Katowice

Arapidly developing Polish metropolis

Katowice is a city in Silesia in southern Poland. It is one of 14 cities and a number of neighbouring towns, with a population of well over three million. Katowice lies on Katowice Highlands, as part of the Silesian Highlands.

Shopping

It’s shaking off a reputation as one of Poland’s industrial heartlands but whilst Katowice is on the up, the hotel options are still rather limited. Best is the city’s only five-star, Hotel Monopol (Dworcowa 5), where soulless dcor and identikit rooms give way to walnut furniture, parquet flooring and individually styled rooms. At more moderate prices, Olympia Spodek (Aleja Korfantego 35), housed behind the flying saucer-shaped Spodek arena, has pool and Jacuzzi facilities, while the modern Angelo Hotel (Sokolska 24) is within walking distance from the tram and offers great value for money. At the new Best Western Premier (Bytkowska 1a), an excellent traditional restaurant makes up for the out-of-town location.

Food & Drink

Polish cuisine might conjure up thoughts of stodgy food and overcooked cabbage but there’s more variety than you’d think. Don’t leave without trying pierogi (potato dumplings filled with pork and vegetables) at Ambasador (Graniczna 54) which specialises in serving authentic Polish food. Or head to slicker Restauracja Fantasmagoria (Gliwicka 51) for some great borscht (beetroot soup). For international fare, try Restauracja Fanaberia (Dyrekcyjna 1), a Russian restaurant set in an atmospheric stone cellar, or Hurry Curry (Stanislava 8) has a small selection of spicy curries and German beers. Finish the night with drinks at Kredens (Stanisława 5), a candlelit bar with old-fashioned sewing machines for tables and cheap beer.

Events

Katowice Street Art Festival
April
Every April, the streets of Katowice come alive with weird and wonderful installations, colourful murals and great graphic art, as part of a festival celebrating street art. It’s a great chance to see the city with fresh eyes.

Art Naif Festival
June-August
Taking place every summer for two months in the old miners’ residential district of Nikiszowiec, the Szyb Wilson Gallery holds an exhibition of native art featuring paintings and sculptures from over 200 artists from around the world. Watch them at work, whilst live bands play in the main square.

OFF Festival Katowice
August
One of the most important music festivals in Poland, the three-day OFF Festival Katowice gains in popularity with every passing year. Taking place in the green expanse of Dolin Trzech Staww, the eclectic line-up veers from rock and indie to electronica and dance.

Rawa Blues Festival
October
Poland’s largest blues festival is a stalwart on the musical calendar. The centre of the action takes place at the Spodek complex, where you can watch international acts including Ruthie Foster, Otis Taylor and The Stone Foxes.

Advent Fair
December
The run-up to Christmas sees the small district of Nikiszowiec put on a small advent fair selling cakes, pastries and decorations, the proceeds of which go towards the community’s regeneration.

Hotels

It’s shaking off a reputation as one of Poland’s industrial heartlands but whilst Katowice is on the up, the hotel options are still rather limited. Best is the city’s only five-star, Hotel Monopol (Dworcowa 5), where soulless dcor and identikit rooms give way to walnut furniture, parquet flooring and individually styled rooms. At more moderate prices, Olympia Spodek (Aleja Korfantego 35), housed behind the flying saucer-shaped Spodek arena, has pool and Jacuzzi facilities, while the modern Angelo Hotel (Sokolska 24) is within walking distance from the tram and offers great value for money. At the new Best Western Premier (Bytkowska 1a), an excellent traditional restaurant makes up for the out-of-town location.

Essentials

  • Language

    Polish

  • Currency

    Polish Zloty

  • Time zone

    GMT + 2

  • Flight time

    3.30

  • Holiday type

    Sightseeing, City break

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