Szamotuły (pronounced as Shamohtoohwhy) is a small city in the central part of the Wielkopolskie Voivodship, 35 kms north-west of Poznan in Poland. It is situated south of the Warta River Valley and south of Puszcza Notecka Forest.
Visitors arrive to Szamotuly mostly from Poznan. The quickest way to come here is by train : there are up to 11 (depending on the day, the highest number on Fridays and Sundays) regional trains, 2 Inter-Regio accelarated trains and more than a dozen fast trains. Travel time is between 25 (fast trains) and 35 (regional ones) minutes. Most local trains run on the line : Poznan – Szamotuły – Krzyz, some head as far as to Szczecin, and during the summer season to the sea resort of Swinoujscie (Swinemuende).
Long-distance trains come from the south from e.g. [[Katowice], Cracow, Łódź, Warsaw, Wroclaw and calling at Poznań and Szamotuly head as well to Szczecin or Swinoujscie.
For most tourists buses will be less practical than trains, but some lines can be useful :
- to Sierakow (up to 7 daily)
- to Miedzychod (up to 6 daily)
- to Klempicz i further through Czarnkow to Pila (4 daily)
- to Poznan (12 daily) – but unfortunately the travel time is much longer than by train – appr. 1 hour
As travel to Szamotuly by train is very easy, roads are a little bit more complicated. The town is located and the regional road junction :
- number 184 from Poznan (the way out from the city as for Swiecko and Berlin by country road number 92, just behind the city limits – to the right) to Wronki
- number 187 from Oborniki Wielkopolskie – important for those traveling from the north - to Pniewy (another connection with the road number 92)
- number 185 to Obrzycko (from where you can ride further through Czarnkow to Pila)
Szamotuły is a relatively small town, so all attractions are accessible on foot.
There are only two taxi stops – one near the railway station and one on the Rynek Square. Still, you can order a taxi by phone if you need one. Try +48 602 318 928 or +48 664 317 965. It may be sometimes problematic to communicate in English - if need be, ask a passer-by for assistance.
- The Gorka Family Castle – from XVth century, rebuilt in 1518 and once more in XIXth cent. Its interiors are home to a rich collections of furniture, pictures, ancient home equipment and to the biggest icon collection in western Poland. Entrance fees : 3,50 zloty (regular), 2 zloty (reduced).
- The Halszka Tower – the remnant (together with the moat) of the former castle defence system. The name of the tower comes the name of pretty Halszka from Wolyn district (nowadays : western Ukraine) – according to tradition, Halszka married (against her will) the Greater Poland province master Lukasz Gorka, she disagreed to sexual life with him and preferred to spend 14 years in the tower. After his husband’s death she was freed, but soon she went crazy. Entrance fees like in the castle : 3,50 zloty (regular), 2 zloty (reduced).
- The collegiate church of Our Lady of Consolation and St. Stanislaus the Bishop – the oldest and the most valuable monument in the city, as well one of the most important sacral places in the region, erected in the first half of XV cent. The decoration of the church consists of polychromies from 1952 and appr. one-hundred-year-old glass windows. In the interiors pay attention to the cross from appr. 1370, the stone sarcophagus of Jakub Rokossowski from the last years of XVIth century and a bronze commemorating plate of Andrzej Szamotulski – probably from the famous Vichers’ workshop in Nurmberg in Bavaria.
- The Franciscan Monastery – erected at the end of XVIIth century using the fundaments of former mansion house of Szamotulski family. In XIXth cent, after the cancellation of most orders, the building was overtaken by the neighbouring church of the Holy Cross was closed till 1963, when a parish was the re-opened. The rococo interiors come from the end of XVIIth cent. The main element is the altar with a crucifix, figures of Our Lady Suffering, St. John the Baptist, monks and the picture of God the Father, Holy Spirit and angels. The monastery building are now undergoing renovating works.
- Rycerska Restaurant, 3, Chrobrego str., Phone : +48 61 29 20 094, [http:// www.rycerska1979.pl], mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Sanguszko Inn, 30, Wroniecka str. – on the territory of the Gorka Family Castle, Phone : +48 61 29 25 716, , e-mail: email@example.com
- Maryna Restaurant, 1, Ratuszowa str., Phone : +48 61 29 21 718
- Kurczak Restaurant – Gałowo, 5/7 Wierzbowa str., Phone : +48 61 29 22 113
- SAVOY Restaurant, Obornicka str. (on the filling station)
- Siedem Zyczen Restaurant (Seven Wishes), 15, Koscielna str. (next to Rynek Square), Phone : +48 728 861 371, , mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Szamotuly is not a city, where many tourist stay overnight, so the choice of accomodation is pretty small :
- Hotel Maraton, 6, Sportowa str., Phone : +48 61 292 19 61, mailto:email@example.com
- The Sanguszko Inn&Hotel, 30, Wroniecka str. – on the territory of the Gorka Family Castle, Phone : +48 61 29 25 716, , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- School youth hostel, 12, Obornicka str., Phone : +48 61 29 32 089, , mailto:email@example.com
In the vicinity
Most of the accommodation places nearby are agrotouristic houses:
- Różana Farma (The Rose Farm) - Mrs Barbara Gail, Przecław 35, 64-514 Pamiatkowo, Phone : +48 696 943 623 or +48 61 66 375 94, 2 rooms, 6 beds.
- Agrotouristic House - Katarzyna Przybylak, Śmiłowo 10, 64-500 Szamotuły, Phone : +48 61 29 23 992, 4 rooms, 12 beds.
- Agrotouristic House - Józef Kwaśniewicz, Otorowo, 34, Krzeszkowicka str. Phone : +48 61 29 17 402, 2 rooms, 4 beds.
- The Baborowko Palace, 1, Parkowa str., Baborówko, Phone : +48 61 29 14 027
, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 7 rooms, 22 beds (plus additional beds)
The Tourist Information Centre – run the by Szamotuly Division of the Polish Tourist Association, 10, Rynek Sq, Phone : +48 61 29 21 638, , mailto:email@example.com
Most tourists stay in Szamotuly on their way from Poznan toward north west of Poland, e.g. to Szczecin or on their way to Notecka Forests (angling, canoing, walking, cycling, cross-country skiing), to Gorzow Wielkopolski and to Sierakow Lake District.