Stage 14 : A natural travel in Poland

Stage 14 : A natural travel in Poland.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 14/24 - 284 kms


0 km Kielce

147 kms Lodz

137 kms Warsaw

carte Kielce a Varsovie

A natural travel in Kielce : For nature lovers

KIELCE - Poland

KIELCE - Poland © velishchuk - Fotolia.com

Capital of the Holy Cross Province, Kielce is over 900 years old. It is a tourist centre, very attractive and boasts a wide range of attractions and living folk art which will surely interest all visitors. Lying on the edge of the Holy Cross Mountains, Europe’s oldest mountains, and on the Silnica River’s banks, Kielce is known for its limestone quarries. A city with many historical sights. In addition to numerous churches, cathedrals, galleries, old castles, Kielce is also a paradise for nature lovers. It boasts green parks, five nature reserves which have many hiking circuits. To the east of Kielce one can see the central range of the Holy Cross Mountains which is under the protection of the Swietokrzyski National Park.

Lodz : Piotrkowska Street

LODZ - Poland

LODZ - Poland © whitelook - Fotolia.com

Lodz is Poland’s third largest city with approximately 730 000 inhabitants. It is located in central Poland and boasts a rich history, beautiful 19th century architecture and many museums. The city centre and its famous Piotrkowska Street with many restaurants, cafés, pubs and clubs of various styles where one can hang out with friends. Recently, Lodz has become a major international affairs centre. Its central location in Poland attracts companies focusing on production and logistics. Moreover, the University of Lodz is considered as one of the best in Poland.

Warsaw : famous people, royal castle, presidential palace

The city of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, offers a variety of tourist attractions namely the historical sights, its monuments, its museums, its theatres, its places connected with Marie Curie, Frédéric Chopin and his music.  Since 1980, the old town, one of the main attractions, is a UNESCO World heritage Site. Apart from Warsaw’s Old Town, carefully reconstructed after World War II, there are many things to be seen. The Old Town’s most outstanding landmarks include the Royal Castle, the King Zygmunt’s Column, the Market Square, and the Barbican. Further south, the so-called Royal Route, with many neoclassical palaces, the presidential palace and the Warsaw University campus. Also the popular Nowy Swiat Street, one of the main shopping streets. Wilanow Palace, the former royal residence of King John III Sobieski, is noteworthy for its baroque architecture and beautiful parks.

Kampinoski National Park

The Kampinoski National Park lies northwest of Warsaw, being the only national park which borders on the capital with over one million inhabitants. It is also one of the European plain’s largest national parks which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bug River. The park was established on 19 January 1959 in order to protect the remnants of the Kampinos Forest in the Vistula’s old valley. The typical contrast in the park’s landscape is the direct neighbourhood of sand dunes and immense peat bogs. Most of the peat bogs are occupied by meadows and sedges. There are also some areas of rainforest, which add more variety to the forest flora. This presents in the park a feature which differentiates it from the surrounding landscape.

Historic center of Warsaw

The historic center of Warsaw is an exception on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. It is the only urban complex almost totally rebuilt after its destruction during World War II. The reconstruction undertaken was carried out so well that it gained appreciation worldwide as a masterpiece. Hence, Warsaw’s historic centre, better known as the old town, was included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Warsaw’s old market square which was completely destroyed was rebuilt according to the original plans so that the Old Town could retain its original aspect. Today, a throng of visitors flock to its cafes, restaurants and museums. Warsaw is not only the country’s political, administrative, scientific and cultural centre, but it has also become the business centre for trade and commerce between Western and Eastern Europe. In 1996, Warsaw celebrated its 400th anniversary as Poland’s capital.

Our Lady of Mercy, Immaculate Mary, Mediatrix of Grace

Today, the basilica and surrounding structures namely a parish house, a museum, and the original chapel form an important Marian shrine that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The pilgrims are greeted by a statue of the Virgin Mary standing above the massive doorway with her arms open. Inside the basilica there is another very tall, white and illuminated statue of the crowned Immaculate Virgin in a blue oval medallion, above the altar. This church was raised to the rank of minor basilica in April 1980, and received Pope John Paul II on his second pastoral visit to Poland, in June 1983, that is a few months after Blessed Maximilian was canonized. This special papal visit, combined with the official recognition of the Church, made this shrine famous worldwide. Many cardinals, bishops, and high ranking politicians have visited it since

Practical Services

Kielce : Całoroczny Domek Góralski Kielce

Kielce : Hotel Dal Kielce

Kielce : Qubus Hotel Kielce

Łódź : Home & Travel

Łódź : Loft Suite

Łódź : City Lodz Residence

Warsaw : Planet Hostel

Warsaw : Mieszkanie na Zawołanie Old Town

Warsaw : LuxApart Centrum

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