22 winter photos to inspire you to visit Gliwice, Poland

Gliwice, a city with less than 200,000 residents located in southern Poland. Probably most of you have not heard about this place and it is not surprising, because it is not a tourist destination like Kraków or Warsaw. For me, however, this place is special because it is my hometown. I’ve already written on the blog about 10 things to do in Gliwice and about the Gliwice Palm House, the hidden gem in southern Poland. This time I would like to show you some winter photos that maybe inspire you to visit Gliwice, Poland.

Kościół pw. Wszystkich Świętych (the All Saints’ Church), Gliwice, Poland

The All Saints’ Church (Kościół pw. Wszystkich Świętych) in Gliwice, Poland

Once when I was walking around my hometown I met a friend whom I had not seen for a long time. She asked me if I plan to spend the winter in Gliwice or leave the city for some time. When I said I would stay here in Gliwice, her reaction was: ‘Oh no, it’s so sad and gray here during the winter!’ Honestly, there was a time when I thought so. However, this winter I decided to look at everything differently, enjoy what is here and now. Many great things have happened since then.

The City Hall in Gliwice in winter time

The City Hall building on the Market Square (Rynek) in Gliwice, Poland

Rynek Gliwice at winter time

The Gliwice Market Square (Rynek) at winter time

Beautiful tenements at the Market Square in Gliwice, Poland

When there are no beer gardens in front of the restaurants, you can enjoy the view of the tenement facades

The arcades of tenement houses on the Gliwice Market Square, Poland

The arcades of tenements at the Market Square (Rynek) in Gliwice, Poland

The arcades of Gliwice tenement houses on the Main Square (Rynek Gliwice), Poland

Colorful tenement houses on the Gliwice Market Square (Rynek), Poland

Fontanna z Neptunem ( the Neptune Fountain) on the Market Square, Gliwice, Poland

The Fountain with Neptune (Fontanna z Neptunem) which symbolizes that Gliwice has access to the Baltic Sea

Średnia Street (Ulica Średnia) in the old town of Gliwice, Poland

Średnia Street, one of the most atmospheric places in the Old Town of Gliwice, Poland

Perhaps some of you wonder why I write on the blog about my hometown instead of showing distant places and exotic countries. After all, it’s a travel blog. Well, this winter I understood that you do not have to travel far to explore and see beautiful things. Sometimes you only have to look at the place where you live from a different perspective, feel like a tourist for a moment. Once you try, believe me, you’ll be surprised how many wonderful things you have not noticed before.

Rynek Gliwice, Poland

The aerial view of the Market Square (Rynek) in Gliwice, Poland

Beautiful tenement houses on the Gliwice Market Square (Rynek Gliwice), hidden architectural gems in southern Poland

The blue tenement house with a bay window is one of my favorite architectural gems in Gliwice, Poland

The beautiful architecture of Gliwice, a non-city city in southern Poland

The arcades of the tenement at Wysoka Street, Gliwice, Poland

Zamek Piastowski (the Piast Castle) in Gliwice, Poland

The Piast Castle (Zamek Piastowski), one of the oldest buildings in Gliwice, Poland

I will not lie to you, I’ve never really liked the winter before. But I thought to myself, why not try to find something positive in this? Maybe instead of just waiting for spring to come, it would be better to look for something beautiful and magical in the winter time?

One day, I took my camera and went for a walk around my hometown. It was very cold when I took pictures and my hands were freezing. When I came back home and saw what I had captured, suddenly I felt like I was discovering Gliwice which I had never seen before. The city seemed so peaceful, almost unreal. There was something magical about it.

Plac Rzeźniczy in Gliwice, Poland in winter time

Plac Rzeźniczy, Gliwice, Poland

Winter in Park Chrobrego (Chrobry Park), Gliwice, Poland

Winter in the Chrobry Park (Park Chrobrego), Gliwice, Poland

Katedra pw. Świętych Apostołów Piotra i Pawła (the Cathedral Church of St’s. Peter and Paul), Gliwice, Poland

The Cathedral of St’s. Peter and Paul (Katedra pw. Świętych Apostołów Piotra i Pawła) in Gliwice, Poland

The aerial photo of Gliwice, Poland taken with a drone.

