Silesia City Center, Katowice

Silesia City Center, Katowice

Photo by Lestat (Jan Mehlich) (Wikimedia Commons)

Motorhoming in Katowice

Photo by Lestat (Jan Mehlich) (Wikimedia Commons)Superjednostka, Kattowitz Photo by Lestat (Jan Mehlich) (Wikimedia Commons)

The city of Katowice is a very different side to Poland, unlike Krakow and Warsaw, its best known for being the cradle of Polish industry.  Along the streets there’s evidence of the 19th century industrial buildings alongside the modern buildings of today; so if you enjoy modern architecture it’s a good place to spend some time.  After World War II, and during the Stalin craze, Katowice changed its name to Stalingrod, but it soon changed back again after Stalin’s death in 1953!

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There is one campsite in Katowice, Camping Katowice 215.  The site is open from May until the end of September and has good links to the motorway and the city.  The site is situated in a partly wooded area, and has everything necessary for motorhome rentals and campervan hire vehicles.  It has all the usual facilities hot water and a shop, there’s the added bonus of a sauna too.

Top things to see and do

If you’re interested in architecture there’s quiet a choice of different styles to see, from the modern and international style buildings to Bauhaus inspired architecture, there are also a significant amount of Art Nouveau buildings as well as those inspired by the communist era, such as Spodek or Superjednostka.

Visit the wooden churches in Kosciuszko Park, amongst them one of the best is St. Michel Archangel, the cathedral of Christ the Lord, the Jewish cemetery, and the church and cloisters of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary; built by the Franciscan monks.

An important statue is that of John Paul II near the cathedral in Powstancow.  The statue was designed by Gustaw Zemla after the Pope’s death, in the same style as the statue in Montevideo.  Katowice holds the Pope very close to their hearts, and John Paul II became an honorary citizen of the city.

Right in the heart of the city is the Silesian Insurgents Monument, the most magnificent and well designed of the Polish monuments.  The monument is a collection of wings; that symbolize the three Silesian uprisings, with vertical slopes which incorporate the names of battlefields where the struggles took place. It is considered to be a landmark of the town.

Situated in Gornoslaski Park Etnograficzny - Al. Parkowa 1, is Katowice Folk Museum.  Here you can see a selection of traditional Polish buildings from cowsheds and windmills to traditionally furnished houses.  It’s a good place to visit if you don’t intend to travel into the countryside of Poland, as it gives a good representation of some of the rural buildings dating back as far ad the 16th century.

Katowice is a very different city to others in Poland, and gives a different perspective for visitors on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.

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