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Silesia

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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.

Regions[edit]

Cities[edit]

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

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Talk[edit]

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. Finding someone speaking English won't be any problem in bigger city.

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Itineraries[edit]

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

Weekend in Tychy[edit]

  • Day 1

Tyskie Brewery, center, Sun Gate, Karolinka and E districts

  • Day 2

Paprocany lake, Holy Spirit church, Blessed Karolina Kózka church, St, John the Baptist church

  • Day 3

Karton and Suble ponds, relax, Łąka lake (optional)

Weekend in Tarnowskie Góry[edit]

  • Day 1

Center, Black Trout Adit, Stare Tarnowice district

  • Day 2

Repty, Doły Piekarskie, Stary and Nowy zalew

  • Day 3

Świerklaniec, Nakło, Śląskie, Brynek, Tworóg, Zbrosławice, Nakło-Chechło lake, Miasteczko Śląskie

Weekend in Gliwice[edit]

  • Day 1

Gliwice Museum, city center, Jewish Funeral House, Armenian church, Methodist church, Palm house, Silesian Polytechnics

  • Day 2

Gliwicki channel, water towers, AL Gleiwitz Memorials, district of Łabędy

  • Day 3

contemporary churches, relax on Kąpielisko Leśne (summer time) or parks (winter time)

Weekend in Pogoria Lakes[edit]

  • Day 1

Saint Joseph church in Dziewiąty, Pogoria III (main beach), Zielona Park (walk from main beach)

  • Day 2

Piekło district (windsurfing point and marina), Pogoria II, Pogoria IV, district of Łęknice (peninsula "Cypel" and Our Lady of Victory church)

  • Day 3

Pogoria I (main beach), Matheron workers' colony and pristine beach, watching sunset and twilight from Gołonoskie hill

The best way's to find an accommodation in Dąbrowa Górnicza's district of Gołonóg

Weekend in Ogrodzieniec[edit]

  • Day 1

Castle, Our Lady of Rocks Sanctuary, Góra Birów

  • Day 2

Centrum Rozrywki Jura, Krępa, Józefów, abandoned stone pit

  • Day 3

Mirów, Bobolice, Żarki-Letnisko, Czatachowa, Złoty Potok, Olsztyn

  • Day 4 (final one)

Niegowonice, Hutki-Kanki, Błędowska Desert, Okradzionów, Łosień, Łęka

Weekend in Będzin[edit]

  • Day 1

castle hill complex, synagogue, Gzichów Palace, Jewish Heritage, Golgota of East sanctuary, watching sunset and twilight from Góra św. Doroty

  • Day 2

District of Grodziec, Góra Parcina, Góra Kijowa, Rozkówka Park, Grodziecki Forest, Małobądz railway station, watching sunset from Wzgórza Małobądzkie

  • Day 3

district of Łagisza, Będzin Region (Psary, Strzyżowice, Rogoźnik, watching sunset and twilight from hill in Góra Siewierska )

Weekend in Southern part of Silesian Voivodeship[edit]

  • Day 1

Rybnik sightseeing

  • Day 2

Żory sightseeing, walk on the ponds

  • Day 3

Wodzisław Śląski sightseeing

  • Day 4 (final one)

Jastrzębie Zdrój and Goczałkowice sightseeing

Weekend in Lubliniec[edit]

  • Day 1-2

Town sightseeing

  • Day 3

Upper Liswarta Forests Landscape Park

  • Day 4

Relax on Kokotek lake

Weekend in Mysłowice[edit]

  • Day 1

City center sightseeing

  • Day 2

(Dziećkowice and Wesoła Fala Lakes)

  • Day 3

Lędziny (Góra Klimnont, center, Hołdunów, Osadnik lake), Bieruń (St. Valentine's church, Łysina lake, dikes, arboretum), Chełm Śląski (Smutna Góra)

  • Day 4

Auschwitz German Nazi Concentration Camp

  • Day 5 (final one)

-version for those travelling via Cracow: Chrzanów and Trzebinia sightseeing -version for those travelling via Katowice : Bolina and Nikiszowiec workers' colony

Weekend in Bytom[edit]

  • Day 1

City Center, Małgorzatka hill, Segiet reserve, Blachówka, Mater Dolorosa and Jewish cemeteries.

  • Day 2

Żabie Doły, Miechowicki and Kachla Parks, Labirynt Skalny, Bytom Venice

  • Day 3

Brandka, Jadwiga and na Lipince ponds. Watching sunset from Brandka pond.

  • Day 4 (final one)

Świerklaniec and Brynek palaces.


Silesia in one month[edit]

  • Day 1/3

Wrocław sightseeing, pub crawl

  • Day 4

Legnica and Bolesławiec sightseeing

  • Day 5

Jelenia Góra sightseeing

  • Day 6/8

Relax in Karpacz, hiking in Karkonosze mountains

  • Day 9

Bolków castle, Wałbrzych, Książ Castle, Świdnica

  • Day 10

Kłodzko and Bystrzyca Kłodzka sightseeing

  • Day 11

Relax in Lądek Zdrój

  • Day 12

Otmuchów, Nysa and Prudnik sightseeing

  • Day 13/14

Opole sightseeing, pub crawl

  • Day 15

Gliwice, Zabrze, Bytom and Chorzów sightseeing

  • Day 16/17

Katowice sightseeing, pub crawl

  • Day 18

Piekary Śląskie and Tarnowskie Góry sightseeing

  • Day 19

Częstochowa sightseeing

  • Day 20/22

Upper Liswarta Forests Landscape Park, Lubliniec sightseeing, relax on Kokotek lake

  • Day 23

Kluczbork sightseeing

  • Day 24

Brzeg and Oława sightseeing

  • Day 25

Leaving from Wrocław

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LGBT visitors[edit]

Silesia's rather tolerant to LGBT people. Cities of Katowice, Opole, Wrocław or Częstochowa host year-round pride marches (marsz równości). They occur in June(Opole), September (Katowice) and October (Wrocław). Katowice and Wrocław have moderate gay scene. Showing affection in public won't catch anyone's sight in popular tourist places or big cities' center but stay discrete while visiting less popular places or side districts. It's not reccomendable to visit big apartment districts after dusk and showing an affection here.

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Stay safe[edit]

Villages and tourist places are in general safe. Some districts , especially big apartment houses ones, can be somehow dangerous. It's not reccomended to visit them alone, especially after dusk.

Get out[edit]

Silesia region has a good train and bus connections between Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic or Hungary. Katowice and Wrocław airports have a low cost airlines connectios between Ukrainian and Croatian destinations, as well as Georgian Kutaisi and Podgorica, Montenegro.



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