The landmark symbolizing Katowice is the “Spodek,” Poland’s largest multi-purpose venue. The city boasts the largest urban park in Poland. It was built during the 1950s on an industrially-devastated area of slag heaps, in a pioneering move for a European country, when it comes to environmental renewal projects. The park in Katowice can only be rivaled by the hugely popular Silesian Culture and Recreation Park (Park Kultury i Wypoczynku) in the neighboring city of Chorzów. Katowice is the capital city of the Silesian region, the center of the mining area and the heart of the gigantic Silesia Metropolis, formed by fourteen neighboring towns connected through their common industrial past.

The Industrial Monuments Route (Szlak Zabytków Techniki) runs through each town of the Silesia Metropolis, marking places of interest related to coal mining. It was the extraction of coal that brought about the creation of very exceptional culture, characteristic perhaps of this region alone. This place never sleeps. In Zabrze, one can visit the Historical Old “Guido” Mine. Katowice hosts the biggest indoor blues festival in the world, known as the Rawa Blues Festival, as well as the open-air event called OFF Festival Katowice. It is one of the best alternative music festivals in the world. An interesting fact, the town of Gliwice has a Palm House open to visitors, a real tropical oasis amid the industrial landscape.

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