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Katowice

General information

  • Location - Southern Poland, Silesian Voivodship
  • Area - 164 sq km
  • Population - 320 000 residents
  • Density - 2000/km2
  • Founded 16th century
  • City rights 1865
  • MAYOR - Piotr Uszok
  • Postal code 40-001 to 40-999
  • Municipal Website www.um.katowice.pl

Neighbouring towns:

  • Tychy
  • Chorzów
  • Sosnowiec
  • Siemianowice Śląskie
  • Ruda Śląska
  • Mysłowice
  • Mikołów
  • Czeladź

City Information Office

Located on ul.Młyńska 2, stocks a range of materials in English about many of the things to see and do in Katowice. They also have a good free map of the city and have lots of information on cultural events.
Open 09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.
A touch-screen computer with city information can be found outside.

History

The first mention of Katowice appeared in priest Kazimierski's writings. He was an inspector in Bogucice parish in 1598. However, the history of the city is determined by the histories of few considerably earlier Slavic agricultural settlements (from XIVth - XVIth centuries) and ironsmiths, which nowadays are districts of Katowice. What is specific to the history of Upper Silesia, a lack of a dominant center, is also true of Katowice, considering the development of many minor economic, cultural and administrative objects which later constituted one municipal system.

The development of the village of Katowice began with the Berlin railway building (1846) that led to Myslowice. A very important event was the taking over of land estates by the Winckler family. Pitman and mining entrepreneur Franz Winckler converted surrounding villages into an industrial city.

In 1865, Katowice village received municipal rights. Shortly, Katowice was promoted to district status. In the times of the Grundmann's regime, the first monumental structure was built – the evangelical church on Warszawska St. (1856-1858). Then, the neo-gothic church on Mariacka St. (1870), monastery and Bonifrant Fathers' hospital, convent and orphanage of Jadwiga Sisters and Saint Szczepan church in Bogicice were built.

The beginning of the First World War did not cause any destruction and losses in Katowice. On the contrary, it stimulated industry development and good economic conditions especially for the steelworks. Warfare did not afflict the contemporary population and their numbers taking part in three Silesian Uprisings (1919-1921) which led to a referendum causing attachment of Katowice to the reborn Polish State (20th June 1922). Soon the city became the capital of an autonomous Silesian Province, base of Silesian Parliament and Upper Silesian Mixed Committee.

In Katowice, the times between wars was a period of intensive development. It was not a Prussian industry center, but the biggest economic center in Poland, capital of the richest region. In 1924, Katowice was the base of: 53 banks, 8 foreign diplomatic subsidiaries and few international concerns. Increase of the capital caused increase of investments in municipal infrastructure. The importance of the city as a scientific and cultural center was increasing constantly; Katowice became an inter alia University City. In the times of Popular Poland, many new housing estates were built, inter alia, Koszutka, Tysiaclecie, Paderewski, Ochojec, Ligota, Zaleska and Halda. Provincial Park of the Culture and Recreation originated. The Silesian University, which was the only university in the region, was opened.

A spectacular sport hall called 'Spodek' (spaceship) was built and it became a symbol of Katowice. The current history of the city is connected not only with industrial and urban development but also a terrible neglect of the technical and social infrastructure. One of the most tragic events in post-war history of Katowice was the pacification of striking miners in 'Wujek' mine after introducing martial law. On 16th December 1981 nine striking miners were shot. This tragedy is commemorated by the cross-monument near the gate of the mine.

What to see in Katowice

Where to stay - Hotels

Qubus Prestige ul. Uniwersytecka 13 www.qubushotel.com +48 (32) 601 0 100
Monopol ul. Dworcowa 5 www.hotel.com.pl +48 (32) 782 82 82
Novotel Rondo ul. RoŸdzieńskiego 16 www.novotel.com +48 (32) 200 44 44
Diament ul. Dworcowa 9 www.hoteldiament.pl +48 (32) 253 90 41
Park Hotel Diament ul. Wita Stwosza 37 www.hoteldiament.pl +48 (32) 720 00 00
Katowice al. Korfantego 9 www.hotel-katowice.com.pl +48 (32) 258 82 81
Campanile ul. Sowińskiego 48 www.campanile.com.pl +48 (32) 205 50 50
Euro Residence ul. M. Kopernika 6 www.euroresidence.com.pl +48 (32) 608 42 52
Senator ul. 1 Maja 3 www.senator.katowice.pl +48 (32) 258 60 81
Olimpijski al. Korfantego 35 www.hotelspodek.katowice.pl +48 (32) 258 12 33

How to spend free time

The Capital City of Upper Silesia supports significant amount of artistic ventures and considering limitations creates its own conditions for development and rising new institution of culture.

