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.
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.
The Małopolska region has every type of accommodation available from simple rooms to the grand hotels and everything in between.Accommodation Małopolska
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
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.
Last edit 19.5.2015
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