As one of Poland’s under-rated gems, Katowice is situated on the Silesian Upland, in the south-western corner of the country. The city may not have the abundance of historical monuments like other Polish cities but what it does offer is a huge commercial, cultural and entertainment hub, making it a fantastic city break.
Katowice may be short on history but it certainly makes up for it with entertainment and culture as the city continues to evolve into an innovative, vibrant and culturally rich city. The city has an abundance of museums, musical venues, and cultural centres with a visit to the highly impressive Silesian Museum definitely being worthwhile to discover this region’s history. What’s more, a wander into the Nikiszowiec will give you another insight into the city’s industrial mining past with the fascinating architecture and mining hub unspoilt more than 100 years later.
As one of the top Polish cities for their theatre offering, why not catch a performance in the Wyspianski Silesian Theatre. You can then round off your night trying out some of the superb restaurants and bars that make up the city with a standout being Browariat, a craft beer paradise with a superb collection of craft beers from around Europe.
Katowice lies in an ideal location to explore this fantastic area of Poland and beyond into central and eastern Europe with Krakow and the fantastic Czech city of Ostrava just over one hour outside the city. In Krakow, you can spend time exploring Europe’s largest market square and hub of the city before discovering its galleries, churches and ice-cream parlours that line the streets here. Tourists often take the chance to visit Auschwitz and find this a truly unforgettable and humbling experience to see the remains of these gigantic camps and discover stories of the 1.3 million victims of genocide, torture and imprisonment.
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