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Chelmno

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Just under an hour from Torun, by car or by train
When to go
All year, wrap up warm in winter
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chelmno

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Chelmno is one of the most beautiful spots in the Lower Vistula Valley, on the route between Torun and Gdansk. This splendid medieval town inherited from the Teutonic Knights boasts stunning red-brick buildings, impressively preserved.

My suggestion:
Take a walk around the ramparts! At 2km long, these are the most well-preserved of their kind in the country. Encircling the old town, the walls offer superb views of the ancient backstreets, the churches and the town hall.
My review

I was delighted by Chelmno (pronounced "Khéoumno"), where I arrived one January morning (-16°C that day) during my adventures in northern Poland, not expecting too much. As I disembarked from the train which had brought me from Torun, I was surprised to find that the Teutonic Knights, who ruled over the region in the Middle Ages, had left behind such beautiful and well-preserved vestiges.

My admiration for Chelmno's architecture gave way to the bitter cold a mere quarter of an hour after my arrival in the city. I found refuge in a popular eatery, where I enjoyed a warming plate of pierogi. This proved to be the culinary hot water bottle I needed, and provided me with the energy to continue my exploration of the city, which I was eager to do. A young local, also sheltering from the cold, offered to give me a guided tour. We took a lovely walk, wandering from the elegant "Rynek" with its fantastic town hall in the Italianate style of the Polish renaissance, to the gothic red-brick churches in the typical Germanic style of the north.

After thanking my tour guide, I took refuge once again, this time in a tearoom. Reinvigorated, I ventured out again, hands in pockets, to explore the ramparts, admiring the roofs and streets blanketed in snow. I boarded the train to Gdansk feeling very pleased with my fleeting visit...

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