Kielce

Travel Guide Europe Poland Kielce

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Introduction

Kielce is a city in south central Poland with 195,774 inhabitants, the capital of Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship (Holy Cross Province), located in the middle of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Holy Cross Mountains), in the northern part of the historical province of Lesser Poland.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Old Town with Market Square and Sienkiewicz Street - a walking alley with many shops and restaurants starting near the main train station and going to the hill with the monument of Henryk Sienkiewicz, the author of the novel "Quo vadis?", which contributed to his Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.
  • Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Palace of the Kraków Bishops (the National Museum inside).
  • Museum of the History of Kielce; address: Świętego Leonarda street 4, 25-303 Kielce, tel. 41 340 55 20, 41 340 55 26 and 041 340 55 27, rutkiewicz@mhki.kielce.eu, website: http://www.mhki.kielce.eu/zawartosc/dane-adresowe.
  • Museum of Stefan Żeromski's School Years - a branch of the National Museum in Kielce, address: Jana Pawła II street 5, 25-013 Kielce, tel. 41-344-57-92, e-mail: zeromski@mnki.pl, website: https://mnki.pl/zeromski/eng/visitors/permament_exhibitions.
  • Kielce Synagogue.
  • Scout Square named after Gray Ranks with monuments of famous people, e.g. Mikhail Bulgakov, Salvador Dalí, Xawery Dunikowski, Franz Kafka, Stanisław Lem, Thomas Mann, Marilyn Monroe, Czesław Niemen, Bulat Okudzhava, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Édith Piaf, Pablo Picasso, Dmitri Shostakovich, Karol Szymanowski and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz.
  • Stanisław Staszic City Park.
  • Kadzielnia nature reserve near the center of the city.
  • Paradise Cave (in Polish: jaskinia Raj) with many archeological and paleontological discoveries; address: Dobrzączka, 26-060 Chęciny, tel. +48 (41) 346 55 18, jaskiniaraj@lysogory.com.pl.

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Region

  • Swietokrzyskie Mountains with Swietokrzyski National Park; address: Suchedniowska street 4, 26-010 Bodzentyn, tel. +48 (41) 311 5106, fax +48 (41) 311 5106, e-mail: dyrekcja@swietokrzyskipn.org.pl, website: http://www.swietokrzyskipn.org.pl/?lang=en.
  • Łysa Góra (Bald Mountain; also known as Łysiec or Święty Krzyż) with the Benedictine monastery from the 11th century.
  • Paradise Cave (in Polish: jaskinia Raj) with many archeological and paleontological discoveries; address: Dobrzączka, 26-060 Chęciny, tel. +48 (41) 346 55 18, jaskiniaraj@lysogory.com.pl.
  • Chęciny Royal Castle from the 13th century; address: Jędrzejowska street, 26-060 Chęciny, tel. +48 501793733, biuro@zamekcheciny.pl.
  • Museum of Archeology in Wislica - a branch of the National Museum in Kielce; address: Batalionów Chłopskich street 2a, 28-160 Wiślica, tel. 730 729 200 and 41 300 20 69, e-mail: wislica@mnki.pl, website: https://mnki.pl/wislica/eng/the_museum/history, https://mnki.pl/wislica/eng/visitors/permament_exhibition.
  • Museum of Henryk Sienkiewicz in Oblegorek - a branch of the National Museum in Kielce; address: Aleja Lipowa 24, 26-067 Strawczyn, tel. 41 303 04 26 and 664 384 069, oblegorek@mnki.pl, website: https://mnki.pl/sienkiewicz/eng/the_museum.
  • Krzyztopor Castle from the 17th century in the village of Ujazd (Iwaniska commune) near Opatow, partially destroyed during the Swedish invasion named The Deluge in 1655.
  • Towns around Kielce: Checiny, Bodzentyn, Nowa Słupia, Opatow, Sandomierz, Wislica, Chmielnik, Pinczow, Jedrzejow, Szczekociny, Wloszczowa, Przedborz, Konskie, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Wachock, Starachowice, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski and Cmielow.

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Getting There

By Plane

International airports in Krakow, Rzeszow, Warsaw, Lodz and Lublin.

By Train

Train connections to the most of cities in Poland, including Warsaw, Olsztyn, Krakow, Czestochowa and Wroclaw.

By Car

Easy access to many Polish cities by national roads (Radom, Warsaw, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Lodz, Czestochowa, Krakow, Tarnow, Sandomierz, Rzeszow and Lublin).

By Bus

It is possible to reach Kielce by bus from many Polish cities, including Lublin, Radom, Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan and Szczecin.

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Getting Around

By Car

Radial road system in many directions, for example to Piotrkow Trybunalski and Sulejow, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Radom and Warsaw, Opatow and Sandomierz, Tarnow, Jedrzejow and Krakow.

By Public Transport

  • City buses in Kielce and PKS and private buses in the region, e.g. to Swieta Katarzyna (Swietokrzyskie Mountains), Sandomierz and Zarnow and Konskie (Piotrkow Trybunalski direction).
  • PKP trains, e.g. to Jedrzejow and Krakow, Skarżysko-Kamienna, Radom and Warsaw, Wachock, Starachowice, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski and Sandomierz.

By Foot

On PTTK foot paths especially to Swietokrzyski National Park.

By Bike

The Green Velo Trail is 2000 kilometres long cycle trail from Konskie, through Kielce, Sandomierz, Zamosc, Chelm, Bialowieza National Park, Bialystok, Augustow, Suwalki, Gizycko, Lidzbark Warmisnki and Frombork to Elblag; website: https://greenvelo.pl/en.

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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