Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Katowice

Museum of Katowice History at Nikiszowiec

The city's museum has a branch in the distinctive suburb of Nikiszowiec, 5km southeast of the city centre. The district is a unique estate created for miners (and their families) who worked at a nearby shaft between…
Top Choice Church in Opole

Franciscan Church of the Holy Trinity

This church off the southern corner of the Rynek was built of brick around 1330. It boasts an ornate high altar, an 18th-century organ, and a domed Renaissance chapel in the left-hand aisle, separated by a fine, lat…
Top Choice Tower in Opole

Piast Tower

The only vestige of the castle that once housed Opole's dukes is this 33m-tall sturdy watchtower, with walls 3m thick and foundations 6m deep. Built in the 14th century, the castle was pulled down in the 1920s to ma…
Historic Site in Oświęcim

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum

Auschwitz-Birkenau is synonymous with genocide and the Holocaust. More than a million Jews, and many Poles and Roma, were murdered here by the German occupiers during WWII. Both sections of the camp, base camp Ausch…
Museum in Pszczyna

Castle Museum

This grandiose former residence (which looks more like a palace) dates back to the 12th century, when the Opole dukes built a hunting lodge here. It has been enlarged and redesigned several times, most recently in 1…
Church in Nysa

Cathedral of SS James and Agnes

There’s no overlooking Nysa’s mighty cathedral on the Rynek, with its imposing blackened bulk and fine stone double portal. Built in 1430 it was remodelled after a fire in 1542, but hasn’t changed much since then. T…
Square in Nysa

Rynek

Diverse architecture within Nysa's vast market square suggests the extent of damage done in WWII. Only the southern side retains anything like its historic appearance, with restored houses dating from the 16th centu…
Historic Building in Toszek

Psychiatric Hospital

In May 1940 popular British novelist PG Wodehouse, creator of the masterful valet Jeeves and his hapless employer Bertie Wooster, was captured by the German army at his home in France. In September he was moved to a…
Square in Katowice

Rynek

The city's central market square is not lined with historic burghers' houses as you’d find elsewhere in Silesia, but instead is encircled by drab postwar blocks. It’s a showpiece of the 'early Gierek style' – the te…
Church in Katowice

Cathedral of Christ the King

Some 800m south of the Rynek is Poland’s largest cathedral, its base measuring 89m by 53m. The massive sandstone structure was erected between 1927 and 1955. The spacious interior is topped with a large dome that ri…