Prosperity and extensive growth in the late 19th century was brought to Katowice by the coal and steel industry, turning it into a Silesian metropolis. Today heavy industry has disappeared, and new small businesses are creating a flourishing, modern city. Walk the beautiful old township of Nikiszowiec during the day and be inspired by art and music all over the city. Drop into the lovely shops, and when the evening comes be prepared to spend a long night dancing.

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Silesian Museum

The Silesian Museum exhibits Polish paintings from 1800 to 1939 and features various temporary displays from its immense collections such as archaeology or local history and culture.

Aleja Korfantego 3, Katowice
Katowice History Museum

The museum deals with the history Katowice and Silesian culture in general. The exposition helps visitors understand the essence of the city showing original objects, maps and traditionally furnished apartments.

Szafranka 9, Katowice
Zloty Osiol

The Zloty Osiol is a popular vegetarian restaurant that serves all kinds of veggie dishes from all around the world.

Mariacka 1, Katowice
Restauracja Tatiana

If you want to experience the taste of real Polish food, this is the place to go. The interior is just as traditional as the food, staff is friendly and the dishes are very inexpensive.

Staromiejska 5, Katowice
Silesia City Center

If you want to go for a substantial shopping trip, you will be best at the Silesia City Centre. The shopping mall contains a wide selection of international brand-name boutiques selling clothing and accessories, as well as multiple eateries and a cinema.

Chorzowska 107, Katowice

A hip store for hipsters and lovers of unique clothing and accessory designs – shop around or flip through the pages of books on the store shelves. At the same time you can go for a coffee and have a tea or Latte Macchiato.

Morcinka 23-25, Katowice

Katowice International Airport

Katowice International Airport is located in Pyrzowice, 30 km north of center of Katowice. There are regular bus services running between the airport and the city and they arrive (and depart) in the new local bus terminal located under the central train station. Taxis can be taken from outside the airport.

Katowice International Airport, Pyrzowice

Public Transport

Katowice has a transport system mostly made up of buses, trams and trains. It is the company KZK GOP who is primarily responsible for bus and rail service in Katowice. You can buy your tickets in grocery stores, newspaper stands or directly on the bus, but bus or tram drivers often speak only Polish.