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.
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.
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