Hotel Wentzl in Krakow, Poland

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”

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Poland: Countryside

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
Tatra

A trip by a horse-cart to the lakes of Morskie Oko and Czarny Staw and a cable car to Kasprowy Wierch make the high-mountain scenrey accessible to even the less fit and able. Continue reading “Top 10 Places to Visit in Poland: Countryside”

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Zakopane: Winter Capital of Poland

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

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”

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Zakopane: Poland’s Scenic Mountain Resort

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

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.

Now it’s a modern resort, with plenty of accommodation from bed and breakfast, renting a room in a private cottage, to large hotels, and it attracts visitors all year round, but it still manages to retain its charm. Continue reading “Zakopane: Poland’s Scenic Mountain Resort”

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Malbork Castle, Poland

Explore the Castle of the Teutonic Knights

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.

Castle Features

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.

Malbork Castle

Teutonic Knights

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”

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Sprawozdanie – Bursztynowo 1945 r.

19451945 r., październik 2, Bursztynowo – Sprawozdanie burmistrza miasta Bursztynowo z dokonanej pracy i zorganizowania Zarządu Miejskiego w Bursztynowie.

Zarząd miejski miasta Bursztynowo powstał dnia 20 marca bieżącego roku.

Pracownikom brak było nawet najmniejszego wyszkolenia w pracy samorządowej. Magistrat stanowił wówczas w mieście pierwszy element polskości.   Continue reading “Sprawozdanie – Bursztynowo 1945 r.”

Nieistniejący kościół w Lubianie

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.

Ljubljana

Wszystko to czym mogłem się posłużyć to skromne materiały w języku niemieckim, stara przedwojenna fotografia oraz relacje najstarszych mieszkańców wsi. Continue reading “Nieistniejący kościół w Lubianie”

Bój o Pełczyce

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”

Prepozytura pełczycka

prepozyturaW 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”