The Świętokrzyskie Province’s territory is one of the sixteen Polish provinces, created in 1999. It occupies an area of 11.710 km2, and its population is estimated at 1.273.054 (about 1/4 of Holland’s territory or more than half of Slovenia territory). It is divided into 102 communes and 14 districts in which there is one city with district rights – Kielce. Świętokrzyskie region borders with six other provinces – Mazowieckie, Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Małopolskie, Śląskie and Łódzkie. At the same time it is located at the major transport routes a short distance from the biggest Polish agglomerations near the border with Ukraine and Slovakia. Kielce is the capital of the province, with an area 110 km2 and 205.445 people live here.
The Świętokrzyskie region is placed in a specific point on a geographical, historic and economic map of Poland. The location of a province at the intersection of important communication routes, not far from largest Polish agglomerations and close to the Slovakia and Ukraine border, makes it a very attractive place for investments. The industries in Kielce produce high quality articles. The strength of regional economy is the building materials industry, based on its own materials. Building company from Kielce are the largest and most dynamic ones in Poland. The important part of economy is the metallurgical, machine and precise industry and others like food and textile industries.
The great economic attractiveness of the province connected with convenient conditions, provided by local authorities by creating more companies with foreign capital.
The only in Poland Center Of Satelite Services in Psary provides a complex service in sending the information through the satelite. Investments carried into technical infrastructure in our region are among the largest in Poland. There are plans of extending the local airport in Masłów and transforming it into an international airport. Even now it is possible to make there a custom-passport formalities.
The Świętokrzyskie region is also agricultural, the characteristic thing is that altough medium soil quality (besides the southern and eastern part) the harvests of fruit and vegetables are much larger than in other provinces. The Świętokrzystkie province is very significant supplier not only of mentioned fruit and vegetables but also potatoes, cereals, milk products and butter. Świętokrzyskie province also breeds swine, cows, poultry and there are a lot of fish ponds. The best and the most expensive pure-arabian-blood horses come from the stud farm in Michałów. These horses are wanted and esteemed by breeders all over the world. The search for new forms of economic activity resulted in creating many ecological farms producing healthy food and also agro-touristic farms.
Świętokrzyskie province is easily accessible for touristic movement. The density of local roads makes it possible to reach every touristic-attractive places. For those wanting to rest in this region, large variety of attractions awaits: untainted natural enviroment, diverse scenery (Świętokrzyskie Mountains – one of the oldest in Europe, beautiful caves, large forest complexes, rivers and lakes), hundreds of unique monuments and museums. The ones that prefer active-rest will find here many attractive sport objects, bicycle routes, on-foot routes, places for: water-sports, winter-sports, air-sports and motor-sports.
Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship – a place worth visiting
Landscapes and the beauty of nature
Świętokrzyskie is one of the ecologically purest areas of Poland. Natural diversity, unique flora, rare steppe, mountains and swamp vegetation are the biggest landmarks of this region. It is here, in the Świętokrzyskie region, in Zagnańsk where one of the oldest trees in Europe grows – Bartek- the oak tree which age is estimated at about 700-1000 years old.
Landscapes of our region located between the Vistula and the Pilica Rivers are dominated by a gentle range of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, one of the oldest in Europe and the only ones in Central Poland. The most precious areas of the Świętokrzyskie mountains with the great richness of landscape forms, vegetation and animal world are protected by the Świętokrzyski National Park. It includes the highest mountain range – Łysogóry, with peaks: Łysica (612 meters above sea level), Agata (608 meters above sea level)) and Łysa Góra (595 m above sea level ) where once witches’ Sabbaths were held, and part of the Klonowskie and Pokrzywiańskie Range. There are over 30 km hiking tracks available for tourists where one can admire Puszcza Jodłowa-fir forest.
Near Kielce, in Chęciny there is the most beautiful Polish cave – “RAJ”. Over the centuries under the earth, nature has created breathtaking complex of corridors and chambers enriched with hundreds of stalactites, stalagmites, and stalagnates.
Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is not only old mountains where prehistoric traces of man and remains of plants and animals have been found. It is also Ponidzie, the Nida Valley region and its tributaries. Its wealth is the best healing spring waters in Europe. Health resorts like Busko – Zdrój and Solec – Zdrój are developing health centers and resorts.
The Świetokrzyskie Region is a land of hardworking and hospitable people. One can find here many attractions both for body and spirit which are nowhere to be found.