Katowice is one of the greenest cities in Poland, the so-called green lungs of the metropolitan area, they are also a favorite resting place for residents and tourists. Active recreation in Katowice’s forests and parks is facilitated by a network of walking and cycling routes running through the most recreationally interesting areas of the city.
- over 50% of the city are green areas: Ochojec Nature Reserve and Murckowski Forest, The Three Ponds Valley, „Szopienice-Borki” nature and landscape complex, T. Kościuszki Park and Silesia Park – is one of the largest downtown parks in Europe (located on the border of Katowice, Chorzów and Siemianowice Śląskie), there are, among others, a zoo, a planetarium and an amusement park
- City by bike – 107 rental stations with ca. 800 bikes, over 180 km of bicycle infrastructure of which 85 km are beautiful, scenic paths in green areas (forests, parks)
- the city is actively involved in activities aimed at developing pro-ecological attitudes among residents through social campaigns and tasks in the field of ecological education, e.g. Let’s sow urban meadows action, Family Picnic Day in the Forest– Eco-responsibility, Szluknij się z kokotka – “Gulp from the tap”, The Plant-a-Tree application (wCOP drzewo), etc.
- pro-ecological activities of Katowice have been recognized, among others, by Forbes magazine, Katowice won the title of the most ecological city in Poland both in 2018 and 2019