Category: Cultural Heritage
Giszowiec Settlement

The housing estate of Giszowiec in Katowice is workers’ colony, which is unique in Europe. It was built in the years 1906-1910 for the workers of the industrial plants – mostly of the mine "Giesche" (later "Wieczorek") owned by the Georg von Giesche's Erben company. The colony was designed by Emil and Georg Zillmann, who implemented the idea of a city-garden. The blocks of apartments and public buildings have been preserved to this day.

square Pod Lipami 1 3-3a
40-476 Katowice
Upper Silesian Agglomeration, Silesia
in the city/town
Contact data
: +48 32 206 46 42
General Information
: working-class settlements, technology monuments, historic buildings/urban arrangement
Prices & amenities
: admission free
: cafe, guide , shop with souvenirs
: car park
: whole year

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Zapraszamy na audiowycieczkę po Nikiszowcu!
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Zapraszamy na audiowycieczkę po Katowicach!
We invite you to an audio tour of Katowice - Nikiszowiec.

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The Coal Mine "Wieczorek" in Nikiszowiec, a district of Katowice is one of the longest operating mine in Upper Silesia. Coal mining in Janów began in the late eighteenth century. The origins of the mine "Wieczorek" date back to the first decades of the nineteenth century. For a long time, the mine operated under the name "Giesche", and after WW2, it received its current name. It is worthwhile to see the shaft "Pulaski", at which we can see an impressive pithead building designed by the Zillman brothers.
The housing estate of Nikiszowiec together with nearby Giszowiec in Katowice is one of the most interesting examples of the workers’ colonies in Europe from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The both settlements designed at the request of the Georg von Giesche’s Erben Company by eminent architects from Berlin - Emil and Georg Zillmann. The construction of Nikiszowiec began in 1908 and ended in 1919. Nine brick blocks public buildings and even a church were built.
Dział Etnologii Miasta mieści się w gmachu dawnej pralni, magla oraz łaźni, stanowiącym integralną część zabytkowego osiedla robotniczego Nikiszowiec w Katowicach. Na ekspozycjach zobaczyć można wnętrza typowego mieszkania górniczego na Nikiszowcu oraz prześledzić cykl prania, maglowania i suszenia stosowany 100 lat temu.
The Valley of Three Ponds occupies over 60 hectares of green spaces located in the downtown district of Katowice - Muchowiec. They attract inhabitants of Katowice offering large bodies of water with partially landscaped banks. Here, we can find, among others, a harbor, a bathing beach or Cycling and roller skating trails. The Valley also often hosts large musical events.
The Silesian Aero Club of Silesia prides itself on over eighty-year-old traditions. It was established in the late 20s and 30s of the last century. Its alumni include: Edward Makula - a gliding world champion, Waldemar Ozga - an outstanding balloon pilot, Edward Ciapała - a world vice-champion in model aircraft, and many other great pilots. The Aero Club operates the airfield of Katowice Muchowiec, which was built in the 20s of the last century.
"The largest private art gallery in Poland is situated in Janów, a district east of the city center of Katowice. It is located in the pithead building and the bathroom at the shaft ""Wilson"" in the Coal Mine ""Wieczorek"". The gallery boasts of an exhibition area of nearly 2500 square meters! Monica Paca and Johannes opened the gallery, by inviting a group of artists, musicians, actors and other artists, and lovers of contemporary art. The gallery is located on the Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian voivodeship. "
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