Welcome to Gliwice!

Gliwice is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the Upper Silesia. Rich history of the city, interesting architecture and differentiated cultural, sports and recreational life make the city not only a perfect place for living, but also a popular tourist destination. Gliwice is a city which has ones of the best traffic connections in Poland. This is the place where the A1 and A4 motorways intersect. A lot of cities in the Upper Silesian urban area can be reached by the Cross Regional Highway. The largest inland port in Poland is also located in Gliwice, and getting to the Katowice Airport in Pyrzowice, one of the largest Polish airports, takes 20 minutes. Gliwice is also an important academic, scientific and industrial centre – qualified staff pushes up the city’s position in innovativeness and dynamic development rankings.

A bit of history

The city was founded before 1276 on Magdeburg Law. At the twilight of the Middle Ages the town occupied the territory of a few hectares and it was inhabited by ca. 900 people. The majority of them were newcomers from Western Europe and Lower Silesia. Over the centuries the city belonged to various countries and it was ruled by the Poles, the Czechs and the Germans. After the World War II, with the entire Upper Silesia, it became part of Poland. Then, thousands of inhabitants who came from the other parties of the country and the former Eastern Borderlands, settled there.

Despite changing fortunes, the city preserved its clear architectural and spatial structure from the time of its founding. Its central point is a square market square with the town hall. Thence the old town streets run, creating chequered layout of high-density tenement housing. Once, this densely developed area was limited by the stone city walls with towers, mote and gates – White (Bytom) and Black (Racibórz).

A good place for business

In the recent dozen years, Gliwice became one of the most innovative cities in the Upper Silesia. The convenient location of the city, attractive investment grounds, rich technical infrastructure and perfect communicational solutions determined this. Traditional heavy industry and hard coal mining gave way to businesses and companies using the state-of-the-art achievements and high technologies, gathered, e.g. in New Gliwice.

A key role in creating the new direction of the city’s development focused on advanced technology played the achievements of scientists of the Silesian University of Technology and other research institutions, including facilities of the Polish Academy of Sciences located in Gliwice. Economic power of the city is determined by business activity of Gliwice Sub-Zone of Katowice Special Economic Zone, where 10 billion zlotys was invested.

Off the clock

Gliwice citizens like spending their free time doing all kinds of sports and recreational activities. All this is possible thanks to vast green areas in the city and its attractive sports and leisure facilities. These include: sports fields, stadiums, sports halls, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a covered skating ring, and a climbing wall. Almost in the centre, the Municipal Palm House is located, where several thousands of tropical plants were collected.

A broad range of options of leisure activities is supplemented by varied cultural scene. Music festivals, open-air events, exhibitions and theatre performances take place in Gliwice. Soon, one of the biggest indoor sports and entertainment venues in Poland will be opened. In Gliwice, you simply cannot get bored!

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