The aerial view of Gliwice in the winter, Poland

Inspired by the winter aura, I started to take more photos of my hometown. The Gliwice Market Square looked wonderful when there were no beer gardens and umbrellas in front of the restaurants. I could look at the beautiful facades of tenements and enjoy the view of the City Hall while walking under the arcades.

One night a lot of snow fell and everything looked so fabulous. White trees, houses, streets. That’s when I took pictures in the Chrobry Park. It was probably the most beautiful winter day this year.

Winter in Park Chrobrego (Chrobry Park), Gliwice, Poland

Winter in the Chrobry Park (Park Chrobrego), Gliwice, Poland

Arena Gliwice in winter time

The Arena Gliwice sports and entertainment hall in Gliwice, Poland

The wonderful architecture of Gliwice, Poland

Świętokrzyska Street, Gliwice, Poland

If you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook, you probably noticed that I started to publish aerial photos. At the end of January, one of my dreams came true and since then I have a drone that makes it possible to show you Gliwice from a completely different perspective than before. The world seen from above is so fascinating! The city lights, buildings from the bird’s eye view, intriguing shapes that I could not see before. I am very excited about the possibility of taking such photos!

The Arena Gliwice sports and entertainment hall seen from above

The aerial photo of the Arena Gliwice sports and entertainment hall in Gliwice, Poland

Radiostacja Gliwice (the Gliwice Radio Tower), Poland

The Gliwice Radio Tower, one of the best things to see in Gliwice, Poland

Night photo of Gliwice, Poland captured by a drone.

The city of Gliwice at night has many colors and shades, some places shine only after dark

I do not know how time went so fast but it is already the end of February! I would be lying if I said I’m not waiting when spring comes. After all, who would not like to see again snowdrops, violet crocuses, blossoming trees? But you know what? I think that if there was no winter, I would not appreciate this beautiful nature so much.


Anyway, I hope you liked my winter photos of Gliwice, Poland. My hometown is not a perfect place but I wanted to show you those things that inspire me and just make me happy. I hope that you also felt this way.

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  48 comments for “22 winter photos to inspire you to visit Gliwice, Poland

  1. February 27, 2019 at 2:06 am

    It’s true that I’d never heard of Gliwice before. The city might be sad and grey during wintertime like your friend said, but through your photos it truly looks magically beautiful! Thank you for introducing your hometown. I hope more people will come to explore this lovely town.

    • February 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you, Fiona. 🙂 I tried to find something positive and beautiful, so that winter would also be a nice time for me. I am very happy that you can see some magic in these pictures. That’s what I tried to show. 🙂

  2. Shane Prather
    February 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve actually never heard of this city – but I am a sucker for architecture and it is gorgeous! You have me convinced to give it a chance!

    • February 28, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      I also like beautiful architecture so when I travel I always look at it. If you like to look for hidden gems, you’ll like it in Gliwice. However, this is not a perfect city, these photos show my favorite places. 🙂

  3. February 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    These photos are truly stunning <3 I've never heard of Gliwice, but I feel like I'm ready to go. I'm always hesitant to travel in the winter, but this little town looks so peaceful and empty during that time of year. Congratulations on the drone, which one did you get? I'm looking into it, but fear that it's such a big move & yet another thing to learn, and master!

    • February 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      I have DJI Mavic 2 Pro. This is a very cleverly designed drone. When it is folded it is quite small and it can easily be transported even in hand luggage when traveling by plane. It depends on how you feel. If you’re interested in taking aerial photographs, I think it’s always worth a try. It’s very fun and I think that if you like something, learning new things will be a pleasure for you. 🙂

  4. February 27, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Your hometown looks gorgeous! I totally agree with you. We need to explore more what’s near us. Sometimes we know perfectly a place which is far away and we do not know much about what we have nearby! I confess that I’m always been afraid of cold cities in winter but you’re right. If we take it with a positive vibe we can see things differently!

