Katowice Travel Guide, Poland
Katowice is an important economic centre in Southern Poland and the capital of the Silesian Voivodeship. Katowice played a major role in the Industrial Revolution in Poland and it is now one of the largest cities in the country. This Katowice Travel Guide focuses on aspects like the city’s whereabouts, transportation system and accommodation facilities.
Katowice Travel Guide – Geography and Climate
Katowice is situated in the Silesian Highlands, famous for their rich coal resources. The Silesian Highlands are located in the middle, between the Carpathian and Sudetes mountains. The climate around Katowice is continental humid. The wettest month is July, which is also the hottest (average of 23˚ C). Winters are cold, with lots of snow and temperatures below zero.
Katowice Travel Guide – Transport
Katowice’s air connections are provided by Katowice International Airport (the city was one of the first in the country to have such a facility – first airport was built in the ‘20s). Due to its proximity to the border and to some major European cities (Budapest, Prague, Bratislava), Katowice is situated at the intersection of several European highways (E40, E75, E462), not to mention the numerous national roads linking it to Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan or other big Polish cities. As for urban transportation, Katowice benefits from a reliable system of buses, trams and regional rails. The most common way to travel from Katowice to other Polish cities is the train (there are state owned and private-owned trains).
Katowice Travel Guide – Accommodation
Katowice has an impressive number of hotels, many of them located in the city centre. Because Katowice is such a major economic and business centre, you can find a wide range of upscale hotels: Monopol, Novotel Centrum, Qubus Hotel Prestige Katowice or Olimpijski Hotel. There are also some good hotels situated at the city’s outskirts that were especially designed for the passers-by: Piramida – Spa&Welness, Best Western Permier, Marysin Dwor. Hostels and guest houses are cheaper than in Western Europe and most of them located outside the city: Jopi Hostel, Slazaczei, Niagra, Villa Anna, Batory, Barbara.
Katowice Travel Guide – Interesting Facts and Figures
Katowice metro area has around 2 million inhabitants; the population of the entire Silesian Metropolitan area is around 5,3 million people, making it one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe.
There is still no explanation for the origins of the name Katowice: hundreds of years ago, the city was just a small blacksmiths community. Although most Katowice travel guides will present Katowice as an industrial city, almost 50% of its area is covered by parks, playgrounds, fields and forests (in recent years, Katowice managed to become one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe).
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