city in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

Katowice is a large city in the Silesian Voivodeship (województwo śląskie) in the south of Poland. In 2021 it had a population of 315,000; it's the central city of Metropolis GZM (population 2.3 million) which in turn is part of Upper Silesian-Moravian metropolitan area sprawling across the Czech border. It's not scenic, but has a rich industrial heritage.

Understand edit

Spodek events venue

A series of medieval villages grew up in the forest clearings of Silesia, working at agriculture and small-scale metal-bashing; Katowice is first documented among these in 1598. They urbanised from the 18th century when coal mines plumbed deeper underground, and better processes were invented for extracting metals such as zinc and for turning iron into steel. Katowice outgrew its neighbours and in 1873 it became the county town. Poland in those centuries was carved up by other nations and Katowice was part of Prussia, later of Germany. It was well-connected by rail to other cities and attracted service industries such as banking. After the First World War the border was re-drawn, based on a plebiscite; Katowice voted to remain German but the district all around it voted to join Poland and it had to follow suit, becoming the regional capital.

The Second World War and Nazi occupation brought a high human cost but only selective damage to city buildings - the synagogue was one obvious target but city industry was wanted for the war effort. Then in 1945 the Red Army "liberated" Katowice by destroying much of it, and post-war communist rulers carried on in that vein. Rynek the central market square was soon ringed by the slabby 1960-70s architecture now mocked as "Early Gierek". Later in the 20th century traditional smokestack industry collapsed, labour unrest grew, and the miners of Katowice were as instrumental in the downfall of "the People's Republic" as the ship-builders of Gdańsk.

The city, region and entire nation of Poland had to re-invent themselves after 1989, developing a western free-market economy with a greater role for service sector, education and IT. Other Polish cities have prettified themselves into romantic budget-flight weekend destinations - that was never realistic for Katowice. It does however have a wealth of heritage, good visitor amenities, and transport links around Silesia and beyond.

Get in edit

By plane edit

1 Katowice Airport (KTW  IATA), Wolności 90, Pyrzowice (34 km north of city), +48 32 392 7000. Main airport for the sprawling GZM metropolis. As Katowice is seldom a tourist destination, it mainly serves the Polish diaspora, so you can get bargain seasonal flights against the flow. It has daily flights by Lot from Warsaw, change there for Gdańsk. Flights across west Europe and the Med are mostly by Ryanair, with a few by Wizz. The airport has a single terminal and the usual facilities including car hire.    

Onward transport:

  • Airport Bus takes 50 min to the main railway and bus stations, every 30 min daytime and hourly through the night.
  • Matuszek Bus runs direct to Kraków.
  • Buses also run direct to Bytom (No 85, 53), Mierzęcice (No 17) and Sosnowiec.

Kraków (KRK IATA) is a major tourist destination so its John-Paul II Airport has excellent connections across Europe. Flixbuses from Warsaw and Gdańsk call here every few hours on their way to Katowice, but it's usually more convenient to take the frequent bus or train into Kraków city centre and change.

By train edit

Trains from Warsaw run hourly and take just under 3 hours via Sosnowiec. They may start from Gdynia or Gdańsk.

From Kraków they run hourly and take an hour via Myslowice.

From Berlin Lichtenburg, two trains a day take 6 hr 30 min via Rzepin, Zielona Gora, Glogow, Lublin, Legnica, Wrocław, Opole, Gliwice and Zabrze, and continue to Kraków. From Wrocław the service is every hour or so, taking two hours and continuing to Kraków, Tarnów, Rzeszów, Łańcut and Przemyśl on the Ukraine border.

From the Czech Republic, trains run from Ostrava every hour or two, taking two hours via Bohumin, Wodzislaw Slaski, Rybnik and Tychy. These may start from Prague, Vienna or Budapest.

On cross-border routes, look for split-ticket deals. Reservations are compulsory on all trains from Germany in July and August.

2 Katowice Railway Station. This is central in town and has left luggage lockers. Go downstairs for the shopping mall, cafes and local buses.    

Outlying stations are Zaleze 3 km west, Brynów 5 km southwest and Ligota another 4 km south, and Zawodzie 3 km east.

By bus edit

Silesian Insurgents' Monument

From Warsaw, Flixbus runs five times a day, taking 4-5 hours via Katowice Airport.

From Gdańsk they run eight times, taking 8-9 hours via Toruń, Włocławek, Łódź and the airport.

