Each year, the organisers of the Polish Ball invite Poland’s most beautiful Polish cities and regions to cooperate in order to give them the opportunity to promote their cultural and touristic potential in an international environment. Up till now we invited the cities : Gdańsk, Łódź, Toruń and Warszawa and the regions : Swiętokrzyskie, West Pomerania and Masuria.Ball 2015 – Warmian-Masurian region Ball 2014 – Swiętokrzyskie region Ball 2013 – Westpomeranian region Ball 2012 – Zabrze Ball 2011 – Warszawa Ball 2010 – Toruń
Warmia and Mazury is a region of high quality of life: here, the resilient economy works in harmony with the natural environment and the society. The Province is famous for intact environment, the possibility of a healthy living, investments in green technologies, the healthiest food and ecological agriculture.
The Province certainly belongs to some of the most attractive tourist regions of Poland. Warmia and Mazury, also called “The Land of Thousand Lakes”, are also an interesting spot for investors. Currently, the leading sectors of the economy of Warmia and Mazury include tourism, healthy food production, wood industry, machinery manufacture, where clean industrial technologies and renewable energy sources are used, pro-ecological forestry, yacht manufacture and eco-tourism.
These sectors are also related to smart specialisations specified in the Socioeconomic Development Strategy for the Province of Warmia and Mazury to the year 2025. Smart specialisations mean the concentration on several selected areas of economy based upon the region’s natural resources. In the case of the Province of Warmia and Mazury these are water economy providing for economic activity related to the abundance of waters on the area of Warmia and Mazury: lakes, rivers and the Vistula Lagoon; wood and furniture industry; and food industry aimed at the production of high quality food.
More on: www.invest.warmia.mazury.pl/en
The Swietokrzyskie Region is a logical choice to raise and develop your business, to produce and sell your products, to open your new economical perspectives to the whole Poland and Eastern markets as well. With the one of the best educated and effective human resources in Poland, with a reach of a hand to Warsaw and Cracow, on a crossroad between West, East and South of Europe, you simply can't missed it. We are sure it`s not a matter of "if", it's "when", we will meet in Swietokrzyskie to produce and create chances, build new possibilities.
We are proud to invite you to a unique place in a heart of Poland, to feel the real sense of joy to spend your most precious time with your family and friends along with the company of magical charm of the oldest mountains in Europe, the lovely fragrance of the mysterious woods, to breathe one of the cleanest air in Europe, to take a bite of a true ecological food, to relax.
It's time to verify your sense of being surprised. Swietokrzyskie.
Westpomeranian Region is situated in the North-West part of Poland. On the West, it borders Germany.
Szczecin – the capital of the region – is an important centre for administration, the economy, industry, science and culture. The city is situated on the lower bank of the Oder River, approx. 65 km from the Baltic Sea and 130 km from the capital of Germany – Berlin. For those who travel by car, the most convenient way to get to Szczecin is via the national road No. 3,6,10, the A11 motorway from Berlin or the A20 motorway from Lübeck. Szczecin has a civilian airport in Goleniów and a well-developed rail network. Visitors from Sweden and Denmark can make use of modern ferry crossings to get to Szczecin, as there is a ferry slip in Świnoujście.
Nearly 35% of the Region’s area is forested, featuring rare flora and protected species of game and birds. Within the Region, there are 2 national parks (the Wolin National Park and the Drawa National Park), 6 landscape parks (the Barlinek-Gorzów Landscape Park, the Cedynia Landscape Park, the Lower Oder River Valley Park, the Szczecin Landscape Park, the Ińsko Landscape Park, and the Drawsko Landscape Park) and 75 natural reserves.
The Region is abundant in water bodies, including a 189-km sea shore, Szczecin Lagoon (410 km2), the lakelands: Drawskie, Ińskie, Myśliborskie and Wałeckie, accounting for 46% of the Region’s area. Out of 1250 lakes, 7 have an area of over 1000 hectares, with the 79.8-metre-deep Lake Drawsko being the second deepest lake in Poland. The Region covers a network of 45 rivers with their tributaries. The largest river in the Region is the Oder River, and Wolin (with an area of 265 km2) is the biggest island off the Polish sea-coast.
