Located in Upper Silesia in the south of Poland, the city of Katowice sits on the banks of the river Rawa. This historic city has a rich cultural centre boasting an array of theatres, museums and concert halls. As an industrial and cultural centre, it’s growing rapidly. There is much to explore in this emerging metropolis, particularly the secessionist and modern architecture. The city is surrounded by rolling countryside and the stunning Beskidy Mountains. There are a number of impressive nature reserves to explore too. Katowice also plays host to a range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including the Polish Directors’ Art Festival, a festival of theatre and television and the “A Part” Theatre Festival for alternative theatre.
A typical hatchback would be handy for for driving on poor road surfaces and going around the city and its many suburbs, even in winter when the weather can be a little harsh.
Driving in Katowice
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Important things to note
Some roads in and around the city are poorly maintained and can be hazardous. It’s recommended to take care when driving on roads around the city and be prepared for roadworks and diversions.
Katowice doesn’t have many car parks within the city centre, however on-street parking is available and you should be able to find smaller car parks outside the city limits.
It’s recommended to exercise caution at all times whilst driving as local driving standards are poor and roads are generally poorly maintained.
Highlights & Hotspots
For impressive views of the city, take a trip to the 14-storey Skyscraper. Until 1955 is was Poland’s tallest building and is considered by many to be a fine example of Functionalism in Poland, even though taller buildings have been erected since.
Art lovers should visit the Silesian Museum, where exhibits of Polish paintings ranging from 1800 to 1939. The museum also has temporary exhibition of other fine art works and local history and culture.
The Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park is the ideal place for families to enjoy a day out. Located in the Provincial Park of Culture and Recreation, this huge open-air museum has a range of impressive wooden buildings as well as a zoo, playground and planetarium.
Fans of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi will enjoy a trip to the Gaudi Café. Built in tribute to the famous architect, the exterior of the building is absolutely stunning. Inside, the café serves coffee and a range of traditional pastries and cakes.
Katowice International Airport is located approximately 19 miles from the centre of Katowice and is accessible via the Route 913 motorway.
The airport itself has two passenger terminals ‚Äì A and B. Both are incredibly busy during the summer, especially with those hoping to visit Katowice for a city break.