From Berlin they run every hour or two, taking 8 hours via Berlin Airport, Wrocław and Opole.

From Prague they run eight times, taking 6 hr 30 min via Brno, Olomouc and Ostrava. From Vienna takes 6 hours by the same route.

From Kraków is a frequent service. Flixbus, Unibus and Bus-Inter all run hourly, taking 65 min, for a fare in 2024 of 15 zł. They use large coaches with luggage trunks; consider booking, as they sell out at busy times.

3 Sądowa Bus Station (Międzynarodowy Dworzec Autobusowy), Sądowa 5. Completed in 2020, the inter-city station is clean, with good facilities including free toilets, and feels safe even at night. It's 500 m west of the railway station.  

By road edit

From Kraków take   west 60 km.

From Wrocław take   southeast 180 km.

From Warsaw take   southwest 300 km.

From Vienna, Prague, Bratislava and Brno head for Ostrava then take   northeast across the border.

Get around edit

"Family" statue in Grunwaldzki Park

On foot edit

Many sights are within a km or two of Rynek or the main railway station. The pavements are broad and level.

By bus or tram edit

ZTM Metropolia run almost all buses and trams across the 40-some cities of Upper Silesian Metropolis, which straddles the Czech border. They have a unified ticket system.

(PKM Jaworzno[dead link] are an exception. They run blue and yellow buses on some 20 routes, including lines A, E and J from Aleja Korfantego. They have a completely different fare system; but you're unlikely to use them and they're not described further here.)

In 2024 tickets valid for 20 mins are 4.60 zł, 40 mins 5.60 zł, 90 minutes or for the full route 6.60 zł, and a 90 minute group ticket for up to 5 people is 13 zł. A one-day pass valid until midnight is 12 zł. Concessionary fares are 50% of the relevant normal fare. All these tickets are valid for unlimited transfers within the allotted time. You can also buy e-packages of 20, 40 or 80 tickets (which roughly halve the unit journey price but don't allow transfers), and 30-, 90- and 180-day e-passes.

You can buy tickets from kiosks, newsagents, shops, machines at the main stops, or at POP passenger service points: these are within Katowice railway station, at Pocztowa 10 near Rynek, and at the ZTM offices on Barbary 21a. The only ticket you can buy on boarding is the 90 minute 6.60 zł (or concessionary 3.30 zł) ticket from bus drivers, who don't give change (they don't yet have contactless payment), and are sometimes out of tickets.

You must validate your ticket immediately on boarding. Inspectors prowl, and an unvalidated ticket is as bad as no ticket at all. For outlying sights buy your return ticket along with your outbound in case you find no convenient ticket point or the machine is broken, and with trams you don't have the option of paying the driver.

By taxi edit

There are taxi ranks at the airport, north entrance of the railway station at 3 Maja, the bus station, main hotels and city transport nodes. Ask the price beforehand or the taxi driver will use his wildest imagination. Using an app such as Uber ensures an agreed price.

