is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for
its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. The capital
is Warsaw and the country has some excellent regal residences
all of which can grace many events and occasions. No doubt
Krakow, the Polish City of Kings has a reputation of its
own but our recent discovery from the country’s Podkarpackie
region nestled within the Carpathian Foothills and the
Sandomierska Basin in South East Poland can give Krakow
a run for its money.
starts with a flight from London Stansted to Rzeszow, the
Podkarpackie’s capital. This is where some 200,000
inhabitants and a growing city with dynamic development
and innovation live. However, Executive Traveller’s
interest lies beyond the capital to other destinations such
as Lancut and Krasicyn where the region’s historic
palaces, castles and manor houses lie. Visitors to these
destinations can also explore other big cities of the province
such as Stalowa Wola, Przemysl, Mielec, krosno and Tarnobrzeg.
region is richly endowed with multiple catholic and orthodox
churches, synagogues, palaces, castles and mansions as well
as historic houses. Amidst its beautiful nature and cultural
diversity, we visited some delightful properties in the
regions, enjoyed some good food and are very keen to share
As you travel through Podkarpackie, one is immediately attracted
to its beautiful landscapes which makes you look forward
to visiting all the historic houses available to visit.
There is a lot to see and do in the region:
first stop was to the Folk
Culture Museum and Ethographic Park in Kolbuszowa.
This is where Poland takes you back in time through an open-air
museum. You are launched into the times when Polish villages
were built with wood, shake-thatched roofs and horse-drawn
carriages were the only means of transport. The 30-acre
open-air museum counts among its assets, the 19th century
Church of St Mark the Evangelist home to unique paintings
of saints. The museum is ideal for events if you want to
take your delegates back into this time warp with its pre-war
classroom and food.
From 15 April to 15 October, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
on Saturdays and Sundays and feast days from 10am to 7pm.
Between 16 October to 14 April it is opened between 9am
Castle and Park in Baranow Sandomierski
In regal style, we were welcomed with a royal scroll at
the 16th century Castle in Baranów Sandomierski which
lies on the east bank of the Vistula River. It is one of
the most valuable and beautiful former Polish magnate residences
with magnificent grounds. Since 1997 the property has been
owned by the Warsaw-based Industrial Development Agency
(Agencja Rozwoju Przemyslu S.A.). This impressive product
of renaissance architecture is one of the most well-preserved
objects in Europe.
was erected at the end of the 16th century in the place
of a medieval fortified knightly Baranowski manor which
belonged to the noble Baranowski family in the 15th century.
At the turn of the 16th century the Górków
family from Greater Poland became the owner of Baranów.
In 1569 Stanislaw Górka sold the Baranowski property
to Rafal Leszczynski. The current form of the Castle is
an impressive testimony of the sophisticated style of the
Leszczynski family. With its magnificent architecture, the
Castle is called the "Little Wawel" in reference
to the Royal Wawel Castle in Kraków.
offers over 80 period furnished and cozy sleeping accommodation,
46 of which are in the castle and the rest in the converted
stable house which is now a three-star Castle Hotel. There
are several meeting rooms and conference facilities in the
historic parts of the castle.
grounds are large and beautiful with a very well-equipped
golf academy alongside other pursuits such as archery.
lesson and archery can be a very hungry and thirsty deed;
so, we head off to our next visit and lunch destination,
the elegant Sokol Hotel and Spa. The Sokol gave us a very
international welcome. It was very large, spacious, exceptionally
clean and most of the staff spoke very good English an unusually
welcome experience. Lunch was well presented and delicious.
A great place to host events.
Castle Museum in Lancut
The most fascinating thing about the Castle Museum in Lancut
is the story behind its existence. No visit to the Podkarpackie
region of Poland will be complete without a visit to the
Castle Museum of Lancut. The story behind the Castle is
so enchanting and felt throughout the tour. Lancut itself
was founded as a town in 1349 under King Casmir the Great.
Stanislaw Lubomirski, a Polish magnate of the 17th century
(1629-1641) as a fortress. Then in the 18th century, it
was transformed into a Palace-Park complex. The castle complex
is surrounded by antique, picturesque park all arranged
in English style.
