The charms of Bogatynia

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Bogatynia is a beautiful and definitely noteworthy Polish gem. This picturesque town is famous for its natural resources, Karbonalia and the festival of lie. Climatic wooden houses only add more charm to it.

Recently, we had the fourth anniversary of the flood that caused an unimaginable destruction in Bogatynia. Almost 1,200 families had suffered from it. Today the city is blooming. Although most people associate it with brown coal mine, it’s a charming resort which has really a lot to offer. Especially due to its location – it lies in the place, where the borders of three countries meet: Polish, Czech and German.

Open Days in Half-timbered Houses

Bogatynia is located on the land forming a part of the historic Upper Lusatia. It belongs to the richest regions of Poland, which is due to the natural resources exploited there for years. Anyone, who comes here immediately notice the original architecture. The city boasts of the country's largest number of half-timbered houses, built in Alsatian and Lusatian style - there are about 200 of them, including 85 registered monuments.

Every year Bogatynia hosts Open Days of Half-timbered houses. Then, you can look inside the homes shared by the owners to explore it and get acquaint with the history.

Festivals of Bogatynia

Apart from wooden houses that make a huge impression due to the wealth of ornamentation and woodcarvers and carpenters decors, Bogatynia attracts with an unusual competition. It’s called Koziołek Matołek National Tournament of Liars, it has been held for decades, and players taking part in it have to present the most credible or absurd lie. The winners are awarded with the title of King of Liars, a statue of Golden Scythe and fanfare in the rhythm of a bearded traveler, who was wandering to Pacanów. In 2014 the financial prize amounted 10 thousand PLN.

In June, Bogatynia hosts a festival known as Karbonalia, and more precisely Bogatynia Days of Coal and Energy Karbonalia. Then, there are many concerts of Polish famous artists and many sport events, including IV Street Race and World Championships in Pushing Trolley with Coal. Daszyńskiego Street is occupied by stalls with local produces, and those, who prefer a more active form of entertainment, can try bungee jump or take on a large carousel.

Attractions of the city

The list of Bogatynia monuments is very long. It’s definitely worth seeing the historic urban layout of the city, coming from the late eighteenth century. Equally noteworthy is the palace complex and the former village and farm Markocice, built at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There’s also a folk home, called "Sztacheta".

But Bogatynia is not only historic buildings. Those, who come to these areas have the opportunity to admire the landscape from multiple viewpoints. The skyline consists of numerous hills and hillocks, as well as numerous, fancy geological forms. One of the aforementioned viewpoints, is a hill called "Observer". It’s located on Chełmońskiego Street, and on its top there’re remains of the former cemetery. There’re no gravestones, because they were stolen in the late 90s of the last century.

In the past in Bogatynis there was a border crossing (Bogatynia-Kunratice). If someone wanders in this direction, he’ll come across an erratic, a boulder which is a remnant of the glacier. It’s one of the largest object of this type that can be encountered on Bogatynia Land.

Those, who would like to spend more time at the junction of three countries, won’t have any problems in finding accommodation. In Bogatyni has several campsites, hotels and guesthouses offering rooms for tourists, organized tours or companies. Everyone will find a suitable offer.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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  • Bunchy 2014.09.08 09:17 wrote:
    I have been in Bogatynia this summer during my trip through Poland. Very nice place to visit
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