Vibrant and versatile: Katowice

Discover an exciting industrial city as it reinvents itself for the modern era, and explore its surprisingly green center. Located in southern Poland just 50 miles from Krakow, Katowice – the capital of the province of Silesia – serves up a real culture rush. Hence, it’s the perfect destination for an unforgettable city break. Similarly, if you want to visit, remember to stay at the Park Inn by Radisson, Katowice.

The success story of an exceptional city

Up until 20 years ago, over 90% of the city was dominated by coal mines and heavy industry. Although these had been successful, they had no future. Now, thanks to eco-tourism investment and a dedicated environmental and educational program, Katowice is changing fast and becoming a modern hotspot for IT, science, and research. Likewise, there’s a lively university life and multinational companies flocking to the city. So, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderfully vibrant, international ambiance in Katowice.

Katowice – a diversity of styles

Fans of modern architecture will love the International Congress Center (MCK). It’s the most modern building of its kind and the largest conference center in Poland. You can experience for yourself how a coal mine in the middle of the city was converted into a unique cultural zone. With expressive design features, including accessible green roofs. Moreover, this is where the prestigious European Economic Congress is held each year.

Music in the blood

Did you know that Katowice has been honored by UNESCO? Since 2015, Katowice has been proud to have the title ‘Katowice, City of Music’. It’s also a member of the UNESCO network of ‘Creative Cities’. Home to the important Polish composers Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. As well as the almost 100-year-old Katowice Academy of Music. The city lives and breathes music. An exciting multitude of music events alongside the colorful club and concert culture set the hearts of music lovers racing all through the year.

Green at heart

A love of nature! There is a multitude of small parks and pretty green corners that give the city the feel of a natural oasis. However, the green lung of the city is Schlesischer Park, also known as Silesia Park. Just 2.5 miles from the city center, this park covers 1,500 acres and offers endless leisure possibilities. Its impressive size makes it twice as big as New York’s famous Central Park. You should plan a whole day here, as there’s much to see and do.

Sights in the city

And now it’s time to go sightseeing in the heart of the city. Take a walk to the Cathedral of Christ the King with its majestic dome. Next door, the Archdiocesan Museum is home to some wonderful Silesian sacred art. The city’s best-known museum is the Silesian Museum, which is just a few minutes away, and looks back on an eventful history. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Katowice, take a look at the Park Inn by Radisson, Katowice