Powiat Bocheński

District Bochenski has centuries of rich history, tradition and culture, with its beautiful monuments, objects of worship and a unique landscape is a great place to visit and discover. Bochnia county has a population of about 100,700 people as at January, 2007. The largest city in the county is Bochnia, the main town with 29,400 inhabitants, being 29% of the county’s population.

Bochnia county or Powiat Bochenski, covers an area of 649 sq km in Lesser Poland Voivodeship and is 37 kilometres (23 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The River Raba flows through the county.

It consists of 9 communes: 1 urban commune, Bochnia Town Commune with an area of 30 sq km, 1 urban-rural commune, Nowy Wiśnicz town and Commune with an area of 82 sq km and 7 rural communes: Bochnia (131 sq km), Drwinia (108 sq km), Lipnica Murowana (60 sq km), Łapanów (72 sq km), Rzezawa (87 sq km), Trzciana (44 sq km), Żegocina (35 sq km).


Gmina Type Area (km²)
Bochnia urban  29.9
Gmina Bochnia  rural  113.7 
Gmina Nowy Wiśnicz  urban-rural  82.5 
Gmina Rzezawa  rural  85.5 
Gmina Łapanów  rural  71.2 
Gmina Drwinia  rural  108.8 
Gmina Lipnica Murowana  rural  60.6 
Gmina Trzciana  rural  44.1 
Gmina Żegocina  rural 35.2 
* seat not part of the gmina    
Gmina Population (2006) Seat
Bochnia 29,373  Bochnia 
Gmina Bochnia  18,334  Bochnia * 
Gmina Nowy Wiśnicz  12,895  Nowy Wiśnicz 
Gmina Rzezawa  10,473  Rzezawa 
Gmina Łapanów 7,533  Łapanów 
Gmina Drwinia  6,311 Drwinia
Gmina Lipnica Murowana  5,480  Lipnica Murowana 
Gmina Trzciana  5,044 Trzciana 
Gmina Żegocina  4,939  Żegocina 
* seat not part of the gmina    


Nearby attractions include:

The salt mine in Bochnia. This could be the oldest salt mine in Europe and its origins go back to 1248 and the salt and its extraction have contributed both to the development of the town of Bochnia and the region. It has undergone partial restoration, as no salt is mined any more, and now is used for local events and tourism.

The Castle in Nowy Wiśnicz. - a Baroque castle with five towers and a courtyard with an arcade gallery.

A Powiat (pronounced povyat) is the second level of Polish administrative division, between Voivodships and Communes. As such it is roughly equivalent to counties or districts in the United Kingdom. There is no official equivalent of the name in English.

Some of the towns in a Voivodship can be centres of more than one powiat. The reason is that in several cases the town itself and its surroundings form separate entities of administrative division. This is usually the case for large Polish cities, but can also apply to several smaller towns.

Powiat Bochenski Website - Coordinates Bochnia: 49°59N 20°26E




The Małopolska region has every type of accommodation available from simple rooms to the grand hotels and everything in between.

Accommodation Małopolska


Regional Food

One of the delights of travelling is to sample the food of the part of the world you are visiting. Małopolska will not be a disappointment to your palette.

Regional Food Małopolska


City Break
Kraków is at the heart of Małopolska and each year thousands of tourists descend on the city to experience the sites and sounds and taste the food on offer. Although, it now has an abundance of fast food outlets and all the modern shops that you can find in any other European city, if you seek out the traditional Polish restaurants and explore it’s ancient Jewish quarter, you will discover the real historic capital of Poland.
Nowa Hutta
A place where locals will not most likely send you as this was where during the communism era, an industrial estate was established north east of Kraków.

However, it is well worth a visit as there are the Renaissance and Baroque stylised edifices of Tadeusz Sendzimir Administrative Centre along with Cistercian Abbey found in Mogiła village.

Nowy Sącz
Two rivers flowing from the Carpathian mountains meet here, Kamienica and the Dunajec. Worth a visit if you are heading to the mountains as there is the remnants of a castle and the Gothic collegiate church of St.Margaret built at the turn of the 14th and 15th century. Other sites can be found on the Nowy Sącz page.
Subterranean Kingdom of Salt
Wieliczka and Bochnia are possible the worlds best examples of what can be done artistically to a salt mine. Easily accessible from Kraków there are arranged tours that will take you deep underground to experience a carved domain that is unmissable. You will need good legs for this one as there are many steps!
National Parks
Małopolska has 6 National Parks and 11 Landscape Parks awaiting your discovery with about 53% of the region having protected status. There is even a desert. The Bledowska Sands is Central Europe’s largest accumulation of loose sand in an area away from any sea.
On foot, cycling or on horseback
This region is full of hiking trails and is very popular in the Carpathian Mountains. A number of cycle routes criss cross the province. The Polish are great horse lovers so it is not surprising that bridal ways take their pride of place in Małopolska.
53 skiing stations welcome winter sports people to the region catering for all ages and abilities. Since 1980 the Zakopane Ski-jumping Word Cup has taken place each year.
Małopolska is a diverse region with Cracovians in the north and Highlanders in the south. Many of the old traditions survive to the present day with festivals, saints days and traditional food still flourishing.
Wooden Delights
With about 30% of Poland given over to forests even today, wooden architecture plays a significant roll in the present day and the past. The Carpathian Mountains are a flush with spruce, fir and larch forests as well as the broad leaf oak and beech. The Małopolska Wooden Architecture Route stretching for some 1500km includes 248 buildings with about 50 available for viewing in summer.
Małopolska UNESCO Route
UNESCO sites in Poland five of which are located within this region.


Last edit 19.5.2015

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