A selection of old images from our archive showing the city of Katowice through time.
Five things you may not know about Katowice:
1 – Katowice has eight railway stations and is one of the biggest railway junctions in Poland.
2 – Katowice is something of a centre of music in Poland with many live concerts and several annual festivals.
3 – Katowice has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Poland. Right now only 2%! Workers here are on average also paid more than anyone else in Poland. Higher even than those of Warsaw.
4 – In 1953 Katowice was renamed Stalinogród (Stalin’s City). The name never stuck and it was dropped in 1956.
5 – The city of Katowice currently has a population of more than 300,000. Making it the 10th largest city in Poland. However, the city lies at the centre of an extended metropolitan area with a population of almost three million!
Related content on Polish Poland: Pre-war images of Kattowitz / Katowice.