KATOWICE

Poland

Katowice is the largest city in Upper Silesia and Poland's main industrial centre. A rich cultural life with theatres, the Silesian Museum and Philharmonic Orchestras and the famous Spodekconcert hall caters for a population of about 320,000 in the city itself and over 2.1 million if the surrounding cities of the Upper-Silesian Metropolitan Union are taken into account.

Info Katowice

introduction

Katowice is a city in southwestern Poland and the center of the Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 301,834 as of 2014.

Katowice is a center of science, culture, industry, business, trade, and transportation in Upper Silesia and southern Poland, and the main city in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region. Katowice lies within an urban zone, with a population of 2,746,460 according to Eurostat, and also part of the wider Silesian metropolitan area, with a population of 5,294,000 according to the European Spatial Planning Observation Network.  Today, Katowice is emerging metropolis. The whole metropolitan area is the 16th most economically powerful city by GDPin the European Union with an output amounting to $114.5 billion.

Katowice has been the capital of the Silesian Voivodeshipsince its formation in 1999. Previously it was the capital of the Katowice Voivodeship, the autonomous Silesian Voivodeship in Poland, and the Province of Upper Silesia in Germany.

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POPULATION :• City 294,889
• Metro 2,710,397
FOUNDED : Established 16th century - 1598 first official information
City rights 1865
TIME ZONE : • Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LANGUAGE : Polish
RELIGION :
AREA :• City 164.67 km2 (63.58 sq mi)
• Metro 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi)
ELEVATION :Highest elevation 352 m (1,155 ft)
Lowest elevation 266 m (873 ft)
COORDINATES : 50°15′N 19°0′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 48.3% 
 Female: 51.7%
ETHNIC : Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belarusian 0.1%, Ukrainian 0.1%, other and unspecified 2.7%
AREA CODE : 32
POSTAL CODE : 40-001 to 40-999
DIALING CODE : +48 32
WEBSITE :www.katowice.eu

Tourism

Katowice is the largest city in Upper Silesia and Poland's main industrial centre. A rich cultural life with theatres, the Silesian Museum and Philharmonic Orchestras and the famous Spodekconcert hall caters for a population of about 320,000 in the city itself and over 2.1 million if the surrounding cities of the Upper-Silesian Metropolitan Union are taken into account.

Located in the very middle of Silesia on the banks of the river Rawa, Katowice's mix of modern and historical architecture, easy access to the Beskids and other Silesian cities makes it a top visitor destination.


Tourist attractions

  • Market square and adjacent streets: Warszawska, Teatralna, Dyrekcyjna, Staromiejska, Dworcowa, św. Jana, Pocztowa, Wawelska, 3 Maja, Stawowa, Mielęckiego, Starowiejska and Mickiewicza, the so-called "Great Market Square of Katowice" or "Old town of Katowice"—many historic (monument) buildings. This is a group of functional-architectural. On the market square and most of the above-mentioned streets are prohibitions or restrictions on cars. Streets: Staromiejska, Dyrekcyjna, Wawelska, Stawowa and Warszawska is lined decorative cobblestone creating a pedestrian zone. The authority plans to Katowice—Quarter streets: św. Jana, Dworcowa, Mariacka, Mielęckiego, Stanisława and Starowiejska is to become so "small market square".
  • Nikiszowiec - historical settlement of Katowice, candidate to UNESCO
  • Cathedral of Christ the King
  • St Mary's Church
  • Church of the Resurrection, Evangelical-Augsburg, built in 1856-1858
  • Church of St Michael Archangel, the oldest church in the city, built in 1510
  • Drapacz Chmur, one of the first skyscrapers in Europe
  • Silesian Parliament, built in 1925-1929. For a very long time it was the biggest structure in Poland
  • Modernist old town
  • Spodek (a large sports centre/concert hall, whose name translates as the 'saucer', from its distinctive shape resembling a UFO flying saucer)
  • Silesian Insurgents Monument (Polish: Pomnik Powstańców Śląskich), the largest and heaviest monument in Poland. It is a harmonious combination of architecture and sculpture with appropriate symbolism: the wings symbolize the three Silesian Uprisings 1919 - 1920 - 1921 while the names of places that were battlefields are etched on the vertical slopes. The monument, which was funded by the people of Warsaw for Upper Silesia, is considered Katowice's landmark.