See edit

Church of St Michael the Archangel
  • 1 Rynek. The market place, pedestrianised but criss-crossed by trams. It's frankly drab, though the communist buildings are being replaced by modern structures. They've taken up the Kraków tradition of sounding the Hejnał at noon, a five-note bugle call, which in medieval times was the signal to open the city gates at dawn.    
  • Zachód Słońca - "Sunset" - is a neon installation on Rynek, a red globe low over the Rawa canal.
  • 2 History of Katowice Museum, Szafranka 9, +48 32 256 1810. Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-16:00, Su 11:00-15:00. Small permanent display of local history plus exhibitions.  
  • 3 Silesian Organ Museum (Muzeum Organów Śląskich), Zacisze 3 (block east of History Museum). M-F. Part of the University Dept of Music, these pipe organs have been collected or cannibalised from around the region. Hours erratic, and you need to be here when an organist plays them.  
  • 4 Cathedral of Christ the King (Archikatedra Chrystusa Króla), Plebiscytowa 49a, +48 32 251 2196. Built from 1927, but the war intervened and it was only finished in 1955. It's in brick, but faced with sandstone. The interior is fairly plain.    
  • 5 Archdiocesan Museum, Wita Stwosza 11 (west side of cathedral), +48 519 546 023. Tu-F 09:00-15:30, Sa 10:00-13:00. Small church museum with religious artwork.  
  • 6 Church of the Immaculate Conception (Kościół pw Niepokalanego Poczęcia NMP), Plac Szramka 1, +48 32 258 7744. Sturdy neogothic church, framed by the view down Mariacka. Mass in English is 14:30 Sunday.    
  • 7 Cathedral of the Resurrection (Kościół Zmartwychwstania Pańskiego), Warsawska 18, +48 32 253 9981. This large Lutheran church is neo-Romanesque, built 1856–58.    
  • 8 Goldstein Palace, Plac Wolności 12. M-Sa 07:30-16:00. A cod-Renaissance bling mansion, built in the 1870s by the brothers Abraham and Joseph Goldstein. They made their money from sawmills, but when their Katowice mill burned down in 1892 they left for Wrocław. The building then had various uses and is now a municipal marriage hall; you can usually look in.    
  • 9 Former Municipal Bathhouse (Budynek Łaźni Miejskiej). It was built in 1895. It closed in 1970 and is now municipal offices.  
  • 10 BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, al Wojciecha Korfantego 6, +48 32 259 9040. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Contemporary art. Adult 8 zł, conc or child 4 zł.  
  • 11 Rondo Sztuki, Jerzego Ziętka Roundabout, +48 32 720 1132. Tu-F 13:00-19:00, Sa 11:00-19:00. Two galleries, concert hall and cafeteria in this 2007 building on a roundabout. Free.  
  • 12 Silesian Museum (Muzeum Śląskie), Tadeusza Dobrowolskiego 1, +48 327 799 300. Tu-Su 10:00-20:00. Remarkable building of 2015 in a former coalmine, with galleries underground. Excellent display of life in Silesia down the ages, plus artworks. The former museum within the old Grand Hotel closed in 2018. Adult 32 zł, conc or child 21 zł.    
Silesian Museum in a former coalmine
  • 13 Museum of Computers and IT, Sienkiewicza 28, +48 32 413 0890. Sa 15:00-17:00. It's frightening how fast cutting-edge technology has turned into museum pieces. This gives an exposition on IT in Poland and has over 3000 ancient computers in its collection.  
  • 14 Jewish cemetery, Kozielska 16, +48 32 251 1022. Sa-Th 10:00—17:00, F 10:00-15:00. Small Jewish cemetery within a larger communal cemetery, laid out in 1870. It's in poor condition.  
  • 15 Silesian Insurgents' Monument (Pomnik Powstańców Śląskich). The little park just south of Jerzego Ziętka Roundabout. Much of Silesia remained part of Germany even after World War I and Polish independence, but there were uprisings by ethnic Poles in 1919, 1920 and 1921 - the three wings symbolize these, and the battle sites are etched on the sides. But thus the map remained until World War II, when the German and Polish parts suffered equal horrors, and afterwards the entire region joined Poland.    

Further out edit

  • 16 St Michael the Archangel, Kościuszko Park. 24 hours. Charming little wooden church, built in 1510 in Syrynia near the Czech border. It was moved here in 1938 to form the nucleus of a heritage park, which never happened. Somehow it survived the war and was restored to use from 1956.    
  • 17 Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre (Śląskie Centrum Wolności i Solidarności), Wincentego Pola 38, +48 32 438 7966. Tu Th 10:00-18:00, W F Sa 09:00-16:00. Wujek is still an active coal mine, producing sub-bituminous coal. This was suitable for power stations as it contains little sulphur, but it emits disproportionate CO2 so its markets are shrivelling. The mine is best known as the scene of the "Pacification" of Dec 1981, when riot police shot dead nine miners striking against the imposition of martial law. In Sept 2009 an underground explosion killed over 20 miners. The museum depicts the labour uprisings of the 1980s, the nucleus of the Solidarity movement that eventually toppled communism in Poland.
  • 18 Katowice Forest Park. 24 hours. Large park and forest complex, the largest green area in the city, with hiking and cycling trails.    
  • 19 Valley of Three Ponds (Dolina Trzech Stawów). Detached north section of Forest Park. You can bathe or boat in the lake.    
  • 20 Walcownia Museum of Zinc Production, 11 Listopada 50, +48 727 600 186. Tu-Su 10:00-16:00. Zinc ores are widespread though the local mines are worked out; zinc is used for corrosion-proof coating of steel, and is alloyed with copper to make brass. This large, chilly industrial hall displays the process plus a collection of motorcycles. Adult 30 zł, conc or child 25 zł.  
  • 21 Gallery Szyb Wilson, 1 Oswobodzenia St, +48 32 730 3220. Daily 09:00-19:00. Vast hall that once held the headworks for a mine shaft (szyb). It's now an art gallery and hosts events, but they're dwarfed by the space. Free.  
  • 22 Nikiszowiec. Nikiszowiec is a city neighbourhood built 1908-12 to house workers of Giesche (later Wieczorek) coal mine, all in a distinct red-brick style. It has the neo-Baroque Church of St Mary, several galleries, a branch of the Museum of Katowice History, and a modern hotel.    
  • 23 Giszowiec. Giszowiec was similarly built 1907-10 for the Giesche miners. Here the idea was a self-contained "Garden City" so the housing resembled chalets. But more housing was built for later generations of miners, the unity of style was lost, and there are now the same slabby high-rise flats as in other dreary suburbs.    
  • 24 Franciscan Monastery in Panewniki (Klasztor i Bazylika Franciszkanów w Panewnikach), Panewnicka 40. Early 20th century monastery and basilica church. Surrounding it is a park with small Catholic shrines.  
  • 25 Kościuszko Park. Built around the church, it was laid out in its present form in 1925. Multiple access points, open 24 hours. It's named for Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (1746-1817) the dashing military commander.    

