Top things to do in Katowice

Top Choice Museum in Katowice

Silesian Museum

A symbol of Katowice's transition from a centre of heavy industry to one of culture, the Silesian Museum sits in an ingeniously repurposed coal mine in the city's 'Cultural Zone', north of the Rynek. Spread over fou…
Top Choice Museum in Katowice

Museum of Katowice History at Nikiszowiec

This branch of Katowice's museum, an ethnographic exploration of working-class and industrial life in Upper Silesia, lies in the distinctive suburb of Nikiszowiec, 6km southeast of the city centre. The entire distri…
Top Choice Polish in Katowice


Perhaps Katowice's best restaurant, Tatiana takes Polish food, particularly that of Silesia, and elevates it without uprooting it. Expect mains such as saddle of venison in burnt hay with barley-and-mushroom stuffed…
Microbrewery in Katowice


Decked out in surreal art, lit by a galaxy of candy-coloured globes dangling from the ceiling and boasting 15-plus intriguing draught beers alongside a fine selection of craft meads, Absurdalna is a very Polish hips…
Cathedral in Katowice

Cathedral of Christ the King

With a base measuring 89m by 53m, this is Poland's largest cathedral. Erected between 1927 and 1955, the neoclassical sandstone basilica's progress was understandably delayed by the tumultuous 1940s. Its vast interi…
Museum in Katowice

Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park

This sprawling open-air museum contains scores of traditional wooden buildings spread over 20 hectares, representing architectural styles from Upper Silesia, Zagłębie Dąbrowskie and other regions. It’s situated with…
Square in Katowice


The city's central market square is not lined with historical burghers' houses as you’d find elsewhere in Silesia, but is instead encircled by drab postwar blocks and newer retail developments. It’s a showpiece of t…
Vegetarian in Katowice

Złoty Osioł

A cheerful, popular vegetarian cafe just off one of Katowice's main nightlife strips, the ‘Golden Donkey’ offers vegetarian and vegan fare in a charming interior of mismatched tablecloths and vaguely hippy art. The …
Stadium in Katowice


Built of reinforced concrete between 1964 and 1971, Spodek – which means 'saucer' – really does look like a UFO has landed just north of central Katowice. Aside from being a venue for indoor sports such as basketbal…
Cafe in Katowice

Kofeina Bistro

This bright modern cafe serves some of Katowice's best coffee, along with a selection of cakes and light meals.