History

The settlement of Kuźnica was founded here in 1397. Katowice was first mentioned as a village in the middle of dense forests in 1598. In the 18th century numerous work colonies sprang up here and around 1769-70 the Duke of Pless established an underground coal mine. The next industrial sites were the Hohenlohe steelworks in the village of Wełnowiec, founded in 1805, the Baildon steelworks in 1828 (named after their founder, a Scotsman), and the Wilhelmina zinc works in 1834.

In 1873 Katowice achieved the status of county town. In 1897 Katowice was formed into a separate urban district, which also included the suburban municipalities of Bogucice - Zawodzie, Dąb, Wełnowiec and Załęże.

In 1889 one of the largest companies in Upper Silesia, the Kattowitzer Aktien-Gesellschaft, was set up with its headquarters in Katowice. As a result, major insurance companies and large-cap banks were attracted to the city. During the First World War, the steel industry continued to develop at a frenetic pace. Rail connections were also developed.

After Third Silesian Uprising, the Polish Government decided to give Silesia considerable autonomy with Katowice as a capital and home of the Silesian Parliament. It was the time of city most intense growth (1922-1939).

In 1975 the neighbouring municipalities of Piotrowice, Ochojec, Panewniki,Kostuchna, Wełnowiec, Szopienice, Giszowiec, Dąbrówka Mała and Murcki were merged with Katowice. Construction works were still continuing in the city centre. The main communications artery (al. W. Korfantego) was widened, old industrial buildings to the west of this road were demolished. To the east the historic Tiele-Winckler Palace was also demolished. On the market place, old buildings were replaced by modern shops: "Zenit" and "Skarbek", and also the "Dom Prasy".

The construction of the Roundabout and the "Flying Saucer" (Spodek) Sports Hall (1962–71) had a significant impact. The Millennium Housing Estate on the border of Katowice and Chorzów, the Paderewski Estate to the east of the city, the Południe Estate covering the suburbs of Kostuchna, Piotrowice, Ligota, and the Roździeński Housing Estate should also be mentioned.

In first decades of 21st century Katowice is going through another development phase. New main train station is being built and several competitions regarding redevelopment of strategic spaces (like Rynek, al. Korfantego and area behind Spodek) finished and are awaiting construction.

Climate

The climate is temperate-continental. The average temperature is 8.2 °Celsius (−1.5 °C (29 °F) in January and up to 18 °C (64 °F) in July). Yearly rainfall averages at 608.5 mm (23.96 in). Characteristic weak winds blow at about 2 m/s from the west, the Moravian Gate.

Climate data for Katowice

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)1
(34)
3
(37)
7
(45)
13
(55)
19
(66)
21
(70)
23
(73)
23
(73)
18
(64)
13
(55)
6
(43)
2
(36)
12.4
(54.3)
Daily mean °C (°F)−1.5
(29.3)
−0.5
(31.1)
3.0
(37.4)
8.0
(46.4)
13.5
(56.3)
16.0
(60.8)
18.0
(64.4)
17.5
(63.5)
13.5
(56.3)
9.0
(48.2)
3.0
(37.4)
−0.5
(31.1)
8.2
(46.8)
Average low °C (°F)−4
(25)
−4
(25)
−1
(30)
3
(37)
8
(46)
11
(52)
13
(55)
12
(54)
9
(48)
5
(41)
0
(32)
−3
(27)
4.0
(39.2)
              
