city and capital of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in south-central Poland

Kielce is the largest city of the Holy Cross Voivodeship (Województwo Świętokrzyskie) with a population just under 200,000 residents (2018). It is also its capital.


Its history dates back to the 10th century. In 1364 Kielce was recognised as a city and gained certain privileges connected with this legal status. In 1496 Kielce was conferred its coat of arms by the Fryderyk cardinal Jagiellończyk, Polish prince and primate, serving as a bishop in Kraków.

The history of Kielce is rich in important events for the history of Poland. For example here, in 1816, the first Polish higher technical university was organised. It was free of charge and had two teaching languages: Polish and German. The Kielce pogrom resulted in the deaths of 40 Jewish Holocaust survivors and another 80 injured nearly a year after the final Nazi death camp was liberated. The antecedence of the pogrom are still not clear and many hypotheses are still being considered.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

There is an international airport in the near town of Kraków Kraków-Balice Airport (KRK IATA), but more flights go from Warsaw: Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW IATA): For those travelling from Warsaw serviced by Polski Express. See also: Routes/Timetable

By trainEdit

Kielce is very easy to reach by train, as it is on the main line between Kraków and Warsaw. You can check train timetables in English at [1]

By carEdit

You can easily get there by car from Warsaw, Kraków and Łódź.

By busEdit

Many international connections (see Poland::By bus).

Get aroundEdit

Map of Kielce


One of the buildings collected in Kielce Village Museum


  • Sienkiewicza Street
  • Forest Alleys


  • 1 Sienkiewicz Street (ulica Henryka Sienkiewicza), Henryka Sienkiewicza. The main shopping street in Kielce and partially pedestrianized.
  • 2 Galeria Echo, Świętokrzyska 20.
  • 3 Pasaż Świętokrzyski, Edmunda Massalskiego 3, +48 41 368 90 96.
  • 4 Centrum Handlowe Radomska, Radomska 8.




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