Cinema theatres

There are located a few big cinema complexes: Helios Cinema Centre, Cimena City - Silesia and Cinema City - Point 44. The advantage of Polish cinemas is that there is no dubbing (except kids films). The majority of the films are shown in their original version with Polish subtitles. Expect to pay around 15 zloty plus for a ticket.

Helios Cinema Centre ul. Uniwersytecka 13 www.heliosnet.pl +48 (32) 603 01 01
Światowid Cinema ul. 3-go Maja 7 www.swiatowid.katowice.pl +48 (32) 258 74 32
Cimena City - Silesia ul. Chorzowska 107 www.cinema-city.pl +48 (32) 605 05 55
Cinema City - Point 44 ul. Gliwicka 44 www.cinema-city.pl +48 (32) 359 59 60
Orange IMAX Katowice ul. Gliwicka 44 www.kinoimax.pl +48 (32) 359 59 59

Art Galleries

The Upper Silesian
Cultural Centre
Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2
www.gck.org.pl
+48 (32) 2553 806
The Upper Silesian
Cultural Centre
Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 www.gck.org.pl +48 (32) 2553 806
The Art Exhibition Office al. Korfantego 6 www.bwa.katowice.pl +48 (32) 2599 040
The Wilson Shaft Gallery ul. Oswobodzenia 1 galeria.w3.pl +48 (32) 7303 220

Museums

The Silesian Museum al. Korfantego 3 www.muzeumslaskie.pl +48 (32) 2585 661
The History of Katowice Museum ul. Szafranka 9 www.mhk.katowice.pl +48 (32) 2562 134
The Archdiocese Museum ul. Jordana 39 www.kuria.katowice.pl +48 (32) 6081 524

Theateres

STANISŁAW WYSPIAŃSKI
SILESIAN THEATRE
Rynek 2 www.teatrslaski.art.pl +48 (32) 258 72 51
KOREZ THEATRE Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 www.korez.art.pl +48 (32) 209 00 88

Other cultural institutions

The Silesian
Philharmonic
ul. Sokolska 2 www.filharmoniaslaska.art.pl +48 (32) 351 17 19
National Polish Radio
Symphony Orchestra
Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 www.nospr.org.pl +48 (32) 251 89 03
The Group of Katowice Singers
"Camerata Silesia"
al. Korfatego 14 www.camerata.silesia.pl +48 (32) 206 97 97
The Youth Palace ul. Mikołowska 26 www.pm.katowice.pl +48 (32) 25 18 593

Libraries

Silesian Library
pl. Rady Europy 1
www.bs.katowice.pl
+48 (32) 208 38 75
Silesian Library pl. Rady Europy 1 www.bs.katowice.pl +48 (32) 208 38 75
Medical University
of Silesia
Poniatowskiego 15 www.biblioteka.slam.katowice.pl +48 (32) 208 35 37
University
of Economics
ul. Bogucicka 3 bld. A english.ae.katowice.pl +48 (32) 208 35 37
Silesian University
of Silesia
ul. Bankowa 14 www.us.edu.pl +48 (32) 359 13 73
Physical Education Academy ul. Mikołowska 72A www.awf.katowice.pl +48 (32) 207 51 38