Source: MSN Weather

Geography

Katowice is a city in Upper Silesia in southern Poland, on the Kłodnica and Rawa rivers (tributaries of the Oder and the Vistula respectively). It is in theSilesian Highlands, about 50 km (31 mi) north of the Silesian Beskids (part of the Carpathian Mountains) and about 100 km (62 mi) southeast of the Sudetes Mountains. Katowice is in the Katowice Highlands, part of the Silesian Highlands, in the eastern part of Upper Silesia, in the central portion of theUpper Silesian Coal Basin. Katowice is an urban community in the Silesian Voivodeship in south-west Poland. It is central district of the Silesian Metropolis—a metropolis with a population of two million. It borders the cities of Chorzów,Siemianowice Śląskie, Sosnowiec, Mysłowice, Lędziny, Tychy, Mikołów, Ruda Śląska and Czeladź. It lies between the Vistula and Oder rivers. Several rivers flow through the city, the major two being the Kłodnica and Rawa. Within 600 km (370 mi) of Katowice are the capital cities of six countries: Berlin,Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw.

Economy

Katowice is a large coal and steel center. It has several coal mines (Wujek Coal Mine, Mysłowice-Wesoła Coal Mine, Wieczorek Coal Mine, Murcki Coal Mine, Staszic Coal Mine) organized into unions—Katowice Coal Holdingcompany (pl: Katowicki Holding Węglowy), two steelworks (Huta Baildon, Huta Ferrum), and one foundry of non-ferrous metals(Huta Metali Nieżelaznych Szopienice).

Katowice is a large business and trade fair center. Every year in Katowice International Fair and Spodek, tens of international trade fairs are organized. Katowice has the second largest business centre in Poland (after Warsaw Business Centre). Skyscrapers stand along Chorzowska, Korfantego and Roździeńskiego street in the centre. The newest office buildings (A-class) are the Chorzowska 50, Altus Skyscraper and Silesia Towers (under construction).

Katowice is the seat of Katowice Special Economic Zone (Katowicka Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna).

The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Poland, at 2% (2008). The city is still characterized by its working class strength and attracts many people from neighbouring cities (other districts USMU seeking jobs.

The average monthly salary is the highest in Poland—about 4222,52 zł (~$1,220), in Warsaw about 4135,93 zł (~$1,200).

Subdivisions
I. Central-City
  • 1. Śródmieście
  • 2. Koszutka
  • 3. Bogucice
  • 4. Osiedle Paderewskiego - Muchowiec
II. North-City
  • 5. Załęże
  • 6. Osiedle Witosa
  • 7. Osiedle Tysiąclecia
  • 8. Dąb
  • 9. Wełnowiec - Józefowiec
III. West-City
  • 10. Ligota-Panewniki
  • 11. Brynów - Osiedle Zgrzebnioka
  • 12. Brynów - Załęska Hałda
IV. East-City
  • 13. Zawodzie
  • 14. Dąbrówka Mała
  • 15. Szopienice - Burowiec
  • 16. Janów-Nikiszowiec
  • 17. Giszowiec
V. South-City
  • 18. Murcki
  • 19. Piotrowice-Ochojec
  • 20. Zarzecze
  • 21. Kostuchna
  • 22. Podlesie

Internet, Comunication
  • Katowice's area code (for landline numbers) is 32 when dialed from within Poland or +4832 from outside Poland.
  • There are not many places that offer web and other Internet access. But there are some:
    • Costa Coffee - on Stawowa Street near the station. Free good wireless.
    • CafeKontakt Internet Café Bar: 3 Stawowa Street. No wireless.
    • Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport - Hot Spot
    • Dekadencja Private Club - 20 Mariacka St. Hot Spot (free of charge). Wireless does not always work.

