Człuchów

An unquestionable highlight of Człuchów and its environs is its postglacial lie of the land featuring characteristic lakes and picturesque moraine hills, which are densely covered with forests – a place of extraordinary beauty in all seasons. Such an abundant and varied natural environment makes for a natural paradise for sailors, anglers, mushroom pickers, huntsmen, and enthusiasts of recreation in the open.

The town’s history is also its important asset that reveals itself in many places. The first settlers arrived here as far back as in the Stone Age. Later a medieval gord was established here, and, during the time of the first Piasts, the settlement belonged to the Castellany of Szczytno. It remained so until 1312, when the sons of the Kalisz Voivode sold Człuchów to the Teutonic Knights, who started building a fortress on the inaccessible Kujawy peninsula. It was also not long before they decided to found a town here (Grand Master Henryk Dausemer granted the town charter on 19 June 1348).

History buffs may find Człuchów a living legend of the Teutonic Order, the Polish Starosts, and the post-war years. Thanks to its many interesting corners, historic buildings, and idiosyncratic architecture, the town is an excellent place to discover the history of the Polish State. The best example are the remains of a medieval castle with a 46-metre-high octagonal tower, a chapel, and ruins of defensive walls. Another valuable relic is the Baroque Church of St. James, founded in 1644-47 by Starost Jakub Wejher.

Człuchów also hosts a wide variety of cultural, entertainment and sports events to choose from. Tourists can take advantage of a number of summer open-air events and festivals, including the Pomeranian Children’s Song Contest, Days of Człuchów, Beer Impressions, The International Boogie Festival, A Farewell to Summer, and Motocross.

The town offers virtually unlimited leisure opportunities. People who just want to relax will find the peace and quiet they need here, but those in the search of active leisure will also be spoilt for choice. In a word – there is something for everyone. The vast woods that stretch across the town and its environs and the four nearby lakes, make it a paradise for mushroom pickers and anglers. The extremely attractive forest paths winding around Człuchów’s lakes, amid pristine nature, create wonderful conditions for walks and cycling trips. The surrounding lakes, with many specially-adapted locations, provide a place for water sports and leisure, with canoeing trips and regattas as the highlights.

Człuchów also has a rich sports package. The number of facilities offered and its excellent water infrastructure provide athletes with perfect conditions to camp, stay, and train. It is an immensely attractive place that will win everyone over.

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