Fly To Katowice, Poland
Katowice is at the centre of the industrial conurbation (known as the GOP) in Poland’s upper Silesian region. It first rose to importance during the industrial boom of the 1900s, and has grown into a cultural centre with a thriving business economy. Filled with charming relics from its early history, Katowice also boasts extraordinary modern architecture, and a passion for theatre, music and art.
Find the cheapest flights to Katowice using the online airline ticket search tool above, and explore this lesser-known Polish gem. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or the great outdoors, Katowice has plenty to offer in all respects.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do require a Visa to visit Katowice, or anywhere else in Poland. Make sure you leave enough time for Visa processing, and check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Poland is situated in Warsaw. 54 Koszykowa Trade Centre, 6th Floor, UL. Koszykowa 54, 00-675 Warsaw. Phone: + 48 22 622 1031 / + 48 22 622 100.
See and do
Katowice has some fantastic International Style and Bauhaus architecture, and you’ll find the best examples in the city downtown. There are also a fair number of Art Nouveau buildings in central Katowice, which make an interesting contrast to the communist-era complexes.
Katowice also has several religious buildings worth visiting, including the wooden churches of St. Michel Archangel, the Cathedral at Plebiscytowa Street, and the Franciscan church and cloister of the Assumption of Mary. The Jewish and Christian cemeteries on Kozielska St are popular attractions as well.
For a bit of insight into Katowice’s past, try the aptly named History of Katowice Museum. Add the Silesian Museum and Archdiocesan Museum for a culturally full day. If that’s not quite enough, pop into a few of the wonderful galleries in the area, including Rondo Sztuki, Szyb Wilson and the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery.
Of course, no trip to Katowice is complete without attending a concert, and the Spodek Concert Hall is where most of them take place. The Silesian Philharmonic makes for a spectacular night out, but there are plenty of events and festivals catering to more modern tastes as well.
When shopping for souvenirs in Katowice, keep an eye out for local amber, as well as the Boleslawiec folk ceramics made in the area. For local art and crafts, try Kurka Bez Piorka, or Ceramika Boleslawieca for the previously mentioned ceramics.
Public transport in Katowice is safe and reliable, and between the buses and trams you can get to most inner and outer city attractions. There are single ride and several multiple-ride/day tickets, so it’s worth investigating the best options depending on the length of your stay.
Katowice International Airport – KTW
Food and beverage: So!Coffee, Ae Coffee, Snack and Coffee, Voyage Café, Flying Bistro and Café at Observation Deck.
Currency Exchange: Katowice International Airport has exchange bureaus in the public area on the ground floor of Terminal A, and the arrivals area on the ground floor of Terminal B.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport can be reported to Lost & Found located on the ground floor of Terminal A, near the car rental agencies and information desk.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: DeSilva Inn, Pensjonat Iskra Hotel Mierzecice, and Hotel Wilga Katowice Airport.
Car Hire: National/Alamo, Jolcar, Express, Budget, Hertz, Silvercar, Europcar, and GTL-Service.