Prices in Katowice

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€0.55
Tomatoes1 kg€1.00
Cheese0.5 kg€3.70
Apples1 kg€0.65
Oranges1 kg€0.90
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€0.65
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€4.00
Coca-Cola2 liters
Bread1 piece
Water1.5 l€0.38

PRICES LIST - EUR

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€11.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€20.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€4.00
Water0.33 l€0.63
Cappuccino1 cup€1.45
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€1.40
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.35
Coca-Cola0.33 l€0.75
Coctail drink1 drink

PRICES LIST - EUR

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€9.50
Gym1 month€26.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut
Theatar2 tickets
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.06
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€3.50

PRICES LIST - EUR

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack
Tampons32 pieces
Deodorant50 ml.
Shampoo400 ml.
Toilet paper4 rolls
Toothpaste1 tube

PRICES LIST - EUR

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1€50.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1€28.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€53.00
Leather shoes1€55.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.00
TaxiStart€1.30
Taxi1 km€0.60
Local Transport1 ticket€0.70

Tourist (Backpacker)  

33 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

85 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW) [www] in Pyrzowice (34 km from Katowice) is an airport for domestic and European flights. Operating airlines include:

Domestic:

  • LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw)

International:

  • Germanwings (Dusseldorf)
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt
  • Ryanair (Alicante, Birmingham,Chania, Dublin, London-Stansted
  • Wizzair Barcelona, Bergen, Cologne,Dortmund, Doncaster, Eindhoven]],Frankfurt-Hahn, Kiev-Zhulyany, Kutaisi, London-Luton , Malmö-Sturup,MilanBergamo, Naples, Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Ciampino,Stavanger, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tel Aviv

Seasonal: Bourgas, Grenoble

There are shuttle buses from outside the terminal building to the city centre dropping off near main railway station. PKM Katowice, Matuszek .

Cheaper option is to take the local bus (85 or 53) and then change. You can use this website to check connections rozklady.kzkgop.pl [www]. It will cost 8 zł (you need to buy two tickets, 4 zł each).

There is also possibility to fly from and to nearby Kraków-Balice airport.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Katowice Main Railway Station was remodeled in 2012 and is very convenient for travelers because of its numerous cafes, good signage, modern color scheme of white, blue, and occasional yellow, and bright lighting. It is located in the city center. The newly renovated train station has underneath it the bus depot, which has modern backlighting and nice colors to invite passengers on its 10 routes.

Trains from all parts of Poland and other countries arrive at Central Station. There are fourteen trains per day between Warsaw and Katowice and twenty-eight trains per day between Kraków and Katowice during the day; the journey takes 180 minutes (from Warsaw and Wrocław) and 80 minutes (from Kraków). You can arrive by train directly from Vienna, Budapest, Kiev, Berlin, Ostrava,Praha, Bohumin, Bratislava, Zilina, Český Těšín, Hamburg, Moscow, Minsk.

The Main Railway Station has left luggage lockers. The station is an easy two minute walk apart Main Bus Station.

The trains within Poland are run by Polskie Koleje Państwowe (see PKP (in Polish)). In the last few years privatization has split PKP into a number of different, smaller companies.

The ticket prices based on location and train type vary from 35 zł to over 100 zł, so be careful while choosing the train.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Long-distance bus services arrive at International Katowice Bus Station (in the city centre, close to Sadowa Street). The main operator is Eurolines.

Polskibus offers daily routes from Katowice to the following locations:Warsaw (near metro station Wilanów) via Częstochowa and Vienna, Austria via Bratislava, Slovakia. Fares can be as low as 2 zł.

Buses between Katowice and Kraków:

UNIBUS and Bus-Inter travel regularly (both operate twice per hour) throughout the day. The fare is 14 zł one way, and it is suggested that passengers book in advance, especially during Polish holidays and during peak commuting hours. UNIBUS use large modern coaches suitable for passengers with a lot of luggage, while Bus-Inter uses modern minibuses which may struggle to take large luggage during busy periods. On the other hand Bus-Inter is generally more responsive to demand and puts on extra minibuses during peak periods. Both operators state the route takes approximately 80 minutes dependent on traffic.

Buses are also operated by PKS Katowice, running something like once per each two hours: it takes about 2.5 hours to get to Kraków, costs 16 zł one way, but if you go round trip, it costs just 22 zł (6 zł less than UNIBUS or Bus-Inter). Note though that these are normal service buses which pretty much stop at every village on route between the cities.

