Zagłębie Dąbrowskie is a region in Eastern part of Silesian Voivodeship.
Although it's located in Silesian voivodeship, it's historically a part of Western Lesser Poland. From late middle ages to end of 18 century most of parts of Zagłębie belonged to Siewierskie Duchy governed by bishops of Cracow. Sławków region was a part of Sławkowski Key also governed by bishops of Cracow. Other parts belonged to Polish Crown. During partition of Poland much of it belogned to Congress Poland which was a part of Russian Empire, exception Jaworzno, which was a part of Austrian Empire. Mining was a main economy branch for ages. Nowadays Zagłębie Dąbrowskie becomes more and more growing tourist destination.
People in bigger cities or popular tourist destinations can speak at least one foreign language. Polish phrasebook can be useful while visiting smaller towns or villages.
The closest airport's located in nearby Pyrzowice.
Communication between cities and villages of region's well developed.
Sosnowiec city break
Pogoria Lakes Camper holidays
Pogoria III (Main beach), beach on Cypel and district of Łęknice
Pogoria III (windsurfing point beach, Piekło beach), Pogoria II
Pogoria IV (Piekło district)
Pogoria IV (Wojkowice Kościelne beach) and Pogoria I beach
Pogoria I beaches
Ząbkowice district, Siewierz or Częstochowa sightseeing (if you come from Scandinavia or Baltic States), Mysłowice, Tychy or Wisła sightseeing (if you come from Middle-Eastern Europe, Southern Europe or Balkan states), Kraków or Rzeszów sightseeing (if you're from Eastern Europe and Russia), Katowice, Gliwice or Wrocław sightseeing ( if you come from Western Europe)
for non-European residents: If you rent your camper and come from non-European country it's worth to see Częstochowa ( if you travel from Warsaw) and Olkusz, Bukowno or Sławków (if you travel via Cracow).
Weekend in Sławków
Sławków town on foot
Relax (canoeing, bike trips or horse riding)
Krzykawka, Okradzionów, Błędów, Łosień, Łęka
Bolesław and Bukowno
Calmly walk on Sławków
Weekend in Dąbrowa Górnicza
City center and Gołonóg
Pogoria Lakes and Zielona Park
Łosień, Łęka, Okradzionów, Błędów, Strzemieszyce, Ząbkowice
Weekend in Będzin
Castle Hill Complex, Gzichów Palace, Synagogue, Golgota of East Sanctuary, Wzgórza Małobądzkie
Grodziec, Łagisza and Warpie districts
Będzin Region or Czeladź.
Weekend in Siewierz
resting on Przeczyce lake (Boguchwałowice and/or Tuliszów)
Brudzowice, Żelisławice and Czekanka
resting on Pogoria IV (Wojkowice Kościelne)
Weekend in Czeladź
City center, Elektrownia Gallery, Piaski settlement, Alferd Park
Osiedle Dziekana, contemporary churches, Przetok Ponds, Szyb Jana
Będzin and Wojkowice
Weekend in Jaworzno
collegiate, labor camp memorial, Geosfera, Kamieniołom Koparki
Pagóry Jaworznickie trekking, Zalew Łęg, Zalew Tarka
Sosina Lake, Żabnik Valley, Kozi Bród stream
Weekend in Myszków
Railway Station, Schmeltzer Palace, Steinhagen Villa, Saint Stanislaus church, relax
Mrzygłód sanctuary, Mary's Nativity church and chapel, manor house ruins, relax
Żarki, Żarki-Letnisko, Czatachowa, Złoty Potok, Olsztyn
Brudzowice, Żelisławice, Czekanka, Siewierz, Przeczyce lake
Weekend in Zawiercie
City Center, TAZ settlement, glass works, memorials
Blanowice, Kromołów, Skarżyce, Bzów, Żerkowice
Ogrodzieniec, Ryczów, Ryczówek, Rodaki, Błędowska desert
Poręba, Siewierz, Przeczyce Lake
Weekend in Łazy region
Town sightseeing, relax on Mitręga lake or Water Park
Ciągowice, Grabowa, Wysoka, Chruszczobród, relax on Mitręga lake or water park
Hutki-Kanki, Niegowonice, Skałbania, Rokitno Szlacheckie, Błedowska desert, barbecue and evening relax on Mitręga lake
Weekend in Ząbkowice (Dąbrowa Górnicza}
Pentacost church, Tysiąclecie Park, Brzozowy Park, Saint Mary Magdalene church, Pańska Góra, abandoned stone pit
Pogoria I (resting on the beach)
Matheron Workers' Colony and beach
There're many accommodation places both on Pogoria I lake and Ząbkowice
Weekend in Korzeniec (Dąbrowa Górnicza)
Saint Joseph church, Pogoria III
Zielona Park, Pogoria IV
Pogoria II, district of Piekło, peninsula of Pogoria III (cypel), Our Lady of Victory church
You can sleep in district of Zielona, Dziewiąty, Marianki or your own camper
Weekend in Strzemieszyce (Dąbrowa Górnicza)
District center ( basilica, Paw cinema and monuments), cemetery, Wywierzyska
Góra Bordowicza and Srocza Góra hills, Zakawie district , Jamki district
Trekking in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie
Wzgórze Gołonoskie, Szlak Metalurgów trail
Łeverest (Łosień), Pańska Góra (Ząbkowice)
Trekking from Ujejsce to Chruszczobród or trekking in Strzemieszyce
The best way's to sleep in Dąbrowa Górnicza's district of Gołonóg.
