The small industrial town of Katowice in Poland lies around 70km North West of Krakow. Despite the fame of Krakow’s old town being a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s true to say that the popularity of Katowice tourist attractions is on the up. Katowice has a direct airport connection with Liverpool (Wizz Air) which has seen an large influx of people travelling from the UK to Katowice, but tourism is also increasing.
Katowice Tourist Attractions – Architecture
The centre of Katowice is a contrast between the historical and the modern, and is walkable in a day.
From the Silesian Theatre, walk down Korfanteco Street past the old communist blocks and end up at the Spodek.
The Spodek is Katowice’s all purpose arena – their most modern development in the sporting world.
Katowice Attractions – Monuments
There are two main monuments in Katowice town centre. The first is the Silesian Insurgents’ Monument located right by the Spodek.
The second is the Silesian scouts monument on the main square, which remembers the scouts that defended the city in 1939.
Katowice Attractions – Museums
While you are in Katowice, don’t miss the Silesian Museum and the Museum of the History of Katowice.
Cathedral of Christ the King
The Cathedral of Christ the King is a simplistic but still beautiful Catholic Church that is free to enter. It is the largest archcathedral in Poland (where a Bishop resides). Original plans were to build the dome much bigger, but as it was constructed in the communist era, it was actually built much smaller than originally intended.
Mariacke Street – Bar Street or Student Ville!
If you want to head out for some cheap food and drinks and fun with the locals, head to Mariacke street. It is the student district and so tends to be cheaper than the other parts of town. There’s a lovely cafe culture here during the summer months, and you can also find the Katowice Tourist information here. Saint Mary’s Catholic Church stands beautifully at the foot of Mariacke street.
Nikiszoweic Historical Miners Estate
One of the top Katowice Tourist attractions is Nikiszoweic – the historical miners estate. Like something straight out of Peaky Blinders, you will visit this estate of homes built for miners over 100 years ago, and an old Baroque Church. To get there, take an Uber or a couple of local buses/trams from the city centre.
Auschwitz-Birkenhau Trip from Katowice
If you are staying long enough for a day trip out, it is possible to visit Auschwitz-Birkenhau – not a pleasant trip, but certainly an important one to understand the Jewish history of Poland.
It’s true that Katowice will not remain in the shadow of Krakow for much longer!
Where to stay in Katowice
If you are looking for a high end centrally located hotel in Katowice, you should consider the Courtyard by Mariott Katowice City Centre, Best Western Hotel Mariacke or the Hotel Plus Katowice. All of these hotels are within 0.6 miles of the centre of Katowice and regularly receive positive online reviews.