    • February 28, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      I know what you mean. One day I realized that I had many photos from Vienna where I used to live and from many places I visited during my travels, and I hardly have any pictures of Gliwice at all. I think it is quite common that we do not pay attention to things we have nearby. Since I’m trying to change it, I’ll tell you honestly that it really makes me happier than I was before. Traveling is great but it’s also good to try to be a tourist in a place where you live, appreciate small things, enjoy what is here and now. It really makes life beautiful.

  5. February 27, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful. I am not a big fan of winter either, but these photos make me want to rethink visiting Poland int eh winter. Winter in the Chrobry Park is especially beautiful!

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Candy! Winter is beautiful when there is white snow, everything looks magical then. 🙂

  6. February 27, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I totally agree. You don’t have to travel to exotic places to have a travel blog. In fact, you are in the best position to tell us, your readers, so much about your home. It might seem obvious to you, but to me, a girl from Vancouver, this place looks so beautiful and exotic. I wrote a similar blog not too long ago about why you should take an Alaskan Cruise from the port of Vancouver. If you live here, how easy would it be to do that? No flights and all. And how much fun would it be to pretend to be a tourist in your own town! BTW beautiful photos! I think you made the right decision to stay home this winter!

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! I would love to visit Vancouver one day. Perhaps I would even like to stay there for some time. If I ever had to live abroad again, I think your city would be one of those places I would like to move to. This Alaskan Cruise sounds very interesting by the way. 🙂

  7. February 28, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Wow it does look really empty in these pictures but not in a sad way but in a peaceful way. The snow makes it looks like the winter wonderland. I like the orange and teal like colors of the buildings from above. Great shots!

    I sometime feel like there is not much to see or do in my city either. Because I have been here all my life. But many people come from all over to visit so there has to be something I am missing, right?

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Jojo, it often happens that when we live somewhere for a long time, it is difficult for us to see what people who visit this place for the first time see. I experienced it when I lived in Vienna. For the first month when everything was new to me, I looked stunned because there was so much beauty around me! However, when I walked the same routes every day, what was once unusual, became something ordinary after some time. Vienna was still beautiful and fascinating for me, but I was already looking at the city from a different perspective than before.

      And when it comes to a hometown where you were born and spent most of your life, it is actually quite difficult to look at it as if you were here for the first time. However, I think it is worth trying. For some reason, we’re here and it’s great to make the best of it. For me it is amazing that I can show my hometown to people who live very far away and have never heard of it before.

  8. February 28, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Still haven’t visited Poland. To be honest, I haven’t heard of Gliwice. Inspiring pics, though.

  9. February 28, 2019 at 5:19 am

    All the photos are breathtaking. I haven’t seen so much snow other than in photos and they are beautiful especially the winter wonderland of Chobry park.

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      This day when I took pictures in Chrobry Park was really amazing. Everything looked so fabulous! 🙂

  10. February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

    omg this is amazing!! I never heard of that city in Poland. It is gorgeous. You have a great photography here. In fact, I loved your blog. Saving in my favourites!!! I would really like to go to Poland someday soon as I am living in Moscow.

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you, Esther! 🙂 I am glad that you like my photos. I got to tell you that recently I have been watching a lot of aerial photographs of Moscow and I would love to visit your city. 🙂

  11. February 28, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Wow! These pictures are simply amazing. You are absolutely right. Had never heard of Gliwice before. It is so common to put in Warsaw and Krakow in our Poland itineraries when small places like Gliwice hold so much beauty within them. I am glad I came across your post. Will add Gliwice to my itinerary for sure.

