Bełchatów Travel and Tourist Guide

Bełchatów

Bełchatów Travel and Tourist Guide – Bełchatów is a place in central Poland in the province of Łódzkie with about 62,500 inhabitants as of 2004.

It is an administrative district which is an area of 35 km2, located in the southern part of the Łódzkie voivodeship (province), 50 km south of Łódź and is about 160 km from the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

Bełchatów Travel and Tourist Guide

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Industry

The Belchatow Coal Mine, located 10 km from the town, is the biggest opencast mine of brown coal in Poland and it gives Belchatow the status of the most important industrial centre in the region.

Bełchatów has the largest coal fuelled thermal power plant in Europe, the Elektrownia Bełchatów.

Accommodation in Bełchatów

You will find the full range of accommodation in this town from the most luxurious five star hotels with up to date and modern amenities to pensions (a type of guest house or boarding house) and rooms or apartments at very reasonable prices. Some of the larger towns and cities will also have hostels.

If you prefer to stay in a more rural location there are a number of “Agro” style of accommodation places on farms and in the countryside plus there may be camp sites nearby.

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Activities & Attractions in Bełchatów

Poland is a country with a large variety of landscapes, a place where you can experience all four seasons. This provides the visitor with many opportunities for adventure and different activities and visiting attractions, whether you enjoy the mountains, lakes, rivers or the beaches you will find something that suits you.

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Municipal Centre of Culture

The Municipal Centre of Culture (MCC), significantly contributes to shaping Bełchatów cultural life. Its interesting and diverse program attracts many inhabitants of Bełchatów and neighbouring areas, with ideas of how to spend their spare time.

The amateur art movement, which includes clubs, teams and other circles of interest has developed steadily within the Centre. These groups include “BAT” Bełchatów’s Amateur Theatre, “A’VISTA” a group of singers, “CANON-RYTM”, “DEMENTI” a musical group, folk dance group for adults, a club of culture creators, association of photography and film fans. Members of the groups functioning within the MCC have received awards for both regional and national competitions and have also gained achievements abroad. Participation in these thematic groups have encouraged the young people of Bełchatów to continue their education in the high schools covering the arts.

Kamiensk Mountain - Ski Centre
Kamiensk Mountain – Ski Centre – The piste is illuminated which enables activities until late in the night. Snowboard lovers can enjoy a snow park (a garden with jumping hills and additional trails) located in the central part of the ski slope. Safety is always to hand as there are two rescuers of the Volunteer Mountain Rescue Service, Jurassic Group, supported by a medical team. At the foot of the mountain there is a ski equipment rental service, a skiing school, grill, restaurant and a cafe.
Góra Kamieńsk Sports and Recreation Centre
A large, free car park is located near to the hill. “Góra Kamieńsk” Centre is available for mountain biking during the summer season and the attraction offered will soon be supplemented by a 680 metres long luge track. The “Góra Kamieńsk” Sports and Recreation Centre is located about 1 km from regional road route 484 (Buczek – Bełchatów – Kamieńsk) and 6 km from the national road connecting Warsaw and Katowice.
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History of Bełchatów

The first mention of Belchatow dates back to 1391, however its district of Grocholice, which used to be a separate town, holds the oldest historical record. It was established at the beginning of 1136 and received town status in 1420, losing them 450 years later due to the repercussions following the January Uprising.

Belchatow’s Medieval history is related to the Belchacki family, who where descended from the Grzymalit family. In the fifteenth century, the Kowalewski family inherited Belchatow and had a church and Franciscan monastery built turning it into a parish village. Belchatow received town status in 1737. The event was related with the name of Franciszek Rychlowski, the then town owner, who received the privilege from King August III Sas.

Between 1820 and 1887, the Kaczkowski family owned Bełchatów, and turned it into an important centre of the textile industry. In 1870 the town was punished for assisting in the January Uprising and lost its town rights and did not regain them until 1925. In 1867, the Kaczkowskis property was auctioned and the town of Bełchatów was sold to a Ernest Ludenhorf and Reinhold Spiller respectively. In 1887 Henryk Hellwig, a Bavarian from Tuszyn, became the new owner of the town.

During the initial years of Poland’s independence, Bełchatów underwent economic revival with new factories being established, the municipal infrastructure redeveloped and a telephone communications network installed. Utility institutions such as a bank, court, schools and library were set in place.

Approximately 10,500 people lived in the town before World War II, which included over 50% of native born Poles.

1956 saw Bełchatów receive the status of the poviat (district) city, and in 1960 there where large deposits of brown coal discovered which would provide a large boost to the local economy. It was not until thirteen years later that the decision was taken to construct the “Bełchatów” Brown coal mine and Power Station.

