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Mazovia, Closer Than You Think
June 25, 2008   
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The province is located close to European capitals, just an hour's flight from Berlin and two hours from Paris and London. Good air and rail connections make the Mazovia region and Warsaw easily accessible from major cities in Europe.

Mazovia is attractive to tourists and businesspeople alike, providing them with opportunities to encounter fascinating Polish culture, art and tradition, and get a taste of the regional cuisine. Many years ago, this region captivated composer Frederic Chopin and now it can fascinate you.

The culture of Mazovia arose through the interaction of many traditions. The region used to be a melting pot of visions, ideas and ethnicities. Contemporary Mazovia combines the rich legacy of the past with modern culture. In Mazovian museums, tourists can learn about the past of the region and marvel at the remarkable painting collections at the National Museum in Warsaw, the Mazovian Museum in Płock, the Poster Museum in Wilanów, and the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. Works by contemporary artists are, in turn, shown at Warsaw galleries such as the Zachęta and the Center for Contemporary Art. Mazovia also has a host of music events to choose from, such as the Chopin Festival, the Mozart Festival, the Warsaw Autumn, and the Jazz Jamboree.

Worth seeing
Mazovia has many historic sites, including the ruins of the castle of Mazovian dukes in Czersk and dozens of manor houses. One such house, in Żelazowa Wola, is the birthplace of Frederic Chopin. Other noteworthy places include the stronghold in Modlin, health resorts near Warsaw (Konstancin-Jeziorna) and Płock, one of the oldest cities in the region. If you want to try local culinary specialties, visit one of Mazovia's outdoor museums, for example the one in Sierpc. Karolin near Warsaw is home to the famous Mazowsze folk song and dance ensemble, which performs traditional Polish dances.

Mazovia is also a paradise for those who love rivers and lakes-from the virgin banks of the Vistula River to the vibrant ports of Lake Zegrzyńskie-and for fans of water sports. One look at a map of Mazovia reveals plenty of water. The Vistula River valley runs through the province. Poland's largest and longest river has numerous tributaries, including the Pilica, the Świder, the Jeziorka, and the Bzura, which flow from the south, and the Wkra River from the north. From the east, the Vistula is joined by another two major Polish rivers, the Narew and the Bug. Into the Narew River run streams and rivers that cut through the beautiful Zielona Forest, including the Omulew River, a popular kayaking route. The Liwiec River, a tributary of the Bug River from the south, is where the most popular vacation destinations of Mazovia are located. Lovers of water sports can also indulge in their hobbies on several dozen lakes hidden amid fields and forests, such as Zdworskie, Białe, Lucieńskie, and Łąckie Duże.

With its diverse attractions, Mazovia is the perfect place to relax and learn something new. It also hosts a number of international events. For example, it will soon organize the Chopin Year in 2010 and the Euro 2012 European soccer championships.

Mazovia Province Government
www.mazovia.pl
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