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Katowice

Katowice is the capital city of Silesia, a centre for the mining industry and the heart of a giant Silesia agglomeration composed of 14 neighbouring towns of similar industrial history.

Despite its industrial history, Katowice is famous for its uniquely large surface of green areas made available to the inhabitants for recreational and sports purposes, as well as for its continuously expanding network of bicycle paths.

The "Katowice. For a change" (Katowice. Dla odmiany) slogan expresses the belief that Katowice is worth discovering due to its avantgarde and innovative image. This is the place where new music (OFF Festival Katowice, Tauron Nowa Muzyka) appears next to the avantgarde art forms (Katowice Street Art. Festival, the 'Silesian Design') and unconventional architectural structures (Spodek hall and the construction of the New seat of the Silesian Museum at the area of a former coal mine, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the building of the International Congress Centre).

Katowice is the city of inspiring clashes and interferences between history and modernity. A trip to the historic Nikiszowiec District and other interesting sites at the Industrial Monuments Route allow to have a look at both modern and Art Nouveau architecture. Numerous festivals and economic, cultural and sports events attract more and more guests to Katowice.

MUST SEE

• Three Ponds Valley - cycling and cross-country trails, roller-skating area, a horse stud farm • Historic, over a hundred-year-old mining districts of Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec - incredibly charming heirlooms of industrial history of Upper Silesia.

• Route of Modernism - route in the very centre of Katowice presenting the most valuable examples architecture from the period of the 20's and 30's of XX century.

More information: www.katowice.eu/en

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