Do edit

Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • 1 Spodek, Av Korfantego 35, +48 32 438 4030. A city icon opened in 1971; the name means "flying saucer" and it's the city's main multi-use venue, with a capacity of over 10,000.    
  • 2 International Congress Centre (Międzynarodowe Centrum Kongresowe), Plac Sławika i Antalla 1 (next to Spodek), +48 32 438 4030. Poland's largest conference center, built in mid-2010s.    
  • Football: GKS Katowice play soccer in 1 Liga, the second tier. Their home ground Stadion GKS (capacity 6700) is on Bukowa, 3 km northwest of city centre and just over the boundary with Chorzów. Other top tier (Ekstraklasa) teams nearby are in Chorzów, Zabrze and Gliwice.
  • Ice hockey: GKS Katowice play in Polska Hokej Liga, the top tier. Their home rink is within Spodek.
  • 3 Silesian Library (Biblioteka Śląska), Plac Rady Europy 1, +48 32 208 3740. M 12:00-18:00, Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. Large modern regional library.    
  • Games & puzzles: Ludiversum is a board games cafe at Kamienna 7, next to Hostel Centrum near the railway station.
Flamberg is a hobby and games shop at Adama Mickiewicza 3, near the Marriott.
Or get in touch with Silesian Fantasy Club.

Cinema edit

Katowice has several new, multi-screen cinemas and some traditional ones. Check if films are shown dubbed or sub-titled.

Performing arts edit

Distinctive housing of Nikiszowiec

Events edit

  • JazzArt Festival is in April.
  • A-Part Festival is an international look at alternative and experimental "Off" theatre. It runs over a week in June, see A-Part Theatre above.
  • Tauron Festival is a Techno and dance rave in the Industrial Museum Complex in June.
  • Fitelberg Competition for Conductors is organised by the Silesian Philharmonic (see above) and held in July.
  • OFF Festival is a new music event over the first weekend in August.
  • CIOFF organise folk music and dancing festivals globally, with the Katowice event held Aug / Sept.
  • Rawa Blues Festival is an indoor blues festival in October.
  • Mayday is a Techno music event held at Spodek in November.
  • Polish Directors' Art Festival "Interpretacje". Festival of theatres and TV drama, with a competition for directors for the "Konrad Prize". It was last held in Nov 2022.

Learn edit

Jewish Cemetery
All of these may offer short courses suitable for visitors, though their main offerings are for undergrads.
  • University of Silesia (Uniwersytet Śląski), Bankowa 12. Their main campus is in Katowice, with facilities also in Sosnowiec, Cieszyn and Chorzów.
  • University of Economics (Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny), 1 Maja 50. Public university with some 10,000 students.
  • Academy of Music (Akademia Muzyczna), Zacisze 3. This offers university-level courses (some in English) and degrees.
  • Academy of Physical Education (Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego), Mikołowska 72A. Mostly Higher education courses, but some at degree level.
  • Medical University of Silesia (Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny), Poniatowskiego 15. This has departments of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Sciences (which covers nursing, physical therapy and dietetics).
  • Academy of Fine Arts (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych), Raciborska 37. It offers degree-level courses in English.
  • Silesian University of Technology (Politechnika Śląska) is based in Gliwice. but the Faculties of Materials Science and Metallurgy, of Transport and of Management are sited here.

