Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport is but 34 km (21 mi) from Katowice city centre and is a hub for both domestic and European flights. There are shuttles that will take you right into the city or even public busses if you are on a tight budget. You can also easily get to Katowice by train, bus or by car from the many other cities that surround it. Getting around the city is easy with a network of busses and trams that are supervised by KZK GOP. If you prefer taxis, make sure to ask how much it will cost beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Silesian cuisine has over the years been influenced by the cuisines of its neighbours: Czech, German and Hungarian. Try Zymla, an oval-shaped baked bread roll topped with poppy seeds, Rolada, a beef-roll served with pickled vegetables and red cabbage or Szalot, a Silesian potato salad. The Karczma pod Strzecha restaurant welcomes you in a Polish mountain-style cottage where you can sample many folk dishes.
A highly artistic city, Katowice gathers up its inhabitants throughout the year for various music, art and film festivals. Some to keep in mind are: the Polish Directors' Art Festival, the Summer Theatre Garden, the "Cult" Film Festival, the "Rawa Blues" Festival and the "Metalmania" Metal Music Festival. Regardless of what time of year you stop by, there will always be something for the likes of everyone!
Did you know that there is still no explanation for the meaning of the name Katowice?Also, although most tourist guides will present the city as an industry-rich haven, over 50% of its area is covered by parks, playgrounds and forests.