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Things to do in Olsztyn
Whenever you dream of resting by a lake in the shade of Gothic castle walls and surrounded by greenery, think about Olsztyn – a town with a history, sparkling lakes, good food, interesting things to see. Pay a visit, and you will see that the spirit of Nicolaus Copernicus hovers over the town.
The town of Olsztyn, the capital of Warmia-Mazury province, lies on the rivers Łyna and Wadąg in the middle of the Olsztynian Lakeland, which is the part of the wider Mazurian Lakes region. Topographically speaking, Olsztyn is a very untypical Polish town in that within its administrative boundaries there lie no less than eleven lakes and over 1800 hectares of forest. Greenery in all its forms constitutes over 50% of the town’s surface area.
Olsztyn is not only an attractively situated town but also one with a history of more than 650 years. Its legacy remains with us to this day, and the memory of great people and events still lingers in the Old Town. The military architecture of 14th century Warmia, the distinguished Secession buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries, the interesting shows and concerts all help to ensure that those who have made the decision to visit the town gladly return. Wandering through the streets of the Old Town we can admire the remains of the medieval town walls, the massive outline of the Castle and the interesting collections of the Museum. The cloisters of the Castle are haunted by the spirit of times gone by, and anyone standing in front of the astronomical table drawn on the walls by Nicolaus Copernicus will feel the presence of history – and perhaps also a desire to look at the stars which can be satisfied under the dome of Olsztyn’s Planetarium.
Places to visit:
The Old Town Historic Buildings:
Cathedral Basilica of St. James
Castle, Museum of Warmia and Mazury
Old Town Hall
Out of Olsztyn: