Silesia explorer

Blog about tourist places, travelling in Upper Silesia, Poland

“Katowice – city of gardens” – official slogan of the city. Garden could be also artificial

Flowers are blooming in Katowice.

Come to Rondo near Spodek and see around sometimes colorful foutain the gigantic air flowers. Or are they Palms? Or Echinacea?






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Stained glass windows (vitrage) in St. Mary’s Church (Kościół Mariacki) in Katowice

Mariacki Kosciol is the church impossible to miss in Katowice. Because it is situated on Mariacka street – street of pubs, restaurants and pub. Each city has such street, where young and not-young people hang out, make noise and just arrange appointments.

Mariacki church in Katowice despite rich history and so one is nothing special – like all other churches in Silesia. But. Take a look at these stained glass windows!

Vitrages have pictures of domestic animals:











I was in this church several times and only after some visit mentioned these fauna and flora vitrages. Angels, saint people and Bible stories are everywhere – but nature – only in Katowice.


Desert in Poland?! Yes, it is! Polish Sahara – Pustynia Błędowska

I didn’t study well geography at school, and I thought that deserts are situated only in Africa. I was wrong. Desert is in Poland!!

Welcome to Bledow desert (pol. Pustunia Błędowska) – the largest desert in Central Europe (32 square km).


Since the beginning of 20 century this desert was used as training ground for military troops. Now sappers are working here: searching for old bombs.  That is why part (southern) of desert is the closed territory till December of 2013, and nobody is allowed to enter.  I don’t know in which part I was; and I saw several marriage couples taking pictures here, families with children playing in sand, paraplanes and other sky devices flying here.

I was in this place in right day and time: hot day, in evening, observing sunset.

Apart from desert itself here is no other attractions. But you can have fun here as me: adults and children. Nice people installed here such swings.

To come to desert is not so easy. Check the map. Desert is situated in the border of Upper Silesia region and Lesser Poland region (pol. Malopolska) – in the west of  Upper Silesia. To go here is easier by car from Katowice to Dabrowa Gornicza, and later to Olkusz direction or to Ogrodzieniec. By the way, Ogrodzieniec with its famous ruins of medieval castle is very close. Put this two objects to your trip – and you’ll have enough emotions for all day.

Pity to know that the desert is dying – start to be normal forest. You can mention this on satelite photo.

Bledow desert, Silesia


Galeria Szyb Wilson – NIKISZOWIEC

If you are going to Nikiszowiec and you find colourfull walls, wonderful drawing on the walls and caracteristics doors, you are lucky because you are in Galeria Szyb Wilson.

Go inside and enjoy!

Situated in Oswobodzenia street Nº 1 (Nikiszowiec).

Just north of the centre of Nikiszowiec (3km by official measure), this seemingly obscure and certainly underappreciated modern art gallery is arguably Katowice’s best art space and one of the primary highlights of a trip to Nikiszowiec.

How to arrive there??

  • Get on the bus number 30 in Aleja Korfantejo street and get off in Szopienicka street.
  • Get on the bus number 12 in Warszawska street ( Damrota bus stop) and get off in Lwowska street.

If you need more information or it´s not clear for you. Search here

The gallery itself comprises an impressive 2,500 square metres divided into three halls. Full of seriously bonkers, yet compellingly high quality sculpture, graphic and installation art by both local and international artists, exhibitions change regularly with permanent installations – some disturbing, some playful, some political – hidden throughout the dozens of small nooks spidering throughout the building. The closest thing to a contemporary art museum in Katowice, it’s an admirable and highly recommendable venue.


If you have trash at home, if you love pick up things on the street and you don´t know what to do it with them, go to the museum and give to them. They will make different furnitures, painting, etc without sense, but for your eyes can be amazing and it will give you new inspirations.

They were my favourite!!


About a 5 rooms are decorated in different styles, sometimes hard to find its meaning and inspired by different topics. Observed the different objects and perhaps you become to be an artist for a moment.


Walking around the museum and introducing yourself in the several rooms, you will find old objects, sculputers done in wood, with ceramic but most of them related with religion.

The pics situated in the middle show a violin made in in wood and by hand. Also is painted with different colours and in differents forms. Nice to see.

Almost there are about thousands painting or I think even more. They are showing different country, different personalities, forms, style, colors, etc and on them I observed a green point between the number. It´s mean that they had a competitions between them. The painting which have this point mean that it´s one of the best in all gallery.

For me it´s was interesting to find a Spanish painters. Not just one, maybe four. I felt identified. Most of them show sun, sea, green, the typical spanish food and different traditions about my country.


                                                                                                        This is my favourite !!! I love it

                                                                                I will make it for my future house for sure.


Outside you can spend some time as well enjoying their wonderful arts.

Sometimes they have events, concert.. In that day it was concentration of motorcycles.  SUPER !

For the end Remember that it´s for free

Open: 09:00 – 19:00 every day, including weekend.

Dive deeper

You will spend good time!

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