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This article is about the historical region in Poland. For the voivodship, see Silesian Voivodship. For Czech Silesia, see North Moravia.

Silesia is a historical region of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany.



  • Opole (German: Oppeln)— at the Odra River with a Gothic Cathedral and a Neo-Renaissance town hall
  • Świdnica (German: Schweidnitz)
  • Wrocław (German: Breslau) — large city that is a perfect mixture of Gothic and Baroque
  • Tychy, famous for its car factory and its old brewery.
  • Katowice — Vibrant capital city of Silesian Voivodeship
  • Będzin — Old city with a castle, rich history and Jewish heritage
  • Tarnowskie Góry — Old town with UNESCO list old silver mines
  • Gliwice — An old city with a castle and many interesting places to see

Other destinations[edit]

  • Karkonoski National Park – national park in the Sudetes around the Śnieżka Mountain (1602m) with beautiful waterfalls
  • Stołowe Mountains National Park — national park in the Sudetes around the Szczeleniec Mountain (~1000m) with bizarre rocks
  • Karpacz — Hill station in Karkonosze mountains
  • Wisła — Hill station in Beskid Śląski famous by ski jumping competitions.
  • Pogoria Lakes — Four artificial lakes spread between Dąbrowa Górnicza and Siewierz region.
  • Ogrodzieniec — Small town famous by castle ruins



Historically, most of Silesia was German speaking until 1945. Today, the vast majority of the region is Polish speaking with accompanying smaller regions speaking either Czech or German. There is a small German minority to be found in Upper Silesia. Upper Silesia is also home to a separate Slavic language/dialect, also called Silesian.

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Katowice City Break[edit]

  • Day 1

City Center, Cathedral, Spodek, Mariacka Street, Silesian Museum, Settlement of Stars, Katowice Historical Museum, Sacred Heart Church, Our Lady Mother of Church and Immaculate Freedom Dawn church (with missionary museum), Silesian Center of Solidarity and Freedom, Kościuszko Park, Three Ponds Valley

  • Day 2

Nikiszowiec, Giszowiec, American Workers' Colony, Wilson Shaft Gallery, Bolina, Janina and Barbara ponds, Stawiki, Murcki, St.Luis and Assumption church, Panewnicki forest

  • Day 3

Silesian Park, Tysiaclecie Settlement ( with Maroko pond, Cross Elevation church and Our Lady of Piekary church)

One Day in Wrocław[edit]

Market place, Aula Leopoldina and Wrocław University, Słodowa Island, city museum, Ostrów Tumski, cruise on Odra river.

One Day in Katowice[edit]

City Center, Spodek, Cathedral, Mariacka Street, Silesian Museum, Katowice Historical Museum, Kościuszko Park, Galeria Katowicka Shopping Center, Altus

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