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.
You can see more photos from this beautiful city in the galleries: Olsztyn at night, Spring in Olsztyn, Olsztyn Poland and Kortowo in Olsztyn.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The stellar vault in the castle
The interior of the castle with a stellar vault is impressive!
There you can see folk sculptures, paintings and the permanent Copernicus exhibition in the castle museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olsztyn looks very interesting at night. I recommend walking around the old town in the evening. You can see more evening photos from this beautiful city in the gallery: Olsztyn at night.
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.
The interior of the basilica in Olsztyn
The interior of the St. James Basilica 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.
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: Spring in Olsztyn, Olsztyn at night and Olsztyn Poland where you can see more photos from bird's eye view.
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