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About Katowice

Katowice is a historic city of Poland. With a population almost 300,000 residents, it sits at the centre of the Silesian Metropolis. Katowice is the opportune moment to get a closer look at a culturally dynamic and economically vibrant Polish city. Attractions in this booming city, includes Silesian Museum, Rynek, Archdiocesan Museum and Spodek.

Cheap flights to Katowice are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be enchanted by this emerging metropolis! Katowice is the home of Katowice International Airport (KTW), which is located on a short 30-minute drive from the city centre. Katowice International Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Lufthansa and Lot Polish Airlines. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Katowice is approximately 17 hours and 10 minutes!

Why visit Katowice

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City of Music

Katowice is Poland’s celebrated music destination. It is dubbed the UNESCO City of Music, following its musical prowess and cultural status. The city plays host to invigorating musical festivals.

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A Beer Extravaganza

Upon a visit to Browariat, tourists can enjoy a wide selection of international beers and award-winning craft beers. Browariat has a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, making it a renowned establishment.

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Eloquent Nature

Katowice is home to the charming Kościuszko Park in the city centre. It is an incredible space with cherry and rhododendron trees, and the Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Poland
Currency Polish Zloty
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.30 PLN
Language Polish
Hub Airport Katowice International Airport (KTW)
Airline Lot Polish Airlines
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type E

Best time to visit Katowice

Katowice is situated in a moderate climate zone. The city’s popular tourist season occurs in summer (June to August). The city is abuzz with spectacular festivals and vibrant shows during this time. Occasional rainfall can be experienced during this season. Temperatures average about 25 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. For cheap flights to Katowice, the best time to travel is from April to May, and October to December. These spring and autumn months, respectively, are ideal for travellers - who wish to take in the city’s ambient raw beauty without the crowds. The coldest months are January and February, which is also the time when winter sports are in full effect. The city sees an influx of ski enthusiasts during this season.

Weather & Climate in Katowice

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -4°C -4°C -1°C 3°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 12°C 9°C 5°C 0°C -3°C
High °C 1°C 3°C 7°C 13°C 19°C 21°C 23°C 23°C 18°C 13°C 6°C 2°C
Precipitation 30 29 32 37 53 60 73 51 45 35 38 33

Overview

Katowice is a city emerging from its historic post-industrial image, demanding to be seen as it is fast becoming popular with Polish natives, and the world. Beginning as a humble little German-speaking town called Kattowitz, the city was integrated within the borders of the new post-World War II Polish state.

Katowice has gripping German Gothic architecture and inter-war Art Nouveau that captivates tourists’ attention. The city’s cultural heritage has led to a modern day amalgamation of diverse beauties to be marvelled at and thoroughly enjoyed. Majestic surprises to be appreciated around the city include Christ the King Cathedral, Katowice Historical Museum and Silesia Park.

For music festival lovers, the city is essential for your bucket list. Home to festivals such as OFF Festival and Tauron New Music Festival, the surreal international line-ups which these festivals curate will cause goose bumps to surge on the surface of your skin!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a Schengen visa to travel to Katowice and Poland. There are a few requirements when applying for a Schengen Visa, including a permanent passport – valid for at least 3 months from the date of return from your trip.

Health & Safety

All travellers to the city should be up to date with their routine vaccines. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, dipthera-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox vaccine, polio vaccine and yearly flu shot.

Additional vaccines to consider getting before travelling to Katowice:

Hepatitis A – It is recommended because visitors can acquire hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Katowice, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Rabies – Travellers who intend to partake in outdoor and other activities in remote areas are encouraged to get a rabies vaccination. This will remove the risk if an incident occurs through any adventure travel and caving etc.

Katowice is a relatively quiet city; it is safe to walk in the main streets late at night. However, travellers are warned to avoid walking alone in remote areas of the city.

Guidelines to remember when traveling in Katowice:

• Be cautious of pick-pocketing in public spaces.

• Always keep an eye on your belongings when travelling on the public transport system.

• It is illegal to drink alcohol in public.

• Do not display any valuables if you leave your car parked in the streets.

• Try to use guarded parking whenever possible.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Katowice
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 60
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 20
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 19
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 8
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 50
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