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Cable car to the Stronghold
September 30, 2011   
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Bogus豉w Szpytma, mayor of K這dzko, talks to Barbara Der璕owska about his town’s potential.

What makes K這dzko special compared to other towns and districts in the K這dzko Valley?
Located in the very center of the K這dzko Valley, K這dzko is the heart of the area. Our motto says that everything is closer when you start from K這dzko. Boasting an over millennium-long history, K這dzko has plenty of tourist attractions, including the Stronghold of K這dzko and its Underground Tourist Trail, the St. John Bridge, which is frequently compared to Charles Bridge in Prague, and the Old Town of K這dzko with fabulous tenement houses and historic religious buildings, such as the Gothic parish church of the Virgin Mary. History aside, we have lots of other attractions for locals and tourists alike, such as a modern indoor swimming pool with a game room for children, a gym and fitness club. Then there is the recently renovated park with a pump room and a beautifully illuminated fountain.

Taking advantage of the many attractions of K這dzko and the town’s rich history and culture, the development strategy for K這dzko hinges on tourism. In order to make a visit to K這dzko even more exciting, we have started preparations for the construction of a cable car that will take tourists from the Main Stronghold to the Fort on Owcza Mountain, also known as the Small Stronghold. The topographic features of the area between the two fortresses will provide tourists on the lift with a panoramic view of K這dzko and the surrounding mountain ranges in Poland and the Czech Republic. During peak season, the cable car will carry around 300 people every hour on the 500-meter route, ascending 16 meters in terms of vertical distance. A single closed cabin will hold up to 15 passengers.

How do you aim to attract tourists and investors from abroad to K這dzko?
We have been advertising our town in many different ways. We attend trade fairs in Poland and abroad to highlight the tourist attractions and investment opportunities of the K這dzko district, we publish items in the press and online and take part in various events and promotional projects. For example, together with the Stoszowice district we have been working on a project called “Brand-Name Cultural Tourism—Joint Tourist Product of the Sowie Mountains and K這dzko Land Subregions.”

The project involves a series of regional events which make use of fortresses and underground passages in Lower Silesia province. K這dzko has also been advertising cross-border tourism through a project called “Urban Tourist Trails as an Integrated Tourist Product of the Towns of the Czech-Polish Borderland.” We also organize annual events such as the Days of the Stronghold of K這dzko, K這dzko Days and the Open Summer Festival.

www.klodzko.pl


Bogus豉w Szpytma, 48, married with three children. Graduated in Polish studies from the University of Wroc豉w in 1990. In 1996, completed a postgraduate course in management and marketing at the Wroc豉w University of Economics. From 1991 to 1995, a teacher at Elementary School No. 1 in K這dzko and then at the Boles豉w Chrobry High School in K這dzko. After 1995, a salesman with the Alima-Gerber company in Rzesz闚. In 1998 appointed sales director at the Wydawnictwo Szkolne publishing house. From 2004 to 2006, Szpytma was director of the Social Policy Department of the Lower Silesia Province Marshal’s Office. Elected mayor of K這dzko in 2006.
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