View from the Europe Cafe, Katowice, Poland
View from the Europe Cafe, Katowice, Poland

Katowice, Poland, in 28 Hours

The capital of the Silesian Voivodeship (or province), Katowice is a city of about 310,000 located in south central Poland in the heart of what’s known as the Silesian Metropolis, a larger territorial entity that is home to a population of two million.

Primarily industrial and blue collar since its inception, Katowice isn’t generally considered a tourist destination –which was to me its primary attraction.

Architecturally it’s a gritty and picturesque mix of gradually fading pre-WWI and inter-war structures and massive monuments to concrete from the Cold War era. Currently there’s a massive facelift underway with renovation and urban renewal projects everywhere in and near the city center.

The images here represent what I would consider as ‘typical’ Katowice, based solely on frank recommendations by two taxi drivers and observations made during a self-guided six hour on-foot tour.

 

 

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