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Nowy Sacz

The City Office website: www.nowysacz.pl

The city in southern Poland [location] settled in the middle of Sadecka Valley at mountain chain of Beskid Sadecki in range of the Carpathians. It is situated on riverbanks of Dunajec and Kamienica rivers at the height of 300 meters above the sea level. The oldest part of the city lies on a flat upland between both river-beds which makes it excellent defending point. This was the main reason why the Czech's and Polish king Waclaw the Second decided in 1292 to build a city in the spot. Quick development of the city at that period could be achieved thanks to important communication route passing through the city to the south of Europe as well as numerous privileges given by the king. In the middle of the 14th century king Kazimierz the Great surrounded the city with defending walls and built a castle.
During the centuries history, culture and economy of Nowy Sacz were created by many nationalities and religions that nowadays can be observed also in architecture.

Places worth of recommendation, that one obligatory should visit are: St. Margaret's Basilica, The Gothic House with the Regional Museum, ruins of the castle, the Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, the City Hall, the Market Square and one of the biggest Skansen museums in Poland – Nowy Sacz Ethnographic Park with the Galicia Town, which present wooden architecture and traditional folk culture of Nowy Sacz region.
Near to Nowy Sacz one should also visit famous spas, that is: Krynica, Piwniczna, Muszyna, the wooden architecture route and Stary Sacz with beautiful St Clare Monastery. The location of Sadecka Valley among mountains gives the tourists great opportunities for sports, recreation and rest. 
Nowy Sacz is an important regional industrial and centre (companies such as Fakro, Wisniowski, Newag, Carbon, Koral, Konspol, Optimus) as well as academic one – Higher Business School-National Louis University.