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Location and Geography

The powiat of Dabrowski district in the north-eastern part of the province of Małopolska. It covers an area of 530 km2, including 408 km2 of agricultural land and has a population of 58,600 people and includes the city of Dabrowa with a population of 11,300. This gives an average population density in the district of 113 people per 1 km sq area.

The district has 7 municipalities: Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Boleslaw, Gręboszów, Mędrzechów, Olesno, Radgoszcz, Szczucin, 78 places, including 76 villages and two towns: Dabrowa Tarnowska (about 20 kilometers north of Tarnów) and Szczucin (85 km east of the regional capital Kraków and is located on the Vistula River). Many of the villages are small, with less than 500 people. The number of large villages with more than 1,000 inhabitants, amounts to 8.

Geographically, it lies on the plateau Tarnowski and within the Sandomierz Basin, called the Nadwislanska Plains. On the east is the county of Mielec and to the south of the Tarnów district. It has natural boundaries in the west is the most beautiful mountain river the Vistula. The district has a varied terrain, with undulating and hilly plateaus along the Vistula River valley.

The countryside is called Powiśle Dabrowski, an almost completely flat area crossed by numerous small watercourses, flowing into the Vistula. The largest of these is the stream Angler-Breń, which flows parallel to the Vistula River from west to east through almost the entire width of the northern part of the district.

District Dabrowski is a typical agricultural region, dominated by the agricultural and food industries, but is also supported by the development of services and tourism. Arable land, occupies about 77.6% of the total land area within the district, and in some communities, this rises to over 80%. Other land usage including built up areas, roads and wasteland occupy 12%.

Dabrowski district is not far away from the regional city of Krakow, being approximately 100 km, which is considered the cultural capital of the Polish. Tarnow is approximately 20 km away with its interesting history and architecture.

Administration of the Powiat and Economic Out Look

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 County Office of Dabrowa Tarnowska has created, jointly with other local municipal administrations, a strong lobby in order to raise funds for major investment within the district. It has joined the Association of Polish Counties and the Association of Counties and Municipalities within the catchment area of the river Dunajec. Those areas wishing to access capital for entrepreneurial development have, by taking action together, with the neighbouring districts, hope to create a Credit Guarantee Fund.

Another important project is the creation of the County Business Incubator and Innovation in Szczucin. The main objective of the Incubator is to help newly established companies through to maturity and the ability to function independently within the market place. It will be promoted primarily in small and medium sized businesses including economic cooperation, exchange of ideas, with joint action to reduce the risk and costs. The Incubator aims to provide businesses and institutions with office space tailored to their individual needs.

Together they have established the “Dabrowski County Association of Local Authorities”, which will allow for creation of a coherent economic policy and a joint action to develop the district as well as provide a more effective promotion of the region. This combination of forces should also help to facilitate access to external support for foreign funds.

The need for promotion of the region, the integration of local communities in order to carry out joint ventures and the need for economic recovery through development of small and medium enterprise led the district authorities to organize a joint venture, the ‘Fair Economic Commons Powiśle Dabrowski’. This is the biggest event of this kind in our area. Presented are all the municipalities, local businesses and enterprises. There is also an artistic setting for performances of folk bands, children, dance and brass bands.

In the near future Dabrowski district would like to address two subjects which will require investment: the protection of the river basin and the construction of more municipal landfills. They are hoping to raise funds from the European Union for these projects.

During the short period of operation of the county it has brought significant progress in many areas of the lives of the local population. Social initiatives undertaken, supported by local authorities and district municipalities to create conditions for further and comprehensive development of the Vistula Dabrowski.

The District authorities are open to any proposals to increase the wealth and standards of those living within Dabrowski.

Transport Links

The district crosses the main road No. 73, Kielce-Dabrowa Tarnowska - Tarnow - Krynica. It’s modernization is planned, which will connect the area of our district with the border crossing on the southern border in Konieczna. The project has been welcomed and has interested the Slovak and Hungarians, as the planned route will combine with the A4 motorway near Tarnow at the junction of the highway from Kosice to Presov.

Within the county runs the railway line Tarnow - Szczucin. A new section of the rail network will be complete after the building of the Szczucin - Busko Zdrój railway line linking Tarnow and Kielce.

The district has a well developed technical infrastructure and a large labour force with people willing to work, including a well educated section of the community. Traditionally, the area is strong in the agricultural trades, markets, production of good quality, healthy food including the cultivation of strawberries.


Within the Dabrowski district there are a number of valuable heritage sites. one of the most interesting museums in Poland is the ‘Museum of Road’ in Szczucin, which have collected old machines including those for the construction of roads and bridges. Also there are historical documents and images showing roadworks.

Undoubtedly the biggest attraction, in addition to the architectural monuments and museum is the village Zalipie, “malowana wieś”. “painted village”. Many of the dwellings are decorated with floral motifs.

In the past life of Dabrowski district it has been related to historical figures such as: Henry Sucharski, James Boyko, Joseph Zauski as well as the well known poet, Maria Kozaczkowa. Dabrowski has many cemeteries and monuments in memory of the I and II World Wars.




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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