Płock is a city based on the rights of the Masovian Voivodeship, situated in the central part of Poland, approximately 110 km west of Warsaw in the Masovian Voivodeship. Geographically, Płock is situated on the borderland of two macro regions: the Płock Valley and the Dobrzyń Lake District. Our ancestors, appreciating the fortified values of the city, settled on the high bank of the Vistula river. In the Middle Ages, Płock was one of the main administrative and cultural centre in Poland, and at the turn of XI and XII century became the capital of Poland. In the Royal Cathedral Basilica Chapel there is the sarcophagus with the remains of the kings: Wladyslaw I Herman and Boleslam III Krzywousty. The castle used to be the residence of Masovian Dukes. However, since 1075 it has been the seat of bishops. Płock was granted city rights in 1237. What distinguishes Płock among other cities on the Vistula river is its magnificent location on the steep, 52-meter hill called Tumska Hill. The panorama from the side of the Vistula river charms with its beauty. The hill offers a picturesque landscape of the region including the Vistula river which is almost 1,5 meter deep and has still preserved the original character. The city has unique charm and atmosphere provided by the mixtures of the centuries-old history and modernity, art and technique, wildlife and developed industry, silence of the old walls and festival sounds. These contrasts make the city develop with a great tourism and economic potential, as well as, be focused on development and providing the citizens a high quality of life.
At present, there are 123000 inhabitants in Płock, whereas a quarter are under the age of 19. It is an academic city, where students attend to four institutions of higher educations (a branch of Warsaw University, State Higher Vocational School, Pawel Wlodkowic Higher School, Higher Theological Seminary). Płock is also an economic centre with a great variety of industrial structure focused on innovation, modern technology and success in business. The city is dominated by the fuel and energy industry and the chemical industry. Płock is the seat for: the Polish oil concern PKN Orlen S.A. - Płocki Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A. – a potentate on the fuel market in Poland and one of the greatest fuel industry in Central and Eastern Europe, PERN - Przedsiębiorstwo Eksploatacji Rurociągów Naftowych "Przyjaźń (operates the network of crude oil pipelines), in the chemical sector, there is also Basell Orlen Polyolefins. There are other industries which make great progress in development, such as: the food industry (Dr Oetker), the machinery industry (New Holland), the clothing industry (Levi Strauss), the shipbuilding industry (Centromost Stocznia Rzeczna) and the building and construction industry (BudMat).
Płock is an ideal city for a weekend, full of charm and historical curiosities, valuable monuments and attractive places. The Cathedral Basilica, the treasury in the Diocesan Museum, the collection of secession art in the Masovian Museum, the Museum of Masovian Jews open recently, the oldest high school in Poland – “Małachowianka” with the Collegate of St Michael and the Jesuit College restored meticulously and the Town Hall. Of course, these are only some of the places, which are worth visiting. Likewise, whole families are welcome, because there are various attractions for children, like the ZOO, beautifully located on the terrace falling towards the Vistula river. You can explore over 3,500 animals representing 300 species, such as: hoofed mammals, kangaroos, wild cats, red pandas, as well as, elephants, giraffes, penguins and the smallest monkeys in the world – marmosets and tamarins. Along the area of the ZOO there are also other attractions like the rope climbing park, Tirol railway or climbing walls. Once a year, in summer, the ZOO is open at night, the event is called ZOONIGHT and it attracts hundreds sympathizers. You can get to the ZOO by the original tourist trackless train – Ciuchcia Tumska, while the trip, you can listen to the speaker talking about monuments passing by. When you go down and get on the riverside and Sobótka lagoon, you will hear the legend about a beautiful girl and a dragon that falls in love with her. On the Vistula boulevard there is another attraction: a 365-meter pier with a round, glass-enclosed café. Its construction – the only one in Poland – takes the shape of an arc separating the yacht port from the river. In summer, an excursion boat anchors nearby the pier..
The city provides good conditions for active leisure. Many may feel envy towards citizens of Płock about the pool in the city centre. Sobótka lagoon is an old riverbed close to the Vistula riverbank, full of clean water and surrounded by the sandy beach with a beach-ball court, a slide for children, as well as, canoes and pedal boats rental station.
In Płock, there are: a sports and entertainment arena – Orlen Arena with 5,500 seats for spectators, three stadiums, three swimming pools, a sports hall with climbing walls, a skate park, tennis courts, a yacht port and a flying club airport, during winter there is an ice rink.
The pride of the city are Orlen Wisła Płock handball players, one of the best handball team in the country, multiple Polish Champions. The Kazimierz Górski Stadium is a place where a major league football team Wisła Płock struggles. The city has also the olympians and the medalists of the World and the European Championships in disciplines, such as: martial arts, rowing, tennis for disabled people, motoparagliding.
The calendar is full of summer cultural events in Płock. Almost every weekend, the Old Town, the amphitheatre, the beach by the Vistula river, the theatre and the concert halls pulsates with life, music resounds inside the Cathedral Basilica. THE EUROPEAN PICNIC, TUMSKA FAIR AND PŁOCK HISTORY FESTIVAL (DNI HISTORII PŁOCKA), WREATHS AND VISTULA DAY, THE ART MARKET, VISTULA FOLK FESTIVAL, SKARPA – the work of Stephan Themerson festival – these are just some of the events, which attract not only the citizens of Płock but also tourists.
Many music fans associate Płock with festivals on the Vistula river beach, in the neighbourhood of the majestic monuments. In this unique scenery international music festivals take place annually, one of the most significant is AUDIORIVER – the festival of the independent world, the best Polish festival since 2011 according to Muno.pl musical portal and the fourth largest ticketed festival in Poland. Many guests come to the sunniest festival in Płock – REGGAELAND; POLISH HIP-HOP FESTIVAL also attracts numerous audience, as well as, DISCO by the Vistula river and SUMMER FALL FESTIVAL close the summer season.