The Region of Podkarpackie – a gateway to the European Union, a land of modern economy, unpolluted natural environment, wealth of culture, and unlimited opportunities.
Located in the south-east of Poland, the Podkarpackie Region has a population of over 2 million. It neighbours Slovakia to the south, and Ukraine to the east. It is where the trading and economic routes of Central Europe cross. The motorway linking Western and Eastern Europe, Via Carpathia designed to connect North and South in the future, as well as a modern international airport are the reason why operations of numerous manufacturing, logistics and trading companies are located here.
Aerospace, automotive, IT industry and quality of life are four smart specialisations of the region. Podkarpackie stands out for a large concentration of aerospace companies - approximately 90% of the domestic production in this sector, research centres and developed educational and training facilities are concentrated here. The IT sector, which is one of the most dynamically developing industries in the region, also has a significant impact on its economic strength. Similarly with the automotive industry – a number of global leaders in this sector have located their plants here.
In the Podkarpackie Region innovative technologies of aerospace, IT and automotive industries come side by side with areas of unspoiled nature, active leisure, and multiculturalism. Tourists are attracted by the wild Bieszczady Mountains, rough trails of the Low Beskids and the magical Eastern Roztocze Highlands. While wandering through Podkarpackie, one cannot miss the Solina Lake, the castles in Łańcut and Krasiczyn, the Carpathian Troy, Bieszczady Forest Railway, Glass Heritage Centre in Krosno or open-air museums of folk culture in Sanok and Kolbuszowa. The most popular thematic routes in Podkarpackie include the Wooden Architecture Trail, with six UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the Podkarpackie Culinary Trail, which in 2017 was chosen one of the New 7 Wonders of Poland in the National Geographic magazine plebiscite. Podkarpackie is the ecologically cleanest region in Poland. Most farms grow healthy, organic food, and the producers are the leaders in terms of the number of registered traditional products. It is also worth getting to know the taste of local wines.
For the enthusiasts of active tourism, there is hiking along the mountain trails, horse-riding tours, bike trips, sailing or gliding. In winter, there are over 30 ski lifts and dozens cross-country and ski routes available. And those who prefer vacation in quiet places, like to relax, regenerate, and revive their health and beauty, are invited to spa resorts with a wide range of wellness and spa treatments.
Podkarpackie is also a venue of important cultural events. The real gem is the International Music Festival in Łańcut, which has been taking place for over 50 years and has seen performances of world-class artists. It is a spiritual feast for enthusiasts of classical music from Poland and abroad. The World Festival of Polish Folk Ensembles, held in Rzeszów since 1969, is a celebration of the Polish diaspora, dance and song. Another notable event is The East of Culture festival, organised in three cities in Eastern Poland. Rzeszów also hosts the European Stadium of Culture, which has become the city's pride. Music lovers will also appreciate the rich repertoire of the Podkarpackie Philharmonic.
Podkarpackie is a perfect place for those looking for a healthy balance in their life. Here, excellent conditions for education, work and business meet unspoiled nature, clean air, and unlimited possibilities for spending free time. See for yourself!