District 2230 – is very large, formed by Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. In Belarus, there are three clubs in Poland, 73, Ukraine 46, including 2 635 Rotarians focused. In our District there is a lot of interesting cities. From the Baltic to the old city of Gdansk, to the Black Sea with the beautiful city of Yalta, and Odessa. But these are long distance. Distances in km from Krakow to Gdansk in Poland – 600 km and so the way is Czestochowa – 150 km, Lodz – 250 km, Warsaw – 350 km … in Ukraine from Krakow to Yalty – 1750 km on the road is Lviv – 330 km. I give a short description of several towns in the district. Most towns in our District has more than thousand-year history.
Krakow – the old city on the Vistula River, with over a thousand years of history, the former seat of Polish kings (800 thousand inhabitants). There’s Wawel Royal Castle where the chakra one of the seven wonders of the world. There are many valuable architectural objects. It also operates in many cultural centers and institutions that collect priceless monuments. In 2000, Krakow has been the title of European Capital of Culture. Krakow is the cultural center and tourist destination in Europe. The area’s historic Old Town and Kazimierz inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Czestochowa – a city in southern Poland, is situated on the Warta River, it has 270 000 inhabitants. The town has a basilica and monastery of Jasna Gora with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa – the main center of Marian devotion and pilgrimage in Poland. Every year, come to Jasna Gora 3.5 – 4 million pilgrims and tourists from around the world. Eagles’ Nests Trail runs away from Krakow to Czestochowa and includes castles and castle ruins, called so because of their location on the cliffs of up to 30 meters in height.
Lodz – a city located in central Poland (800,000 inhabitants). The most dynamic city in the nineteenth century academic center (28 schools – 128 000 students), and cultured, full of all kinds of musical events, theater, literature, art and film. This is done every year dozens of festivals and reviews. Referred to as „HollyLodz”, is in fact Poland’s largest film production center, where his first professional steps put up such Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Wajda. Piotrkowska Street – one of Europe’s longest pedestrian and along the eclectic, Art Nouveau and modernist buildings from the nineteenth and early twentieth century, known in Poland with the best selection of small pubs and restaurants and beer gardens in summer, whose traditions date back to the nineteenth century Manufactory – the largest revitalization in the world of post-industrial buildings – located on the former empire of the textile factory of Izrael Poznanski, one of the coauthors of the nineteenth-century industrial might of the city.
Warsaw – the capital and largest Polish city, located in central-eastern part of the country, in Mazovia, the Vistula River. Warsaw is the center of scientific, cultural, political and economic in Europe. It houses the seat of Parliament, the President, Prime Minister and other central authorities. It is an important financial center and seat of domestic and foreign investors. As the principal city of the metropolitan area has 1.9 million inhabitants, but the urban population of Warsaw is 3 million. During the Nazi occupation of Warsaw was destroyed in 75%. At the end of World War II, fully restored historic Old Town and New Town, Royal Road and the surrounding area and most of the individual objects. The historic center of Warsaw in 1980 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Warsaw, organized festivals and music competitions in m. International Piano Competition. Frederic Chopin International Festival of Contemporary Music „Warsaw Autumn”, the Jazz Jamboree, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days. In 2008 Warsaw was named the European Capital of Sport. At the track Sluzewiec horse races take place – including United Warsaw. The National Stadium will begin EURO 2012.
Gdansk – a port city situated on the Baltic Sea. Center of cultural, scientific and economic and transportation hub of northern Polish (has 500 000 inhabitants). Along with Gdynia and Sopot forms Tricity. It is one of the oldest Polish cities, with over a thousand years of history. Gdansk has monuments of architecture, it operates in many cultural centers and institutions. He was also a royal city and Hanseatic, in the XVI was the richest in the Commonwealth. Gdansk is considered the symbolic place of the outbreak of World War II and the beginning of the fall of communism in Central Europe. In Gdansk will host football matches during Euro 2012 tournament.
Wroclaw – in south-western Poland, situated on the Oder River. Wroclaw is the fourth largest number of bridges in Europe, therefore, is sometimes called the „Venice of the North” (he has 650 000 inhabitants). It is one of the oldest Polish cities with more than 1,000 years of history. The town belonged to the Hanseatic League. Despite the devastation of war has preserved many buildings in their original condition or restored, including „Centennial Hall” – the object on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unique great nineteenth-century painting (15x114m) Raclawice Panorama Wroclaw is one of the few places in the world that can be viewed in a specially constructed building for the Rotunda. Wroclaw is the host of the UEFA EURO 2012 and World Championships in men’s volleyball in 2014, European Capital of Culture 2016 and hosted the World Games 2017.
Poznan – a city located in western Poland, Wielkopolska Lake District, on the Warta River. The historic capital of Wielkopolska (560 thousand. Inhabitants). Poznan was formerly the seat of Polish rulers. Poznan is an academic, scientific and cultural center. In the city work: opera, philharmonic orchestra, ballet, theaters, cinemas, museums, art galleries, orchestras and folk ensembles. The city is a center of industry, commerce, logistics and tourism. In the Old Market Square is the town hall, and above it rises the Royal Castle. The oldest part of Poznan is the Cathedral Island. Things to complete a number of historic churches, Art Nouveau buildings, monuments. Function here Poznan International Fair – the largest and oldest exhibition center in Poland. Poznan is a city called green because green areas occupy a total of 27% of the city. Pride of the city are recreational areas around Lake Malta. Poznan is one of the host cities for the UEFA European Football Championship Euro 2012.
Lublin – a city located in the Middle East Polish river Bystrica. It has 350 000 inhabitants. Lublin is one of the oldest Polish cities. This allows you to find in it many monuments from the Middle Ages, through the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, to the baroque, classicism and modernism. There are interesting collections of museums, culture and cinema theaters. It is primarily the Old Town area, Lublin Castle, historic buildings, religious buildings represent the periods from Gothic to Baroque. Lviv – the capital city and Lviv region of Ukraine, is situated on the river Peltwia. This is an important industrial center, is one of the most important academic centers in Ukraine. Counts 790 000 inhabitants. Old Town in Lviv was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. International Airport is located approximately 6 km from the city center at the airport Sknilow. Lviv is one of the host cities for the UEFA European Football Championship Euro 2012.