When I was a kid, I was living really close to the forest. Almost every day I was taking a walk between trees with my family. I also had my favorite tree! It was beech. It had low branches so I could touch it and hang on my hands for a while. My grandpa was telling me every time what’s the name of tree when we were passing by. With my cousin Kasia in holidays we were climbing on every tree in my garden, we were eating fruits from them. Especially sweet cherries and apples. We also create connections between 2 trees so we could correspond with little letters. Ah, beautiful memories! All my childhood I was discovering many forests near to my house. Now I can recommend you few forests and nature places to chill. This post is especially for people who like long walks, bird’s whistling and fresh air.
Las Murckowski – the forest
This nature reserve is located in the southern area of Katowice, Tychy, and Mysłowice. It’s situated near the Murcki neighborhood and borders the mine of the same name. The reserve’s landscape advantages include the slopes of Wzgórze Wandy [Wanda hill], brooks, and an ancient beech forest. It’s also the habitat of many species of mammals and birds. You can also find there something like little camping place (at least 3 of them which I visited). You can take a walk or (as I prefer) to ride a bike!
How to get to Las Murckowski?
- The reserve is situated just over 10 km south of Katowice center, so going by car is the easiest and fastest way.
- Public transport will take about 40 minutes: first no. 1, 4 or 14 bus from Aleja Korfantego to the Katowice Murcki Bielska stop, then 10 minutes on foot.
- By bike it’ll take more or less the same amount of time, but you can visit the southern parts of the city on the way.
Dolina Trzech Stawów
Dolina Trzech Stawów [The Valley of Three Ponds], favored by all Katowice residents in the summer. The large area and extensive attractions foster all kinds of open air activities. It’s quite near to Katowice Center. It includes forest, bike, rollerblade and pedestrian paths. You should try to take a round in those three ways! You can also find there outdoor gym, playground for kids and in the summer there’s water playground open. I like part called “Sztauwajery”. You can sit there with your friends outside really near to the lake and chill. In the weekends especially DJ is playing nice music. Last time I was taking a walk there I found 3 or four places like this in this area! That’s cool because it’s not that crowdy and you can pick a place you will like the most. More near to Muchowiec you can also find stud farm with horses! My friend also told me that she saw Alpacas there. Maybe you will be the lucky one too! In all area is a lot of place to make your own picnic, so take your blanket with you.
How to get to Park Leśny?
- Take no. 110 bus from the center (PKP Railway Station) – your destination is the Muchowiec Park stop; it takes less than 20 minutes.
- By bike it takes about 15 minutes. It can be rented and returned on arrival (no problems finding a bike station).
- Walking is a bit of a longer adventure – about 45 minutes along Francuska Street (it’s still a walk, and you learn about the city on the way).
Park Śląski and Rosarium
The Silesian Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe! Officially, it’s within the Chorzów borders, but neighbors Katowice and is gladly visited by its residents. Easily accessible. In season it’s filled with people from all over Silesia who often take a walk in the park after visiting the ZOO or the Legendia amusement park.
Therefore, I recommend going off the beaten track and among the trees, climbing towards the Planetarium for instance. After the walk, have a summer picnic in the Rosarium which is the largest rose garden in Europe as well. In the summer it’s quite possible to happen upon food trucks or free yoga lessons. When the weather is nice the park hosts breakfasts on the grass – lazy, peaceful, and relatively quiet for one of the largest European parks. You can also try to ride “Elka” the cable car and watch Silesian Park from bird’s-eye!
How to get to Park Śląski from Katowice?
- The residents of Osiedle Tysiąclecia simply take the underground passage under Chorzowska Street. From the city center the walk will take almost an hour.
- It’s most convenient to take tram no. 6, 11, or 19 from the market square. Your destination is Park Śląski Wejście Główne – Silesian Park The Main Entrance, but you can go 2 stops further, get off at the Silesian Stadium and “walk back” towards Katowice – through the less crowded area.
- By bike it’ll take less than 20 minutes – all along Chorzowska Street; you take the convenient bicycle path and there are many urban bike and scooter stations in the park (rent away!).
Martyna from Poland, volunteer in Special Need School no 4 in Sosnowiec