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Katowice

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Katowice is a city in southwestern Poland, with a population of 299,910 and the center of the Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 2.2 million.Throughout the mid-18th century, Katowice had developed into a village upon the discovery of rich coal reserves in the area. In 1742 the First Silesian War transferred Upper Silesia, including Katowice, to Prussia. Subsequently, from the second half of the 18th century, many German or Prussian craftsmen, merchants and artists began to settle in the region, which had been inhabited mostly by Poles over the past hundreds of years. Simultaneously Silesia experienced the influx of the first Jewish settlers. In the first half of the 19th century, intensive industrialization transformed local mills and farms into industrial steelworks, mines, foundries and artisan workshops. This also contributed to the establishment of companies and eventual rapid growth of the city. At the same time, Katowice became linked to the railway system with the first train arriving at the main station in 1847.The outbreak of World War I was favourable for Katowice due to the prospering steel industry. Following Germany's defeat and the Silesian Uprisings, Katowice and parts of Upper Silesia were annexed by the Second Polish Republic. Poland was then backed by the Geneva Convention and the ethnic Silesian minority. On 3 May 1921, the Polish army entered Katowice and the Polish administration took control. The city became the capital of the autonomous Silesian Voivodeship as well as the seat of the Silesian Parliament and Committee of Upper Silesia. After the plebiscite many former German citizens emigrated, however a vibrant German community remained until the end of World War II. In 1939, after the Wehrmacht seized the town, Katowice and the provinces were incorporated into the Third Reich. The town was eventually liberated by the Allies on 27 January 1945.
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Neighborhood
Nikiszowiec
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
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Children’s Museum
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Valley
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World heritage site
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Water Park
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Specialty Museum
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Government Building
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Museums in Katowice

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History Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
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Historic Sites in Katowice

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Religious Site
Cathedral of Christ the King
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Religious Site
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Historic Walking Area
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Shopping in Katowice

Civic Center
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Farmers Market
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Supersam
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