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Modern Rybnik is a hub for local administration, transportation, economy, education and culture for neighbouring towns, as well as having several historic monuments of its own that are well worth a visit. The fine selection of parks, squares and gardens have earned Rybnik a reputation as ‘the green city of Silesia’, while the surrounding rivers, lakes and forests provide many opportunities for tourism and recreation.


Among the sights you can explore in Rybnik are the admirable Academic Church, a medieval prince’s castle, the Old Church erected between 1798 and 1801, a late-Baroque statue of St. John Nepomucen, a classicist Old Town Hall and the District Starosty building from 1887.

Varying in size and species of plants, the countless parks, squares and lawns draw locals and visitors alike to relax in the sun and enjoy the scented verdure. There are paths for strolling and benches for sitting, while some green spaces are graced with fountains and limpid pools. Rybnik’s greenery resulted in being awarded first place in the Kwietnik (“Flowerbed”) magazine contest for the most flowered Polish city.

If you are looking for an active break based in a city, then the area around Rybnik reservoir offers a range of activities, including horse-riding and water sports. Moreover, Rybnik has as much as 200 km of cycle paths, linking the city with several nearby towns and passing through many of the area’s historic and cultural attractions. The main centres for recreation in Rybnik and its vicinity are the Sports and Recreation Centre in Rybnik-Kamien, ‘Buk’ and ‘Pod Debem’ in Rudy and the Sunday Leisure Centre in Szymocice.


Rybnik is the 25th largest city in Poland, and is 380 km from Warsaw, 111 km from Krakow and 52 km from Katowice. It is situated in the south-western part of Silesia, within the Raciborz Oswiecim Valley on the Rybnik Plateau and at an altitude of 210-290 m above sea level. Rybnik is located on two rivers – the Nacyna and the Ruda, both eventually flowing into the Odra. To the north of the city and to the north-west of Katowice is the Golejowska Highland.

The climate in Rybnik is mild with an average annual temperatures ranging from 7oC to 8oC.

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Little is known about the origins of Rybnik. In the Middle Ages it was a fishermen’s settlement located on a frequently used merchant route passing from Krakow, Oswiecim to Raciborz and Wroclaw. The settlement’s name comes from the local fishing ponds (the Polish word ‘ryba’ means ‘fish’).

At the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries there were three Slavonic settlements in the area, but they eventually expanded to form one urban district. The establishment of Rybnik as a city, based ... ( more >>)

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Population: 140863 #25
Province: Silesian
Telephone: +48 32
Museums: 2
Districts: 27
Theatres: 1
Mayor: Adam Fudali
Higher Education: 4