The capital of Opole province, and once a year the capital of Polish song, Opole hosts the biggest stars of Poland’s music scene again this June. Broadcast by national media, the National Festival of Polish Song is one of the country’s most important festivals and the city’s largest cultural event, with a history that dates back more than 50 years.

The music doesn’t stop there though. In October, world-famous musicians will fill the city for the Drum Fest international percussion festival – a tradition that has also been running for more than 20 years.

Opole is one of Poland’s oldest cities. Its heritage can been seen in every corner of its historic buildings and the narrow streets of the old town, and notably in the 14th-century Piast Tower. Climb to the top for panoramic views across the city and watch a multimedia exhibition that explores the rich history of Opole.

Today, Opole unites tradition with modern thinking, science and business. A strong academic centre, with a reputation for innovation, its well-developed road system features connections to the motorway, while a bicycle rental network offers a relaxed way to get around.

The city’s green lungs are provided by Bolko Island and apiary,located on the Oder River. As well as a spot for active recreation, it also hosts the city’s zoo with its 300 species of animals, including lowland gorillas, cheetahs, giraffes, sea lions and flamingos.

Regardless of the season, this is a city that impresses with its unique atmosphere, architecture and hospitality. It’s fair to say the capital of Polish music will play in the soul of every tourist.


Tourist Attractions of Opole


PIAST TOWER

This is one of the most important symbols not only of Opole, but also of the entire Opole province. Originally, the tower was part of the Piast Castle. Its history dates back to 1300, when it was built.

The tower measures up to 35 metres and is one of the better viewpoints in Opole. Guided tours of the tower include a multimedia presentation at each of its levels. The first level of the tower is located in the dungeon. There is a specific climate that rubs off on all visitors. Another interesting point is the presentation of medieval arms replicas – a bow, shield and helmets that were worn then. On the next levels, there is a figure of Bolesław I, the Duke of Opole, and a short show of the shadow theatre. The latest step of the tour is to enter the observation deck, from which it is possible to admire a panoramic view of the city.

 
OPOLE AMPHITHEATRE / NATIONAL CENTRE OF POLISH SONGS

The Opole Amphitheatre is an important point on the map of music festivals organised in Poland. This is the place, where the most famous Polish festival – National Festival of Polish Songs – is held; it hosts the biggest stars and debutants of the Polish music scene. Musical concerts, cabaret marathons and a variety of mass events also take place here. Many artists, among others, Czesław Niemen, Anna Jantar, Edyta Górniak and Budka Suflera performed here.

In addition to its historical value, the amphitheater is also characterised by interesting and unusual architecture. Functionality combined with modernity made the amphitheatre win awards in the field of architecture.


BOLOKO ISLAND AND ZOO

The Boloko Island is the green lungs of the city. Here, it is possible to see resting families and the inhabitants spending time actively. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can take advantage of the exciting playgrounds, bike paths, walking health paths, and take a rest among lovely ponds and canals.

The ZOO on the island is an additional attraction. Here you can find almost 300 species of animals, including gorillas and California sea lions. The facility is open, and some animals are within reach. Moreover, there are a rope park and a playground available for children. Thanks to this, the Opole ZOO is also a great place for rest and recreation.

 

 

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