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.

 

 

Charzykowskie Lake

Charzykowskie Lake

Charzykowskie Lake is a long water-filled ribbon – a glacial lake with an area of over 1300 ha and up to 30 metres in depth. It is located in the Tuchola Forest, near the national park border, and in the Zaborski Landscape Park. By virtue of its very location it is a place of extraordinary natural and scenic value.

The sailing traditions of the lake and its water sports centres date back to the interwar period, when Charzykowy - a village located by the lake - was the heart of Polish water sports, particularly sailing and iceboating. Charzykowy still house the oldest Polish sailing club - the Chojnice Sailing Club, founded almost immediately after Poland regained its independence after the partitions.

The lake hosts numerous sailing events, e.g. regattas and youth training camps, and the arrival of winter brings no end to the sporting season, as, provided that frost is strong enough to cover the lake with thick ice, it turns into a great iceboat course. From recent times Charzykowy has had a yacht harbour equipped with a modern infrastructure, along with devices for launching vessels. Two islands with intriguing names - Wyspa Miłości (Love Island) and Wyspa Bachorska (Bachorze Island, after a nearby village) - add a charming aspect to the lake.

Aside from supporting water sports, tourists coming to Charzykowy can attend music events with local folklore inspirations, and also using sailing and maritime themes, e.g. at the "Shanties" International Sailors' Songs Festival.

Watching the regatta is a very interesting pastime in itself, but you can also go on a cruise in a Żegluga Charzykowska boat. Due to the stringent environmental standards of the national park buffer zone, which covers Lake Charzykowskie, boats are equipped with electric drive emitting no fumes and noise. The Brda canoe trail, which is considered one of the most attractive in Europe, also runs through the lake

The villages located by the lake provide a full range of beach and restaurant facilities, with restaurants, boarding houses, bathing sites, and water equipment rental.

Lake Charzykowskie is a true paradise for water and water-sports enthusiasts. The beautiful surroundings, clean nature, and a rich package of tourist services contribute to the great popularity of the place, as the visitors return home well-rested and satisfied.