Katowice – the heart of Silesia

Katowice is the most important city in Silesia, here the region is most vibrant with cultural, social and political life. Katowice got its municipal rights in 1885 and already at that time it was an industrial city. Industrial traces you can discover even in the city centre, where till 2001 “Katowice Coal Mine” was active. On the spot of the coal mine were built „The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra”, “The International Congress Centre “ and “The Silesian Museum”. Near to the characteristic glass buildings of the museum there is a mining shaft “Warsaw II”.

Nowadays from April to October the shaft is an observation tower, from which you can admire the city panorama and lot of modern constructions. From the other hand to discover the exhibition about the history of Silesia we will go in the opposite direction – under the earth. The exhibition in the museum presents the complicated history of Silesia, without avoiding some tough and painful topics, such as German cultural and social heritage, dilemmas accompanying the plebiscite, compulsory service of the Upper Silesians in the Wehrmacht and many others.

After this “must-read” we will get to know the city. We will pass by the most popular building of the city “Spodek” to reach “The Silesian Insurgents' Monument”. Then along Wojciech Korfanty Avenue we will get to the main square. The guide will pay your attention to the magnificent tenement houses from the 19th century, one of them will be for sure the tenement house “Under the shoe” at 3 Maya Street. Freedom Square is surrounded among others by neo-renaissance “Goldstein Palace” and equally historic “Garden Villa”. “The house of the Silesian insurgent” is associated with the history of resistance in September 1939. Our walk will come to an end at Mariacka Street. It’s an ideal spot for relax in numerous restaurants and cafes with the view on “St. Mary's Church”.

  • Duration of the excursion is circa 4 hours (sightseeing of the Silesian Museum ca. 2 hr.; sightseeing of the centre of Katowice ca 2 hr.)
  • Sightseeing of the museum and the city with the guide, available languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish
  • Length of the walk in city centre is about 4 km.
  • Silesian Museum is open daily except on Mondays
  • The observation tower of the mining shaft “Warsaw II” is open daily except on Mondays in the period April to October (possible temporary closure due to the weather conditions)
  • Taking pictures and filming is allowed

Included in price:

  • Tour guide in English, German, Polish, Russian; extra paid: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Ticket for the Silesian Museum (permanent exhibitions: “The Light of History. Upper Silesia Over the Ages”, “Gallery of polish modern art 1800-1945” and temporary exhibitions)
  • Ticket to the observation tower “Warsaw II”
  • Local fees, reservation costs, taxes etc.
Persons on reservation 8 and more 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Price per person (EURO) 33 34 35 37 39 43 49 76
Price per person (PLN) 153 157 162 170 179 199 225 349
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Guide language *included: Polish, English, German, Russian; for an additional fee of 119 euro: French, Spanish, Italian

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