There are also a number of private minibuses which operate between Kraków and Katowice. These though are difficult for non Polish speakers to find and use. Prices are comparable to the large companies listed above, so are only recommended when in the area with a local.

Buses between Katowice and Wrocław: buses operated by PKS Katowice run on different times, but there are at least 3 each day, some of them start in the night. It takes about 4 hours and the tickets cost about 25 zł.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

The main approaches to Katowice are:

  • from Kraków on the A-4 motorway; Katowice is about 60 km westward of Kraków
  • from Wrocław on the A-4 motorway; Katowice is about 180 km eastward of Wroclaw
  • from Warsaw on the E-67 European main road; Katowice is about 300 km south of Warsaw
  • from Cieszyn (on the southern border) on the E-75 European main road; Katowice is about 70 km north of Cieszyn

All routes converge on the main crossroads (the A-4 and E-75) which lies near the city centre. Katowice has no big car parks system but there are many small car parks along the roads in the city center.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By Public Transport

All public bus and tram transport is supervised by KZK GOP and the same tickets are used in 14 cities that constitute Silesian Metropolis. 24h free phone information: 0 800 16 30 30.

Transportation - Get Around

By Buses & trams

Many bus stations of the Passengers' Municipal Communication are situated in the core center of the city. At each bus-stop there is an information board with bus routes and where they go. The full map with bus routes is usually available in City Information Centre near Rynek (address: ul. Rynek 13; employees are multilingual).

There are also trams which transport passengers within the city and beyond the limits of the city. The dispatcher's office and information of the Municipal Tramway Enterprise are situated at the tram-stop in Rynek (the market square) in Katowice.

The same ticket type is used in bus and tram. Katowice offers many different tickets. One-zone ticket is suitable for traveling in the city limits. Zone bus stations (overstepping it in a bus or a tram means that one must buy next one-zone ticket or continue traveling with ticket suitable for more zones) usually are placed at the border of cities. Consider, if it is better to use one-ride ticket, week-ticket or monthly ticket. In the bus or the tram only one kind of ticket is available for sale - for three or more zones, for 4,40 zł (or 2,20 zł with reduced rate). One-ride tickets can be bought even in grocery stores. Newspaper stands or newsagent's stores sometimes sell other kinds. Ticket inspectors and bus/tram drivers often speak only Polish. When ticket inspector approaches you must show your ticket and proper document which allows the use of reduced rate.

One ride ticket price:

  • within one zone (or 15 minutes) 3,00 zł/1,50 zł (reduced rate)
  • within two zones (or 30 minutes) 3,60 zł/1,80 zł (reduced rate)
  • within three or more zones (or one hour) 4,40 zł/2,20 zł (reduced rate)

Transferable:

  • 1-day: normal rate 16 zł, reduced rate 8 zł
  • 2-day: normal rate 26 zł, reduced rate 13 zł
  • 5-day: normal rate 40 zł, reduced rate 20 zł
  • 7-day: normal rate 46 zł, reduced rate 23 zł
  • 14-day: normal rate 82 zł, reduced rate 42 zł

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Taxi-stops are situated in several places in Katowice:

  • at the entrance of the railway station on the ground floor from 3 Maja St.
  • Plac Oddziałów Młodzieży Powstańczej
  • the "Silesia" hotel
  • Skargi St.
  • the "Katowice" hotel
  • Korfantego Av.
  • Dworcowa St.

When you take a taxi always ask for the price beforehand unless you are willing to pay anything. Different types of taxis can charge very different prices which can vary up to 5 times the regular fare depending on location and time.

 

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Shopping

Katowice has several large supermarkets, from general to specialized (electronics, home equipment), department stores (malls), and a wide variety of smaller shops. The largest, very modern department store is Silesia City Center.

For local handcrafts, gifts and such, ask or google for "Cepelia" stores. There is also a tiny store at the Katowice Airport, but don't expect to find much there; you'll be better served at the Krakow or Warsaw airports. The airport stores will carry more of the international tourist oriented items; Cepelia stores will have some rarer items.