Museums in Bełchatów

Polska is full of history and the Polish are great lovers of knowledge of the past so you will find many museums in the country, whether it be a folk, military, science, skansen, transport or any other type.

Poland has a long history and has been an important trading route that has been invaded by many different groups over the past 1,000 years. Museums are a great way to explore the nations history about the inhabitants of the land in the past, their lives and customs.

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Museums

Regional Museum Bełchatów

The Regional Museum Bełchatów has been in existence for nearly 10 years. It is located in a historical part of the city centre. The museum’s activity has a significant impact on development of Bełchatów’s culture including: Concerts, exhibitions, meetings, talks, lectures and other events being held in the stylish late Baroque styled interiors. Such undertakings facilitate Bełchatów and the neighbouring areas with community contacts to artists, writers, scientists and other interesting people.

The museum also collects, compiles and gives access to materials and items of historic value concerning Bełchatów City and the wider region. It also hosts interesting temporary and permanent exhibitions of works by national and overseas artists. The latter ones include: “Interiors of the manors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries” and “History of Bełchatów and its Region”.

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Places to Eat in Bełchatów

There are many restaurants covering the usual pizza to those offering local Polish traditional and regional cuisine.

What Wikipeda says about Polish Cuisine

Polish cuisine (Polish: kuchnia polska) is a style of cooking and food preparation originating from Poland. It has evolved over the centuries due to historical circumstances. Polish national cuisine shares some similarities with other Central European and Eastern European traditions as well as French and Italian similarities. It is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef (depending on the region) and winter vegetables (cabbage in the dish bigos), and spices.

It is also characteristic in its use of various kinds of noodles the most notable of which are kluski as well as cereals such as kasha (from the Polish word kasza). Generally speaking, Polish cuisine is hearty and uses a lot of cream and eggs. The traditional dishes are often demanding in preparation. Many Poles allow themselves a generous amount of time to serve and enjoy their festive meals, especially Christmas eve dinner (Wigilia) or Easter breakfast which could take a number of days to prepare in their entirety.

The Polish national dishes are bigos; pierogi; kielbasa; kotlet schabowy (type of breaded cutlet); gołąbki (type of cabbage roll); zrazy (type of roulade); roast (Polish: pieczeń); sour cucumber soup (Polish: zupa ogórkowa); mushroom soup, (Polish: zupa grzybowa) (quite different from the North American cream of mushroom); tomato soup (Polish: zupa pomidorowa); rosół (variety of meat broth); żurek (sour rye soup); flaki (variety of tripe soup); and barszcz among others.

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Tourist Information in Bełchatów

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PTTK – Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society is a non-profit organisation that you will find in many places in Poland.

It is one of the oldest tourist societies in Europe and was was created by the merger of two societies: Polish Tatry Society (1873) and Polish Country Lovers Society (1906).

Official Tourist Information Centres in Poland are divided into 1*, 2*, 3* and 4* Certified and Non-Certified. All Certified Tourist Centres provide information in one or more foreign languages and have an expanded range of services as compared to the Non-Certified.

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Transport in Bełchatów

The airports of Łódź is about 50 km, Katowice is about 140 km and Warsaw about 150 km. Recently the Lodz international airport was refurbished and reopened. It provides scheduled domestic passenger flights to Bydgoszcz and international flights to Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, UK and Italy. The airport in Łódź also offers chartered flights to Egypt, Israel, Tunisia and Turkey as well as cargo flights.

Belchatow is accessible by national road No. 8 connecting Warsaw with Wrocław and regional roads Nos.: 485 (Pabianice – Bełchatów) and 484 (Buczek – Bełchatów – Kamieńsk).

There is a good bus connection to Łódź, Warsaw and Wrocław and other nearby towns.

The closest railway line offering passenger and cargo transportation is located at Piotrków Trybunalski about 25 km away from Bełchatów. Piotrków Trybunalski has direct connections to railway junctions in Koluszki (39 km) and Częstochowa (85 km).

Bełchatów is also a starting point for a district cycle lane connecting the town with the recreation centres of “Słok” and “Wawrzkowizna”. It is also planed to open a cross country trail connecting the cycle lane with the lower station of the ski lift on Kamieńska Mountain.

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Lodz Wladyslaw Reymont Airport Airport www.lotnisko.lodz.pl
Przewozy Regionalne Railways www.przewozyregionalne.pl

Websites of Bełchatów

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Regional Links

Province

The Łódzkie Voivodship was created in 1999 and is located in central Poland.

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Places in Province

The cities, towns and villages of the region of Łódzkie.

Places in Province

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