Wałcz is a very beautiful city located between two lakes (Raduń and Zamkowe) in the Westpomeranian Voivodeship in Poland. It is my hometown and today I invite you to visit the small but charming Wałcz together with me.
You don't have to try too hard to find interesting places. The centre of Wałcz is a treat for strollers, tourists and history lovers. About the bunkers in Wałcz belonging to the fortifications of the Pomeranian Wall I have already mentioned, so I will forgo this issue, but the tour will start with Kościuszki Street and the famous Pieta standing right at the main crossroads.
Pieta (own photo)
Stone monument showing the Mother of God holding Jesus on her knees in presence of angels. The monument was founded by German Catholics even before the First World War for protection against the epidemic that reigned in Wałcz. At first Pieta stood 200 meters away, but due to the construction of the road, it was moved in 1976 to the present place and today you can see a very well preserved monument.
In addition, it was said that the Pieta was built over a mass grave of epidemic victims. Only after the transfer it turned out that it was true.
Going in the direction of the center, on the left side we pass a part of the Castle Lake, where the fountain stands every year, and this year since May there is a water tram that starts and ends cruise at the marina next to the fountain. The cost of the cruise is 25 zloty per adult and 10 zloty per child for about 45 minutes of the cruise.
Fountain on Zamkowe Lake with a marina (own picture)
Walking further along the shores of the Raduń Lake we come to Pocztowa Street, and our eyes see a building from the 19th century. It is a Notary's building with originally preserved bas-reliefs depicting animals and birds. In the façade of the building are also fitted wooden elements, which with a white façade reflect the charm of the building.
Notary’s building (own photo)
A few meters further you can meet the building of the Museum of the Wallachian Land, which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and is a classicistic manor house from that period.
The building of the Museum of the Wallachian Land (own photo)
Being on Pocztowa Street it is also worth seeing the historic post office building. The building was built in 1885 in the neo-Gothic style. To this day, the whole construction and original motifs related to the post office have been preserved.
Main Post Office Building (own photo)
Originally preserved trumpet motif associated with the post office:
Now we go back to the Notary's building to see the building of the Complex of Municipal Schools No. 2 from 1910, and the historic sundial on it.
Municipal School Complex no. 2 (own photo)
Right next to the school there is a building of St. Anthony's Church. This neo-Gothic building was built entirely of brick in 1903 by Lutherans. The church was renovated by the Capuchins in 1945 and still belongs to them today.
St. Anthony of the Capuchin Friars Minor (own photo)
The church is situated directly at the lake, so we walk along its shore along a beautiful alley among singing birds and the noise of trees. By the way, we can leave bread to swans and ducks (yes, I know, you can't, but everyone does it anyway). This way we get to the second church of St. Nicholas which is surrounded by narrow streets that give the charm to Wałcz from the past. The historic cube and buildings have survived to this day, only they had to be renovated.
Now we come to the heart of Wałcz, a small square on Plac Wolności Street (Freedom Square), surrounded by historic tenement houses and the City Hall, which was built in 1890 and is still the seat of the city government.
City Hall building (own photo)
There is also a fountain on the market, which was founded by local politicians and a member of parliament. The fountain was originally to be reconstructed from the 19th century existing fountain, but it was finally shaped like a chalice.
Fountain in front of the City Hall (own photo)
Old Market Square in front of the City Hall (own photo)
A dozen or so meters further we reach the Kazimierz Wielki High School. A school with great traditions (which I attended) and rich history. This place is also known as Athens of Wałcz due to the level of science of the then college run by the Jesuits since 1665. The building has been renovated and rebuilt many times and is now in this form:
General Secondary School no. 1 (by Tedesse CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)
A short journey through the School can be seen on the film Lipdub I LO Wałcz by the author Filmy Ptaka
Let's leave the monuments in the city centre and move to the second lake - Raduń. Just walk a dozen or so meters down the street behind the City Hall. Here we can find ourselves on the promenade called recently Walecka Avenue of Sports Stars.
It is a picturesque area along Lake Raduń. Every few meters we can find information about athletes who trained or were born in Wałcz and held leading positions in the international arena. It is also an excellent place for recreation, and on the lake you can often meet practicing rowers or kayakers.
View from Star Avenue to Lake Radun (own photo)
Walking along the Raduń Lake through the forest, we reach one of the most popular attractions of Wałcz, the Kłosowski Bridge, also known as the Hanging Bridge. It is a bridge through which we can easily walk from one side of the shore to the other. The length of the bridge is 85 meters.
Kłosowski Bridge (source: https://pomorzezachodnie.travel)
The Kosowski Bridge also has an interesting history. It was built at the turn of 1890/91 and originally had a wooden structure. Unfortunately, during the World War II it was destroyed and rebuilt after the war.
Kłosowski Bridge from before 1978 (source: http://ponad.siteor.pl/most)
In 1978, the Kłosowski Bridge was built of steel and is being renovated from time to time. I would also like to add that the bridge can be rocked, which is an additional attraction.
Going to the other side, we can quietly circle around the lake and return to the Avenue of Stars.
This is the end of the tour of Wałcz. The city is very friendly to tourists and it is worth staying in it, get to know each other better.
Thank you all for reading!