Powiat Brzeski

Brzesko County (Polish: powiat Brzeski) is located in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship of Małopolska in southern Poland.

It came into being on 1st January 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Brzesko, which lies 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The only other town in the county is Czchów, 14 km (9 miles) south of Brzesko. It covers an area of 590 km2, and has a population of about 90,000. The Brzesko district dates back to 1867, it was created as a result of administrative and judicial reform by the Austrian state. Its boundaries include the areas; Zakliczyn, Wojnicz and Radłów.

The county is subdivided into seven gminas (two urban-rural and five rural) Gmina Brzesko, Gmina Dębno, Gmina Szczurowa, Gmina Czchów, Gmina Borzęcin, Gmina Gnojnik and Gmina Iwkowa.

The district, includes two distinct geographical features: the Sandomierz Basin in the north and the south foothills Wiśnickie. Areas in the south-eastern part of the district on the Dunajec River are popular for hiking and biking. There is a reservoir located in the municipality of Czchów called Lake Czchowskie which provides facilities for water sports.

The powiat of Brzesko has a rich mixture of terrain with plains, mountains, fields, forests, clean water and for the tourist, monuments representing different styles and periods of history. There is a good extensive network of roads allowing access to communities and a picturesque medieval Castle at Debno being the one of the main attractions. Of particular interest is a tournament held of knights’ O Tarłówny gold braid, which takes place annually in September at the Castle in Dębno. There is also a nineteenth-century manor in Dołędze, the ruins of a medieval castle from the fourteenth century, and other historical sacred objects.

Zczepanów is worth a visit being a village and the birthplace of St. Stanisław, a famous Polish Patron.

The cultural landscape of the powiat cannot be overlooked, Brest palace Okocimskich Goetz family, owners of Okocim and brewery, one of the interesting monuments in the province of Malopolska. In Brzesk there are concerts such as the widely known International Music Festival. For lovers of jazz, there is at Czchów the Bastion Jazz Festival that takes place each year. Other events include the “Picnic of Malopolska”, at Przyborowiu lake.

Brzeski welcomes all who wish to take advantage of a pleasant and active holiday. Tourists tired of the noise of large cities can enjoy the hospitality of farmhouses and the pleasant countryside or outdoor activities that take place.

Powiats

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.

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Małopolska

Accommodation

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

Highlights

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.
Winter
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.
Traditions
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.

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Last edit 19.5.2015

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Tatra Mountains in southern Poland