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Interesting places in and around Katowice

Published by Gabriela Kozien in category Travel guides on 05.08.2021
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What to see in Katowice? Interesting places in a heart of Silesia!

Are you visiting Katowice for a city break? Here is some advice on how can you make your stay in one of the biggest cities in a heart of Silesia.

1. Pszczyna Castle – a little history in a town

The history of the palace goes back to the middle ages. The palace we know today is the result of many reconstructions and extensions over many years. The palace flourished during the “reign” of the representatives of the princely family Hochberg von Pless. Today, thanks to the museum located within the palace walls (the Castle Museum in Pszczyna), we can admire magnificent interiors, richly decorated rooms with original furnishings. Also the chambers of the famous Princess Daisy, the wife of Hans Heinrich XV Hochberg, the owner of the Brewery in Tychy, a legend in his times. The palace is surrounded by a wonderful English-style park. It is especially beautiful here in spring when the surrounding trees are blooming and the flowers enchant with a variety of colors. You can get to Pszczyna from Katowice by train from the Central Station (direction Bielsko-Biała). The journey will take approximately 30 minutes. More information about that place you can find here.

Pszczyna castle

2. The Guido Mine – the pride of Zabrze city

The Guido Mine is the pride of Zabrze city. It is one of the most important and popular sites on the Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Voivodeship, which also includes other valuable industrial facilities of our voivodeship. A total of 42 facilities in 26 towns. The mine was established in 1855 by Count Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck. Today, you can visit the levels 170, 320 and 355 meters with a guide, but not only. There are numerous parties, events, classes, workshops, various concerts, you can also use the underground pub. To get to the Guido take train from Katowice to Zabrze (direction Gliwice). More information here.

3. Tyskie Brewery 

The brewery was founded in the 17th century by the Promnitz family, but it flourished most during the reign of Jan Henryk XI von Pless. It’s a perfect place for someone who enjoys beer, but not only. Especially that the price of visiting the facility with a guide includes beer tasting in a local pub. The tour is extremely interesting. In addition to the buildings related to the production of beer with the old brew house with copper-clad ladles at the forefront, we can also see a bachelor’s house or residential buildings for brewery employees. If you don’t have a car, take train from Katowice to Tychy (direction Zwardoń). From Tychy Train Station you can get by bus to the Tychy Browar (bus nr. 21, 131, 696) or have a walk.

4. Silesian Park – city park

The largest city park in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. People say that thanks to it, we have clean air in Upper Silesia.

The park was established on the initiative of General Jerzy Ziętek, and its investment area included as much as 75% of post-industrial areas. In Silesian Park, you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you also can go to the largest and oldest planetarium in Poland, visit the Silesian Stadium, The Legendia amusement park, an open-air museum, a cable car, the largest rose garden in Poland and many other interesting places. Get tram from main square (direction to Bytom), tram station stops is Park Śląski Wesołe Miasteczko or Park Śląski Ogród Zoologiczny.

5. Będzin Castle 

The pride of Zagłębie, one of the points on the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests. Będzin Castle situated on a large hill above the Przemsza River valley, where the castle used to be, it clearly dominates the city, being the biggest attraction of Będzin and its landmark. Medieval castle elected by Casimir III the Great. Surrounded by a double ring of defensive ramparts and a moat, it was a great stronghold. Inside, there is a branch of the Zagłębie Museum, and you can also go the tower to admire the panorama of the city and the surrounding area. Take train (direction Dąbrowa Górnicza Ząbkowice), your stop is Będzin Miasto. After that you can take a walk to the castle.

Tavex Katowice – currency exchange

Whenever you will be in this city in the heart of Silesia don’t forget to step by our branch Tavex Katowice. You can easily exchange your money and get probably the best rates in Poland for over 60 currencies from all over the world. It would be also the best moment to check our offer in person! You will easily find us at the 3 Maja 4 street. We are waiting for you every day from Monday to Friday from 9:00-19:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00-18:00. See you in Tavex Katowice!

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