Koszalin County is located in the northeast part of the Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship. It has a population of 64,205 (31,945 men and 32,260 women). Its total area occupies 1,669 sq. km, where arable land accounts for 34,1%, forests and woodlands 42,8%, and the remaining land 23,1%.
The county consists of eight townships, including Bobolice, Polanów and Sianów with urban-rural status, as well as Będzino, Biesiekierz, Manowo, Mielno and Świeszyno with rural status. Like a ring they surround the city of Koszalin, which serves as an administrative, commercial, scientific and cultural center of the part of Central Pomerania. Koszalin County, without the city of Koszalin, has the statuts of an independent urban county, featuring 322 villages.
The most populous township of Koszalin County is the municipal-rural township of Sianów (13,272 people) and the least populous – the rural township of Mielno (5,087 people). In Koszalin County rural population dominates (78%) over urban population.
Koszalin County borders from the west Kołobrzeg County, from the southwest – Białogard County, from the south – Szczecinek County, from the east – BytówCounty, and from the northeast – Sławno County. The northern boundary of the county is outlined by an about thirty-kilometer stretch of the Baltic Coast.
It is one of the most beautiful and interesting regions of our country. There are vast green areas, distinguished by their attractive and diverse plants. Despite the dominance of arable land intertwined with mixed forests, there are myriad scenic landscapes, lakes abounding in fish hidden in an area with rolling hills, as well as woods full of mushrooms, berries and other forest produce. All of that constitutes a great attraction for nature lovers as well as tourists who enjoy communing with nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Koszalin County also features sandy and clean beaches of the Baltic Sea, picturesque rivers, as well as numerous nature preserves with protected plants and animals. They have many national natural landmarks, including single trees, alleys and erratic boulders.
Scenic and natural assets as well as a unique microclimate are conducive to development of tourist infrastructure. There are several dozen agrotourist farms, a host of guesthouses, hotels and B&Bs offering relaxation and communing with nature. Specialized tourism develops in the area (e.g. hiking, biking, horseback riding , water, and air tourism), including border and sea tourism, as well as business tourism in rural areas (agrotourism and ecotourism).
The county has a number of historic palaces and manor houses with parks as well as churches. The most interesting of them include palaces surrounded with parks in Strzekęcino from the turn of the 19th century, in Parsowo from the 18th century, and a 19th century Neorenaissance palace in Nosowo.
One of the major tourist attractions and a European-class historic site is the Archeological Preserve “Kamienne Kręgi” in the Grzybnicki Forest. It features stone circles of the Goths dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. as well as burial mounds related to the worship of the dead. We also need to mention half-timbered houses in Chłopy and a number of historic cemeteries and ethnographic sites located throughout the county. Other must-sees include a castle with a park in Krąg, a historic beech alley on the road from Koszalin to Polanów, a Protestant cemetery and a Neogothic palace in Cetuń.
Material culture landmarks of Koszalin County bear witness toits deep-rooted history, resulting from the clashing cultures of Germany, Poland and Scandinavia. After 1945 the community of Koszalin County, created by settlers coming from various parts of Poland, has managed to develop its own cultural achievements and local traditions in singing, dance, music, and handicrafts. Today, the county has a dozen or so folk bands and organizes many regular open-air events. The most interesting of them include the County Meetings of Folk Artists “Siemionalia” participated by the well-known actor and folklore expert Wojciech Siemion, the annual County Harvest Festival, the International Motorcycle Rally in Polanów, and the International Winter Swimming Enthusiast’s Rally in Mielno. One of the best known ecological events of educational character in the area is the Regional Campaign “Let’s clean the area surrounding our lakes and rivers”.
Location at an intersection of major transportation roads of international importance, running from the north to the south and from the east to the west, creates great opportunities for development of new industrial facilities and service outlets in Koszalin County. Its additional assets include good railroad connections, proximity of seaport and airport, advanced telecommunication system, and well-developed technical infrastructure. The townships of Koszalin County offer a lot of attractive lots with all services available, zoned for all types of construction. The county has also a well-developed network of utilities, featuring local sewage treatment plants, water supply systems, and gas grids in the majority of towns and villages.
Koszalin County is a Horticultural and fruit farming heartland, known also for its cereal and potato growing. Well-developed sea fishing and inland farming serve as a great base for the food processing industry, and forests – for the wood industry.
The county is located in the first wind zone, in which wind power can be used for production of electric energy. This fact has contributed to the rapidly growing number of wind farms established in the area. We cordially invite you to visit the Koszalin Land, which is an oasis of clean air, waters and unpolluted nature.