Zabrze is a city in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice. The west district of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union is a metropolis with a population of around 2 million. It is located in the Silesian Highlands, on the Bytomka river, a tributary of the Oder.
Zabrze is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship which was reformulated in 1999, previously it was in Katowice Voivodeship. It is one of the cities within the 2,7 million conurbation - Katowice urban area and in a greater Silesian metropolitan area populated by about 5,294,000 people. The population of Zabrze as of June 2009, is 188,122.
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