Restaurants

There are many restaurants in Katowice, including international chains such as McDonald's, Burger King or Pizza Hut. Like elsewhere in Poland, majority of restaurants in Katowice represent European-style cuisine, in particular, Polish one, with a number of Silesian regional dishes. It is not uncommon for a restaurant menu to have an English description; similarly, younger staff may speak passable English.

In addition to restaurants accessible from the streets, there are also some to be found in large malls and shopping centers.


Budget

  • Bar Mleczny "Europa", ul. Mickiewicza 8, one of so-called "milk bars" where you can have a meal without spending a lot of money; milk bars are preferred by students and travelers without fat wallet.
  • Deka SmakUl. Stawowa 10. Self-service restaurant where you pay for the weight of the food you chose.
  • Dobra KarmaUl. św. Jacka 1. Healthy food (breakfasts, pizzas, soups, pastas), nice interiors, children welcome.
  • Złoty OsiołUl. Mariacka 1. Vegetarian bar having unusual atmosphere and events like poet meetings or concerts

Mid-range

  • BuddhaUl. Drzymały 9. Indian restaurant. Vegetarian and carnivore options.
  • CityRockUl. Chorzowska 9B. Kitschy American-style. Thethe names of meals are in English.
  • Fantasmagoria, ul. Gliwicka 51. Polish and Ukrainian cuisine. Bright interior and a terrace in summer.
  • U BabuniUl. Kilińskiego 16. Rustic, wooden interior, traditional meals.
  • Zaklęty CzardaszUl. Kopernika 9. Hungarian restaurant and a winery in the cellar.
  • Hurry Curryul. Stanisława 1. Indian and Southeast Asian food, some vegetarian and vegan options available

Splurge

  • KryształowaUl. Warszawska 5. Elegant place, Polish and Silesian meals. No prices in drinks menu; 10% for service is added to the tab.
  • Karcma pod StrzechomUl. Grzyśki 13. Polish mountain style cottage in the area of blocks of flats. They serve folk dishes mainly.
  • Marysin DwórUl. Pukowca 17a. It is styled as countryside noble residence from old days and located in industrial area.

Sights & Landmarks

The finest examples of Modernism (International Style inspired architecture, in Polish Moderna) can be easily found in the city downtown. Central Katowice also contain a many Art Nouveau (Secesja) buildings along with the Communist era giants such as Spodek multipurpose arena complex or Superjednostka housing block.

  • St. Michel Archangel A complex of the wooden churches in the Kościuszko Park
  • The Cathedral, 49a Plebiscytowa Street.
  • The Cemetery12 Kozielska St
  • Jewish cemetery16 Kozielska St. 06.00 to 19.00.
  • Franciscan Monastery in Panewniki and Basilica76 Panewnicka, e-mail:
  • The Wyspiański Theater
  • Nikiszowiec, part of an administrative district Janów-Nikiszowiec built between 1908 and 1912 to house workers in the backyard of their place of employment – Giesche (now Wieczorek) coal mine.

Nature

  • Katowice has several large parks, and some small forests either with its city limits or nearby

Museums & Galleries


Museums


Galleries

Things to do


Cinema

Katowice has several new, multi-screen cinemas as well as some surviving old, traditional ones. Check if films are shown dubbed or subbed.

  • Światowid. 7 3-rd Maja Street. The primary place for art-house film in the city centre
  • Rialto24 St Jana St. An artist-run venue which specializes in more experimental film and music and has a lovely café too.
  • Cinema City - Punkt 4444 Gliwicka St. Modern multiplex type cinema with approx 13 screens and IMAX 3-D system.
  • Cinema City - Silesia City Center107 Chorzowska St. Modern multiplex type cinema with 13 screens. It is located inside the biggest shopping mall in Katowice, Silesia City Center.
  • Helios13 Uniwersytecka St. Modern multiplex type cinema with approx 9 screens. This one is in Altus - the highest building in Katowice.
  • Centrum Sztuki Filmowej - Kino Kosmos66 Sokolska Pl. For art-house film.

