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Mines, museums and music approved by UNESCO, Katowice has embarked on a noticeable metamorphosis over the past decade, breathing new life into its urban space whilst holding onto its mining and industrial heritage. Culture is the lifeblood of Katowice, recognised by UNESCO as a Creative City of Music. As concerts return to the country, be sure to book tickets for the crown jewel of the city’s musical scene, the Polish National Symphony Radio Orchestra, which will feel more like a personal performance thanks to a lesser amount of tourists. Those that fancy themselves as budding street-photographers should check out Nikiszowiec, a former mining district made entirely of red-brick housing, encapsulating the working class spirit of the city. Finally, enjoy a leisurely summer stroll through Silesia Park, twice the size of New York’s Central Park, with half the crowds.

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