GUIDE FOR GUESTS
Tourist information centre numbers
- Katowice, 13 Rynek Street
(+48 32) 259 38 08
- Nikiszowiec, 4 Rymarska Street
(+48 32) 255 14 80
- J. Ziętek Roundabout
(+48) 514 406 575
Important phone numbers:
- Area code: +48
- Emergency call: 112
Prepaid cards for mobile phones:
You can buy a prepaid card:
- in mobile network stores,
- at news stands
- at petrol stations
- in many small shops in Poland
Every prepaid card must be registered. A passport or other proof of identity is required for this purpose.
The Upper Silesian urban area, whose capital city is Katowice, consists of 41 cities with a population of 2.5 million. Residents commute daily to work, to school, often crossing borders different cities. Thanks to an extensive road and railway network, a journey to cities located up to 50 km apart does not take longer than 30-40 minutes. Katowice is the central hub in this transport system. They are among the best-connected cities in Poland.
Over the last dozen or so years, Katowice has undergone a radical transformation. Today it is one of the fastest growing Polish cities. A city dominated by the heavy industry was transformed into a metropolis of modern technologies. These changes have led to a number of transformations and modifications to public transport solutions to optimise traffic volume, travel time and costs, as well as to protect the environment.
Public transport (buses, trams) timetible
Example prices in shops and restaurants:
- Bread - PLN 2.60
- Milk - PLN 2.30
- Butter - PLN 6.00
- Eggs (6) - PLN 5.00
- Ham - PLN 35.00 (kg)
- Coffee - PLN 8.10 (250 g)
- Tea - PLN 3.99 (20 bags)
- Mineral water - PLN 1.60 (1.5 L)
- Coca-Cola - PLN 5.00 (2 L)
- Beer - PLN 2.50 (0.5 L)
Traditional Polish cuisine:
Polish dishes not only taste great, but are also very energy-dense and warming, so they will be an ideal option for lunch/dinner in December. When you’re in Poland, you should try at least some of them. We’ll tell you which of them are the best
- Silesian roulade with potato dumplings and red cabbage
The roulade is a traditional Silesian dish usually served for a Sunday lunch. It’s pork or beef meat, wrapped around bacon, onion and pickled cucumber. The roulade is then stewed in sauce, with which Silesian dumplings are later served (i.e. small balls made of potatoes and flour with a recess in the middle). The dish is traditionally accompanied by red cabbage.
Żurek is a traditional Silesian soup prepared on the basis of soured rye flour (akin to sourdough) in combination with a vegetable and bone stock, served with pieces of sausage, potatoes and other additions. Warming and nutritious.
Pierogi are traditional Polish dumplings. They are made with thinly rolled dough, cut into pieces. The dough is then used as a wrapper for meat, cabbage with mushrooms or something sweet to make the unique shape of pierogi. The dumplings are then cooked in boiling water and served with various sides.
- Gołąbki (cabbage rolls)
Gołąbki are very popular in Poland. These are cooked cabbage leaves, stuffed with rice or groats and meat. They are served with tomato sauce.
- Pork cutlet
This is a Polish variety of pork breaded cutlet – one of the oldest traditional dishes. It’s made of pounded pork tenderloin, seasoned and breaded, then fried. Cutlets are typically served with potatoes and salads.
- Herring in oil with onions
Poles prepare herrings in many ways. However, the most popular is herring in oil with onions. You can eat it on its own or with bread. It’s a great match for more potent liquors.
Crepes are very thin pancakes served with sweet cottage cheese, jam or fruit. You can choose what you want: cream, sugar or chocolate as the topping.
When going to Poland, remember two things. In Poland, tips are not added to the bill. You can decide whether to tip your servers. However, if the service was nice and the dishes tasty, it’s common to reward the team that worked on this carnal and spiritual pleasure
Useful information and trivia:
In winter, daytime temperatures can range from 0 to +5 degrees Celsius and fall below zero at night. Snowfall is also likely, accompanied by heavy clouds and cold winds. A warm jacket, boots, gloves and a hat will likely prove useful.
Partial (night) prohibition was introduced in Poland in 2018. Therefore, you won’t be able to buy alcohol after 10 p.m. in the shops in the city centre. The prohibition does not apply to restaurants and bars.
- Electrical sockets
In Poland, we use European sockets. It’s worth checking how they look like. You may need an adapter.
- Right-hand traffic
Traffic is on the right side here. Please remember that if you want to rent a car
- Non-cash transactions in Poland
You can pay with a credit or debit card practically anywhere in Poland. You can also pay by phone, using NFC.
