Tuchola Forest. Where the beauty of nature is breath-taking

One of the largest pine forest complexes in Poland. A place where flora and fauna characteristic of this part of the world develops in peace and quiet. The richness of rivers, lakes and peat bogs, where life flows with its own rhythm. Tuchola Forest. One of the most beautiful and virgin, undefiled by human activities regions in Poland and Europe.

The Tuchola Forest is a world of plants and animals, which in many cases can only be found here. Yews, oaks, hornbeams and birches grow carefree here. The forest undergrowth impresses with the richness of mushrooms, and the forest fruit fascinates with its taste. We will also find remains of the primeval forest or come across such unique species of birds as the white-tailed eagle, the capercaillie or the grey heron.

Tuchola Forest on the map is an area in the basin of the Brda and Wda Rivers, the Tuchola Plains and the Charzykowska Plain. They cover an area of ​​over 300,000 hectares. The Tuchola Forest National Park has been separated here, and it is part of the Tuchola Forest Biosphere Reserve.
 

Rosiczka długolistna w PN Bory Tucholskie, fot. Karolina Lubińska

Nearby (but already in the Kuyawian-Pomorskie Voivodeship) there is also the Old Polish Yew Reserve with the largest concentration of these trees in all of Europe. There are as many as 25 reserves in Tuchola Forest!

Tuchola Forest – attractions for active people and much more.

The Tuchola Forest is an attraction for children and adults, it is a perfect place for everyone who prefers relaxing in nature. The numerous hiking and cycling routes of the Tuchola Landscape Park (over 76 km) are located in forest, on its outskirts, on rivers and lakes. Surrounded by birds singing, the noise of trees, breathing fresh forest air, it is easy to cut off from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

The Tuchola Forest can be visited actively during walking or cycling trips, or more in a touristic style – traveling with gypsy carts pulled by horses.

Another reason why you should visit Tuchola Forest are water attractions offered in this area. In Wierzchow you can take rafting.

Brda, fot. pomorskie.travel

Canoeing enthusiasts will appreciate the charms of the winding Brda River. Canoe routes marked out here are the most beautiful in Poland, and according to many in all Europe. The surrounding forests, lakes and meadows provide a fantastic backdrop when fishing or practicing water tourism is concerned. The Brda River connects the Szczytno Wielkie Lake and Konskie lakes, Krepsko and Szczytno Male Lake, which form the Szczycienskie lakes complex.

In the area (Przechlewo commune) there is also Krasne Lake. Surrounded by coniferous forests, with no outflow or inflow, it is the object of research for nature lovers and a place where you can spend soothing moments in nature surrounded by peace and quiet.

As if the flora would not be enough for botany lovers there is Wirty Arboretum at Borzechowskie Lake. It is a beautiful garden and park, where we will find hundreds of coniferous and deciduous species found both locally and in other parts of Europe, Asia or America. In Wirty we will find the only specimen of walnut in Poland, as well as trees that are almost 200 years old!

And something else for those who like travelling in time: when planning a trip around the Tuchola Forests, it is also worth considering the Lesno stone circles, i.e. the Goths cemetery dating back to the Bronze Age.

What is worth visiting in cities?
Although Tuchola Forest is primarily a national park and forests, there are noteworthy buildings created by former inhabitants of the region. When visiting Chojnice, it is necessary to walk around the Old Town, where You can see the Czluchowska Gate.

Brama Człuchowska w Chojnicach, fot, M.Bieliński

Together with the towers and arcaded passage, it is a remnant of medieval city fortifications. In Chojnice there is also over a century old neo-Gothic town hall and nearly 700-year-old church of St.John the Baptist representing a unique Gothic style along Vistula River.

In nearby Czluchow, have a look behind the walls of the Teutonic castle. As we read in historical books, the house commander of the Czluchow castle was Konrad Wallenrod himself. In small Koronowo, it is worth paying attention to the Cistercian Monastery, which was constructed in 1289.

Zamek w Człuchowie, fot. M.Michalska

On the border of the Pomorskie and Kuyawian-Pomorskie Voivodships there is a small town of Fojutowo, with an unusual building - an aqueduct, its construction refers to the historical Roman aqueducts. The aqueduct was to connect Czerska Struga with the Brda canal, and it was built in 1848.

The agritourist in Tuchola Forest is extremely rich and extensive. Accommodation can be found in private homes, apartments dedicated to tourists or in richly furnished hotel complexes with SPA.

 

 

Czersk… in the heart of the forests

Czersk… in the heart of the forests

Czersk… in the heart of the forests

In the city centre there is a Ostrowski Square with the famous Trout Fountain. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants around. Beautiful small city space often awarded during different competitions. Ostrowski square is the place where many cultural events take place. There is also the City Hall and tourists information, bus station, train station, police department and  many shopping facilities.

 

The symbol of the city is neogothic church of St Magdalene – with a very  interesting construction and rich interior, build with a project of Oskar Hossfeld on the Latin cross shape, three isle church with a high 40 m tower and 4 bell. The most precious piece of art here is the late Renesas main altar with the Hermann Hann painting form 1611 and the Roman stone baptismal font from XIII and XV century.

