Technological monuments have been preserved in Poland the like of which do not exist anywhere else in the world! Seeing them is an opportunity to look into the minds of the former engineers and still be amazed by some of their daring solutions.
The Elblag–Ostroda Canal is a unique feat on a world scale. According to a whim of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, today we can take a boat trip over grass. When a hydrologist submitted his project for the canal for approval, he was only asked if there was marvel like this anywhere else in the world. Tourists also flock to the Augustow Canal that was built in the19th century with its fourteen locks and regarded, at the time, as the largest economic investment of the Polish Kingdom.
Any ordinary car or train journey is an opportunity to discover examples of engineering monuments at every step. The world's first fully welded bridge can be found in Maurzyce, the great-grandfather of all the current modern structures. The railway bridge in Boleslawiec resembles a Roman aqueduct and is considered the most beautiful crossing in Poland. Among its rivals are the bridge in Tczew and the graceful twinned viaducts in Stanczyki, where it is untrue that they have never been crossed by trains!
Railway enthusiasts should go to Wolsztyn where, from the last operating steam shed in Europe, locomotives set out daily on their scheduled journeys. One of Europe's largest exhibitions of rolling stock can be found in the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Sochaczew, there is even a car that can travel over rails. To experience a ride on a narrow gauge railway the most popular and scenic routes are through the Bieszczady Mountains or in the Bialowieza National Park.
Technical monuments can also be found in many cities, such as the Crane in Gdansk or the longest tram-line in Poland from Lodz to Lutomiersk, or far from civilisation like the water crossing in Fujutowo or the gigantic water sluice on the Rover Nogat in Biala Gora. There are locations with an especially large concentration of technical wonders like the Staropolski Industrial District. Among its many attractions are the gigantic water wheel in Sielpa and the charcoal furnace in Chlewiska. Up to 1967, shovels and spades were still made by hand in a factory in Maleniec, which today has been turned into a museum of technology.