Agritourism in Poland: where to go
“We’re going to the countryside for a weekend!”. – This offer is becoming increasingly popular among those who are looking for a remote, peaceful and natural holiday in Poland. Agrotourism tourist destination is growing day by day, but already in an hour.
What until recently seemed a relic of the past, today has found a new form. A trip to the countryside is now the lot not of those who have to plant or harvest potatoes, but of those who want to do it. Voluntarily. Those who are bombarded with devices, who have gone into the unmanageable and often soulless world of social networks, messengers and other “pseudo-elements”, those who often work and realized in their work that there is strength, that strength is running out. You are looking for an opportunity to fill them up again. An innate instinct tells us that this can only happen by “separating” from civilization, only by changing the situation to a calmer one. One who gets to know oneself on a generational level. This mechanism of resting in a familiar environment has been established in the United States for millennia. We have really been living in such an aggressive environment for about 100 years.
The inhabitants of Poland, having played with “civilized” conversations, for example, on the Internet and endless hours in the video console, were looking for a simple and understandable rest – to relax on a kayak, on a bicycle. And how you want to just sit at home. Above the average of home comfort, for carefree walks in the woods, wholesome cuisine from home cooking, hordes of townspeople have turned their eyes to the countryside, to the gray old ovines, distilleries, mills, traditions and quiet pastime, away from the “pluses)” of civilization. Many do not even think about where to go for Christmas or Sylvester (New Year). They choose “agritourism”.
Many guesthouses had to start from scratch. Some have continued the work of their parents and turned their personal farm into a vacation destination, and some have just found the determination to shake off the dust from the old recreation center or camp site that once organized guests into union guides. Someone made old warehouses or mills back into use for vacationers, giving those buildings a second life. One way or another, even today in Poland you can find a country vacation that the whole family will enjoy. There are places where you can experience the atmosphere of traditional Polish life, with its connection to the land, the ponds and the forests. And there are places where you can feel like a monk in the truest sense of the word. Polomedia decided not only to tell its readers about the possibility of such holidays in Poland, but also to show such places. Dosed, of course.
Crossing three borders
Not far from the city of Suwalki and very close to the three borders – with Russia (Kaliningrad region) and Lithuania – there is a small agritourist vacation spot, which does not really have a name. By the way, it is very typical for Poland, where a private family business can simply be called “Jan Kowalski Law Firm”. Almost like an IE in Russia. So it is in the quiet village of Burniszki, where the farm of the Janusz and Iwona Rudziewicz family (Gospodarstwo Agroturystyczne Janusz Iwona Rudziewicz) is located right on the shore of the picturesque Lake Wizajna. The farm, which offers its guests a carefree holiday in the picturesque surroundings of the Suwałki region, is a farm. Which initially transferred to the menu of cuisine. Here the tourist will taste everything a real farm has to offer. All of its own, everything, of course. Cheese, butter, sour cream, cottage cheese and even bread, on which this treat is painted, – all made from homemade products.
In addition, vacationers can take part in the life of the institution if they wish. For example, to work with the owners with the cattle at eye level, to milk goats, rabbits, chickens, and the like. As they say, the best recovery is a change of activity. However, if this option is not suitable, you should take advantage of the local nature. These are fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and evenings by the fire. Boats and bicycles are free here. You can ask the owners to arrange a trip to Vilnius. They will gladly arrange it for you.
Accommodation at Agroturist Farm by Janusz and Ivona Rudzewicz costs only 60 zlotys per adult. Children from 3 to 7 years old are 30 zlotys and under 3 years old are free. The price includes three meals a day. The number of rooms – 5, shower rooms with toilets – 3. The total number of beds – 12. It is possible to rent a whole room for 35 PLN (if someone is traveling alone and there are 2 places in the room). For those who are not satisfied with three home-cooked meals a day, in early September, 32 kilometers from Burniszek will host the International Culinary Art Competition “Neighbors at the Table.
In addition to Polish, German and Russian can be arranged with the hosts.
In the village of Kamianka (Kamionka) in the province of Warmia and Masuria there is a whole ethno-cultural village called “Töpferdorf”. The authors of the project tried to preserve local craft traditions, which had been forgotten due to the outdated fashion for physical labor. Industrialization is certainly a good thing, they decided, but traditions should not be forgotten. The bet was on the tastes and smells that someone remembers from childhood. And all this could only be achieved through the efforts of bakers, cooks, blacksmiths, potters and other craftsmen who remembered how everything was made by hand.
