Though Radom is rather more industrial than a natural tourist destination, it is still worth visiting because of its historical buildings and local traditions that reflect the city's long history. Radom witnessed many historical and political changes, including the strikes in 1976 that led to establishing KOR (the most important opposition group of Polish workers).
After the difficult times of transformation, Radom is nowadays a place where history meets modernity. Historical tenement houses, churches, and other old buildings sit comfortably among newly built business and shopping centres, together creating an unusual climate for the city. The city has various leisure and sports events, with the modernised sports hall also hosting numerous feasting and dancing events.
Radom is the second largest city in the Masovian Voivodship, after Warsaw, and is situated about 100 km south of the capital, on the Mleczna River. There are three international links to the city, from the border crossings at Chyzne, Barwinek and Dorohusk.
Radom appears in history for the first time in the early Middle Ages, but the first note on Radom comes from an edict of Pope Hadrian IV from the 12th century. It is generally assumed that the city took its name from Radomir, or the tribe of Radomirans. Here, in the valley of the Mleczna River, a castle surrounded by a double rampart and a moat was built in the second half of the 10th century.