Saturday, 11 February 2012


It is still freezing in Warsaw. Actually not only in Warsaw. To warm myself up a bit, I decided to visit another friend from Postcrossing, Adam. He took me on a trip around Elbląg. Elbląg is a city in Northern Poland. It was founded by the Teutonic knights in the 13th century.

Elbląg was part of the Hanseatic League so it was primarily a city of merchants. In the old days, you could acess the city through the Market Gate.

It used to be a part of the city walls, now it is a stand alone building.

Next to the Market Gate you can meet a young baker who was a hero of the defence od the city in 1521.

After rubbing the young baker's nose (it is supposed to bring luck and good fortune) I moved on to the Old Town.

The best known building in Elbląg is the St. Nicholas Cathedral.

The cathedral is one of the highest churches in Poland (it has 97 meters) so it is quite difficult to catch it in full on one picture.

Outside the Old Town you can also see some interesting things. Like a rainbow coloured tank.

You can even climb on it!

Unfortunately the snow made it difficult for me to see more of the city. Believe me, when the snow is up to your knees it is not easy to move.

Luckily the major of Elbląg decided to put on the streets braziers. What a great idea! But be careful, they are really hot.

If the braziers do not convince you to go to Elbląg now, you can wait for spring. Or simply have a virtual tour from your couch.

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