Many things were produced in these lands. There were especially many pottery items. The local mountain is also called Pottery Mountain. Because this area has long been rich in sound phenomena. And historically, many items were made here. This direction and was chosen by the founders of the village as the main. Thanks to the scrupulous collection of information about regional products, the founders of the village managed to preserve the heritage of their ancestors.
Of course, it would be a shame to lose the history of the area, known since 1371. But it was clearly not easy to put it together. But now the region cannot complain about a weak tourist component. Those who have been to the Pottery village, come back here with relatives. This is understandable – it is impossible to describe in words. In addition to the numerous stores and museum exhibits, the village is filled with workshops that will be of interest to both children and adults. Here you can learn about the art of pottery (just from the name of course), and the art of stained glass and beadwork, and even the production of paper and the art of arranging bouquets.
Of particular note, Potter Village hosts fairs throughout the year. Monthly. From May through September, every first Saturday of the month. Of course, the most colorful fairs in the Ethno Village are the Easter and Christmas fairs. A special event in the life of Goncharov village is the Bulat Okudzhava Ballad Festival. In addition to it, a large number of musical events are held in the village. Even the local authorities do not hide their surprise at the influence that the Goncharov cause has had. After all, just a few years ago, people were going to the city from nearby villages. Now the outflow has stopped. Residents have found a use for their work in their native land.
Participation in workshops costs from 15 to 25 zlotys per person. Also available to visitors is the Garden of Science. It’s a real botanical garden with several thousand species of plants. The garden also has a nursery with planting material, so some green friends from the garden can be taken home and planted on your own plot. A visit to the Heavenly Garden costs 10 PLN for an adult and 5 PLN for a child. It is not possible to stay overnight in the village itself, but the village administration will help find a roof over the head for those who have not taken care of it in advance. There are hotels and rooms in villas in the area. In “Ceramic Village” created all conditions for an interesting holiday associated with cultural pastime away from the “goods of civilization”. Families with children will be especially interested here. There are whole programs from entertainment to historical and educational for small guests.
Guest house “Tabun”.
For those who go to Gdansk, maybe not for the first time, sometimes you want something new. What to do when the beaches are exhausted, water sports are tried, water parks are exhausted and drinks in bars are drunk … All that’s left to do is dream of a time machine to see: “What it was like back then… When the sky was blue, the sun was brighter, the air was brighter and cleaner. It turns out that a time machine capable of transporting us to that state exists. It is disguised as the next item on our agricultural program – the guest house “Tabun”.
The rest house is located only 7 kilometers from the center of Gdansk, but despite its proximity to the agglomeration, the peace of holidaymakers can be disturbed only by the birds, the noise of the wind and the approaching horses. The name of the institution speaks for itself – a small herd of horses has actually settled here. Everyone can take the opportunity to take a ride on horseback. Nearby is the Lake Otomińskie (Jeezioro Otomińskie), rich in fish. Thanks to this, the area is home to many different birds. And the landscapes themselves are characterized by impeccable beauty.
Of particular note is the cuisine offered in the herd. The varied menu – which is frequently updated – includes both modern and old core dishes. In 2010, the shooting of the popular Polish culinary television program “Kitchen Revolutions” took place here. Of course, you can stay for a holiday in the full sense of the word. Depending on the room, a night at the hotel costs from 140 to 240 zlotys. There is also the possibility of staying individually. In this case, the price starts at 100 PLN. Extra charge for breakfast is 25 PLN, for dinner – 40 PLN.
You can negotiate with the owners in English, German, Russian and French.
Behind this simple name hides a real joy for those who want to visit not only Frederic Chopin, but also the atmosphere that surrounded him in his childhood. The realization of this idea was a success among the owners of the courtyard. The decoration inside and outside of the traditional Polish residential building really brings guests back to the past. History also contributes. The house in this respect can be considered unique. Not every building can imagine taking on new life 360 years after it was built.
That’s exactly what happened to this house, which is a real landmark today. In three and a half centuries, it has had the chance to be the Korchma, the Pleban, the Archive, and the School. Not only had fate returned it to its pristine beauty, but also to its former function as a tavern. It was now elegant and glossy with guests again. Those who are tired of the monotonous city life. Those who want to taste the old, or maybe just delicious, natural food. To feel like a hero of Mickiewicz’s works or just take a walk in a place with the energy of past centuries. This beautiful and atmospheric place is about 90 kilometers from Szczesin and is therefore suitable also for those who want to spend a weekend not only here but also in neighboring Germany.
