The area around the General Józef Ziętek Roundabout in Katowice is one of the most recognizable places in the capital of Upper Silesia. Even today visitors are impressed by the bold shape of the Sport and Show Arena known as Spodek ("Saucer in Polish). On the opposite side of the roundabout there is the Monument of the Silesian Insurgents and close to it the bronze statue of General Ziętek. An unusual memento of the communist times is the so-called Super Unit. A more recent landmark is "Rondo Sztuki", a an art and cultural centre.
Katowice is the second city (after Warsaw) in Poland which boasts the largest number of high-rise buildings. The tradition of such constructions in the capital of Upper Silesia dates back to the interwar period, when the first “skyscraper” in the country was erected in Katowice. Currently, the record high building is the skyscraper "Altus", which is 125 meters tall and has a total area of about 69 000 square meters.
In 1984, the reactivated Silesian Museum in Katowice was moved into the impressive building of the former Grand Hotel at today’s 3 Korfanty Street. The construction of the building was financed by Max Wiener, an entrepreneur from Katowice in 1899. It was designed by Ignatz Gruenfeld or Gerd Zimmermann. The building is made of brick, giving it an elegant, neo-Renaissance form with decorative gables and projections.
The building of the Adam Mickiewicz III Secondary Comprehensive School is the pride of one of the most important streets of Katowice - Mickiewicz Street. The history of the school dates back to the 70s of the nineteenth century, and the building itself was completed in 1900. It was designed by Józef Perzik, who gave it the neo-Gothic building character. The building was erected of brick and stone. It is decorated with impressive turrets over the roof and projections with fine tops and a rosette in the main façade.
The Mickiewicz Street in Katowice is one of the showpiece streets of the capital of Upper Silesia. Its "career" began in the second half of the nineteenth century, as the Nadbrzeżna Street, and later was called the Augusta Schneider Street. We can find a lot of interesting historical buildings from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as the neo-Gothic edifice of the Adam Mickiewicz III secondary school, Art Nouveau and Modernist buildings, and modern skyscrapers.