Szczecinek (Neustettin) – 23 km, about 25 min by car from Jeziernik
Beautifully arranged boulevards near the lake, pre – war quaint villas, interesting 19th century architecture of the city market, Neo – Gothic town hall, impressive Cathedral of the Saint Lady with a tower of 78m, Europe’s longest water-ski lift on the city lake, commercial centre, cinema located closest to Jeziernik.
Człuchów (Schlochau) – 40 km, about 35 min by car from Jeziernik
Neat and clean town whose main tourist attraction are remains of mighty Teutonic castle, once largest (still territorially largest), second only to Malbork. It was the seat of the Komtur (Teutonic Commander) and Convent of Teutonic Knights. Castle was a residence of several commanders, such as: Ulrich von Jungingen and Konrad von Wallenrode (1377 – 1382) – both of them later became Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights. To the present day walls, tower and not fully investigated cellars survived. In the 19th century the castle was demolished and used as a source of a raw material to rebuild the city after a fire. In the city exists an Association of Człuchów Commandry run by a group of chivalry enthusiasts. Association is the main organiser of the Człuchów Tournament for the Sword of Konrad Wallenrod , taking place in the penultimate weekend of August. It is one of the biggest events in the region. Many knights across the whole Poland come every year to the tournament .
Biały Bór (Baldenburg) – 10 km, about 10 min by car from Jeziernik
Nicely situated small town (2,000 inhabitants) with an interesting history. As a result of resettlement under “Vistula” Operation in 1945 -1947 Biały Bór is still a thriving centre of Ukrainian culture. The city has a Middle and Secondary School named after famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko with Ukrainian language of instruction. An architectural attraction is the a church of the Greek Catholic rite dedicated to the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God designed by professor Jerzy Nowosielski. Biały Bór is a well-known equestrian centre in Poland. In 1956 a famous Stallion Herd was established here, currently under the name of Equestrian Training Centre is still functioning perfectly. Centre organises multiple events, among others, the International Eventing competition. Biały Bór was also a place where Jerzy Hoffman made a significant part of the battle scenes for the film “Pan Wołodyjowski” (based on a novel written by a Nobel Prize winner – Henryk Sienkiewicz) and Tadeusz Łomnicki – one of the most famous Polish actors – lived here half a year preparing for the role of “Little Knight”.
Borne Sulinowo – 45 km, about 40 min by car from Jeziernik
Areas of the great military bases of the Wehrmacht and the Red Army, also “the youngest” of Polish cities.
In 1933, the Third Reich decided to buy the nearby areas and use them for military purposes. Within a few years, military base and Pomeranian Wall was built. After World War II Sulinowo and area of 18000 hectares have been formally incorporated into Poland as “woodland”. Keeping the military character of the city Sulinowo, created one of the best-kept databases of Army Group North. City “did not exist” on any maps or car atlases. Roads cut short at some point, and the armed soldiers of the Red Army turned back confused drivers. Last Soviet troops left the city on October 12th 1993. Officially Sulinowo was granted a city status on September 30th 1993.
What conceal the mysterious land of Borne Sulinowo and the surrounding area? Is there an underground city? Were there any nuclear weapons in Sulinowo? Is the area contaminated? For these and many other questions there are still no clear answers.
Located at a distance of 10 – 30 km from Jeziernik, in a beautiful undulating and unspoilt landscape. Lobelia lakes with extremely pure water are home to unique plants (lakes take name after a unique relict plant – Lobelia dortmanna). Strictly protected, endangered species are observed there: Lobelia dortmanna, Isoëtes lacustris, Isoëtes echinospora Durieu, Littorella uniflora, and Luronium natans are the few most significant. Above-mentioned plants are indicative for lobelia lakes, and at the same time called relict species, flora remnants of past geological epochs. All of these species are strictly protected and were noted in the Polish Red Book of Vanishing Plants. Lobelia dortmanna itself is a delicate plant growing at a distance of about 2 m from the lakeshores, reaches a height of 70 cm. Under the water there are rosettes of leaves, which release floral rush over the water surface in spring. In June and July on the stems appear pale blue flowers. Each plant has a chance to bloom only once, after it seeds – dies. The whole plant is poisonous. In well-preserved lobelia lakes, plant covers all shores of the lake. All four sub – species are sensitive to changes in water quality, and thus the conditions of their lives. In the region there are three clusters of lobelia lakes: Bobięcińskie Lake – 5 lakes, Bobolickie Lobelia Lakes – 9 lakes and Miasteckie Lobelia Lakes – 4 lakes.
Bunkers and fortifications of the Pomeranian Wall
Our house is located directly on the northern part of the former, the so-called Pomeranian Positions (Pommernstellung) – that is the Pomeranian Wall. During the walk through the forest you will discover many well-preserved bunkers suitable for various purposes as well as numerous remains of trenches and anti – tank ditches. Visiting the remains of the Pomeranian Wall can be a great attraction, especially for older children and adolescents. On the site you can get a map with marked facilities. Detailed descriptions of fortifications and history of the battles of 1944 -1945 you can find on the web page of the Pomeranian Fortifications Exploration Club .