 m) in pre-war Poland, one of the most impressive example of functionalism architecture in Poland.
  • Tadeusz Kościuszko Park – one of the most famous park in Katowice. The legendary parachute tower and the Church of St. Michael Archangel from 1510 are located here. The wooden church under the invocation of St. Michael is one of the oldest sacral buildings in Katowice.

Katowice today

Nowadays Katowice successfully departs from the stereotype of the “Coal and Steel City”. Thanks to multi-million dollar investments Katowice has been developed from industry city to one of the most important culture centers in the Central Europe. Revitalization of the Katowice Coal Mine site and its adaptation for Culture Zone displays one the most well-known multipurpose arena complex – the symbol of Katowice – “Spodek”.

The Culture Zone

– The Silesian Museum (Dobrowolskiego Street) – one of the biggest museums in Poland, has assembled the most valuable collection of Polish painting, permanent exhibitions dedicated to heritage of Upper Silesia as well as exhibitions of 19th century photography.

– The new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra – NOSPR (Kilara Square) – one of the most modern concert halls in Poland with a capacity of 2000 auditors.

– International Congress Center


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