Agro-tourism in Poland is closely connected with cuisine. In the course of our material we constantly mention it. But it just so happens that cuisine is an integral part of the kind of vacation that people are looking for in Poland. The korchma “Tradycja” does not stand aside from its agritourism colleagues in this respect.
Homemade and tasty dishes based on the traditions of the national Polish cuisine is the end result of this institution. Besides cooking various dishes at “Tradycja”, there are thematic master classes on their preparation. The price for their participation is symbolic – up to 100 zlotys. But this is exactly the amount, because during the day you can learn the technology of cooking delicious goose, bread, cake or something else, and then taste it all, accompanied by live music, in parallel with the works of colleagues and chefs of Cook.
Here you can spend time with your family and business partners. The tavern has rooms that are ideal for business meetings. Overnight stay with breakfast costs 75 zlotys per person. In “Tradition” there are also packages with services with other leisure options and cuisine. There is also a “business package”. It is suitable for those who are looking for solutions for corporate recreation, master class or conference. The package includes two days of lodging (with one night), lunch and dinner on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on the second. Here the menu includes crane, sack in plum sauce (baked pork), hoof (cold cuts), and dumplings. Anything your soul desires. The coffee break at conferences includes coffee, tea, fruit and seasonal berries, as well as homemade cakes. All this splendor costs 250 PLN per person.
In the heat of describing the magic of life in agricultural institutions like “Manor House” we almost forgot about those who are still looking for unity with nature. So let’s return to plowing. It is rich in agritourism in general and unusual agritourism in particular.
Yes/Yes! In Poland you also know what it is. But most importantly, it’s not a false, even new, but a real borrowing that was used by the grandfathers of modern hunters (after all, when the grandfathers’ huts were built, they were new, too). The owners of this unusual place have no website (well, everything is real). As there is no Internet, no phone in the house itself (mobile communication, of course, there is, but do you choose for it such a room?), no running water – a number that does not consider anything of the accustomed advantages of civilization. Toilet and bathroom – and that in the street. But there is nothing else – this is the kind of place that helps you feel alone with nature. In the full sense of the word. By the way, can be useful for families with children. Today’s children rarely see and feel the hardships of life, which their parents had to endure, and for their grandmothers, they were the norm of life.
You can even have a quest based on a slice of life in the woods. Catch canned porridge, oatmeal, lottery, cards, chess, guitar, and go. No light – there’s a kerosene burner. No gas, there’s a campfire. No video game, there’s a guitar and an examiner or whatever you’ve got with you for fun (maybe a poetry collection? – okay!). All this will be remembered for a long time, an interesting experience that mature children will remember as an incredible adventure.
For those who can’t afford such an extreme, the hosts have prepared guest rooms with all the comforts of home, but in an ascetic style. Here you just feel in a village of the second half of the 20th century. Despite this, it is worth mentioning, as you have already guessed, the kitchen. Here you will find not only delicious food, but also delicious food that has been preserved through real hunting and meeting. The owner of the house is an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman.
There will also be plenty to do here. No electricity is needed for fishing, biking and hiking. In late summer the area is full of berries and mushrooms, and in winter you can get a lot of slides from the mountain. In addition, nearby there is the so-called Tartar trail for those who are interested in unusual places in Poland. It is also possible to drive nearby.
The guest house has 8 beds in two rooms. The price for one person is 25 PLN, for a room from 50 to 150 PLN per night. The price does not include food. Everything can be cooked in the rooms, only in the house Zimka has a kitchenette. But if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, you can pay 9 PLN per person for breakfast, 18 PLN for lunch and 20 PLN for dinner. To try cutlets, dumplings and other games, you can pay extra.
The owners are Halina and Janusz Sawiccy. Cooking is available in Polish and Russian. The guest house is 200 kilometers from Brest and Gusev (Kaliningrad Region), 60 kilometers from Grodno.
Address: 156 130 Janów, Rudawka 31
Mobile: +48 607-24-42-42 landline: +48-85-721-62-70, +48-85-675-90
Poloedia wishes its readers a pleasant and real holiday. We will continue to look for interesting and unusual places from the field of agritourism in Poland. So that everyone can find a place to their liking and escape from everyday life.
