The Mazowieckie Voivodship - the biggest region of Poland
The capital of Mazowsze, Warsaw, is – next to Helsinki – considered the most verdant of European capitals. There are many parks, gardens, and grassy promenades in the city. The silver-willow-green garden on the roof of the University Library is one of the most original ones. A perfect place to catch your breath.
The largest Voivodship in Poland is centrally located and is surrounded by a garland of six others. It is as flat as a chopping board, covered with forests, orchards and fields and cut by a grid of gentle rivers, which are perfect for kayaking. The Kampinoski Forest – a natural apparatus for treating the air of the capital - is spread out only a few kilometers from the outskirts of Warsaw. The forest is one of only two national parks in the world neighbouring a metropolis. And the only one in Europe, the other one is in Nigeria.
The Kurpiowski Forest, inhabited by original forest-people, the Kurpiowie, extends over to the east of the Voivodship. It is worth visiting the region and tasting the honey produced by the inhabitants (they are excellent bee keepers). Whilst there you should also try the traditional biscuits, fafernuchy, with a glass of juniper beer. There is no deficit of water in the Mazowieckie Voivodship. The biggest Polish river maintains its wild character as it traverses the region, and over 150 bird species inhabit the numerous old river beds, marshy forests and sandy islands.
The artificial Zegrzynski Bay, created as a result of the dam built on the Narew and Bug rivers, attracts many water sports enthusiasts. It is one of the best spots in the region for windsurfing. The charming, though rather drowsy towns such as Plock, Pultusk, Konstancin or Szydłowiec match this idyllic landscape perfectly. There is also a multitude of gentry’ manors in the Mazowieckie Voivodship. It is particularly worthwhile visiting Zelazowa Wola, where Fryderyk Chopin, the composer, was born.
Technology enthusiasts will be at home in the Mazowsze. The Museum of narrow - gauge railways in Sochaczew or the Motorisation and Technology Museum in Otrębusy are places that should not be missed.