 

Resting with the kids it is worth visiting parks in Czersk – Kociewksi, Borowiacki and Kashubian. The park avenues are excellent for walk.

 

Borowiacki Park: near Tysiaclecia Avenue is the place full of energy. There is a modern skatepark, big playground and a new sport facility as well as the walking paths and a big green area ideal for resting, walking or picnicking. Excellent place for runners. This park in in the city centre. Near the park there is a modern city stadion with a tennis court and multifunction football pitch.

 

Kociewski Park: near Lutego 21 Street is an ideal place for those who appreciate silence, peace and nature. It is here where You can walk around old over 100 years trees and listen to the waters of Czerski Stream. Children will not be bored here either – there is a colourful play ground there too. The park is situated at the city borders that is why there is a comfortable parking there as well.

 

GREENWAYS – THE NECKLACE OF THE NORTH

 

Worth seeing 

Odry

A village situated at the Wda River, 13 kilometres from Czersk. Worth visiting is neoclassical church in Odry, built between 1931 – 1933 with a high tower. Inside there is a gothic (1420 – 1430 ) Resurrected Christ  sculpture, a baroque box from 1686, 4 baroque candlesticks from XVIII and the blue embroidered  vestment from XVIII with flower motive.

 

Thinking about the tourists interested in a history and nature fans there is a museum in Odry, which is a part of Historical – Entographical  Musuem in Chojnice, showing the interesting artefacts found during the archaeological excavations done in the “Stone Rings” Reserve.

Sam na sam z naturą, czyli atrakcje przyrodnicze:

Leśna ścieżka dydaktyczna wraz z izbą przyrodniczo - leśną znajdują się w Leśnictwie Czersk przy siedzibie leśnictwa usytuowanej przy szosie Czersk - Chojnice. Stanowią one obiekty służące przede wszystkim młodzieży szkolnej, ale udostępnione są również dla reszty społeczeństwa, które wykorzystując bliskie położenie ścieżki od Czerska bardzo często wykorzystuje ją na niedzielne spacery z całą rodziną aby w bardzo miły sposób spędzić czas wolny i chociaż na chwilę oderwać się od zgiełku dnia codziennego.

Suszek - rezerwat przyrody. W pobliżu Rytla (ok. 3,5 km) znajduje się Stacja Przyrodnicza Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego. Jest to terenowe zaplecze badawcze, posiadające urządzoną, udostępnioną do zwiedzania ścieżkę dydaktyczną, na której poszczególne stanowiska oznaczone są specjalnymi tablicami informacyjnymi.

"Mętne" - rezerwat przyrody. W jego skład wchodzi Jezioro Mętne oraz otaczające je tereny podmokłe. Na obszarze tym dominują fitocenozy nieleśne, typowe dla torfowisk przejściowych i wysokich, tam też zlokalizowane jest stanowisko brzozy niskiej, dla ochrony której rezerwat został utworzony. Na terenie rezerwatu występują również inne ciekawe elementy flory i fauny m.in.: rosiczka okrągłolistna, bagno zwyczajne, turzyca bagienna, żmija zygzakowata, zaskroniec, padalec. Rezerwat jest również ostoją żurawia.

"Ustronie" - rezerwat leśny położony około 6 km od Czerska. Ochroną objęto fragment lasu mieszanego o charakterze naturalnym z udziałem buka, dębu, sosny, brzozy, grabu i brekinii.

"Cisy nad Czerską Strugą" - chroni unikalne i liczne stanowisko cisa, pochodne z samosiewów i nasadzeń z XIX wieku. Najatrakcyjniejsza część rezerwatu, z drzewostanem wielogatunkowym, wielopiętrowym z dużym skupiskiem cisów, jest ogrodzona i poruszać się można po tym obszarze tylko po wyznaczonych ścieżkach. Od zachodu rezerwat graniczy z łąkami leżącymi w dolinie Czerskiej Strugi. Około 0,5 km na wschód położone jest Jezioro Świdno.

Rezerwat przyrody "Kręgi Kamienne" jest cmentarzyskiem Gotów, którzy osiedlili się w Odrach ok. 70/80 roku n.e. W rezerwacie znajduje się 10 całych i 2 fragmenty kręgów kamiennych, z których najmniejszy ma średnicę 15 m, a największy 33 m. Na obwodnicy kręgów ustawione są kamienie wystające od 20 do 70 cm ponad powierzchnię ziemi. Liczba ich waha się od 16 do 29 sztuk w jednym kręgu. Prócz kręgów na terenie rezerwatu znajduje się około 30 kurhanów o średnicy od 8 do 12 m.

Pod kręgami odkryto jamy, w których złożone są szkielety i urny z prochami. Obiekt posiada cenne walory przyrodnicze. Świadczy o nich bogactwo porostów naskalnych. Niektóre okazy mogą żyć po kilkaset lub nawet kilka tysięcy lat. Są swoistymi świadkami minionych wieków, a tym samym cennym obiektem badań naukowych. Cmentarzysko odrowskie jest ciekawym obiektem archeologiczno-przyrodniczym w skali europejskiej, a jedynym w Polsce, tak dużym obiektem.

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