In Poland you can communicate in English without any problems. Almost every public place in Poland employs people who speak this language communicatively.
Souvenirs from Silesia
- Gift Store 3 Szewczyka Square, Katowice
- Geszeft 23-25 Morcinka Street, Katowice
- Gryfnie 8 Andrzeja Street, Katowice
- I coal you (coal jewellery) 8/16 Czechowa Street, Katowice
- BIKSA Plac Miarki 1,
- Porcelana Śląska, ul. Porcelanowa 23
SHOPPING IN KATOWICE
The capital of the Silesian region offers a wide range of goods for shoppers in its many shops and modern shopping centres. In Katowice, these attractive complexes are easy to reach and offer everything to meet the expectations of even the most demanding customers.
Galeria Katowicka (30 3 Maja Street), Silesia City Centre (107 Chorzowska Street) and the Three Ponds Shopping Centre (60 Pułaskiego Street) will satisfy even ambitions with their range of goods and entertainment.
For those who enjoy shopping among historic buildings of the city centre, we recommend Katowice’s central district, enticing with its wide offer and professional service.
Silesian phrases and words
- DZIEŃ DOBRY/GOOD MORNING/DOBRY [dahbry]
- NAZYWAM SIĘ…/MY NAME IS…/JO JES… [yo yes]
- KTÓRA GODZINA?/WHAT TIME IS IT?/WIELA JE NA WAJZLACH [veeiehla ye nah vhaizla-h]
- DO WIDZENIA/GOODBYE/CZIM SIĘ [cheem she]
- GZIE JEST…/WHERE IS…/KAJ JE… [khai ye]
- KOCHAM CIĘ/I LOVE YOU/JO CI PRZAJA [yo chi pshah yah]
- TAK/YES/JA [yah]
- NIE/NO/NIY [niee]
- KOBIETA/WOMAN/BABA [bah bah]
- DZIEWCZYNA/GIRL/FRELKA [frehl kah]
- MĘŻCZYZNA/MAN/CHOP [hohp]
- CAŁUS/KISS/KUSIK [qusheek]
- POWIETRZE/AIR/LUFT [looft]
- STACJA BENZYNOWA/GAS STATION/TANKSZTELA [tank shtelah]
- TORBA/BAG/TASIA [tah sha]
- PRZYSTANEK AUTOBUSOWY/BUS STOP/HALTSZTELA [hahlt shtelah]
- FAJNIE/NICE/GRYFNIE [greeph nieh]
- PARASOL/UMBERELLA/PARYZOL [pah ree zol]
- PAPIEROWA TOREBKA/PAPER BAG/TYTKA [teeth kah]
- TRAMWAJ/TRAM/BANA [bah nah]
- ROWER/BIKE/KOŁO [quo woh]
- DWORZEC KOLEJOWY/RAILWAY STATION/BANHOF [bahn hof]
- POCIĄG/TRAIN/CUG [tsoog]
- KIEROWCA/DRIVER/SZOFER [chaufer]
- SAMOLOT/PLANE/FLIGER [fleegher]
- UWAŻAJ/LOOK OUT/DEJ POZÓR [day poh zoor]
- TOALETA/TOILET/HAZIEL [ha zhel]
- POKÓJ/ROOM/IZBA [eez bah]
- SKLEP/SHOP/GYSZEFT [ghesheft]
- SŁODYCZE/SWEETS/MASZKETY [mashkehty]
- DNIÓWKA/SHIFT (WORK)/SZYCHTA [sheeh tah]
- KONIEC DNIÓWKI, PRZERWA W PRACY/KNOCK-OFF TIME/FAJRANT [phai rant]
- PLEŚĆ BZDURY/TALK NONSENSE/FANZOLIĆ [fan zohl leech]
- PSZCZOŁA/BEE/BINA [bee nah]
- ŁĄKA/MEADOW/BŁONIE [buoh nieh]
- RZEKA/RIVER/RZYKA [gee kah]
- DRZEWO/TREE/STRÓM [strom]
- GAŁĄŹ/BRANCH/ASTA [asta]
- SADZONKA/SEEDLING/ABLYJGER [ab lee gher]
- BIEDRONKA/LADYBUG/BOŻO KRÓWKA [bosho kroof kah]
- SŁOŃCE/SUN/KLARA [klah rah]
- TĘCZA/RAINBOW/DYNGA [deen gah]
- POGODA/WEATHER/POCZAS [paw tschas]
- ŚNIEG/SNOW/ŚNIYG [shneeg]
- WIATR/WIND/WIATER [veeah tehr]