    • February 28, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Warsaw and Krakow are obviously worth visiting as well as Gdańsk and Wrocław. However, I think that exploring some smaller towns in Poland is also a nice thing to do. I really like the atmosphere of such places and I am always excited when I find some hidden gems. 🙂

  12. February 28, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Your photos are stunning and it definitely makes me to visit Poland one day. I hope it will be in some near future 🙂

    • March 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Nives! I, in turn, can not wait to visit your Croatia again! 🙂

  13. March 1, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Well, your photos have surely convinced me to visit Gliwice in Poland. How beautiful it is in the winter! I loved each and every picture you have put up here. Winter is usually depressing to me, but you have given a different picture of a winter destination altogether. I do not mind visiting Poland in winter and visit Gliwice, particularly.

    • March 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Great, let me know if you’re ever in Gliwice! I’ll show you some interesting places. 🙂

  14. March 1, 2019 at 10:57 am

    The photos are really nice!

  15. March 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    yes, I agree with you, sometimes we don’t need to go traveling to other places. each country has many beautiful places to explore further.

    • March 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

      It is true. I realized that so far I wrote very little about my country and I would like to change it.

  16. March 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I love so much of what you said! Making the conscious decision to look past the grey skies and see the city beauty is a wonderful way to do winter! Also, I can’t agree more about being a tourist in your home town, there is so much to discover. Even though it may seem familiar to you, it’s not for me and awesome to see.

    • March 5, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Thank you, Hailey! This winter, I understood that sometimes everything depends on our attitude. You can be somewhere in the Maldives or in Gliwice, Poland and be equally happy or unhappy. This is just your decision.

  17. Yukti
    March 2, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Your photos convinces me that my next trip would be to Poland. I love snowy destinations and therefore all your winter photos tempts me. Rynek square looks stunning.

    • March 5, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Yukti, I am very happy that you want to visit Poland. Rynek is my favorite place in Gliwice 🙂

  18. March 5, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I’ve definitely never heard of this city so thank you for introducing it to us! Your photos are absolutely stunning too and my fave are the ones of the bridge in Chrobry Park. I’d defs love to take a winter stroll there and I really need to add Gliwice to my bucket list!

    • March 5, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Thank you, Jas! I am glad that you liked Gliwice. Chrobry Park is really an amazing place where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. I really like to walk there, but although it looks beautiful in the winter, I have to admit that it is much nicer in spring or summer when it is warmer outside. 🙂

  19. blair villanueva
    March 8, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Poland is such a gorgeous and looks a romantic city during winter 😀
    I like its aerial view during night time. Very romantic!

  20. Chris
    October 9, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    What a beautiful place. I just put this on my Must See list. Thanks for your pics.

    • October 24, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Hi Chris! I am very happy that you like photos of my hometown. I hope you will visit Gliwice soon.

  21. Els de Vries
    April 6, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Hello. Thank you so much for the lovely photos. I am 84 years old and live in New Zealand. My grandfather. Heinrich Fronczek came from Gleiwice. He was a sailor,he went to Holland, where he met my Grandmother.He stayed in Holland. I emigrated to New Zealand in 1953.
    But I traveled and have visited Gleiwice several times. Today I felt a little nostalgic and thought I have a look at Gleiwice on the computer.
    And here were all the lovely photos.

    • Els de Vries
      April 6, 2021 at 6:32 am

      Thank you for the photos,

      • April 7, 2021 at 12:43 pm

        Thanks a lot for your comment! I am very glad that you liked my photos and what you wrote motivated me to create more posts about Gliwice. You have a very interesting family history. If you would like to travel in time and find out what Gliwice was like in the past, I recommend you to read Horst Bienek’s books. I mean the Gliwice tetralogy: ‘The First Polka’, ‘September Light’, ‘Time Without Bells’, ‘Earth and Fire’. These books changed my point of view and allowed me to feel the atmosphere of this city, rediscover it. Greetings from Gliwice. Take care!