Tourist attractions
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Tourist attractions

NIKISZOWIEC

GISZOWIEC

ROUTE OF MODERNISM

Silesian Museum, Katowice

INDUSTRIAL MONUMENTS ROUTE

Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre

MUSEUM OF THE DUKE’S BREWERY IN TYCHY

Museum of Katowice History

THE MODEL PEN FOR THE EUROPEAN BISON

SILESIA PARK

HISTORIC SILVER MINE

GUIDO MINE

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Discover Katowice

The oldest part of Katowice

Although Katowice is a relatively young city – the municipal rights were granted in 1865 – it can boast the oldest city part that is comparatively well-preserved. The main artery of the old Katowice city is composed of 3 Maja street stretching from Wolności Square to Main Square as well as its extension towards the east, i.e. Warszawska Street. It is here that one can see the most impressive tenament houses dating from the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, industrialists’ mansions (e.g. The Goldstein Villa) as well as the oldest churches: the evangelical church from 1858 and the catholic church from 1870. The name ”Mariacka” given to the street is closely connected with the latter. Mariacka street is a pedestrian precinct full of cafés and pubs buzzing with life nearly all night long. At the other end of the street one can notice an old railway station, which no longer serves its original purpose, but it still reminds us of how important the rail transport was for the origins and development of the city. From this place it is quite near the southern part of Katowice downtown where one can spot the voivodeship office and the Silesian Parliament buildings and the cathedral of Christ the King towering the town. There you can also walk along the Modern Route or visit the Museum of Katowice History.

The place, where the old architecture meets the new one is the Market Square surrounding, which underwent a complete metamorphosis to become a friendly space encouraging residents to spend their free time. From the main square it is worth walking along Korfanty Avenue, passing the Silesian Insurgents’ Monument towards the Spodek Arena and then continue with the Culture Zone.

The Modern Route

The 1920s and 1930s are the decades of extremely dynamic growth of Katowice. It is no wonder that at that time a lot of modern, avant-garde buildings were constructed, which are still regarded as the most outstanding in Poland in terms of the style,. It is worth strolling along the Modern Route to get familiar with a dozen or so objects designed in this style, grouped in the southern part of the city centre. They include, among others: the first skyscraper in Poland, futuristic villas and luxurious tenament houses as well as majestic office buildings with the famous Silesian Parliament building at the forefront.

Walking along the Modern Route you should look in the Kościuszki Park situated in the vicinity. It is a beautiful old park founded at the end of 19th century where you can see St. Michael the Archangel church - a historic wooden building from 16th century - and an old parachute tower related to the tragic events of 1939.

Other interesting attractions situated in this part of the city include cultural institutions such as the Museum of Katowice History, the City of Gardens Cultural Institution, the Korez Theatre or the Archdiocesan Museum.

The Culture Zone

The Culture Zone is a new part of the city, which came into being recently on the former ”Katowice” mining site. After the coal mine had been closed down, the following objects were constructed: the International Congress Centre (MCK), the new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Silesian Museum building complex. The entire structure is complemented by the Spodek i.e. a sport and entertainment arena, which has been Katowice's architectural icon for nearly 50 years. The Culture Zone is also an extraordinarily arranged space encouraging to spend some time among the greenery and avant-garde architecture. Therefore, it is worth combining a visit to the museum or a concert in the hall of the NOSPR with a walk along the so-called Green Valley passage running through the MCK roof. You can admire the city panorama from the top of the former mine shaft, have a meal in one of the best restaurants or relax in the nearby Bogucice Park.

KATOWICE FOR CHILDREN

Katowice offers a lot of stuff for children of all ages to see and enjoy. Parks and squares include several well-equipped playgrounds, which can enrich the kids' tours of the city. In the centre the play areas are situated, among others, at Liberty Square, St. Andrew’s Square, Cardinal August Hlond’s Square and the market square. Large, modern play spaces can be found in Kościuszko’s Park or the Three Ponds Valley, and recently there has been constructed a playground in Bogucki Park, located close to the Culture Zone. The historic districts of Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec dispose of public play areas as well. During hot weather water playgrounds are unforgettable attractions for the youngest. The first facility of this kind was constructed in the Three Ponds Valley, and the other ones have come into being in the remaining districts. In summer the “Bugla” Water Park is also available. Before a sightseeing tour of the Culture Zone with the kids, it is worth planning to visit the Silesian Museum and the excellent interactive exhibition entitled “In Search of Tomek”, inspired by a series of popular books for young readers by a Katowice resident Alfred Szklarski. The Education Room in the district of Ligota can be a goal in itself or a perfect complement to hiking in the Katowice forests. In addition, Silesia Park situated at a border of Katowice and Chorzów offers numerous attractions for the young visitors, such as: a zoo, a planetarium, an amusement park and many others.

GREEN KATOWICE

Katowice is one of the greenest cities in Poland, where woodlands occupy over 42% of the total urban area, including the remains of the Silesian Primeval Forest with its two nature reserves, i.e.: Ochojec and Murcki Forest. The network of trails, cycling paths, specially designed tourist shelters, camping sites and educational boards foster practising various forms of active recreation in the Katowice forests. There are also many parks in the municipal area of Katowice from among which Kościuszko's Park and the Three Ponds Valley are the largest and the most popular ones. Both are located south of the city centre and they are slightly different by nature. Kościuszko's Park is an old, historic urban park with varied terrain and ornamental vegetation. You can see here a charming timbered church under the invocation of Saint Michael Archangel dated from 1510, a famous parachute tower and the statue of Tadeusz Kościuszko. There are playgrounds and a natural toboggan run in winter. The Three Ponds Valley is Katowice residents' favourite recreational site, where you will find a nearly 4 km rollerblading trail, cycle paths, jogging routes, kayak rental, a landscaped beach with a bathing and swimming area. In the vicinity, there is the “Muchowiec” Sports Airfield, and the nearby meadows create a perfect setting for the organisation of popular music festivals.

GISZOWIEC I NIKISZOWIEC

Katowice is a city whose history is inseparably connected with mining. Nowadays, when the city’s image is changing considerably, visiting Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec – historic, more than 100-year-old mining settlements - is definitely worthwile. It is a place where you can still feel the atmosphere of the old industrial Silesia.

Nikiszowiec was created in the years 1908 – 1927 according to the design of Emil and Georg Zillmann. Housing estate, service area, St Ann's noe-baroque church and the buildings of the closed ”Wieczorek” coal mine form a coherent whole of exceptional beauty and unique character. The Wilson Shaft Gallery with its modern art exhibition is also another tourist attraction. In 2011

Giszowiec – the picturesque garden town was set up in the years 1907-1910 and was mainly inhabited by workers of the "Giesche" Coal Mine. The labourers' houses modelled on old rural Silesian cottages represent interesting examples of architecture. Another spectacular landmark of the district is the Siesian Inn (currently turned into the Szopienice-Giszowiec Community Centre), the “Gawlikówka” Silesian Chamber (a small gallery dedicated to the art of late native folk painter Edward Gawlik), as well as school, shop and the forest inspectorate buildings. Its location in the middle of the forest retreat enhances the uniqueness of Giszowiec.

Visiting a historic zinc rolling mill hall will be a great complement to the sightseeing of the miners’ housing estates. This plant, that had been also constructed by the Giesche Company, was inextricably linked with the nearby colliery. Today, almost two decades after the manufacture had been ceased, we can see how the entire process of the zinc-coated sheet production was conducted due to the preserved original and still operating machinery from the beginning of the 20th century.
Nikiszowiec was recognised as a Polish Historic Monument.