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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Jezioro Duży Pełcz

gross-puls-seeJezioro Wielkie Połcko (Gross Pulssee 1944). Najpierw jest znana ze źródeł, pozostająca w związku z jeziorem, rzeka Polka (Polcz 1295), która wypływa z jeziora bierze odeń nazwę i płynie na płd. do Noteci. Teraz jezioro zaliczane już do zlewni Iny (Małej Iny).

Jezioro

Margrabiowie brandenburscy potwierdzają Pełczycom 8 VII 1298 prawa miejskie nadane [przed 1280] przez Behrów i potwierdzone przez margrabiego Albrechta III (z lat 1280–1298), w tym trzy młyny między jez. Polze i Trzebień (wiec na płn. od miasta), jednak tego roku jez. Palze [może jednak należy odczytać: Pulze, Polze] jako własność cysterek z Pełczyc istniejącego od 1290 r. Z jez. Volz [znów błędny odczyt?] Pełczyce rezygnują w 1315 na rzecz cysterek tamtejszych.

Już w średniowieczu uległo podziałowi na „wielkie” i małe”, bo groten Poltz w 1487 należy do rodu Waldowów z Pełczyc, z prawem mieszczan do połowów; Gross Pölitz 1538; Grosse Polzig połączone rzeką z jez. Małe Połcko, Macieja von Waldow z Pełczyc w 1564 na granicy państwowej, która biegnie poprzez płd.- wsch. pola Pełczyc na pograniczu z polami Będargowa i Sarnik; groten Poltz 1579. F. Brüggemann w wielkim opisie Pomorza z 1782 podnosi występowanie w jeziorze Gross Polz (Puls) smakowitej ryby sieji.

Ksiądz S. Kozierowski w swym atlasie nazw Słowiańszczyzny Zachodniej z 1934 zastosował nazwę Pełcz i Wilcz (to w nawiązaniu do zapisu czy błędnego odczytu z 1315). Po 1945 zwane Duży Pełcz (bo obok jest od dawna Klein Puls / Małe Połcko), Pełcz, Polsk, wbrew nazwie urzędowo wprowadzonej. Od niego obecna nazwa miasta Pełczyce.

Powierzchnia: 238 ha w 1948; 280 ha w 1992; 279. 5 ha w 1996.

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