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.

 

 

Chojnice

Chojnice

     Chojnice is a town of 40 thousand residents and the capital of the Chojnice District. It is located in the western region of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, to which it has always belonged, both in terms of culture and ethnicity; as Jan Długosz has already called it, a “Key and a Gate to Pomerania”.

There are very few places where the past intertwines with the future so much so as in Chojnice. The scenic landscape of the lake district is in tone with the kindness and openness of its residents, who respect their own roots, history, and traditions. The beautiful rural commune of Chojnice surrounds the town with access to the Tuchola Forest Landscape Park, the Zabory Landscape Park and over 50 lakes. The most important tourist function in the region is played by Charzykowy, the cradle of Polish sailing.

The town and the entire Chojnice Land has extraordinary natural, tourist, and cultural values. It boasts landscapes of ravishing beauty, amazing lakes, and incredible forests, with abundant flora and fauna. The town and its environs let you experience the heritage of many centuries, which can be seen in the numerous and well-preserved historic buildings. The renovated Town Walls (formerly Defensive Walls), the towers called Wronia (Crow's), Szewska (Shoemaker's), and Kurza Stopa (Chicken Leg) and the former entrance gate to the town, the so-called Człuchów Gate. Today it houses the Historical and Ethnographical Museum, which presents the region's legacy in the form of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The historic part of the Old Town is excellent for summer afternoon strolls. Since the completion of the renovation work, the town has acquired the status of a health resort. For all those who are in need of rest a meeting place has been prepared, bringing together the old and the young residents of the town - a stylish place by the town fountain. The fountain was recreated in its new form in 2002, and features sculptures depicting the St. John's Day Parade and architecture inspired by Classicist patterns. Its charm is particularly noticeable at night, when the fountain and its surroundings flow with multi-coloured water streams. The Market Square itself is one of the finest in Pomerania. It gains even more beauty from the imposing Gothic Revival Town Hall.

It is not far from the Old Market Square to the Church Square, which features the late-Baroque Post-Jesuit Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with a magnificent interior, and the 14th-Century Church of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist built in the Vistula Gothic style.