The oldest tężnie in Poland, in Ciechocinek were created as a result of the needs of those times. After the first partition of Poland Austria took over the salt mines in Wieliczka and Bochnia and new sources of salt had to be found. It so happened that under Kujawy, between Ciechocinek and Inowroclaw, there was a huge brine lake.

The first two constructions for the evaporation of salt from the brine pumped up from the ground were built in 1824; the third one was finished 31 years later. It wasn’t known then that they were to be the largest in Europe but their beneficial influence was realised even before the construction was finished.

The teznie in Ciechocinek seen from above resemble a horseshoe. They are constructed from almost seven thousand 16-meter-long oak logs, stretch for almost 2 kilometers and are set in a well kept park. Over this construction, filled with blackthorn, brine water, pumped to the top, drips, and sun and wind do the rest. A salty mist of iodine, bromide and ozone wafts around the constructions and onto the people walking below it.

The teznie in Inowroclaw are shaped like polygons joined together, they are the newest and most modern ones. The 9 meter high structure dominates the Brine Park. During the summer visitors’ marvel at the salt-loving trees, at the carpet of flowers and picturesque ponds seen from the viewing terrace at the summit. At the base of the structure are mini-golf and bowling areas.

In Konstancin-Jeziorna, a small health resort in the Warsaw area, where mineral waters are extracted, the tężnia was built in 1980. Konstancin is proud of the fact that the brine mist produced here has the highest concentration in Poland.

Inhalation of salt air enhances the healing of the respiratory system, thyroid and helps stabilise high blood pressure. It acts as an antiseptic, soothes the nerves and augments the natural energy of the body. Healthy people take inhalation walks as a preventive cure to increase their body immunities. A few of the rather older and elegant strollers sometime complain that the salt air settles on their hair and ruins it.

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