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Silesia weather, climate and average temperature

Poland's climate is influenced by a continental climate from the east and a maritime climate from the west. As the result the weather is changeable, with significant differences from day to day. Winter one year can be almost without snow, whereas another year heavy snows can paralyse transport for days. Summer [...]

Nightlife in Upper Silesia

Katowice and the whole region of Silesia abounds in clubs, discos and night clubs which have a lot to offer both to regular club-goers and occasional clubbers. Most of them are not only pulsating dance floors, offering different kinds of music to cater for all tastes, but also a venue for [...]

Katowice - Gourmets' Paradise

Katowice, with its wide array of eateries, can be called a gourmets' paradise. There are lots of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the centre or close to it. As they cater for every taste and pocket, one can choose from a wide variety of elegant restaurants which specialize either in Polish [...]

Shopping in Upper Silesia

  The agglomeration of Silesia, composed of as many as 24 mid-size towns, is the largest urbanized area in the Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to its high population density and well-developed transport network, Upper Silesia attracts more and more investors interested in modern shopping centres. So far they have been mainly [...]

Arriving in Upper Silesia by Rail or Coach

Upper Silesia has a well-developed network of railway connections with Katowice as one of its major junctions in Poland. The Katowice Main Railway Station, also referred to as Katowice Central Station (Katowice Dworzec Glowny PKP) is the largest and the most important railway station in the Upper Silesian Industrial District. It [...]

History of Upper Silesia

The earliest traces of human activity in the historical region of Silesia date back as far as 200,000 years B.C. The first written record of Silesia can be found in the ancient works of Ptolomaeus and Tacitus. According to the latter, the first inhabitants of Silesia were the Lugii, an East [...]

Silesian Dialect

Not only cuisine, but the dialect of Silesia is part of the cultural heritage of Upper Silesia as well. The distinctive way of vowel pronunciation, sentence intonation and separate vocabulary set distinguish the language spoken by the people of Silesia from that used in the other regions of Poland. The dialect [...]

Ordering a Taxi in Katowice

The best idea is either to take a taxi operated by one of the taxi corporations from a taxi rank or order one by phone or by sending an SMS message. Their names and telephone numbers are usually displayed on the car. The corporations usually do not charge any extra money [...]

Getting Around Upper Silesia

Using public transport In Katowice and in other cities of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, there are mainly four means of public transport to choose from, namely: the bus, the tram, the trolleybus and the regional train. There are also other services offered by state-owned railways and private transportation companies.   In 1991 the [...]

Silesian Cuisine

Upper Silesia, similarly to other regions of Poland, has got its own traditional recipes which have been passed down from one generation to another. The regional cuisine consists of about 100 dishes, some of which are plain everyday meals, whereas the others are meant only for Sundays or special occasions (wedding [...]

Katowice International Airport

So far if you have flown to Poland, you have probably landed either at Okecie Airport (Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport) or at Krakow-Balice Airport (John Paul II International Airport) which are considered to be the busiest and the most modern airports in the country. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically. Following [...]

Car Parks in Katowice

In Katowice there is a Pay Parking Zone (Strefa Platnego Parkowania, SPP for short) which is marked with traditional parking signs with the inscription ''Parking platny'' (Pay Parking Zone). However, one is obliged to pay for parking their car in the SPP zone only on workdays (from 9 a.m. till 5 [...]

Stalinogrod - Post-War History of Katowice

Till 1950s The post-war period was the time of industry development in Upper Silesia, which allowed Katowice to regain its status as the most industrialized city of Upper Silesia and a major administrative centre. As the city developed so briskly, the 1950s marked a significant increase in its population. The city area [...]

Education Opportunities in Upper Silesia

Katowice is an important educational centre with lots of institutions offering primary, secondary and higher education. The oldest ones are the state universities which, having the well-earned reputation for outstanding academic achievement and innovation, attract loads of applicants for Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs in a wide variety of fields. The major [...]

Upper Silesian Industrial District

Upper Silesia is not only one of the most densely populated regions of Poland, but the most industrialised part of the country as well. Thus, the area covering the industrial centres in the central and eastern parts of Upper Silesia and the Dabrowskie Basin (Zaglebie Dabrowskie), with Katowice as its largest [...]

Silesia - Business-Friendly Region

In order to boost economic development of certain regions of Poland, Special Economic Zones were established within the country. Currently, there are fourteen Special Economic Zones, one of which is situated in the Silesian voivodship, i.e. the Katowice Special Economic Zone (KSEZ, for short). The KSEZ has been in operation since [...]

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Jack Darwood, Basingstoke, UK, 2011-02-07
Heard good things 'bout this place and I'm very disappointed. The food is so so, service is lazy and kinda 'gay' and... prices are far to high. [...]
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