Podkowa Leśna

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Podkowa Leśna
Horseshoe and Tree
Horseshoe and Tree
Coat of arms of Podkowa Leśna
Podkowa Leśna is located in Poland
Podkowa Leśna
Podkowa Leśna
Coordinates: 52°7′N 20°44′E / 52.117°N 20.733°E / 52.117; 20.733Coordinates: 52°7′N 20°44′E / 52.117°N 20.733°E / 52.117; 20.733
Country Poland
CountyGrodzisk Mazowiecki
GminaPodkowa Leśna (urban gmina)
Established19th century
Town rights1969
 • MayorArtur Tusiński
 • Total10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
 • Total3,822
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 22
Car platesWGM

Podkowa Leśna [pɔtˈkɔva ˈlɛɕna] (literal meaning - "Horseshoe Grove", in full: Miasto-ogród Podkowa Leśna - "Garden-City Podkowa Leśna") is a town in Grodzisk Mazowiecki County, Masovian Voivodeship of Poland and located within the territory of the Młochowskie Forests. Town status - since 1 January 1969. The town also has the status of gmina, meaning "commune". Population - ca. 4000.

Founded in 1925. On 1 September 1939 bombs fell on Podkowa Leśna that the Luftwaffe had intended for Warsaw. On 17 January 1945 the Soviets entered Podkowa Leśna.

Located in a beautiful setting not far from Warsaw, the town has an interesting collection of villas dating back to the interwar period, along with newly built modern family homes and mansions. Forests surround the city on three sides from the east, south, and north. Peacocks freely wonder around the town. It is considered by some to be "Warsaw's bedroom" given its relaxing, natural environment and close proximity to the capital of Poland, Warsaw.

The town was designed in 1925 by Anthony Jawornicki and is based on the principles of the Garden city movement.[1] Its growth was aided by the construction of the Warsaw Commuter Railway in 1927 which has 3 stations located in the town. Due to the town being served by this light railway line, it is easily accessed from central Warsaw.

It is historically has attracted residents from the arts, culture and politics and is increasingly popular with wealthy professionals and business people. The town is one of the wealthiest in Poland.[2]

Town Layout[edit]

There is a small town centre consisting of numerous amenities such as a church, bank, post office, wine shop, numerous delicatessens, police station, veterinarian and numerous restaurants. Just beyond the edge of the forest to the North West is a modern shopping centre called "Galeria Podkowa".[3]

There are 3 schools in the town, junior, primary and high school.

Popular Culture[edit]

The 2021 movie "In For a Murder" was set in Podkowa Leśna [4]

Smart City[edit]

In 2018, Podkowa Leśna was selected as an model Orange Smart City.[5] Fibre to the property FTTP is available to residents and offers speeds of up to 1GB/s


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Podkowa Lesna | International Garden Cities Institute". www.gardencitiesinstitute.com. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  2. ^ Ogórek, Sebastian. "W najbogatszym polskim mieście nawet biedni mają prywatnych opiekunów. Podkowa Leśna bogactwem jednak nie epatuje". www.money.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  3. ^ "Galeria Podkowa na trasie Pruszków - Brwinów - Milanówek". galeriapodkowa.com.pl (in Polish). 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  4. ^ Mularuk, Piotr (2021-10-19), W jak morderstwo (Comedy, Thriller), Yeti Films, Telewizja Kino Polska, Black Photon, retrieved 2021-12-02
  5. ^ Podkowa Leśna. Modelowe Smart City od Orange, retrieved 2021-11-30

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