The commune of Nidzica is located In the southern part of the voivodship of warmińsko-mazurskie, within three masurian regions (mezoregion), which are Garb Lubawski, Pojezierze Olsztyńskie and the Równina Mazurska. Commune consists of 22,600 inhabitants, of which 15,600 are inhabitants of the town Nidzica. The settlements in this area dates back to ancient times, i.e. 4000-1700 BC. Evidence of this are the traces and archaeological finds from different periods, including the positions of well-educated form, spatial – cemeteries, burial mounds, embankments border.
Nidzica, called the “Gate to Warmia and Masuria”, received city rights in 1381 by the hands of Grand Master Winrych von Kniprode. The Teutonic Knights, using the marshy areas of the valley Nida, built a castle on a hill, designed to residential – defence purposes, which to date dominates the town. The biggest attraction of the community of Nidzica are natural values, here the nature is pure and unpolluted by the progress of civilization. The hilly landscape, flowing rivers and large forest areas encourage to relaxation and long walks. Omulew Lake area, the valley of the River Łyna, forests of napiwodzkie and koniuszyńskie, are the areas which offer special landscape value. Many places, because of its valuable nature, are subject to reserve protection. Visitors can also see unique habitats of sea eagles, beavers, and numerous species of plants and animals, which are relict and have a restricted distribution.
The commune consists of four reserves:
- Landscape – geomorphological, “Sources of the River Łyna, named: prof. Kobendza Roman” – was created to preserve the source of the river along with the geological phenomenon, which is the erosion of the headwaters.
- Reserve “Lake Orłowo Małe” was the first and for many years the only one in the country, established in order to protect the pond turtle.
- “Koniuszanka I” was created for the protection of inanimate nature, in unique in this part of the Polish forms and scoring phenomena developing in outwash sediments.
- “Koniuszanka II” is intended to maintain a very picturesque breakthrough part of the river Koniuszanka.
Also worth visiting in Nidzica are:
. Church of St. Wojciech – Catholic, then Lutheran, Catholic again today. Built in the fourteenth century, the west line of the town walls. Burned during the war in 1914 and rebuilt in the twenties, subject to the Gothic elements. The church tower is located on the side part of the building.
. Klasztorek – located in the south-eastern part of the fortifications of the town. Originally housed the salt storehouse, later a school for the lower staff of the church, barracks, city library, a cinema and a regional museum. Destroyed during World War I, it was rebuilt in the twenties. It was destroyed again in 1945 and rebuilt in the seventies. Since 1988 to date it is the seat of the National Archives.
. Evangelical Church – Lutheran – formerly a Catholic, built in neo-Gothic style in the years 1858-1860, the tower was built in 1890.
. Town Hall – built at place of the demolished building in 1824. which was built in neoclassical style in 1842.
. Brewery – established in 1868 and originally was called “Schlossbrauerei Neidenburg” (Browar Zamkowy Nidzica), which today houses the Winery and Meads.
. Tatar Stone – lies near the village of Tatary and it is a huge boulder with a circumference of 1900 cm, length 6.5 m, width 4 m and a height of 1.8 m. It is related with the legend, which says that inherent in the stone ball mortally wounded the Tatar chief, who fired his gun one of the residents of Nidzica, someone by the name of Nowak.
TOURIST INFORMATION AND VISITING THE CASTLE
ul. Zamkowa 2, tel. 89 625 03 70, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nok.nidzica.pl
Sightseeing – (October to April is open From Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 to 16.00; From May to September it is open daily from 9.00 to 17.00)
Hotel “Ordo” in the Castle, ul. Zamkowa 2, tel. 89 527 84 87,
661 093 462, www.zamek.nidzica.pl, www.facebook.com/restauracjazameknidzica
Hotel “Kamieniczka”, pl. Wolności 4, tel. 89 625 60 50, 600 320 632, www.kamieniczka.com
Wedding House “Igor”, Litwinki 13A, tel. 601 498 435
Inn “Forest”, Waszułki k/Nidzicy, tel. 89 625 36 66, 502 311 662, www.zajazdlesny-waszulki.e-meteor.pl
Forester’s Lodge Nibork, ul. Las Miejski 1, tel. 695 020 236, www.lesniczowka-nibork.pl
Pension “Graven”, pl. Wojciecha z Brudzewa 11, tel. 89 625 53 40, 506 361 249
Nidzica Municipal Stadium im. Ks. Ryszarda Gamańskiego, ul. Polna 7, tel. 89 532 58 00, www.mosirnidzica.pl
Private Accommodation “Na Zaciszu” – Wanda Kumelska, ul. Dubieńska 7, tel. 604 073 625,
For more information visit: www.nok.nidzica.pl, http://historia.nidzica.pl, www.nidzica.pl, www.lotpn.nidzica.pl
Restaurant “Kamieniczka”, plac Wolności 4, tel. 89 625 60 50, 501 301 966,
Restaurant “Ordo” in the Castle, ul. Zamkowa 2, tel. 661 093 462,
www.zamek.nidzica.pl , www.facebook.com/restauracjazameknidzica
Restaurant “Under the Castle – Biała”, ul. Słowackiego 7, tel. 89 625 82 86,
Ewik Café, ul. Traugutta 20, tel. 667 373 737, www.facebook.com/ewikcafe/
Pastry shop, Ice Cream Parlour “Olszewscy”, ul. Młynarska 2, www.facebook.com/LodziarniaOlszewscy/
Pod Gołębiem Inn, ul. Sienkiewicza 10, tel. 89 625 70 18, 696 555 555, www.karczmy.pl
Pizzeria „Adria”, Plac Wolności 3,tel. 89 625 60 10, www.pizzeria.nidzica24.pl/
Gruby Benek, ul. Kościuszki 2, tel. 625 25 26, 511 015 810, www.grubybenek.pl/nidzica
Chilli Kebab Grill, ul. Warszawska 3, tel. 579 920 615
Grill House Pyramid, ul. Słowackiego 17, www.facebook.com/KebabPiramidaNidzica/
Pub Pomarańcza, ul. 1-ego Maja 1, tel. 502 712 145
Bar “Ratuszowy”, ul. XXX-lecia 1, tel. 89 625 47 66,
Bar U Agi, ul. Miller 6,
Oregano Bar, ul. Żeromskiego 10, tel. 533 419 694.
EVENTS – Invasion of Fire and Music, Nidzica Days, Knight’s Tournament (always a week before the celebration of the staging of the Battle of Grunwald – www.rycerze.org), International Festival of Fantasy
( www.festiwal.solarisnet.pl ), “zmROCK” Castle Rock Marathon (www.nok.nidzica.pl)
pl. Wolności 1, tel. 89 625 25 04