About Łęczna

Welcome to Łęczna

Łęczna was granted the charter of town rights in 1467, i.e. 540 years ago. The town’s blazon depicts a wild boar which, as legend has it, once saved its residents from a perilous fire.

The period of the town’s greatest prosperity was closely connected to the establishment of the Lublin Coalmining Basin and the coalmine in the nearby Bogdanka. Today, “Bogdanka” - the most profitable of Polish coalmines, is the main employer for most of Łęczna’s residents.

The gmina’s area extends over 74.9 km2. The population in Łęczna itself is 21.5 thousand residents, while in the surrounding rural areas it is 3.5 thousand. Łęczna is located 20 km from Lublin - the Voivodship’s capital.
Łęczna is a perfect staging base for visiting the Łęczna-Włodawa Lake District, a land of 68 lakes of 1 ha or more, spread over an area of 2726 ha. Apart from the multitude of waterside sceneries, this varied district accommodates numerous habitats and breeding areas of many rare birdlife species. The surrounding forests are rich with wildlife.

The "Mościska" LUMKS Łęczna Lake District Water Tourism Campsite offers canoeing trips down the river Wieprz - from short, a few kilometres’ outings to much longer, a few days’ trips. There are also several bicycle routes in the gmina, marked out by the District Authorities in Łęczna.

The layout of old Łęczna is the town’s greatest historic value. The unique complex of three town squares reflects its historic spatial diversity. Apart from the beautiful architectural monuments in Łęczna itself, such as the Mary Magdalene parish church, the large synagogue, the former town hall building or the palace complex in Podzamcze, it is also worth visiting the charming areas located around it - the Nadwieprzański Landscape Park or the nearby Łęczna-Włodawa Lake District.

For several years, Łęczna has cooperated with the Hungarian city of Hajduhadhaz, Italian Treviolo and since recently, Ukrainian Kevel. The cooperation results in annual youth and cultural exchanges as well as various cultural programmes, implemented jointly and supported by the European Union.

Culture plays a vital part in the town’s life. The last weekend of July in 2007 will see the 10th annual Festival of Street Musicians in Łęczna. The event enjoys growing popularity among both the performing artists and the audiences.
Another nationwide event in Łęczna is the All-Polish Festival of Song, Theatre and Fine Arts, organised by the Łęczna branch of the Polish Association for Persons with Mental Handicap.

In 2003, Łęczna enjoyed its greatest sports achievement. The local football team, GKS Górnik, after a spectacular success in the play-offs, entered the Polish major football league. Owing to that unprecedented event, the town can now enjoy football events of the highest Polish standards. We also take pride in our modern local football stadium, certainly the most beautiful of all such structures to the east of the Wisła.

The Town Municipality in Łęczna continues to improve its customer service. It is open to modern, innovative solutions. The town council was one of the 16 local government bodies invited to participate in the “Przejrzysta Gmina” [transparent gmina] programme, aimed at implementing the principles of transparency, civil participation in decision making processes, good accountancy, professionalism and zero-tolerance to corruption.

In a supplement published with “Rzeczpospolita”, a national newspaper, Gmina Łęczna was listed as one of the most successful local government bodies in terms of obtaining outside financing. So far, it has been granted over PLN 6.2 million in the form of structural funds.