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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.
Artificial lakes are popular sailing places. Many offer water bikes and canoe rental. Canoeing is popular activity on Biała and Czarna Przemsza Rivers ( see: Czarna Przemsza river 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 and Poręba.
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.