What to see in Olsztyn

 

Nature Reserve in Olsztyn


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Within the city boundaries there are two valuable nature reserves – areas of the protection of rare peat land vegetation: Mszar (of the area of 4 ha) and Redykajny (of the area of 10 ha), which have been taken a special care of since as early as the beginning of the 20th century. Both nature reserves are the home...

Arboretum in Olsztyn


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Arboretum named after the Polish Forest Society in Kudypy, was organized by The Forest Inspectorate in Kudypy. The Arboretum is situated next to the western boundary of the city in a forested area regarded as one of the most beautiful corners of Warmia owing to its picturesque configuration.

Astronomical Observatory in Olsztyn


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The Moon, Sun, planets and planetoids, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and comets may be observed every day in Olsztyn Astronomical Observatory, while its terrace offers a superb city panorama. If the sky is clear, ‘sky shows’ take place, while cloudless evenings and nights uncover mysteries of the starry sky....

Planetarium in Olsztyn


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On 19 February 1973 – on the 500th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus – a ceremonial opening of Olsztyn Planetarium, designed by Ludomir Goslawski, took place. A colourful 205-tile composition on the east wall of atrium as well as the portrait of Nicolaus Copernicus decorating the hall were...

Thursdays with Copernicus in Olsztyn


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‘Summer Thursdays with Nicolas Copernicus’ – a face-to-face meeting with the castle’s most prominent resident. This is an educational and entertaining event addressed to both residents of Olsztyn and tourists (July and August). The main attraction of the Thursdays is Nicolas Copernicus, who tells visitors...

Canoe trips on the Lyna River through Olsztyn


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Olsztyn is situated on three rivers – the Lyna, Wadag and a small Kortowka. The biggest of them all – the Lyna – rises near the village of the same name and flows through Olsztyn Lake District. The river is beautifully meandering through Olsztyn, creating picturesque views you can admire near the Old Town....

Old Town Hall in Olsztyn


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Located in the heart of the Old Town, the Old Town Hall was built in the second half of the 14th century just after Olsztyn received municipal rights. It housed the offices of the town authorities until 1915. Initially the building consisted of one wing situated on the south-west side of the Market-place. In 1620...

The High Gate-Upper in Olsztyn


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The Upper Gate, called the High Gate since the 19th century, was built in the 14th century. It is the only remaining gate of three which existed in the defensive walls surrounding the town. Large fragments of the walls near St. Jacob’s Church, at Asnyka and Okopowa Streets and near the castle have also been...

The Warmia Chapter Castle in Olsztyn


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The Olsztyn castle was built in the Gothic style in the 14th century. At present it houses the Museum of Warmia and Mazury. In its primary function the castle was the seat of the administrator of the landed property of the Warmia Chapter. The most famous administrator, performing these duties in the years...

St. Jacob’s Cathedral Basilica in Olsztyn


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St. Jacobs Church was built in the 2nd half of the 14th century. The partially wooden part of the church tower was replaced with a new one in 1596. It is maintained, as the whole church, in the Gothic style. It is 63 metres high. The side chapels of the church were reconstructed in 1721 by Piotr Olchowski of...

Olsztyn Philharmonic


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It has all started with the Music Society which later developed into the orchestra. In 1962 Olsztyn National Philharmonic Orchestra adopted the name of Feliks Nowowiejski, an outstanding composer of Warmian origin. It marked a significant development in the history of the orchestra as they occupied a remarkable...

Office of Artistic Exhibitions in Olsztyn


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Situated in the city centre, at the seat of Olsztyn astronomical observatory, it is the largest and most prestigious Modern Art Gallery in Olsztyn. Initially it was situated in Olsztyn castle and only in 1973 moved to a new place. A true gem of its collection is the sculpture of Stefan Knapp, displayed on an atrium...

Museum of Natural History in Olsztyn


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It is a venue of the Museum of Warmia and Mazuria in Olsztyn, located in a late 19th century secessionist palace. The Museum is a home to over 18 900 mostly zoological, botanical and geological items. Visitors have also access to a permanent exhibition “Animals of Warmia and Mazuria”.

Museum of Warmia and Mazuria in Olsztyn


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The museum, opened in July 1921, has been located at the 14th century Gothic castle of the Warmian Chapter. In post-war times, since 1945,the Museum functioned as “Mazuria Museum” and in 1975 changed its name to “Museum of Warmia and Mazuria”. Initially, its collection compassed plebiscite-ethnographic...
 
 
 

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