Those who like to indulge in engaging leisure activities can choose from a variety of active forms of tourism – sailing, canoeing, trekking and cycling, horse-riding tourism or golf. There are numerous tourist trails leading through the most picturesque parts of the Region. Local health resorts in Kołobrzeg, Połczyn Zdrój, Świnoujście, Kamień Pomorski and Dąbki draw mainly from rich peloid resources and brine springs to provide therapies.
Zabrze invites you to visit remarkable routes in industrial heritage facilities, concerts and spectacles!
The Historic Coal Mine GUIDO (www.kopalniaguido.pl) is constantly developing.This is the only tourist attraction of that type in the world, deemed by professionals as the “pearl” on the Route of Industrial Monuments of the Silesian Voivodeship. Tourists descend to the levels of 170 m and 320 m in a mining cage; they can participate in presentations imitating underground explosions as well as in cultural events at the 320 level as part of the “High-level culture” program (music and theater). For 15 years now, Zabrze has attracted numerous tourists with The Queen Luiza Mining Heritage Park (www.luiza.zabrze.pl), with its unique, operational steam winding engine, unchanged 19th-century mining estates of Borsig, Ballestrem and Donnersmarck, with their steel houses, beautiful architecture and greenery.
Of considerable importance are subsequent editions of international conferences held on the subject of industrial heritage with the participation of the biggest authorities from the world, expanded in 2009 by the Fair of Industrial Heritage and Underground Tourism. Works are underway on another large project which aims at creating the Main Key Hereditary Adit.The Zabrze House of Music and Dance (www.dmit.com.pl) is one of the most important concert halls in Poland, hosting famous stars practically every week.
Successfully function The New Theater (Teatr Nowy) in Zabrze (www.teatrnowywzabrzy.art.pl), the exceptional Zabrze Philharmonic (www.filharmonia.zabrze.pl) and two museums: Municipal and Coal Mining. Zabrze is well-known for achievements in medicine. It is the first city in Poland to have performed a heart transplant (the late Prof. Z. Religa) and a heart and lung transplant (Prof. M. Zembala); works are underway on creating a Polish artificial heart. One of the city icons is the only Polish finalist of a European cup in football – the 14-time champion Górnik Zabrze that achieved great success with the leading role of Włodzimierz Lubański.
A city dedicated to culture
Warsaw is a city dedicated to culture. It is here that the majority of the public and independent institutions of culture are situated. It features the largest number of NGOs, private institutions of culture, independent galleries, theatres, and club-cafés in Poland, and they are becoming important centres of the city’s life.
The process of the city’s regeneration through culture is becoming more and more visible. Thanks to the presence of art in the public space, Warsaw is acquiring an entirely new character. Artists have a space for action – there are numerous sites awaiting creative development. One of these places is the Vistula – a truly wild river flowing through Warsaw. Connecting its banks, the two parts of the Capital City, with cultural bridges, is one of the most important challenges before us.
Warsaw is a far cry from other European capitals, where every inch is disciplined and designed. It is a city in metamorphosis, and an expansive and unpredictable centre. It does not look for its assets in the past, because everything that is best about Warsaw is happening right before our eyes, or will be happening soon.
Warsaw – a city of culture and creativity – is waiting to be discovered by Europe. It is enough to come here and just feel the rhythm of our city. In Warsaw culture is not created just to be boasted about. The city is living and breathing it every day. That is why we are candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016.
One of the most beautiful Polish towns. Since 1992 Torun is the capital of the Diocese of Torun. In 1997, Torun Old Town was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, and since 2004 is the nationwide headquarter of The League of Polish Cities UNESCO. In 2007, Torun Old Town was inscribed on the list of 7 Wonders of Poland in daily "Rzeczpospolita". Old Town Square and Town Hall of Torun took third place in the Polish National Geographic poll of 30 most beautiful places in the world.