Palace which is famous for its excellent residential interiors
is also complemented with a stable and coach house where
one can admire the Poland’s collection of horse-drawn
castle is one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences
in Poland. It has beautiful interiors and a very enchanting
collection of prestigious horse-drawn carriages. Everything
in the castle is beautiful and every room has a story to
tell. The castle has a lot of Turkish and Italian and Chinese
influences depending on who decorated what.
and Coach houses are “to die for”. The collection
is exquisite, impressive and housed in an impressive neo-baroque
building with classicist elements. The stables contain the
original part for mounting horses, grbuszowa plooming rooms
and a hall with a comprehensive collection of carriages.
from its beauty, the Castle’s well-appointed acoustics
makes it a favourite place for hosting
This has been the home of the Sieniawski and Czartoryski
families; one of the wealthiest and most influential families
of the Polish-Lithuanian nations between the 17th and 18th
century. The property is very traditionally polish. It has
beautiful grounds. Brace yourself though to a visit to the
tomb of the Czartoryski family in the parochial old Dominican
Church. The crypt is home to tombs of Czartoryski dukes
and the famous Izabela Czartoryska of the Fleming family.
Those interested in Jewish culture may visit the Jewish
cemetery at the end of the town with numerous tombstones.
the Palace-Park complex is a hotel with 116 rooms with some
5 luxurious apartments.
Castle and Park in Krasiczyn
At about 80km from the Rzeszow-Jasionka airport, 10km from
Przemysl or 25km from the border of Ukraine in Medkya depending
upon where you are travelling from, lies the magnificent
Castle and Park Complex in Krasiczyn.
property surrounded by a majestic 14-acre park created by
the Krasicki family is one of the most precious treasures
of the renaissance architecture in Poland. The property
has multi-functional conference rooms fully equipped with
internet access. Three-star accommodation is provided in
the beautifully refurbished Coach House and food is served
in the Castle Restaurant in the historic interiors of the
Castle. The grounds are spacious and offer great space for
outdoor activities such as golf, fencing, archery and many
other outdoor pursuits.
to its beautiful courtyard, the castle can host any event
from large conferences to weddings for up to 2000 guests
and also provides excursions for delegates.
saved the best for the last when we visited Kombornia
Manor Hotel & SPA.
The property has been brought to life from an original manor
built in the 16th century. Elegance and style may be the
best words to describe this luxurious four-star accommodation
with five-star dining experience.
Manor Hotel & SPA is the ideal place for people who
are looking to escape from a noisy reality. Apart from its
obvious beauty, the manor which was refurbished and reopened
in 2009 comes in two-folds of old time elegance and contemporary
The property is also equipped with a comprehensive wine
cellar, a fully equipped spa which provides everything from
the usual spa rituals to physiotherapy. Beauty is delivered
naturally at the manor’s cosmetic institute.
and Drink at the Manor
Service at the Manor’s Magnolia Restaurant makes you
look forward to dinner with enthusiasm. Attention to detail
and good wine carefully selected from the Manor’ cellar
complemented with the excellent food is exactly what every
diner wishes to eat.
Several events such as weddings, banquets, receptions and
conferences have enjoyed the good food alongside professional
commentated wine tastings, chocolate workshops, dedicated
wellness and spa programmes, integration indoor and outdoor
games and expeditions.
places of interest
and Tobacco Pipes Museum – Przemysl
Przemysl is a city surrounded by historic fortifications
renowned for its Museums such as the Pipes and Bells. The
museum of Bells and Pipes (www.muzeum.przemysl.pl) which
was founded in September 2001 is the only pipe-making centre
in Poland. The museum is located with the Old Town, in the
Old Baroque Clock Tower which was erected as a bell tower
for the Greek Catholic cathedral during 1775-1777. For 123
years, the tower was used by firemen as a watchtower and
a vantage point.
• Bieszczadzki National
Park stretches over an area of 29,200 acres and is rich
• Magurski National
Park with low and easy mountains and the area stretches
over 19,300 acres; great place for horse riding
things to do and see in the region
Festivals in Rzeszow
• Every three years, there is a festival of World
Folklore Groups of Polish Immigrants
• The International Festival of Organ and Chamber
• Horse riding tourism (https://wwwpodkarpackizwiazekjezdziecki.co..pl)
• Skiing the winter slopes of the Bieszczady mountains
and Beskid NIski
• There are five flying clubs in Rzeszow, Bieszczady,
Mielec and Stalowa Wola available to visitors for power
plane, glider and powered glider training courses
• Canoeing on the San River
are regular direct flights to and from:
• London Stansted
• New York