Kujawsko Pomorskie region

Salty and sweet at the same time – this is the flavour of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship, located in the northern part of Poland. The salt comes from a gigantic, underground lake, and the sweetness from the Toruń gingerbreads, with recipes which haven’t changed in years.

The form of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship reminds us of the shape of …. of Poland. But this is not the only reason why it is such an interesting place from where to follow in the traces of the Polish history: nowhere else in Poland will you find such a great number of Romanesque churches and Gothic castles, which have witnessed the many and most important periods of Polish history. Today the courtyards of many reconstructed fortresses and castles ring with the clash of armor during the many tournaments organised within their walls. There is also the possibility of meeting … a ghost.

This Voivodship is unique, because of the two towns which govern the region: Secession Bydgoszcz and Gothic Toruń. The latter one, on the banks of the River Wisła, listed by UNESCO, is proud of its old town, unaltered for centuries, built of red brick, so splendid in the light of the setting sun.

Toruń is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, the bishop, soldier and astronomer, who revolutionized thinking about our Solar System.

The celebrated gingerbread had been produced already in the time of Copernicus and our modern generation is still tucking into these spicy-honey biscuits.

It is rather difficult keeping your mind off food in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie region. The warm blueberry bread rolls sold at the river jetties are an inseparable part of the excursions to Tucholskie Forest, which – as any primeval forest – is best seen from kayaks.
The most fragile part of the Tucholskie Forest is under the protection of a National Park. The oldest Polish nature reserve can be found here (with 400 year old yews) and other treasures, the lobel lakes – barren basin with crystal clear pure waters, sapphire-blue, like the lakes in Scandinavia.

Not many people know that underneath the region lies a huge brine lake. It is used by the popular health resorts, with Ciechocinek the most important. The local tężnie are the biggest constructions of their kind in Europe. These gigantic constructions made of wicker are used for evaporating salt from the water pumped up from the underground lake creating a health giving, salty mist that people walk through.

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