Affectionately known as the “Polish Venice”, Opole is a riverfront city in Upper Silesia. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland and has existed since at least the 8th century before flourishing as a commercial and trade hub in the Middle Ages. Since that time, it has spent periods under Bohemian, Prussian and German rule before returning to Poland in the wake of World War II.
Things to do in Opole
In the heart of the city is the Museum of Opole Silesia, which has occupied a 17th-century bishop’s palace since 1897. It houses archaeological findings from ancient Ostrowek and Tułowice ceramics, as well as works by the prominent Polish painter, Jan Cybis. Don’t miss the diorama depicting Opole in the 18th century.
Overlooking the tranquil Młynówka Canal is an area known as “Opole Venice”, which comprises a collection of beautiful old tenement houses. Wander along the waterfront paths while enjoying views toward Pasieka Island or simply relax on one of the benches and watch the world go by. Just across the canal is the historic Piast Tower, which offers elevated views across Opole.
Also nearby is the Museum of Polish Songs, which is housed within a famous amphitheatre where the Polish Song Festival takes place. Equipped with an audio guide, you can explore the interactive exhibits and recording booths while listening to classic songs from the 1920s through to the present day. Festival costumes and instruments belonging to legendary Polish musicians are also on display.
Getting around Opole
Opole is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Katowice and Katowice Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Wrocław Nicolaus Copernicus Airport is also 1.5 hours away. Regular trains connect to the Opole Main Station and buses travel through the city.