Mazovia - the largest Polish Voivodeship
The only European protected natural area adjacent to the metropolis is located in the Mazovia Voivodeship.
Warsaw - the capital city both of the region and of Poland is a modern, dynamically developing city, rich in history, culture and attractions. Warsaw is also considered one of the most wooded European capitals. And there is quite a lot of greenery in Mazovia. In the region there are as many as 9 landscapes parks and 171 nature reserves.
Kampinoski National Park, located just outside the city gates of the capital, is not only a reliable supplier of oxygen for Warsaw, but also a favourite resting place for residents of the capital.
The parks of the capital are arranged in a unique green walking trail leading from those on Powiśle (with a unique, silver-willow garden on the roof of the University Library), through Ujazdów, Agricola and Łazienki parks to Pola Mokotowskie and further on, in the direction of the airport. Or another way: towards Wilanów and Powsin with is a beautiful botanical garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Equally interesting are the other towns of Mazowieckie region: Pułtusk, with the longest in Poland and Europe a 400-meter long market; Płock situated on the Vistula river escarpment - the oldest city in this region; the charming Szydłowiec, the relaxed Otwock and beloved by (the richer) bohemia Konstancin.
It is also worth to visit Sierpc, where there is one of the largest Polish open-air museums. And Wyszogród, until recently famous for the longest wooden bridge in Europe. After its demolition in 1999, there is only one span left – as a memento.
Warsaw is also the town, where many artists created their works - Juliusz Słowacki, Bolesław Prus, Stefan Żeromski, Julian Tuwim, Witold Gombrowicz, Maria Dąbrowska , Zofia Nałkowska, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz or the Nobel Prize winners - Henryk Sienkiewicz, as well as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Maria Skłodowska - Curie. Frederic Chopin the most famous Polish composer was born in Żelazowa Wola, but he grew up and went to school in Warsaw. Not only Warsaw, but also the entire region vibrates with cultural life on an everyday basis, encouraging tourists with an impressive number of theatres, museums, festivals, concerts and exhibitions.
It goes without saying that Warsaw is the centre of Polish meetings industry. In addition to the luxury hotels and conference centres, the unique historical or industrial buildings are also worthwhile.