Foreign travellers putting together their Polish tourist itineraries have a tendency to overlook and the greater altogether. The same goes for most Poles who long ago wrote Katowice off as nothing more than a coal dust covered backwater. Oh how wrong they are. The last few years have seen this historically working class city emerge from a decades-long post-industrial funk and is now rapidly becoming one of the most innovative, culturally dynamic and economically in all of Poland. With vast infrastructure and renovations projects underway across the region, Katowice’s future looks even brighter.
Beginning life as a small, German-speaking town called in the early part of the 19th century, Katowice was incorporated within the borders of a new post-WWI Polish state, and thanks to its disparate racial and cultural heritage offers visitors a fascinating jumble of , inter-war and some shockingly different socialist architecture, all intermingled with a growing number of glistening capitalist palaces.
A sneaky gliTmpse under the cultural carpet reveals, among other delightful surprises, Poland's largest cathedral, one of the best museums in southern PL, a vast park filled with truly magnificent things to see and do, a bar scene to shame many of the country's so-called cutting edge cities and a reinforced concrete and plays music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.Marvellous.
But hold on a second, what about this whole thing? Good question. (orin Polish) is generally considered to be the region surrounding Katowice which has certain definite geographic boundaries in some parts, while seemingly endlessly expansive in other parts. The somewhat nebulous Silesia is not to be confused with the very concrete municipal province of (Górny Śląsk) of which Katowice is the regional capital. Silesia then, in some ways, is an abstract concept and a geographical anomaly. The region spreads out from Katowice’s suburbs and sprawls into a that were once historically connected through heavy industry and political autonomy. This shared history helped forge a strong regional identity and indeed Silesia has its own dialect () which is a mix of Polish, German and Czech.
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