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.



Zaborski Landscape Park

Zaborski Landscape Park

     Zabory makes up the southern part of Kashubia and the Pomeranian Voivodeship. A different land compared with its neighbouring areas, it was called “terra Zaborensis” from the times of the Dukes and “land Sabor” in Teutonic times. The name “Zabory” used to refer to the land “behind the forests” (Polish: “za borami”) from the centres of secular and ecclesiastical authority, and its capital, to this day, is Brusy. It is here that in the Zaborski Landscape Park was established in 1990.

Zaborski Landscape Park covers a large area in the north-western part of the Tuchola Forest. The landscape is dominated by sandy outwash plains, called the Great Brda Sandur. The Brda has been the main water course of the Tuchola Forest since the melting of the continental ice sheet, which sculpted the terrain of the Zabory Land. Today it welcomes thousands of canoeists a year.

The Brda, with its numerous tributaries - the Chocina, the Zbrzyca, the Młosina, and the Kłonecznica - forms a network of very attractive and diverse canoe trails in the Zaborski Landscape Park. The Brda can be benign to beginners, as it flows through a group of large ribbon lakes such as Charzykowskie, Karsińskie, Witoczno, Łąckie, and Dybrzk. A similarly-attractive canoe trail is found on the Zbrzyca - starting from Lake Dywańskie it leads tourists through forests and meadows to eleven charming lakes. Zaborski Landscape Park shelters a total of 48 lakes, including the protected and very clean lobelian and stonewort lakes. These are usually small, mid-forest lakes that can be reached via a dense network of hiking, cycling and nature trails.

Large ribbon lakes provide sailing opportunities. Charzykowy and Lake Charzykowskie are a cradle of inland sailing in Poland, with the Chojnice Sailing Club being active since 1922. Canoeing trips, sailing, hiking and cycling bring people closer to nature. They allow great leisure and aesthetic experience, especially to people who long for ravishing natural landscapes connected with river valleys, lakes, and a mosaic of forests, meadows, and fields. The Zabory Land is an area only slightly changed by man, and an ecotourist's dream.

The main features of the Zabory Landscape Park are forests, mainly beech forests, forming an umbrella over clean lakes and numerous peat bogs, and also providing protection to their wild inhabitants. The Park's symbol is the eagle owl - the largest European forest owl, which needs peace and quiet and has had its refuges in this area for many years. The Tuchola Forest, including the Zabory Landscape Park, is valued by naturalists in Poland and abroad.

In 1996, in the southern part of the Zabory Landscape Park, in the area of the Seven Lakes Rill (Struga Siedmiu Jezior), a National Park was established. The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere UNESCO Programme recognised the Tuchola Forest, including the area of the Zabory Landscape Park, as a World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of ten Biosphere Reserves in Poland, and also the largest.

Zabory also boast a rich cultural heritage - the remains of wooden Kashubian architecture in Wysoka Zaborska, the 17th-Century wooden church in Leśno, the stone circles and mounds in Leśno, and the seed husking mill in Klosnowo from 1913. You are invited to take advantage of numerous hiking, cycling, and canoe trails leading to the most attractive places in the Zabory Landscape Park.