Luxury Accommodations in Krakow’s Historic Market Square
The only hotel lucky enough to be directly in the center of Krakow’s historic Main Market Square, the Hotel Wentzl offers luxury accommodations at reasonable prices.
Overlooking some of the most picturesque views in Krakow, the Hotel Wentzl (http://wentzl.pl/pl/) offers superb accommodations for around $250 USD a night, making it the perfect choice for Krakow travelers. The luxuriously appointed rooms, phenomenal on-site restaurant, and top-notch customer service have earned Wentzl many accolades and rave reviews from its guests. Continue reading “Hotel Wentzl in Krakow, Poland”
Planning a Polish Holiday: Must-see Natural Beauty Areas
Poland stretches from high, Alpine mountains in the south to sandy Baltic beaches in the north. In between there are lakes and forests: a paradise for nature lovers and tired business travelers.
1. Tatra Mountains
The highest part of the Carpathians, the peaks of the Tatras reach over 2,500 metres (8,000 feet). Typically Alpine mountains with sharp ridges, lovely lakes, high meadow pastures and a folk culture all of its own, Tatras offer superb scenery and activities all around the year. There are well marked paths and a lot of ski facilities for all abilities. The town of Zakopane is a tourist centre of the Polish Tatras.
Tatra Mountain fun all year long only 2 hours drive from Krakow
National Parks for mountain biking and paragliding. Raft the Dunajec River or enjoy the Festival of Highlanders’ Folklore in summer.
Well-known as the winter capital of Poland, Zakopane, about a 2-hour drive fromKrakow, is one of the busiest tourist areas in the country, due mainly to its location, its magnificent scenery and wide range of activities throughout the summer and winter.
Zakopane is a large town in the Tatra Mountains, where Poles have gone for decades for rest and recuperation. It has fresh, clean, country air and during winter hosts up to 3 million winter sports enthusiasts annually. Continue reading “Zakopane: Winter Capital of Poland”
On the Polish Side of the High Tatras, it’s Perfect for Sports
Surrounded by spectacular scenery, Zakopane is perfect all year round: in summer for hiking in the mountains, and in the winter, for skiing and other snow sports.
Zakopane is not an old town – it was originally a shepherd settlement, used by the men as they followed their animals into the alpine pastures. It dates from 1578, but it became a resort and a holiday centre in the 19th century, as people went to the mountains for the clean air, and the breath taking scenery.
This travel article explores the magnificent Malbork castle, headquarters of the Teutonic Knigths in Poland until their defeat in Grunwald in 1410.
The largest feudal castle in Europe, at Malbork in Poland, captures both the eye and the imagination. There is nothing subtle or fairy tale about this great Gothic pile – it sits squat, solid and massive, creating an awesome impact of power.
It has all the requisite features one expects from the very best of castles – bastions, moats, defensive walls, towers, and courtyards. All have been lovingly restored in dark red brick.
You can’t help but feel a thrill as you enter the massive main gates. Imagine passing through this vast portal, either as one of the armed and feared Teutonic Knights, who set up their headquarters here in the last half of the 13th century to help defeat Polish enemies and rule their own northern Baltic territories, or as a prisoner, wounded, or in chains, conquered but perhaps not vanquished in spirit.
The Knights defeated the Polish enemies, but the Poles found their guests rather difficult to expell. The Knights stayed on, accumulating territory, power, and wealth through the control of the lucrative amber trade. Continue reading “Malbork Castle, Poland”
Kościół w Lubianie, był jedną z najpiękniejszych budowli sakralnych na Pomorzu ( niem. nazwa Alt-Libbehne ). Dziś już nie istnieje tak w sensie fizycznym, jak i w świadomości mieszkańców Lubiany. Brak jest źródeł w języku polskim na temat owej budowli, brak jest też polskich fotografii i rysunków.
Opuszczaliśmy Pełczyce – wspomina August Tępski – w dniu wyzwolenia miasta, tj. 8 lutego 1945 roku. Do miasteczka, drogą od strony Strzelec Krajeńskich i Trzęsacza oraz wszystkimi polnymi ścieżkami, wchodzili żołnierze radzieccy. Były to oddziały piechoty oraz jednostki pancerne. Continue reading “Bój o Pełczyce”
W ramach rozległego biskupstwa kamieńskiego powstają w XIII w. struktury terenowe (archidiakonaty, prepozytury), pomocne w jurysdykcji biskupiej, także w zarządzaniu rosnącego majątku biskupów i kapituły kamieńskiej.
O archidiakonacie pyrzyckim słyszymy od 1297 r. W Pełczycach zaś była zapewne niższa w hierarchii – prepozytura. Znany jest jedyny prepozyt Wisław, zapewne sądząc z imienia prałat wywodzący sie z Rugii, bowiem tam imię to nosili w XIII-XIV trzej książęta. Może nawet pochodził z dynastii książęcej Rugii. Continue reading “Prepozytura pełczycka”