Płock – town with a county status, situated in the center of Poland, in the Mazovian Province, on the borderland of the Płock Valley and the Dobrzyń Lake District.
In the Middles Ages, the town founded on the Vistula scarp was one of vital administrative and cultural centers on the Polish land. At the turn of the 11th and the 12th century, Płock was the seat of Polish rulers and the actual capital of Poland.
Its magic consists in a special charm that makes the history co-exist with the present.
Currently, Płock is almost 130-thousand town in which more than one fourth of the inhabitants are under 20 years of age. Płock is academic town. Almost 12 thousand students study here at six universities, both of technology and arts.
Płock is also a strong business center of a diverse industrial structure, focused on innovation, modern technologies and success in business.
Dominating industries in the town are fuel-power, chemical, machine, clothing, food and construction-installation industries. Among others, one of the largest companies in Central - East Europe , tycoon on the fuel market in Poland - Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A is seated here.
Płock is also a perfect idea to spend your free time. The town full of charm and historical curiosities can take pride in many interesting monuments and places. The Cathedral Basilica, the treasury in the Diocesan Museum , Art Nouveau in the Mazovian Museum, the oldest school in Poland - th "Małachowianka", or the God's Mercy Sanctuary are just some of must-see places in Płock. It is worth coming here with the whole family, as children can experience a number of attractions. The biggest of them is a beautifully located zoological garden in which over 3.500 animals live.
The town creates also good conditions for active rest and leisure. Many people envy the Płock inhabitants the beach and watering place – the Sobótka Lake. In Płock there are a sports-entertainment hall, three stadiums, three swimming pools, sports arena with a climbing wall, tennis courts, yacht harbor, airport of the flying club and two ice rinks in the winter period.
The pride of the town are the Płock handball players of ORLEN WISŁA Płock (Champion of Poland in the season 2010/2011), the games of which can be viewed in a modern sports-entertainment hall ORLEN ARENA. On the other hand, the Kazimierz Górski Stadium is a place of struggles of WISŁA PŁOCK, playing in the first division. The town has also Olympians and medalists of the World and European Championship in other disciplines, such as: martial arts, rowing, tennis of the disabled.
A clear advantage of Płock is a direct vicinity of extensive forests and a few dozen charming lakes of the Gostyniń Lake District, creating ideal conditions for hiking and cycling, as well as for practicing water sports.