Powiat Chrzanowski

Chrzanów County (Polish: powiat Chrzanowski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, north western part of the Małopolskie Province in southern Poland. The county benefits from being located between the capital cities of two provinces: Kraków and Katowice.

It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998. Its administrative seat and largest town is Chrzanów, which lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the regional capital Kraków. The county contains three other towns: Trzebinia, 8 km (5 miles) north-east of Chrzanów, Libiąż, 8 km (5 miles) south-west of Chrzanów, and Alwernia, 12 km (7 miles) south-east of Chrzanów.

The county covers an area of 371.49 square kilometres (143.4 sq miles). As of 2006 its total population was 128,103, out of which the population of Chrzanów was 39,797, Trzebinia was 18,769, Libiąż was 17,604 and Alwernia was 3,406, the rural population was 48,527.

Chrzanów County is bordered by Olkusz County to the north east, Kraków County to the east, Wadowice County to the south, Oświęcim County to the south-west and the city of Jaworzno to the west.

The county is subdivided into five gminas (four urban-rural and one rural). These are listed in the following table, in descending order of population.


Gmina Type Area (km²)
Gmina Chrzanów urban-rural 79.3
Gmina Trzebinia urban-rural 105.2
Gmina Libiąż urban-rural 57.2
Gmina Alwernia urban-rural 75.3
Gmina Babice rural 54.5
Gmina Population (2006) Seat
Gmina Chrzanów 49,752 Chrzanów
Gmina Trzebinia 33,959 Trzebinia
Gmina Libiąż 22,900 Libiąż
Gmina Alwernia 12,689 Alwernia
Gmina Babice 8,803 Babice


The editor acknowledges with grateful thanks the above information from Wikipedia.

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


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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Tatra Mountains in southern Poland