Katowice is the capital of one of the largest and most dynamically developing agglomerations in Europe. City belongs to a huge urbanized area that includes several cities with nearly 3 million inhabitants. It is a truly European city, where modernity creatively refers to and mix with tradition.
Katowice is the political, economic, cultural and scientific center of Upper Silesia (Polish: Górny Śląsk). The city is an ideal place for meetings and organization of large international events. It is facilitated by easy access and good transport connections between Katowice and the region, as well as a rich gastronomic offer and a varied cultural offer of the city. The constantly developing base of high-class accommodation and conference facilities creates excellent facilities for the organization of events. For a long time, Katowice was seen mainly as a symbol of the stereotypically associated Silesia: a place of heavy industry, coal and steel. Over the last few years, Katowice has undergone a significant transformation, becoming a modern metropolis, symbolized by the Culture Zone.
In the place where the “Katowice” mine was operating until recently, the space created perfectly symbolizes the transformation of a stereotypical city into a modern metropolis, full of the energy of its open-minded residents. The Culture Zone is a place where thousands of people meet today to relax actively and get to know the city anew. The Culture Zone, which includes such facilities as the Silesian Museum, the International Congress Center and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio NOSPR. The city is also a thriving academic center with the University of Silesia, University of Technology, Academy of Physical Education, Academy of Music, Medical University of Silesia, University of Economics and the Academy of Fine Arts.
The historic district of Katowice, which was founded in 1908-1924, is one of the most climatic places on the city map. The Nikiszowiec estate is located on the Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Province. The district consists of three-storey brick blocks, forming quadrangles with internal courtyards, where the residents used to have at their disposal cells and ovens for baking bread. The unusual spatial layout and architectural momentum make this almost unchanged place an obligatory point on the map.
One of the districts of Katowice, located about 6 km southeast of the city centre. The Giszowiec Housing Estate is a unique working-class colony on a European scale, built in the years 1906-1910 for industrial workers. You can see the unique architecture by looking at the workers’ cottages, built on the model of an old Upper Silesian country cottage, which have been preserved until today. The centre of the district is the vast “Pod Lipami” Square. It is worth visiting the nearby House of Culture (a historic Silesian inn), as well as other interesting buildings of the forest district, schools, shops, workers’ houses and public buildings.
Muzeum Śląskie w Katowicach
The city’s business card and an obligatory point to visit during your visit to Upper Silesia. The museum was established on the site of a former coal mine, which was given the name “Cultural Mine”. The Museum building is an example of bold contemporary architecture. The institution is inspired by the heritage of the region, its intellectual and artistic achievements and a rich multicultural tradition. At a depth of 14 meters underground, you can see rich and diverse collections of old and contemporary Polish art. The Silesian Museum has come to be the region’s most important cultural centre, an essential part of Silesia’s social life and a major voice on Poland’s cultural map.
Tourist Route, which includes objects representing the Katowice architecture of the 1920s. and 1930. The route includes 16 modernist buildings, which are connected by 5.5 km. On the route there are info kiosks at the visitors’ disposal, thanks to which they can learn the exact history and meaning of each point on the route.