Buy edit

Shopping centres are mostly north of the station. Galeria Katowicka is adjacent on 3 Maja, open M-Sa 09:00-21:00.

Silesia City Center is 3 km northwest on the boulevard to Chorzów, with Cinema City.

Eat edit

Szyb Wilson dwarfs its exhibits

Budget edit

  • 1 Złoty Osioł (Golden Donkey), Mariacka 1, +48 32 253 0113. M-Sa 11:00-20:00, Su 12:00-20:00. Lively vegetarian bar hosting events like poet meetings or concerts.
  • Tradycyjne Zapikanki, Mariacka 1 (by Golden Donkey). M-Th 11:00-23:00, F Sa 12:00-03:00, Su 14:00-22:00. Fast food place open late.
  • 2 Talerz Szklanka, Staromiejska 12, +48 501 060 030. M-F 11:00-18:00. Called a milk bar, but it's trad filling Silesian food, perfectly seasoned and textured.
  • Mój Kaprys, Kochanowskiego 10 (opposite Hostel Polonia), +48 792 732 110. Tu-Su 11:00-18:00. Great place with tasty home-style food, generous portions and good coffee. Nice atmosphere inside and friendly service.
  • 3 Okiem i Brzuchem, Kościuszki 18. If you're looking for local Silesian cuisine on the map of Katowice. Selection is "10". Great decor, delicious food, great service. Unique atmosphere.
  • 4 Mekong, Słowackiego 21, +48 32 725 1390. M-F 11:00-18:00, Sa 11:30-15:00. Fresh authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Mid-range edit

Garden ornament at the Franciscan monastery
  • Hurry Curry, Sw Stanisława 1 (opposite Cathedral of the Resurrection), +48 511 433 663. Su, Tu-Th 12:00-21:00, F Sa 12:00-22:00. Indian and southeast Asian food, some vegetarian and vegan options available.
  • 5 Carlos Burger&Lunch, Jagiellońska 11, +48 786 865 913. M-Th 12:00-21:00, F Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 13:00-20:00. Large burgers, decent price, friendly staff.
  • 6 Pierogi Świata, Jagiellońska 4, +48 506 424 928. Tu-F 12:00-20:00, Sa Su 13:00-20:00. The name means "Dumplings of the World" and it's an eclectic offering of trad Polish and fusion.
  • 7 Żurownia, Ligonia 16, +48 535 084 666. Su M 12:00-21:00, Tu-Sa 12:00-22:00. Traditional Silesian specialties and beer.
  • 8 Dobra Karma, Sw Jacka 1, +48 784 903 662. Su-Th 12:00-19:30, F Sa 12:00-21:30. Veggie cafe for breakfasts, pizzas, soups, pastas,child-friendly. The name's a bit of an uneasy fusion, but suppose they'd called it Theek Hai Los.
  • Fantasmagoria, Gliwicka 51 (opposite Cinema City), +48 571 808 722. Daily 13:00-22:00. Polish and Georgian cuisine. Bright interior and a terrace in summer. Cash payment only.
  • 9 CityRock, Chorzowska 9B, +48 573 000 595. Su, Tu-Th 10:00-22:00, M 16:00-22:00, F Sa 10:00-00:00.. Retro American-style diner, for wings, pizza, burgers and the like.
  • 10 Wiejska Chatka, Plac Grunwaldzki 4, +48 32 350 3010. Su-Th 11:00-21:00, F Sa 11:00-22:00. Family-friendly place for trad Silesian cuisine, no alcohol.
  • 11 Zaklęty Czardasz, Kopernika 9, +48 32 257 0132. Tu-Sa 12:00-22:00, Su 12:00-21:00. Splendid Hungarian restaurant and winery in a cellar.
  • 12 U Babuni, Jana Kilińskiego 16, +48 32 250 0103. Su-Th 11:00-20:00, F Sa 11:00-21:00. Rustic wooden interior, good value trad meals.
  • 13 Buddha, Drzymały 9, +48 726 111 222. Daily 12:00-21:00. Mostly good reviews for this Indian restaurant.

