Czersk

Czersk

 

The town of Czersk is located in the northern part of Poland in Chojnice County, about 39 km from Warsaw. Czersk was the old capital of the Mazovian region.

Czersk’s main tourist attraction is its medieval castle , which is situated about one km from River Vistula. The castle was originally built in the 13th century but its present structure dates back to the 14th – 16th centuries. The castle ruins include three towers and their connecting walls. From the towers you can enjoy the view of the region.

One of Poland’s most important archaeological sites of Megalithic tombs is located near near Czersk in the Tucholskie Forest. It contains a burial ground with a Romanesque influence dating back to the 1st century.

The area contains tumuli, Megalithic tombs, some of them 30m in diameter and the so-called flat graves left here by the Goths moving from Scandinavia to the Black Sea some two thousand years ago. A similar burial ground is located at Wesiory several dozen kilometers north of Czersk.

Medieval castle in Czersk 

Plock

Płock

Płock lies on the bank of the Vistula River, in the central part of Poland, about 120 km west of Warsaw. Płock was the capital of Masovia and for a short period at the end of the 11th century and the beginning of the 12th century it was a residence of Polish kings.

Płock has some fine monuments. The Cathedral of Our Lady was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and later reshaped in the Gothic and Renaissance styles. The fragments of the castle of the Mazovian Princes’ can also be seen. The museum in the castle features an Art Nouveau exhibition.

Plock Medieval Cathedral 

Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny

The small town of Kazimierz Dolny situates in the eastern part of Poland, about 60 km west of Lublin. The picturesque Kazimierz Dolny, called as a jewel of Polish Renaissance, is popular among both tourists and artists.

The main market square (Rynek) is dominated by well preserved Renaissance burgher houses. Among the merchant houses the finest one are the Houses of the Przybyła Brothers with a Renaissance façade, which were built at the beginning of the 17th century.

Kazimierz Dolny’s parish church was built in the 14th century but reshaped in the renaissance style in 1620. It is also worth taking a walk to the ruins of the Gothic royal castle and the Renaissance granaries from the turn of the 16th century, visit the Jewish cemetery.

Kazimierz Dolny 

Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza Primeval Forest is located between Belarus and Poland. On the Polish side, Bialowieza National Park mainly covers the area; it is situated in the eastern part of Poland, about 60 km southeast of Bialystok and 190 km northeast of Warsaw. Bialowieza National Park occupies over 100 km².

Bialowieza Primeval Forest is the only remaining part of the original forest, which once covered the Eastern European Plain. Bialowieza Primeval Forest was inscribed on UNESCO World heritage List in 1992. About 100,000 tourists visit Bialowieza National Park, annually.

Bialowieza is famous for its herds of bison, where the animals are bred in their natural habitat. In the demonstration section you can also see the zubron, a cross between a bison and a cow, and the tarpan, Polish cousin of the extinct wild Ukrainian Steppe horses.

 
Bialowieza National Park

The Bialowieza Forest, in parts swampy, is covered with mixed forests untouched by man, with oak, hornbeam, spruce and pine being the predominant species.

The most valuable fragments of Bialowieza Forest are protected and enclosed within the boundaries of the Bialowieza National Park, half of which constitutes a strict nature reserve. The nature reserve can only be entered with a guide and toured on foot along signposted trails or more comfortably, by horse-drawn cart.

Tarnow

Tarnów

Tarnów has preserved the medieval urban layout of its Old Town. Its focal point is the Rynek, the old market square lined with Renaissance burgher houses from the 16th century.

In the middle of the Rynek the Old Town Hall can be found, which was built in the late Gothic style in the 15th century and rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th century. The Town Hall today houses the Tarnów’s Local History Museum. Near the market square a Gothic cathedral stands, which was originally built in the 14th century. The church contains several Renaissance and Baroque tombs.

The next house dating back the 16th century houses the Diocesan Museum. East of the Rynekwas the traditional quarter of Tarnów’s jews; the bimah is the only fragment of the 18th century synagogue destroyed by the Nazis in 1940. The Jewish cemetery contains approx. 3,000 tombstones.

Tarnow, Old Town Hall 

Gniew Castle

Gniew

Gniew locates in the northern part of Poland, on the bank of the Vistula River, about 45 km south of Malbork. Gniew is dominated by the Teutonic Knights castle , which was built in the 13th century on a rectangular plan, and later rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle is still surrounded by fragments of the defensive wall. The castle houses a museum, now.

Gniew’s castle hosts numerous cultural events, performances, historical spectacles, ancient music concerts and tournaments. Gniew’s parish church was built in the 14th century; the church interior is mainly Baroque.

Located not far from the castle, Marysienka's Palace was built in the late 17th century. The palace functions as a hotel, now. The Medieval urban layout of Gniew’s old town has been preserved with some buildings from the 15th -19th centuries.

Gniew, Old Teutonic Castle 

Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz

Situated in the northern part of Poland, in the Valley of Vistula River, about 50 km west of Torun, Bydgoszcz is the administrative and cultural center of the region.

The historical monuments in Bydgoszcz are concentrated along the Brda River and in the area of the Old Town. The town’s parish church with the venerated painting of Our Lady with a rose was built in the 15th century in the late Gothic style.

The small Gothic-Renaissance Church of the Poor Clares has fine 17th-century paintings. On the river bank some old half-timbered granaries from the 18th and 19th centuries can be found.

Bydgoszcz Basilica 

Tatra National Park

Tatra National Park

Tatra National Park is located in the southern part of Poland bordering with Slovakia. Recorded on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves List, the Tatra National Park covers both the Polish and Slovakian parts of the range. Tatras are the largest alpine-type massif in Central Europe with Mt Rysy (2499m), the highest peak on the Polish side of the mountains.

Many tourist trails lead hikers to mountain lakes, waterfalls and caves as well as through scenic mountain valleys. The mountains are also the home to chamois, bears, and marmots. The Tatras are toured in all seasons by mountain climbers and hikers and by winter sports fans in the winter seasons.

Tatra National Park