One of the biggest attractions in Katowice, the Nikiszowiec housing estate was built between 1908 and 1919 as a separate residential area intended mainly for miners working at the Giesche mine.
Nikiszowiec is a unique complex of architecture and urbanism, which is a commemoration of plans to create patronage estates on industrialized areas. The complex, designed by Emil and Georg Zillmann, is also worth seeing from a bird's eye view, then the compact brick blocks along with courtyards and Liberation Square appear best. Silesian culture is still very clearly marked on the streets and in the nooks and crannies, and the characteristic attributes of the mining community's life are visible.
Anyone who would like to learn historical details about the colony can use the audio guide (the equipment with recordings can be borrowed from the Tourist Information Point).
Nikiszowiec is located on the Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Voivodeship. It is a themed car route starting in Czestochowa and ending in Zywiec, leading through Zator and Gliwice, among other places.