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We went to Olsztyn during the summer weekend. This is the perfect time to visit this beautiful city nestled between lakes and surrounded by forests. Three days is a bit too short to see all the tourist attractions of Olsztyn, so we have to go back there. In this gallery you will discover what to see in Olsztyn.



High Gate

High Gate

The Upper Gate (High Gate) is a Gothic city gate in Olsztyn from the 14th century. There is a cheap Hostel right next to the gate.


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Monuments in Olsztyn

Monuments in Olsztyn

The Old Town of Olsztyn with the Castle and the Cathedral is the oldest part of the city. A walk through the narrow streets of the old town is a real pleasure. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and pabs so it's worth going for dinner or a drink.


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Nicolaus Copernicus in Olsztyn

Nicolaus Copernicus in Olsztyn

In 1516, Nicolaus Copernicus came to the Olsztyn castle to take the position of administrator of the estates of Warmia bishops. Copernicus lived and worked in Olsztyn for five years. It was here, around 1520, that he began to write his most famous work: "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" (De revolutionibus orbium coelestium).


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Warmian Bishops' Castle in Olsztyn

Warmian Bishops' Castle in Olsztyn

One of the most interesting monuments in Olsztyn is the Castle of the Warmian Chapter in Olsztyn. Nicolaus Copernicus worked here. There is a Museum of Warmia and Mazury, currently in the castle. There you can see many exhibits related to this most famous Polish astronomer.


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The stellar vault in the castle

The stellar vault in the castle

The interior of the castle with a stellar vault is impressive!


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Museum in the Castle

Museum in the Castle

There you can see folk sculptures, paintings and the permanent Copernicus exhibition in the castle museum.


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Canoeing the Lyna River

Canoeing the Lyna River

One of the most interesting tourist attractions in Olsztyn was a canoeing trip on the Łyna. The rafting trips start at the castle and you can choose between two options for a 2-hour or longer tour.


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Warmia Brewery

Warmia Brewery

For lovers of beer and good food, we recommend the Warmia Brewery. An interesting building located in a quiet place by the Łyna River is the perfect place to meet and relax.


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City beach on Lake Ukiel

City beach on Lake Ukiel

Olsztyn is the capital of Warmia and Masuria, so it's no wonder that one of the city's greatest attractions are lakes and forests. The photo shows the Ukiel Recreation and Sports Center, the pier and the city beach.


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Central Park

Central Park

Olsztyn is a green city. There are six parks: Park Centralny, Park Podzamcze, Park Jakubowo, Park Kusociński, Park in Pozorty, Park in Kortowo. Apart from them, there are also other recreational areas: the City Forest and walking paths by the Long Lake.


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The old town - night view

The old town - night view

Olsztyn looks very interesting at night. I recommend walking around the old town in the evening.


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Cathedral Basilica of St. James

Cathedral Basilica of St. James

Another must-see monument is the Cathedral Basilica of St. James with a characteristic tower. This magnificent church was built in the second half of the 14th century.


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The interior of the basilica in Olsztyn

The interior of the basilica in Olsztyn

The interior of the St. James Basilica in Olsztyn.


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Sightseeing in Olsztyn

Sightseeing in Olsztyn

We visited Olsztyn for three days. We saw a lot, but there are still many attractions left for our next visit to this surprisingly beautiful city! There is the Old Town Hall on the market in the old town center of Olsztyn in the picture.


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Olsztyn - panorama of the city

Olsztyn - panorama of the city

Honestly, I was fascinated by the view of Olsztyn from above. It was hard for me to finish flying and shooting! If you like the city seen from this perspective, please visit the gallery: Olsztyn Poland where you can see more photos from bird's eye view.


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