Theater

  • Silesian Theatre. 2 Main Market. Katowice's main repertory theatre, located in the city center.
  • Theatre Korez. 2 Plac Sejmu Slaskiego. Well known for being involved in some of the most cutting-edge theatre in the city.
  • Theatre Cogitatur. 9a Gliwicka Street. Experimetal theatre known also as former organizers of A'Part Festival
  • Theatre A PART. Is contemporary visual and physical theatre group, formed by Marcin Herich, actor, director and organizer of theater events. They are also organizers of A Part Theater Festival
  • Silesian Theatre of Doll and Actor Ateneum10 Sw. Jana St. One of the oldest doll's bands in Poland. They are organizers of International Festival of Doll Theaters Katowice - For Children.
  • Teatr 'Gry i ludzie' ('Games and People' Theater), 2 Niepodległości Av.Experimental and mainly outdoor theatrical group having their scene in the old railway station.

Music


Other

  • for board gaming, collectible card gaming, and similar pursuits, get in touch with the Silesian Fantasy Club, or visit the "Bard" store/gaming club at Kościuszko Street near the center (inside a building, hard to spot from the street, look for a yellow sign).
  • Katowice has a zoo, an amusement park, and a planetarium

Festivals and events

There is a lot of cultural events in Katowice. Exhibitions, concerts, festivals, spectacles and so on - they all happen in galleries, clubs and theaters. It is impossible to mention here all of them as they appear without any regular schedule. To get information on 'what's on', have a look at up-to-date Internet releases of conventional press like Ultramaryna or Gazeta Wyborcza: Co jest grane bringing cultural news for whole agglomeration. Below there is a list of events that happen at regular schedule.

  • Mayday. Polish edition of international technoparty located in "Spodek".
  • OFF Festival. Possibly the most important new music festival in Poland. First weekend of August.
  • "Rawa Blues" Festival. The biggest indoor blues festival in the world. It has happened every year since 1981, from the beginning Rawa Blues is led by the bluesman Irek Dudek.
  • Tauron Festival. Techno and dance rave that takes place in the Industrial Museum Complex, during August, not far from Spodek

Nightlife


Clubs

  • Hipnoza Jazz ClubPl. Sejmu Śląskiego 2. One of most active places in Katowice. A lot of concerts, drinks and interesting dishes.
  • Elektro, pl. Sejmu Śląskiego 2, Hipnoza's cellar.
  • 2B3Ul. Sienkiewicza 28.
  • GuGalanderUl. Jagiellońska 17A. A bar, a scene, a gallery place with good music, concerts, spectacles and so on.

Mariacka Street has the highest density of drinking establishments, among others:

  • Cooler Club & Lounge.
  • KATO. Local patriots, bar is in a constant state of being built.
  • Katofonia. Live rock, blues concerts.
  • Lemoniada. Two floors; the first with dance and pop music, the second with electro, located in 4 Mariacka St.
  • Lorneta z Meduzą. A bar inspired by bistros from the twenties. Open 24/7. Every drink costs 4 zł, every snack - 8 zł. Full of bums and hipsters.
  • Pub Śruba. Students' place.

Rather common discos

  • InqbatorUl. Dworcowa 2
  • Mega clubUl. Dworcowa 4.
  • SpiżUl. Opolska 22. A club with its own small brewery
  • Carpe DiemPlac Wolności 14. Katowice branch of Kraków's rock club.

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Safety in Katowice

Stay Safe


Katowice is a generally safe city to stay in. Beware of the usual nuisance of petty theft (especially at Railway Station).

  • Important phone numbers: police: 997, fire department: 998, ambulance: 999, all three at common, universal number 112
  • Municipal guard: +48 32 986
  • Watch out for pickpockets in public transport and busy places.
  • Park your car in safe place, on a guarded parking if possible.
  • Most long-distance trains have compartments, choose the occupied ones so you don't ride alone. Also, during night - make sure that at least one person is not asleep.

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