Surroundings

THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS in Bałtów

Above the entrance to the church one can see the date 1908. However, the church actually dates back to 300 years. The central part of the present temple was once the chapel of Our Lady of the Snows – the patron of potters, erected by the local potters in 1620. The present church is ornamented with decorative paintings by Franciszek Woron – a student of Jan Matejko.



THE PALACE OF THE DRUCKI – LUBECKI FAMILY

This beautiful building was erected at the end of the 19th century. Aleksander Drucki – Lubecki was looking for an inspiration for the shape of his palace in Italy. The palace, built on a rectangular plan, was originally higher, but after the fire in 1913, one floor was closed. A geometrical-landscape park was arranged around the palace. Above the entrance to the building there was a modest but witty inscription: “God! “Let those who come here have what they wish us.”. The palace housed a school, which did not have the means to renovate the building and moved to the building of the boarding house. The palace has been deteriorating since then.

“ULÓW” AND “MODRZEWIE”RESERVES

Due to natural peculiarities near Bałtów, two reserves were created here. There one can see many rare and endangered species of plants. The large-flowered cypripedium is a unique plant on the national scale.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS NEARBY BAŁTÓW

 


ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND SILICA RESERVE

This is the most interesting archeological monument of Poland, and at the same time one of the most valuable monuments in the prehistoric mining industry. One can see there a complex of prehistoric mines of striped flint operating in the Neolithic period and the beginning of the Bronze Age. www.krzemionki.pl
Only 8 km from Bałtów.

LIVING MUSEUM OF PORCELAIN – ĆMIELÓW

The town of Ćmielów is famous for the highest quality porcelain produced here. In 2005, the first “Living Museum of Porcelain” was opened in the former porcelain factory “Świt”.
www.as.cmielow.com.pl
About 17 km from Bałtów.



OPATÓW

The most valuable monument of Opatów is the Roman Collegiate Church of Saint. Martin. Next to the church, there is a market square with a town hall from the turn of the 16th / 17th century. A 400-meter Underground Tourist Route also runs under the market square.
About 32 km from Bałtów.

THE KRZYZTOPOR PALACE-CASTLE

The fabulously rich Polish magnate Krzysztof Ossoliński decided to erect a construction that would eclipse all others with its splendor. The building resembled a calendar – the number of towers corresponded to the number of quarters the number of large rooms corresponded to the number of months, the number of rooms matched the number of weeks and the number of windows equalled that of the days.
www.krzyztopor.org.pl
About 49 km from Bałtów.



SANDOMIERZ

Over 120 architectural monuments from various times have been preserved here. The best ones include: the medieval urban layout of the city with a Renaissance town hall in the center of the square, the St James church, the Royal Castle, the Opatowska Gate and the cathedral from the 14th century with valuable frescos inside. There is also a 470 meter Underground Route waiting for the tourists.
About 56 km from Bałtów.

ŚWIĘTY KRZYŻ

The Mountain of Łysiec was the favourite meeting place of the witches. During the Sabbaths the witches were celebrating mystic sorcery, having hellish fun and dancing. Nowadays, Święty Krzyż is a place famous for the Post-Benedictan monastery and the relics of the Holy Cross tree. The tourists can visit a classicistic church from the 18th century and the Oleśnicki chapel which houses a reliquary with parts of the Holy Cross tree.
www.swietykrzyz.pl
About 60 km from Bałtów.



PALACE COMPLEX IN KUROZWĘKI

Palace complex in Kurozwęki. The tourists can visit the interiors of the Kurozwęki palace with cellars. An unusual attraction is a herd of American bisons, which can be seen from the interior of the “bison safari” vehicle
About 75 km from Bałtów.

A MUSEUM OF TOYS AND FUN

The most valuable part of the collection are historical toys. The oldest exhibit is a German wax doll from the late 18th century.
www.muzeumzabawek.eu
About 75 km from Bałtów.



BARTEK OAK

According to various sources it is from 700 to 1000 years old. Legends say that it was the resting place of the Polish kings, such as Boleslaus the Wrymouth, Kasimir the Great or John III Sobieski, who is said to have hidden royal treasures in the hollow of this huge oak tree.
www.zagnansk.pl
About 80 km from Bałtów.

ŚWIĘTOKRZYSKI ARCHEOLOGICAL – GEOLOGICAL ROUTE

Kadzielnia Reserve – 380 million years ago the area of Kadzielnia was under the waters of a warm sea. The local rocks contain a rich, often broken fossil fauna represented by corals, fossil coelenterates, daylilies, brachiopods, snails, cephalopods and armored fish. 14 caves were discovered here, the longest of which is 140 m long.
Geological Museum in Kielce – it contains specimens of rocks, fossils and minerals associated with the geological history of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains.
Wietrznia Reserve – Geoeducation Center in Kielce – you can see here how animals used to live in ancient times, including in a period when the area around Kielce was flooded by the warm Devonian sea.
www.centrum-geoedukacji.pl
About 80 km from Bałtów.



THE RAJ CAVE

Recognized to be the most beautiful cave in Poland. A complex of corridors and chambers decorated with hundreds of stalagmites, stalactites, stalagnats and pisoids of various shapes and forms. A 180-meter underground route has been made available for the visitors.
www.jaskiniaraj.pl
About 90 km from Bałtów.

RUINS OF THE CASTLE IN CHĘCINY

The picturesque panorama of the city is dominated by the ruins of a Gothic castle built around 1300 on a mountain called Zamkowa. In the ruins of the castle you can allegedly meet the ghost of the former resident – Queen Bona.
www.checiny.pl
About 90 km from Bałtów.



THE KIELCE VILLAGE MUSEUM – THE ETHNOGRAPHIC PARK IN TOKARNIA

The 65 hectares area contains the most valuable monuments of the eighteenth / nineteenth-century wooden buildings from the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, Cracow-Częstochowa Upland, Sandomierska Upland and Nidziańska Basin.
www.mwk.com.pl
About 95 km from Bałtów.

THE EUROPEAN FAIRY TALE CENTER IN PACANÓW

The family place of Matołek the Billy Goat. It is a cultural institution, all activities of which are directed at children, parents and people working with children. Since 2010 the European Fairy Tale Center has been operating in its new seat – in a multifunctional facility for children there is a library with a reading room and a bookstore, a cinema and theater hall, and workshop rooms. The building is surrounded by a garden of senses with garden houses, as well as a forge which is to commemorate the famous blacksmiths from the fairy tale “120 Adventures of Matołek the Billy Goat”. There is an amphitheater above the pond.
www.stolica-bajek.pl
About 100 km from Bałtów.