Splurge edit

JazzArt Festival is in April
  • Koku Sushi, Gliwicka 57 (opposite Cinema City), +48 530 381 381. Daily 12:00-22:00. Sushi place with a large menu selection.
  • 14 Patio, Stawowa 3, +48 32 781 5555. M-Sa 11:00-22:00, Su 11:00-21:00. Top quality Silesian and Polish specialties from this long-established restaurant.
  • 15 Patio-Park, Kosciuszki 101, +48 511 191 190. M-F 11:00-22:00, Sa 12:00-23:00, Su 12:00-21:00. Another branch of Patio, with wonderful Polish cuisine, and a beautiful setting by Kosciuszki Park.
  • 16 Karcma pod Strzechom, Grzyśki 13 (off Rolna), +48 513 997 159. Su-Th 11:00-22:00, F Sa 11:00-23:00. Done up like a mountain chalet, this serves trad country dishes.

Drink edit

  • Katofonia, Mielęckiego 6 (block north of Golden Donkey), +48 32 201 0184. Su-Th 17:00-23:00, F Sa 17:00-03:00. Live rock, blues and other music.
  • Lorneta z Meduzą, Mariacka 5 (by Golden Donkey), +48 323 232 323. M-F 07:00-04:00, Sa Su 09:00-04:00. Bistro bar with filling food.
  • 1 Cooler Club, Mariacka 20, +48 508 249 198. F Sa 20:00-05:00. Weekend late spot.
  • Hipnoza Jazz Club, Plac Sejmu Śląskiego 2 (behind Teatr Korfez), +48 660 476 156. Tu-Th 13:00-23:00, F Sa 14:00-01:00, Su 14:00-23:00. Jazz and other music, drinks and interesting dishes.
  • 2 Spiż, Opolska 22, +48 885 408 406. F Sa 21:00-05:00. Club with decent music and drink.

Sleep edit

Budget edit

  • Hostel Katowice Centrum, Andrzeja 19 (just south of station), +48 535 111 655. Clean and very convenient.
  • 1 Hostel Polonia, Jana Kochanowskiego 3, +48 323 200 021. It's a basic hotel rather than a hostel. Gets noise from the nearby station. B&B double 200 zł.
  • Ibis Budget Katowice Centrum, al Walentego Roździeńskiego 18 (next to Novotel), +48 32 350 5040. Good Accor hotel, service and comfort beyond its price range. B&B double 250 zł.
  • 2 Hotel Diament, al Wojciecha Korfantego 35, +48 32 606 8585. Comfy friendly place on a tram route, some noise from the events hall. B&B double 450 zł.
  • 3 Jopi Hostel, Plebiscytowa 23, +48 32 204 3432. Friendly hostel with 2-, 4- and 6-bed rooms, six bathrooms and shared kitchen. The neighbourhood is a bit rough. 100 zł ppn.

Mid-range edit

Hotel Monopol
  • Mercure Katowice Centrum, Młyńska 6 (facing station), +48 32 797 8800. Convenient Accor chain hotel. B&B double 550 zł.
  • 4 Hotel Mariacki (Best Western; formerly Hotel Śląski), Mariacka 15, +48 32 708 0800. Clean, friendly and central. B&B double 500 zł.
  • Hotel M23 is by the Mariacki at No 23 and gets good reviews.
  • 5 Courtyard by Marriott, Uniwersytecka 13 (within Altus shopping mall), +48 32 438 9350. Smart place in the centre. Double (room only) 500 zł.
  • 6 Novotel, al Walentego Roździeńskiego 16, +48 32 200 4444. Spacious efficient Accor chain hotel convenient for motorists. With pool, sauna and gym. B&B double 500 zł.
  • 7 Hotel Senator, 1 Maja 3, +48 698 767 425. Comfy simple place. On a tram route, so this means some street noise. B&B double 300 zł.
  • 8 Hotel Załęże, Gliwicka 106, +48 698 766 963. Two km west of main railway station and downtown, this is okay for what you pay. B&B double 300 zł.
  • 9 Marysin Dwór, Pukowca 17a, +48 322 544 089. Simple accommodation in the industrial suburbs next to Załęże railway station. B&B double 300 zł.
  • 10 Stary Nikiszowiec, Nałkowskiej 10, +48 32 255 4682. Modern simple place in a former miners' estate. Double (room only) 200 zł.
  • Hotel Jantor next door is filthy.

Splurge edit

Connect edit

  • As of April 2024, Katowice, its approach roads and nearby towns have 5G from all Polish carriers.

Stay safe edit

Watch out for trams on Rynek

Standard precautions about safeguarding valuables, beware traffic (including trams, which run along Rynek and other pedestrian spaces), and avoid drunks.

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