Pyzdry - A Budding Tourist Destination
The royal town of Pyzdry on the right bank of river Warta is renowned for its rich history and picturesque location. Those assets create various tourism development opportunities and contribute to Pyzdry’s growing significance in the region.
From the annals of history
In the early centuries of the Polish state, Pyzdry developed rapidly owing to the protection rendered by Polish kings and princes. Pyzdry was granted its town charter in 1257 by Prince Boleslav the Pious. The former exellence of the royal town of Pyzdry continues to pervade the local climate.
Pyzdry is renowned for its colorful history and a picturesque setting. Seen from the southern edge of the town, the extensive marginal stream vall4ey of river Warta, set against the most beautiful views in the Wielkopolska region. Throuhhout the ages, Pyzdry was frequently visited by the royalty. In 2007, the town celebrated its 750th anniversary, while 2008 marked the 625th anniversary of the first time firearms were used on domestic ground in Pyzdry.
Pyzdry is a town with a vivid history. The first recorded mention of the town dates bacj to 1232 and makes a reference to the battles fought in wielkopolska and Silesia region and duke Henry the Bearded’s (Henryk Brodaty) journey to Wielkopolska. The town was chartered in 1257 by Duke Boleslaus the Pious (Bolesław Pobożny). The first local government was estabilshed during the reign of Duke Przemysł II, and in addition to various privileges, Pyzdry was also awarded the right to mint its own coins. King Casimir the Great's (Kazimierz Wielki) involvement in the town's reconstruction after the damage inflicted by the Teutonic Knights in 1331 as well as the successive protection extended by Polish kings substantial strengthened Pyzdry's status.
The municipality of Pyzdry is the ideal tourist destination owing to is picturesque scenery and an unspoiled environment. The Nadwarciański Landscape Park, an internationally-acclaimed bird sancutary, features numerous hiking trails and cycle paths. Fishing and canoeing enthusiasts will find plenty of attractions along the rivers of Warta and Prosna. The marina on river Warta will soon be expanded to include a river promenade, a pedestrian and cycle lange ending in the bridge over the Września-Kalisz regional road. This project worth PLN 1.39 milion will be part financed from the European Regional Development Fund in the amount of PLN 903,643. The planned facilities will enhance the attractiveness of the tourist waterway known as the Great Loop of Wielkopolska which guides the visitors through the region's most breathtaking scenery and architectural sites, including a Franciscan monastery and a sports and spectator hall.
Pyzdry organizes a host of cultural and sports events that attract numerous participants and revive the former glory of this royal town.
The Midsummer Night Festival, the night of magic and witchcraft, will take place on June at the marina. The event which marks the beginning of the summer season will feature a canoe rally, demonstrations of Midsummer Night traditions and a sailor song festival.
Pyzdry Days scheduled for 11 July, is an event promoting the town's historical heritage.
The National Kazimierzowski Run, held annually on the last Sunday oof August since 1982, attracts a growing number of participants each year. The event promotes active forms of recreation, local traditions and history. The women's route compriuses a single loop of 5 km, while mate runners will compete in a 10 km run. The contestants will run along city streets. A youth run will also be held on that day.