At first glance, Katowice seems to be rather less attractive, unless you want to learn more about post-communist transformations. However, deeper exploration of its industrial areas and unusual monuments reveals that Katowice is actually very interesting. It is the heart of the biggest agglomeration in Central Eastern Europe, resembling the Ruhr in terms of the development of industry and urbanization.
Nowadays, heavy industry has significantly decreased, and Katowice is moving towards small businesses and trade. There are still several dozen collieries, ironworks, and steel plants, and the city remains the center of the GOP (Upper Silesian Industrial Region). Each year, Katowice plays host to trade fairs, including the second biggest event of its type in Poland.
Apart from being the principal science and educational center of the region, this lively city with its tall buildings is comparable to Warsaw (see: tours in Warsaw) in number, offering a wide range of entertainment that can compensate for the rarity of sights.