Do you enjoy walking, active recreation, combined with discovering new places, learning about their history, traditions and architecture? Or are you looking around for an interesting event to attend in order to establish new business contacts, supplement your knowledge and stay abreast of current market trends? Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in Kielce! The picturesquely located capital of the Świętokrzyskie province is the economic, scientific, cultural and tourist center of the region, as well as an important exhibition and trade fair center of international importance.
Numerous nature reserves, shrouded in legends, picturesque but gentle mountain paths, beautiful caves, valuable monuments - this is just the beginning of what awaits you in Kielce and its surroundings.
Kielce is the capital of Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship with nearly 800 years of history, located between the hills of the oldest Polish mountains. Everyone will find something for themselves here - lovers of historical monuments and typical urban attractions, lovers of nature and mountain hiking, seekers of unusual culinary experiences, as well as those interested in an interesting offer of cultural and sports events, congresses, exhibitions or fairs. This is a city of geological curiosities, said to be the largest open-air museum of geology. This is also where many tourist routes begin, run or end. So if you're still wondering whether it's worth coming here, abandon those doubts as soon as possible.
The Świętokrzyskie region is rich not only in monuments, mountain trails or important events, but also in tasty regional culinary specialties, based on natural ingredients, which offer exquisite tasters a whole range of amazing taste sensations. Among local dishes, the soup called zalewajka świętokrzyska leads the way. In its classic version, it is prepared on a base of sour sour soup, with potatoes, sausage or bacon, sometimes with the addition of mushrooms. As a curiosity, it is worth mentioning that the dish has been included in the List of Traditional Products prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Its popularity in the region is so great that it has been celebrated here for several years.
Another filling regional dish with an intriguing name is Świętokrzyska parzybroda, a one-pot dish of cabbage, potatoes, bacon and onions. The mysterious-sounding zmiocarz, on the other hand, is nothing more than a potato pate. Kugel, on the other hand, is a dish behind which is a potato casserole with meat. However, these are just some of the suggestions of the local regional cuisine, which you will be able to taste during your trip to Kielce.
B&B HOTEL Kielce Centrum has its address at 19 Warszawska Street, in the vicinity of the Market Square, near which the most important tourist attractions of the city are located, as well as numerous catering establishments and stores.Thus, it is not only a great accommodation option, but also an ideal starting point for sightseeing and discovering the charms of both this beautiful city and its surroundings.
Kielce is an important venue for trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences in the region. It is here, less than a quarter of an hour's drive from our hotel, that the Targi Kielce center is located, with as much as 90,000 square meters of exhibition and trade fair space. Every year it hosts numerous industry events of national and international importance, such as: PLASTPOL - the most international fair in Poland, AUTOSTRADA POLSKA - the only such fair in Europe, SACROEXPO - the largest sacred fair in Europe, and AGROTECH - the most visited agricultural fair.
It is worth knowing that Kielce is the capital not only of the province, but also of the oldest and at the same time the lowest Polish mountains - the Swietokrzyskie Mountains, shrouded in many mysteries. This gently shaped, very charming mountain range is a great option both for a trip with friends and a family walk with children. Its highest peak is Lysica (614 meters above sea level). One of the legends says that once in this place, like on Lysa Mountain, nightly witch rallies were held. Today they can be found at almost every souvenir stall. One thing is certain - among the gentle hills, vast valleys and glaciers you can encounter many places that will long be remembered by both admirers of strong sensations and lovers of peaceful wandering.
This is an area of intriguing, beautiful inanimate nature in the center of the city and a must-visit point in Kielce. The reserve on the site of a former quarry is very impressive, and is located in the center of the city, just 3.5 km from our hotel. This is a unique place where you can find traces of life from millions of years ago! Walking alleys, observation decks, the picturesque Emerald Lake, caves to explore or a striking artificial waterfall are just some of what you can see here. In the area of Kadzielnia, between the pits, there is also the Kadzielnia Amphitheater, which can accommodate more than 5,000 people and is the venue for the largest concerts in the city.
Less than 2 km separates our hotel from another great attraction on the city map - a baroque palace, the former residence of the Bishops of Cracow, where the National Museum in Kielce is now located.
This is one of the best preserved estates from the Vasa dynasty era. Here you can see original 17th and 18th century interiors, European-class handicrafts such as textiles, furniture, as well as 17th century collections of French, Italian and Polish paintings. At the back of the palace is the Italian Garden.
When you think about it, every city has its center of spirituality and its architectural jewel. In Kielce, the cathedral towering over the center with remnants of the Romanesque style serves such a function. Together with the Palace of the Bishops of Cracow, it accounts for the unique qualities of the Castle Hill. The origins of the temple date back to the early Middle Ages. Its history and artistic craftsmanship certainly deserve your attention.
The local market square is one of the oldest city squares in Poland. Its history dates back to the 12th century. For many years it served a commercial function. Until 1935 local fairs were held here. Today, in the buildings of the square we can admire the 19th and 20th century tenements, rebuilt after the fire that consumed the city in 1800. However, the past has not been forgotten. Embedded in the surface of the market are the stones of the former town hall, which mark its original location.
This street is the city's main promenade, which records 200 years of its history. It is over a kilometer long and stretches from the train station at Independence Square to Stanislaw Moniuszko Square. Many historic, colorful townhouses stand along it, some dating back to the 19th century. Numerous restaurants, cafes and stores also have their address here.
This is a must-visit point in Kielce for all lovers of journeys into the past. The exhibition is really impressive. Among other things, visitors will find an interactive exhibition presenting the geological heritage of the region. Arrangements of marine environments and organisms from 360 million years ago have been incorporated into an unusual futuristic setting. A Geolaboratorium zone and a 5D capsule-cinema also await visitors at the facility. All this makes a visit to the Geoeducation Center an unforgettable experience for both small and big explorers.
If you are going to Kielce in the company of your youngest kids, be sure to plan a visit to the Museum of Toys and Play, which is located at Plac Wolności, less than 2 km from our hotel.
Its collection includes several thousand exhibits. A visit to the museum will be an amazing adventure for both girls and boys. After all, the exhibits to see include the largest European collection of frogs, historical and folk toys, Barbie dolls, as well as models of cars, airplanes, ships, as well as an electric train and theater puppets.
It is not only Kielce itself that has much to offer tourists. Their immediate surroundings are also very rich in interesting places with interesting histories and picturesque landscapes. One of them is the 18th-century castle in Chęciny, located on the 350-meter-high Castle Hill. When the weather is nice, you can see the ridges of the Tatra Mountains from here. Near the capital of the Świętokrzyskie province is also the beautiful Paradise karst cave, filled with amazing stalactites, stalagmites and stalagnates. The towns of Piekoszów and Huta Szklana are also worth a visit. The former is said to contain hidden Confederate gold, while in the latter you can go back in time a few hundred years, delving into a medieval settlement.