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Olsztyn

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Olsztyn is a city on the Łyna River in northeastern Poland. Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, and is a city with county rights.Founded as Allenstein in the 14th century, Olsztyn was under the control and influence of the Teutonic Order until 1466, when it was incorporated into the Polish Crown. For centuries the city was an important centre of trade, crafts, science and administration in the Warmia region linking Warsaw with Königsberg. Following the First Partition of Poland in 1772 Warmia was annexed by Prussia and ceased to be the property of the clergy. In the 19th century the city changed its status completely, becoming the most prominent economic hub of the southern part of Eastern Prussia. The construction of a railway and early industrialization greatly contributed to Olsztyn's significance.The city remained part of Germany under the name Allenstein until 1945 when it was captured by the Red Army and handed over to the Polish authorities. As a result of the deliberate devastation caused by the Soviets during the final stages of World War II, 40% of the buildings were completely destroyed. After the war Olsztyn rapidly recovered and grew to be one of the most important centres of commerce in the country.
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Old Town
Historic Walking Area
Old Town
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
Copernicus Bench
Monument
Copernicus Bench
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Olsztyńskie Planetarium ©
Observatory
Olsztyńskie Planetarium
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Central Park ©
Park
Central Park
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Olsztyn

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
World heritage site
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku Malbork
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Wilczy Szaniec ©
Historic Site
Wilczy Szaniec Gierloz
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Old Town Elblag ©
Historic Walking Area
Old Town Elblag Elblag
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Boyen Fortress ©
Landmark
Boyen Fortress Gizycko
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Olsztyn

Municipal Beach ©
Marina
Municipal Beach
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of St. Jacob Cathedral
Religious Site
Church of St. Jacob Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park Zamkowy ©
Park
Park Zamkowy
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Lesne Arboretum Warmii i Mazur
Wildlife Area
Lesne Arboretum Warmii i Mazur
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Olsztyn

Zwierzyniec Warminski ©
Zoo
Zwierzyniec Warminski
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Castle of Warmian Bishops in Olsztyn
Science Museum
Castle of Warmian Bishops in Olsztyn
3.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Papugarnia ©
Zoo
Papugarnia
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Olsztyn

LeSna Fun & Grill ©
Playground
LeSna Fun & Grill
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park Przygody Nowa Makumba ©
Playground
Park Przygody Nowa Makumba
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Olsztyn

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Olsztyn
Religious Site
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Olsztyn
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

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