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Inowłódz-Tourism Heart of Poland
September 17, 2008   
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Inowłódz commune lies in Łódź province, Tomaszów Mazowiecki county. The history of the commune, and the town of Inowłódz in particular, dates back to the beginnings of Poland as a state. Inowłódz is an area of exquisite natural beauty, creating very good conditions for the development of tourism, including agrotourism. located in the heart of Poland, on both banks of the Pilica River, it is among the most fascinating regions in the province. Lying close to Warsaw, Łódź, Kielce, Tomaszów, Opoczno and Piotrków Trybunalski, the commune can be reached in an hour from any of these places.

The commune's tourist attractions include the 11th-century St. Giles' Church (funded by King Władysław Herman), which overlooks the area from a hilltop, offering a magnificent view of the Pilica River valley.

Inowłódz commune hosts a number of regular events:
  • Festiwal w Krajobrazie (July) promoting independent culture and ecology
  • the Spała arts and crafts fair, held the first Sunday in every month during the summer
  • the Spała harvest festival in september
  • concerts as part of the Łódź Philharmonic's Colors of Poland Touring Festival.

The commune's attractions also include former German bunkers in Konewka, open to sightseers. "Thanks to European Union funds we are continually improving our commune's range of tourist activities," says local administrator Cezary Krawczyk. "Last year saw the completion of renovation work on the historical park in Spała. Visitors to Inowłódz can walk along a tourist trail called 'Strolling Through History.' Reconstruction and conversion work continues on the castle of Kazimierz the Great in Inowłódz. This year we will finish rebuilding the octagonal castle tower."

Spała is a gem within the commune. This health resort used to be the summer residence of Polish presidents Stanisław Wojciechowski and Ignacy Mościcki, and Marshal Józef Piłsudski took advantage of the spa facilities, too. Today the town has an extensive hotel and restaurant base adapted to the expectations of every customer. The atmosphere and beauty of Spała has always attracted tourists from all over Europe. Former president Aleksander Kwaśniewski helped revive the prewar tradition of the Presidential Harvest Festival in Spała, today called the Spała Harvest Festival.

The Hubertus Spalski, a festival for horse riders and hunters, is held here in October. A mock fox hunt is a key item on the agenda. The organizers make sure to preserve the special, ritual character of the historical ceremonies. The Hubertus hunt is the crowning event of the hunting season. Apart from the "fox hunt," other regular attractions during the festivities include a coach driving show, a hunters' concert, a bonfire, cooking and eating bigos [the traditional Polish dish made from different meats and cabbage] and drinking liqueurs to warm up. This year's Hubertus will be held Oct. 18-19.

Inowłódz Commune Office
2 Spalska St., 97-215 Inowłódz
tel. +48 44 710-12-33
fax +48 44 710-12-33
e-mail: gmina@inowlodz.pl

Cezary Krawczyk, aged 50, is married with two children. He is an economist and a graduate of the University of Łódź (UŁ). He studied at postgraduate level at the UŁ Department of Law.

Krawczyk has been administrator of Inowłódz Commune since June 19, 1997.
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