Situated in the heart of Poland in the Mazovia Voivodeship region is Żyrardow. Just 45 km away from Warsaw, Żyrardow is most famous for its linen factory, established in 1829 by the Łubieńscy brothers. It soon became the largest linen factory in Europe. The historical centre of the city was occupied by the factory settlement. It included homes for the workers, churches, schools, canteens and other local amenities. Today, it is the one of a few urban centres in Europe that has been completely preserved and a unique example of the so-called model town or garden city. The downtown centre of Żyrardow is a stunning architectural testament, characterised by red-brick buildings and well planned street, with green fields that separate residential areas from the industrial zone. As well as offering an insight into life at the factory and its history, Żyrardow offers numerous possibilities for active holidaymakers. Excellent cycling paths (especially near the Bolimowski Natural Landscape Park), and canoeing trips along the Rawki River ensure a great holiday for everyone.
The Biebrza Valley and Wetlands – Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the north-eastern part of Poland, this area is often called the Green Lungs of Poland for its natural beauty and clean, fresh air. Biebrza is one the biggest national parks in Europe and one of the rare biologically intact marshlands of the continent. The main attractions to the area are survival trips with a qualified guide in the vicinity of the Red Marsh (an area of strict protection), as well as all forms of ecotourism including bird watching and photo-safari.
The Bird Republic in the Warta Mouth
Poland’s Bird Republic is located in the western part of the country. In 2009, it was awarded the title of European Tourist Destination of Excellence in protected areas. Nestled away in the Warta River Estuary National Park lies Poland's Republic of Birds. This special bird sanctuary draws visitors throughout the year due to the great number of birds that make the park home at various times of the year. The park itself is vast, with rolling meadows, grasslands and the Warta River carving its way through the nearly 8,100-ha area and is definitely a delight not to be missed.