7 Great Reasons Why You Should Visit Tczew, Poland

Tczew, Poland | © Aktron / Wikimedia Commons
Tczew, Poland | © Aktron / Wikimedia Commons
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21 September 2017

Tczew, in Poland‘s Kociewie region, is a stunning riverside town with a fascinating history and a peculiar range of hidden gems for the curious tourist to be thrilled by. The town is on the main train route between Gdańsk and Warsaw and has a chilled out countryside vibe. These are seven great reasons why you should visit picturesque Tczew.

Tczew Town Hall | © Don't Stop Living

The Second World War started here, on Most Tczewski (Tczew Bridge)

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The Second World War started here, on Most Tczewski (Tczew Bridge)
The Second World War started here, on Most Tczewski (Tczew Bridge)
Let’s get the sad facts out of the way early – Tczew has a torn past. World War II started here; ask any Tczew resident and they will tell you that. September 1, 1939 was officially the day when the Germans launched their attacks on Poland. Two of those attacks were in the port city of Gdańsk. The third attack was here in Tczew. The Tczew attack was the earlier one – apparently occurring at 4 a.m. when Germans were coming across the main bridge (Most Tczewski) and were spotted and thwarted initially by the Polish army. Later, the town was annexed by the Germans and became part of Nazi Germany until the liberation of 1945, which ultimately plunged the country into communism and an alliance with the then Soviet Union.Thankfully, the bridge has been since reconstructed and now acts as a very important link between the northwest of Poland and Germany to the west and Warsaw to the east. You can visit the bridge, and cross it by train or by foot. Its well designed towers also make it a great spot for photographers and Instagrammers.

The town square’s famous “Seasonal Statue”

Head to the town center of Tczew and the main town square, which is known locally as either Stary Rynek or Plac Hallera. Here, you will find a statue of a person on top of a concrete block. If you look closely, you will see that this is not a permanent statue. It is a statue that represents the current season, so they have four changing statues every year. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might see the Zima, Wiosna, Lato, or Jesien (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) statue. All four of the statues can be viewed at the top of the building just behind, if you look closely.

Plac Generała Józefa Hallera 20, 83-110 Tczew, Poland

Napoleon once slept here

A little local secret is that Napoleon once slept here in Tczew! The place where he slept is also at Plac Hallera in the main square. It is not in any tourist guides or on the town’s maps, but head to the far righthand corner as you face the Wisła River, and it is the building on the corner. Napoleon slept in the room above the shop called Alicja Suknie Slubne.

Alicja Suknie Slubne, Plac Generała Józefa Hallera 12, 82-200 Tczew, Poland

Spot the stationary trains around town

When you first arrive in Tczew, you might see an old black locomotive train sitting inside the train station. It’s a huge train station because the town is famous for its railway line, since basically there are six lines here and a huge railway bridge. Historically, Tczew was an important linking station between Poland and Germany. There are some stationary trains in parts of the town to visit.

Spot the Stationary Trains Around Town | © Northern Irishman in Poland

There are at least three old trains to find. One of the trains is inside the popular Muzeum Wisły, the other in front of the Galeria Kociewska shopping center. Even the children’s play area by the river has a mock train used as a climbing frame.

Spot the Stationary Trains Around the Town | © Northern Irishman in Poland

Watch the sunset over the river from Przystan Pub

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Sunset in Tczew
Sunset in Tczew | © Northern Irishman in Poland
Tczew has beautiful views of the Wisła River. In fact, it might even be the best place in all of Poland to truly relax by the Wisła River while still being in a large town. Head to the popular Przystan Pub for sunset cocktails and good food, right on the riverbank.

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