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.