Clubs and Pubs

Sinners in Heaven ul. Sokolska 9 www.grzesznicywniebie.pl +48 (32) 253 50 95
Spiż ul. Opolska 22 www.www.spiz.pl/kat +48 693 123 144
Mega Club ul. Żelazna 9 www.megaclub.pl +48 (32) 760 90 02
Kwadraty ul. Franciszkańska 10 www.kwadraty.pl +48 501 616 260
Straszny dwór ul. Studencka 16 www.strachol.eu +48 (032) 254 17 50
Dekadencja ul. Maricka 20 www.dekadencja.com +48 (32) 203 44 33
Pub Camelot ul. Batorego 2 www.camelot-katowice.pl +48 (32) 781 86 62
Jazzclub Hipnoza Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 www.jazzclub.pl +48 (32) 785 71 30
City Pub ul. 3 Maja 23 www.citypub.pl +48 (32) 253 97 99
Inqbator ul. Dworcowa 2 www.inq.pl +48 (32) 353 81 94
Maska pl. Miarki 6 www.maskaclub.pl +48 (32) 257 04 27
Gugalander ul. Jagiellońska 17a www.gugalander.art.pl +48 (32) 253 98 83
Wyższy wymiar ul. Matejki 3 www.wyzszy-wymiar.pl +48 (32) 253 67 65
Poziom 3 ul. 1 Maja 33 www.poziom3.pl +48 (32) 782 34 90
Sqandal ul. 3 Maja 23 www.sqandal.pl +48 (32) 203 64 88
Genesis ul. Matejki 3 www.genesis.katowice.pl +48 602 717 122

Where to buy?

Shopping Centers - any kind of stuff
Silesia City Center
ul. Chorzowska 107
www.silesiacitycenter.com.pl
+48 (32) 605 00 00
Silesia City Center ul. Chorzowska 107 www.silesiacitycenter.com.pl +48 (32) 605 00 00
3 Ponds Shopping Center ul. Pułaskiego 60 www.3stawy.pl +48 (32) 209 14 60
domestic equipment, furniture, toys
IKEA al. Roździeńskiego 95 www.ikea.pl +48 (32) 789 80 00
food, drinks, every-day use things,cosmetics, clothes, household chemistry, bedding
CARREFOUR al. Roździeńskiego 200 www.carrefour.pl +48 (32) 786 21 00
AUCHAN Katowice ul. Reńców 30 www.auchan.pl +48 (32) 358 86 44
AUCHAN Katowice ul. Gliwicka 3 www.auchan.pl +48 (32) 772 86 44
TESCO Katowice ul. Chorzowska 107 www.tesco.pl +48 (32) 603 71 00
computers,computers parts, electronic devices
PROLINE Katowice pl. Grunwaldzki 4 www.proline.pl +48 (32) 782 61 21
CEI Katowice PL. GRUNWALDZKI 8-10 www.cei.com.pl +48 (32) 782 64 64
KOMPUTRONIK Katowice ul. Chorzowska 107 www.komputronik.pl +48 (32) 605 07 88
computers, electronic devices
MEDIA MARKT Katowice ul. Alpejska 6 www.mediamarkt.pl +48 (32) 357 41 00
SATURN Katowice ul. Chorzowska 107 www.saturnpolska.pl +48 (32) 60 38 100
domestic equipment, tools
OBI Katowice ul. Rolna 4 www.obi.pl +48 (32) 351 31 00
CASTORAMA Katowice al. Roździeńskiego 198 www.castorama.pl +48 (32) 20 81 100
PRAKTIKER Katowice ul. Górnośląska 57 www.praktiker.pl +48 (32) 60 33 720
CONFORAMA Katowice ul. Alpejska 4 www.conforama.pl +48 (32) 35 71 300
Sports & Outdoor
GO SPORT Katowice ul. Alpejska 3 www.go-sport.pl +48 (32) 209 18 70
Horyzont ul. Kościuszki 8 e-horyzont.pl +48 (32) 257 22 90
Summit pl. Wolności 8 www.summit.pl +48 (32) 258 80 37
Summit ul. Kościuszki 10 www.summit.pl +48 (32)
Books, newspapers
EMPiK ul. Piotra Skargi 6 www.empik.com +48 (32) 203 72 02

Safety

In general Katowice is far safer than most Western cities. Travellers should be on guard against pickpockets working tram and bus routes by the train station and near Empik. Avoid being ripped off by taxi gits by using clearly marked cabs and arranging rides with Peter or Leszek. Avoiding some areas especially at night is wise.