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Welcome to Katowice

Welcome to Katowice - The city of coal

Katowice is capitol of Silesia area, the South of Poland. It is second the largest city of Poland and the most industrialized part of the country. The city belongs to the Katowice urban area (also known as the Upper Silesian urban area). This area is the largest urban area of Poland and one of the biggest in the European Union. In this area live almost 5,5 millions people. In this area is located many coal mines and steel industries. Kattowitz gained city status in 1865
Information and Facts

In Katowice you can find a lot of restaurants, cafes, cocktail bars and clubs moving . The centre of nightlife is Mariacka street. There are many clubs, pubs and discos. Many young people live in Katowice because study there. Centre of city is full of live during the weekends. During summer Mariacka street is full of outdoor seating and flooded with people. The opening hours of the bars in Katowice are flexible, very often are open until last client

Katowice is very large city, where is located many shopping malls. This malls are located in the area immediately north of the train station. They offer clothes, alcohols, electronics, etc. Small shops, where you can buy souvenirs, are located around Katowice market.


Katowice are very young city compare to Krakow or Wroclaw. The city do not have very old sights but is characterized by modernity. In Katowice we can see:
-Cathedral of Christ the King was built between 1927 to 1955
-Spodek, this indoor sports arena and concert hall
-Church of St. Michael the Archangel is the oldest structure in the city
-Silesian Insurgents Monument
-Jewish Cemetery
-Kosciuszko Park
-Silesian Museum
-Katowice Historical Museum
-Wilson Shaft Gallery

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour


Katowice has a the temperate-continental climate and with relatively cold winters and warm summers. In winter temperature are typically around zero and in summer temperature are between 20 and 25 °C. The rainiest month is July and the hottest period of time are holidays.

Public transportation

In Katowice you can find public buses and trams which are manage by KZK GOP. This public transport valid throughout the Upper Silesian urban area. It is one of the largest tram networks in Poland. On the bus stops you can find information board with bus routes and where they go. In the City Information Centre near Rynek is located map with all bus routes.
One ride ticket price:
-within one zone (or 15 minutes) 2,80 PLN (0,7 EUR)/ 1,40 PLN (0,35 EUR)(reduced rate)
-within two zones (or 30 minutes) 3,40 PLN(0,85 EUR)/ 1,70 PLN (0,42 EUR) (reduced rate)
-within three or more zones (or one hour) 4,20 PLN(1 EUR)/ 2,10 PLN(0,5 EUR) (reduced rate)

-1-day: normal rate 14 PLN (3,5 EUR), reduced rate 7 PLN (1,75 EUR)
-2-day: normal rate 24 PLN (6 EUR), reduced rate 12 PLN (3 EUR)
-5-day: normal rate 36 PLN (9 EUR), reduced rate 18 PLN (4,5 EUR)
-7-day: normal rate 42 PLN (10,5 EUR), reduced rate 21 PLN (5,5 EUR)
-14-day: normal rate 76 PLN (19 EUR), reduced rate 38 PLN (9,5 EUR)

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