Botanical Garden from Wroclaw
If the question of what to see in Wroclaw is solved, let’s move on to the next problem – where to go for a walk with a child? In the city center there are green areas, but quieter and more picturesque where there are fewer tourists.
Such a place is the botanical garden of Wroclaw University on the island of Tumsky. While most visitors choose Souvenirs on the Green Bridge and listen to the Gothic architecture, walk along Wrocław Council along Kanonia Street and immerse yourself in the coolness and herbs of the old garden.
History of the Wroclaw Botanical Gardens
The Wroclaw Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Poland. It was established in 1811 and planted about 400 species of plants. Already in 5 years, the collection had more than two thousand species, there were greenhouses with palms and cacti.
Later opened a botanical museum, created a reconstruction of the Wałbrzych Coal Basin, arranged an alpinarium, buried areas with agricultural plants – the garden developed at an incredible pace.
Almost all of it was destroyed during World War II. On the territory of the garden was a German anti-aircraft battery and ammunition depot: during the siege of Breslau (Wroclaw), the garden was engulfed in flames, and most plants were killed.
After the war, the garden had to be rebuilt. Fortunately, a corner with the Walbrzy pool and a greenhouse with tropical plants survived. Everything else was planned and equipped anew.
In 1974, the botanical garden of Wrocław was included in the list of monuments of the Wrocław Voivodeship, and 20 years later it was recognized as a historical landmark along with the old city.
From violet to sequoia
Today, the Botanical Garden has over 7,500 plants in its collection. Among them are well-known oaks, maples and exotic scatopods, as well as sequoias and ginkgo trees that are not found in our region. The names of all the plants are written in Polish and Latin: young naturalists are not surprised by this, and those who simply walk through the garden easily get by without names.
And yet the signs are sometimes worth reading. For example, the ivy greenhouse has varieties called Dragon’s Claw, Duck’s Paw, and Little Witch.
The greatest decoration of the garden at all times are the flowering plants. In April, if there are no leaves on the trees, white, pink, purple, purple rhododendrons are already in bloom, magnolias are fragrant, and clumps of delicate cherry blossom petals.
Against this background, blossoming cherries, apples and pears look quite ordinary, although the garden is only made more beautiful by their snow-white attire.
The blooms in the park stop only in late autumn, affecting all corners of the garden. The alpine hill is studded with white stars of edelweiss, graceful geraniums and fragrant gentians, cacti and pineapples are decorated with flowers, lilies and eggs bloom in the greenhouses and even in the “swamp”, specially equipped to show aquatic plants. In a small flowerbed you can see blooming carnivorous plants – sundew and venus flycatcher.
And only one exhibit does not change from season to season. In a small area there is also a peculiar garden, where petrified trees “grow”.
You can study the plants by reading the plaques and memorizing the names of unknown species. But you can just walk and enjoy the scenery, you can sit on a bench by the pond or stand on a bridge to see the reflection of clouds in the water. Everything here contributes to peacefulness – isn’t it a pleasant addition to other attractions in Wroclaw?
We also recommend a visit to the Panorama of Nature exhibition (admission included in the price of the admission ticket). Fossils with imprints of huge mollusks, skulls and fragments of skeletons of fossil animals, and then primitive tools of primitive people are laid out against the painted prehistoric landscapes.
The markings on the floor help understand how to move from the Paleozoic, when trilobites roamed the earth, through the Mesozoic, the age of the dinosaurs, to the Cenozoic, at the end of which Neanderthals were already hunting mammoths.
We should add that the Natural History Museum is next door to the Botanical Gardens – but a separate ticket is required to visit it. Among the most amazing exhibits are the skeletons of the blue whale and fin whale, the skull of a primitive bull and the heavy egg of the extinct bird Epiornis – an omelet that could feed a hundred people.
Placing gnome figurines in gardens is popular in various cities and countries. But only in Wroclaw the garden gnomes are not like their counterparts. First, they are part of a huge tribe of gnomes that inhabit the city. Secondly, they are not colored, but bronze – this moves them from the category of kitsch to the category of art.
In any case, you can’t help but marvel at the botanist dreamily playing the saxophone and the gardener wheeling an onion in a wheelbarrow.
We advise you to take a closer look at the second sculpture, as there is another gnome there. He is very busy holding a huge bow in his hands. However, at the same time he is lying in a wheelbarrow (because he is the boss), and all the work falls on the shoulders of the gardener.