The Tuchola Forest (Bory Tucholskie) is one of the largest forests in Poland, covering about 3 thousand sq. km, comprising mainly coniferous trees dominated by pine. The diversified lie of the land, with an abundant water network, makes its landscape particularly attractive. Some of the forests have been covered by legal protection and currently form the area of a national park.
The Tuchola Forest National Park encompasses an area sculpted by a glacier, and more particularly by the phenomena connected with its retreat towards the end of the last glacial age. The melting ice and the water flowing from under it that carried large amounts of rubble shaped the plain area, adorned by characteristically-long ribbon lakes. An unquestionable geographical attraction of the park is formed by the large clusters of dunes – a phenomenon more frequently associated with the seashore – occurring here as inland dunes. The numerous hollows, often filled with water, are the footprint of giant ice forms separated from the glacier, called “dead-ice”, which gradually melted as the climate got warmer. Besides the dominant pine, the national park features rare plants which are considered relics of the glacial retreat from parts of northern Poland. They mostly occupy the extensive areas of peat bogs formed as a result of the overgrowing of shallower lakes. The specimens of ancient oaks and beeches that can be found here and there, once very common in the Tuchola Forest, but mostly destroyed in the past by predatory exploitation, are a rare sight, but are all the more interesting.
The sylvan landscape of the Tuchola Forest is also the refuge of fauna characteristic of Central Europe, such as roe, wild boar, deer, foxes, and even wolves. The wild fowl of the Tuchola Forest include such rare species as black grouse, wood grouse, black storks, and peregrine falcons.
The area of the Tuchola Forest is also a very attractive place for tourists. Among the local attractions it is worth mentioning the canoe trails on rivers and lakes, the most prominent being Lake Charzykowskie and the Great Brda Channel, the stone circles in Odry, and historic hydrotechnical facilities. The accommodation and restaurant base is provided by numerous boarding houses and agritourism farms.
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.
Czersk… in the heart of the forests
Okolice Borów Tucholskich w niepogodę
The Kashubian Cottage in Brusy-Jaglie
The Wda canoe trail
Park Narodowy "Bory Tucholskie"
The Mylof Dam
Zaborski Landscape Park