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Planetarium in Chorzow is the biggest and the first planetarium in Poland. It was opened on Decemper 4, 1955 to commemorate a Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. It was equiped with Uniwersalgerat machines (universal) made by optic firm Carl Zeiss Jen. This is the only huge planetarium in Poland. Its importance is really big as the closest planetarium with the same qualities in in Vienna.
It is possible to observe the sky and the sun here...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
A narrow railway was opend in the park as soon as in 1957. The distance of the trip is some more than four kilometres. It runs from a spring till the end of autumn and stops at: fun fair, zoo, planetarium, Lania restaurant and Przystan restaurant.
Written May 3, 2007
Silesian zoo is one of eleven zoos in Poland. It is the biggest, both with numbers of animals and the area. It has about 50 ha and 3000 animals of 300 species. The zoo is visted by about 400 thousand people a year. There are 131 species in the zoo that are under protection according to Washington Convention.
The ticket is 10 PLN, reduced 5 PLN. It is open every day.
Updated Jan 10, 2007
Address: Al. rozana 2
This is the only and the longest cable-railway in Europe. You may see the zoo from up during one hour trip. It has six kilometres. The railway consists with three parts that make a shape of triangle. It is called ELKA. It was opened on 7 September 1967.
Updated Dec 2, 2006
The Valley of the Dinosaurs is an open air exhibit of eighteen actual size restorations of the Late Cretaceous dinosaurs whose bones were found in the Gobi Desert by the Polish-Mongolian Paleontological Expeditions. The scenario of the Valley was prepared by Teresa Maryanska (Museum of the Earth, Warsaw), and Maciej Kuczyñski. Other scientific consultants involved were Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Halszka Osmolska and Magdalena Borsuk-Bialynicka. The small scale models (1:10, 1:5, 1:4 or 1:2) for the Valley of the Dinosaurs project were sculpted in 1972-74 by Wojciech Skarzynski. All of the above mentioned authors were members of the expedition teams.
The dinosaur statues for the Valley were made of concrete on a metal skeleton covered with wire mesh. The enlarging of Mr. Skarzynski's models was done by local sculptors from Silesia: Henryk Fudali, Waldemar Madej and Jozef Sawicki. Katowice-based architect, Jan Kosarz, not only prepared the blueprint of the Valley, but also lent a hand to the rendering of statues. The five largest models (sauropods, tarbosaurs and adult saurolophus) were built in situ, and the remaining ones were transported from the sculptors' ateliers in neighboring towns (Bytom, Piekary Slaskie).
Written Dec 2, 2006
It is possible to get to Chorzow by bus, car, train and tram. However, the best way to get there from Katowice is to take a tram. Trams leave from the main square in Katowice (Rynek) and you may reach almost all atractions like the zoo, fun fair or cable car.
You may take all trams going to Chorzow or Bytom. The trip takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Remember to buy a ticket for two cities. Those tickets are more expensive than those for one city.
Written Feb 11, 2007
When you go to the zoo you may find some baloons and toys sellers. They sell tools for children just in front of the main entrance to the zoo. Most ballons show animals. But be aware that prices here are high, not only for toys but also other things, including , meals, drinks etc.
Written May 6, 2007
During high seasons, especially when the weather is great and during weekends you may see some special entertiment in the park. I have seen some tanks and other military cars and it was possible to have a ride in the tank. In adittion, there was also a place to play paintball.
Updated May 6, 2007
Favorite thing: During off - season (winter) there are not a lot plays in Planetarium. It is sometimes hard to be on time to attend the play. However, try to ask at the ticket office as there are some plays for groups, like students from schools and it is possible to join the group. I did last time and the ticket has the same price.
Written Feb 11, 2007
Favorite thing: There is a fairly nice zoo in Chorzow. It is well-maintained and half of it is an amusement park. But beware of some of the rides you take in the park,for example that "washing-machine" like spinning ride- the bars are not secured well enough and I almost got swung off the seat!! But generally the other rides were quite fun and safe as well.
Updated Feb 11, 2006