Trekking in Grodziec and Będzin center
Trekking in Będzin Region and Warpie
Trekking in Grodziec and Warpie
relax in Będzin
Szlak Husarii Polskiej (Polish Winged Husars' Trail)
You can sleep in Będzin and then on the places listed on the trail. You can see them in Szlak Husarii Polskiej section.
New Year in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie
New Year in Pogoria Lakes
St.Joseph church in Dziewiąty, Pogoria III lake, Łęknice and Piekło districts
relax, midnight walk or Pogoria III or/and watching fireworks from Gołonoskie hill or Góra św. Doroty
Walk on Pogoria III or IV lake and Dziewiąty/Marianki/Trzydziesty/Zielona district streets
Pogoria I lake, Ząbkowice district, Przeczyce lake
You can stay in districts of Marianki, Zielona, Dziewiąty or Gołonóg.
Ząbkowice district sightseeing, walk on Pogoria I lake
Trzebiesławice, Ujejsce and Tucznawa sightseeing, New Year's Eve on Pogoria lake, Pogoria IV lake (Ujejsce) or Pogoria III lake (main beach)
Walk to Pogoria III (Piekło district) via Pogoria II
Przeczyce lake and Siewierz sightseeing
You can stay in resorts on Pogoria I lake or in district of Ząbkowice.
New Year in Sławków
Błędowska desert, midngiht walk in town's streets or / and watching fireworks in Niegowonice and Ogrodzieniec
Krzykawka and Okradzionów (You can go there by walk)
New year in Siewierz
Przeczyce lake walk, midnight walk on Przeczyce lake or Pogoria IV lake in Wojkowice Kościelne or Ujejsce
Brudzowice, Żelisławice and Czekanka walk
Świerklaniec palace, Będzin Region (Siemonia and Sączów)
New Year in Będzin
Castle Complex, City Center, Golgotha of East sanctuary
Małobądz and Grodziec districts
Łagisza district, watching fiewrorks from Góra św. Doroty, Wzgórza Małobądzkie, Warpie or Góra Siewierska (Będzin Region)
Walk in Rozkówka park or Las Grodziecki or Czeladź sighteesing
Wojkowice and Świerklaniec
New Year in Sosnowiec
City center, Cathedral, Sielecki castle, Dietel palace, Orthodox church, Lutheran church, Egzotarium, Multireligious graveyard, Stawiki Lake
Famous people in Sosnowiec places, New Years' Eve celebration in city center and Małachowski street
Leśna Park and Ostrowy Górnicze or Jaworzno sightseeing
Saint Joachim church complex, Będzin (castle and Gzichów palace), Pogoria IV lake in Wojkowice Kościelne
New Year in Dąbrowa Górnicza
Central Market place, Sobieski and 3 Maja street, Sztygarka Museum, Our Lady of Angels basilica, Nemo aquapark
Pogoria III lake (Dziewiąty), Pogoria II and IV lakes (Piekło), Zielona Park
Gołonóg (Gołonoskie hill, Bem suare, Podlesie Park), New Year's Even in city's main square, Bem square, Pogoria III (Dziewiąty) or IV (Marianki)
Pogoria I lake and Łęknice district (Cypel)
The best way's to find an accommodation in Central Districts
Zagłębie Dąbrowskie in one month
Relax on Przeczyce lake, beaches in Tuliszów
Brudzowice, Żelisławice, Czekanka, Poręba, Zawiercie
Relax and Zawiercie sightseeing, optionally- Ogrodzieniec castle sightseeing
Ciągowice, Wysoka, Wiesiółka, Łazy (relax on Mitręga lake or water park), Rokitno Szlacheckie
Chruszczobród, hiking to Ujejsce via Bukowa Góra, Pogoria IV lake, Ujejsce , Ząbkowice
Ząbkowice sightseeing, Pogoria I lake
Hiking from Pogoria I lake via Pogoria II to main beach in Pogoria III (Dziewiąty)
Relax on Pogoria III (Dziewiąty)
Dąbrowa Górnicza city center sightseeing
Sosnowiec sightseeing, Małachowskiego street pub crawl
Będzin Region sightseeing (Strzyżowice, Góra Siewierska, Dobieszowice, Rogoźnik)
Sączów, Siemonia, relax on Wojkowice Kościelne beach in Pogoria IV
Relax on Rogoźnik lake
Świerklaniec palace, leaving for home
(Arrival and depart place for this one's Katowice Airport
Artificial lakes are popular sailing places. Many offer water bikes and canoe rental. Canoeing is popular activity on Biała and Czarna Przemsza Rivers ( see: Zagłębie Dąbrowskie rivers water trails ).
