February 2013
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Chojnik – a village in administrative district of Gmina Gromnik

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Overview of Chojnik

• Chojnik is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Gromnik.
• It is located within Tarnow County in Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
• It is situated in southern Poland.
• It lies approximately 21 kilometers to the south of Tarnow and 79 km to the east of the regional capital Krakow.
• The village has an approximate population of 1,311.
• Chojnik Castle is a castle that is situated above the town of Sobieszow.
• Today it is a part of Jelenia Gora which is in southwestern Poland.
• It remains on top of the Chojnik hill.
• The hill is about 627 m (2,057 ft)).
• It is located within the Karkonosze National Park.
• This hill overlooks the Jelenia Gora valley.
• The building of the fortress dates back to the times of the Silesian Piasts.
• It was most of the time in the possession of the Schaffgotsch noble family.
• It is a half ruined position at present.
• It is a major tourist attraction and houses a hotel and a restaurant.

General information about Chojnik

• Architectural style : Gothic
• Location : Jelenia Góra, Poland
• Country : Poland
• Current tenants : Brotherhood of Knights of Castle Chojnik
• Construction started : 13th century
• Completed : 14th century
• Demolished : 1675

Design and Construction of Chojnik

• Owner – Krzysztof Leopold
• Polish government (last owner)
The ruins are open to tourists in hours depending on the season:
• 10.00-16.00 (February-March)
• 10.00-17.00 (April-June)
• 10.00-18.00 (July-August)
• 10.00-17.00 (September-October)
• 10.00-16.00 (October-November)

• Castle Chojnik
• 58-750 Jelenia Gora-Sobieszow
• phone 075 75 56 394 in h. 10:00-18:00
• Phone mobile: 0 502 252 157
• Phone 075 75 53 535 (shelter)

Ticket prices for the Castle: 5 z? z? adults and 3 school children.
• Groups of 15 can purchase tickets osbowe group in the castle guards.
• Castle is located in the Giant Mountains National Park, in this connection, the trip must also pay a fee for entrance to the KPN: 4.60 ticket z? 2.30 z? normal or reduced fee (one-day)
• The information comes from an entrance ticket to the Castle Chojnik.

Sports in Poland

• Mountain hikes
• Water sports
• Skiing
• Horse riding
• Cycling
• First bungee jump
• Paintball encounter
• Rock climbing

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at chojnik.pl
Blogs at holidaycheck.com
Blogs at goeasteurope.about.com

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at chojnik.pl
Images at holidaycheck.com

Videos of Poland

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