Archive - August 2020

OLSZTYNEK

Our first stop in Eastern Poland was The Folk Architecture Museum and Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek (entrance 17 PLN, parking 15 PLN). It was established in 1909 when the authorities of Königsberg (the present-day Kaliningrad) decided to establish a museum of rural architecture in the...

GDYNIA

Our next stop was seaport city Gdynia (parking 50 PLN), which lies on the coast of the Baltic Sea along the Gulf of Gdańsk, just northwest of Gdańsk city. First mentioned in 1253, Gdynia began as a fishing settlement. Major growth came only after World War I when Gdynia was returned from...

HEL

Cold weather and rain followed us to Hel – the sandbar peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The width of the peninsula varies from 100 meters to 3 kilometers. Since the peninsula was formed entirely of sand, it was in the past frequently turned into a chain of islands by winter storms. Nowadays a...

TORUŃ

We spent another two days in a historic and utterly charming spectacular medieval town Toruń (listed in UNESCO). A city located in Northern Poland is the birthplace of the famous Nicolaus Copernicus. In the Middle Ages Toruń was a prominent trade center as a member of the Hanseatic...

ŁÓDŹ

It took us 278 km (Toll fees 40 PLN, Diesel 4,59 PLN / l at Orlen) to get into Poland’s third-largest city Łódź. Although the settlement here received its town charter from King Ladislaus Jagiełłon all the way back in 1423, the town didn’t experience rapid development until just 200...

WIELICZKA SALT MINE

Our first stop in Poland, this year, was Wieliczka Salt Mine (Graduation Tower 6 PLN, Salt Mine 100 PLN or 73 PLN in Polish, parking 40 PLN or 60 PLN with overnight). It’s a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and chambers – about 300 km distributed over nine levels, the deepest being...

LIPTOVSKÁ MARA

We’ve got some young visitor in our truck for a few days, so we have changed our itinerary to relax on the banks of Liptovská Mara dam in northern Slovakia, on the Váh river near Liptovský Mikuláš. The dam was built to prevent floods between the years 1965-1975 covering an area of 22 sq...

KYSUCA VILLAGE

The open-air museum of Kysuce Village (entrance 5 EUR) is located near the village Nová Bystrica in the beautiful countryside surrounding of protected area Kysuce, in the mountains Kysucká Highlands. One of the main reasons for village creation was the construction of a new water...

STREČNO CASTLE

On the left bank of the Váh river, close to Žilina, we found the Strečno Castle on top of the limestone rock (entrance 6 EUR). In the past, it was the safest fort in the Považie region. We have parked below the castle close to the Pension Irenka, where drinks and food were served by the...

SLOVAK VILLAGE

We spent the whole afternoon in The Museum of the Slovak Village. It is the largest ethnographic open-air exposition in Slovakia (entrance 4 EUR). The museum, located in Jahodnícke Háje in the southeastern part of the town of Martin, has been built by the Slovak National Museum in Martin...