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

Kielce[dead link] 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 despite its size and central location not very well connected to the national train network. The 1 Kielce rail station is conveniently located in the city centre.

Travel time varies depending on the class of train, with the shortest time needed to get to Kielce from other major destinations being:

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

The 2 Kielce bus station has a distinct design and architecture from it's original design in the 1970s. Many locals call the building "The UFO". The station had a major renovation and reopend again in 2020.

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

Get aroundEdit

Map of Kielce


  • 1 Palace of the Kraków Bishops (Pałac Biskupów Krakowskich), plac Zamkowy 1, +48 41 344 40 15. May-Aug: Tu-Su 10:00—18:00, M closed; Sep-Apr: Tu-Su 09:00—17:00, M closed. The palace is the most important branch of the National Museum in Kielce. 20 zł regular, 12 zł reduced.    
One of the buildings collected in Kielce Village Museum
  • The Kielce Village Museum (Muzeum Wsi Kieleckiej), ul. Jana Pawła II 6. Open air museum.
  • 2 Toy Museum (Muzeum Zabawek i Zabawy), plac Wolności 2, +48 41 343 37 06.  
  • 3 Historical Museum of Kielce (Muzeum Historii Kielc), ul. Świętego Leonarda 4. This museum displays the history of Kielce from the first settlements to modern day history. 12 zł, reduced 7 zł. Free entrance on Saturdays for the permanent exhibition..  
  • 4 Cathedral of the Ascension of Mary (Bazylika katedralna Wniebowzięcia NMP), plac Najświętszej Maryi Panny. Close to the Palace of the Kraków Bishops.    
  • 5 Municipal Park (Park Miejski). One of the oldest parks in Poland.  
  • 6 Stefan Żeromski's School Years Museum (Muzeum Lat Szkolnych Stefana Żeromskiego), Jana Pawła II 5, +48 41 344 57 92. M-F Su 08:00—16:00, Sa closed. Another branch of the National Museum in Kielce. 8 zł regular, 6 zł reduced.
  • 7 Kadzielnia Amphitheatre (Amfiteatr Kadzielnia), aleja Legionów 1.
  • 8 Institute of Design Kielce (Instytut Dizajnu w Kielcach), ul. Zamkowa 3, +48 41 367 68 01. Located in a renovated jail house.


  • Football: Korona Kielce were promoted in 2022 so they now play soccer in Ekstraklasa, the top tier. Their home ground (capacity 15,700) is Stadion Miejski or Suzuki Arena, 1 km south of city centre.
  • 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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