There're many artificial lakes in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie: Pogoria Lakes, Mitręga in Łazy, Przeczyce Lake, lake in Rogoźnik, Sosina in Jaworzno and lake in Poręba. There're also smaller lakes and ponds which are popular with fishers. There's a naturist beach on Pogoria IV in Ujejsce, Dąbrowa Górnicza
Pogoria lakes are ideal diving destination, Koparki lake in Jaworzno's a popular diving center.
Art and Culture
There're many cultural events organised in bigger as well as smaller cities. There're many old buildings in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Czeladź, Zawiercie, Sławków and Siewierz. The most characteristic buildings in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie are their high brick-made churches built in 19/20 century, the most beautiful ones are located in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Czeladź, Zawiercie, Myszków and Poręba.
Young Adults activities
Zagłębie Dąbrowskie doesn't host any special pride events. You can visit it while coming to pride marches (marsz równości) in Katowice, Kraków or Częstochowa. Sosnowiec's a university city what makes easier to stay more anonymous. There is a very tiny gay scene in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, if you want to see places dedicated to LGBT people, you can go to Katowice. Showing affection in city centers and popular destinations won't pay anyone's attention but stay discrete while visiting rural areas and side districts. Visiting big apartament houses settlements is strongly not recommended. Naturist beach on Pogoria IV in Ujejsce is very popular among gay people.
There're many good restaurants in Sosnowiec and Dąbrowa Górnicza. There're many gastronomic points near artificial lakes.
Małachowski street in Sosnowiec is popular party destination, there're many restaurants, bars and clubs. In the summer time there're many live concerts or party events on Pogoria III and Sosina lake. There're also many small bars in Dąbrowa Górnicza (mostly in districts of Mydlice or Gołonóg) as well as Sosnowiec. Many of them have live music.
Cities of Zagłębie Dąbrowskie are rather safe places but it's better to avoid some districts, especially after dusk. Small towns are in general more safe. Swimming in wild beaches is forbidden and dangerous.
Sosnowiec and Dąbrowa Górnicza offer program for foreign students. Sosnowiec is a typical student city with clubs, bars or student religious group. Student life in Dąbrowa Górnicza's much calmly and focuses more on local bars and restaurants, eventually mingling on Pogoria Lakes (especially Pogoria III).
Sosnowiec, Dąbrowa Górnicza or Jaworzno have a very wide choice of work offers. Będzin, Wojkowice or Będzin region is a good option for those working also in Silesian cities of Piekary Śląskie, Bytom or Siemianowice Śląskie. If you want to settle in much calmer area you can chose Pogoria Lakes and nearby districts, Łosień, Łęka, Okradzioanów,Tucznawa, Ujejsce, Trzebiesławice, Trzydiesty or Błędów in Dąbrowa Górnicza or Będzin Region. Finding a job for foreigners in Myszków, Siewierz, Zawiercie, Sławków or Poręba is really hard unless you want to work as foreign languages teacher. Łazy, Siewierz, Sławków and nearby villages are ideal places for digital nomads or people working on-line.
There're many organisations and places you can volunteer, much of them is connected with sports. Some are run by Catholic church. Unfortunately even basic Polish knowledge is required.