Five things to do in Katowice (besides Intel Extreme Masters)

If you’re travelling to Katowice for the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship or ESL One and aren’t familiar with the city, this is the article for you! Here we take a look at some of the best both gaming and non-gaming-related attractions in Katowice which are worth a visit if you want to take some time to relax before or after the event.

Visit the Silesian Zoo


The Silesian Zoo in Katowice is part of the Silesian Central Park, and is around 48 hectares big. Home to more than 2,500 animals of over 300 species, the zoo also has a dinosaur valley which is populated by 16 to-scale dinosaur statues! Tickets are only 10 Polish Zloty (around €2.50) so there’s no excuse not to pay this place a visit.

Find out more about the zoo at their Google+ page (English) or website (Polish).

Check out the Katowice Planetarium Śląskie

Source: Gondolier

If what’s up in the sky is more your thing, you’ll be sure to enjoy the planetarium in Katowice. On a good day it’s possible to observe the sun during the day as well as the moon and stars at night. There are also regular exhibitions as well as a massive sundial. It’s close to the Silesian Zoo and both can easily be visited in a single trip.

You can find more information on the Katowice Planetarium Śląskie website.

Laser tag at Laser House


If you feel like blowing off some steam after watching the nailbiting CS:GO action during ESL One, why not take part in a legendary game of laser tag? Games take about 30 minutes and groups of two to twenty players can join, so get ready to suit up and jump right into the action!

You can find all the details on the Laser House website here.

Have a drink at the Browariat craft beer brewery and bar


If you’re a fan of fine beer then Browariat is the place for you. Browariat offers a selection of more than forty of Europe’s finest craft beers in a typical brewery environment with an extremely relaxing beer garden to boot! Browariat is open every evening from 17:00 (18:00 on Sundays) so it might be the perfect place to discuss the day’s best games with your friends!

Their website has a list of all the beer they serve so make sure to check it out!

Celebrate at the Cybermachina Intel Extreme Masters afterparty

Source: Cybermachina Facebook event page

If you’re looking for somewhere to go after Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and want to meet up with some fellow League of Legends fans then this event is the way to go. Previous League of Legends parties like Bar of Legends during Intel Extreme Masters Cologne have always been a huge success, and it’s definitely the most fun way to end a day of high-end League of Legends action. Make sure to wear your Teemo hat or come in cosplay - they are amazing conversation starters and might get you some new friends to take to the Rift with!

Find out more about the event on the Facebook event page.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone in Katowice, from parties to more peaceful places where you can simply hang out, relax and enjoy the city. Are there any cool places in Katowice we’ve missed? Make sure to let us know in the comment section!

For more information about the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Katowice, check out the official website and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, you can also check out the ESL One website and ESL CS:GO Facebook and Twitter for more info.


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