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Attractions All Year Round
September 16, 2009   
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Grzegorz ¦redziński, mayor of Duszniki-Zdrój, talks to Barbara Deręgowska about the district's development.

In recent league tables of the most sports-oriented communities, Duszniki-Zdrój comes in sixth among 159 districts in Lower Silesia province. Why did you choose to focus on sports?
Duszniki-Zdrój is one of the oldest health resorts in the region, well-known and popular for centuries. This year we are celebrating 240 years since the health resort was founded. Over the years, visitors to Duszniki-Zdrój have included King of Poland John II Casimir, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin and Polish Romantic poet Zygmunt Krasiński. They all came here to treat their bodies and souls.

People used to come to Duszniki-Zdrój in the summer months, but at present the town attracts visitors all year round. In summer, in addition to therapeutic waters, walks in the Zdrojowy (Spa) Park and various treatments, attractions include hiking on mountain trails in the Table and Eagle Mountains, while in winter, skiers head for the slopes of the Zieleniec district and the Spalona Pass. The area is covered by snow from Christmas until Easter. Over the past two years, skiers have descended on Zieleniec in large numbers, boosting its status as a ski resort. It offers a dozen or so well groomed slopes with 28 modern ski lifts, including two four-man chair lifts and one six-man lift with heated seats and canopies sheltering passengers from wind and snow. There is plenty of comfortable accommodation, with over 1,000 beds. We plan to increase the number to 2,500 beds. Our guests can also find a variety of opportunities to have a good meal, relax in a swimming pool, and enjoy different types of massage.

The many sports you can practice in Duszniki-Zdrój make our community stand out, and that is something we intend to keep developing. Duszniki-Zdrój hosts professional, international bike marathons that take competitors along forest trails; people can also come here to practice mountain biking and cyclo-cross, take part in uphill soccer contests and practice roller blading, roller skating and roller skiing. We organize biathlon and cross-country skiing competitions on a special track built on Jamrozowa Polana. Together with our partners in the Czech Republic, we have started a campaign to promote cross-country skiing on routes we have marked out together along the Polish-Czech border in the mountains.

In an interview for our magazine over a decade ago, you spoke about hot springs in Duszniki-Zdrój and plans related to the springs. How is that project going?
A well has been drilled and we are installing wellheads to separate gases from water so we do not lose the mineral waters and the health resort status with them. We are planning to use the hot springs to heat a geothermal swimming pool that will become part of an Aquapark. We are preparing to build a spa center for a wide group of visitors. The Aquapark has been designed as a sports center and a recreation facility with a large complex of indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
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