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Włocławek is the city on the Vistula (pol. Wisła) and Zgłowiączka rivers. It is located in eastern Cuiavia within the Cuiavian-Pomeranian province. City centre is worth visit, because of several high class monuments linked to the Cuiavian bisphoric history.


Włocławek is a smal city in central Poland and has around 115 000 inhabitants. It is one of the oldest urban centres in Poland, and became Cuiavia bishops’ seat in 12th century. During Polish Golden Age, in 15-17th centuries, it was a relatively important intellectual centre and trade post on Vistula river. In 19th and 20th century the city was industrialised, and is today known for a big chemical plant in its northern part and big dam on Vistula river.

Get in[edit]

You can easily come to Włocławek by car, bus, or train. Closest airports are in Bydgoszcz, Łódź and Warsaw.

Get around[edit]

There is well developed bus system in the city, with the major hub at the railway station. All major attractions (except the dam) are easily reachable on foot though.

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  • Basilica Cathedral of the St. Mary Assumption – gothic cathedral (pol. Katedra pw. Najświętszej Marii Panny) was built in 1340-1411 and then have other rebuilds. Richly decorated interior, with many precious monuments.
  • Diocesan Museum presenting works by Guercino, Caravaggio or Dürer.
  • Museum of the Kujawy and Dobrzyń Region with faience and art treasures of Anthony van Dyck, Georg Philipp Rugendas, Rembrandt van Rijn or Parmigianino
  • Water Dam on the biggest artificial lake in Poland.

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  • Walk along Vistula and Zgłowiączka rivers
  • Sail on Włocławek artificial lake


Włocławek is home to many schools of all stages of education. There are a few higher education institutions as well, including one of the oldest Catholic seminaries.

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Włocławek has many supermarkets and shopping malls, where you can buy clothes, food, sports equipment, books etc. If you want, you can also go to one of many small stores – this way you can better support local economy. You can also visit local markets (pol. targowisko). You may find there local farmers offering their products and other small businesses.

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Get out[edit]

  • Ciechocinek – famous 19th century spa town
  • Toruń – gothic old town, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Cuiavian Megalithes – older than Stonehange tombs in three villages around Izbica KujawskaGaj, Sarnowo and Wietrzychowice.
  • Włocławek artificial lake (Zalew Włocławski) offers many possibilities for water sports enthousiasts
  • Hike or bike in the Włocławek-Gostynin Nature Park

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