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Ethnographic melting pot

A city at the Sandela river with its history going back to the year 1216, also the capital city of the "Land of Lubawa". This land, in the regional ethnographic configuration, borders upon the Płock Mazovia region in the South, the Masuria region in the East, a subregion called Old Prussia in the North and with the Dobrzyn, Michałów and Chełm Lands in the West and North-West. Therefore, it is a very specific ethnographic melting pot. Nowadays, it is also characterized by its dynamic wood-furniture industry.


  • St. Anne's Church (parish church) – erected around the year 1330. A sculpture of the patron of the Land of Lubawa is kept here – that is, the Lipy Mother of God, which is transported to the Sanctuary in Lipy once a year, at the beginning of July during the church fair,
  • St. John the Baptist and St. Michael's Church with a Bernardine monastery – built at the beginning of the 17th century,
  • St. Barbara's Church – built around the year 1770 – a wooden church of log construction with late baroque style decorations of the interior,
  • Sanctuary in Lipy – a Neo-Gothic filial church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built on the place of the former chapel. It is the place of the cult of Mary in on the Land of Lubawa. Each year, on July 2nd crowds of pilgrims arrive for the church fair,
  • A very clear urban layout of the town preserved with regard to the "old town",
  • The ruins of the Chełm bishops' castle,
  • The traditional Lubawa costume – although it fell into disuse in the middle of the 19th century, it is worth one's interest because of its specifics resulting from the ethnographic location of the Land of Lubawa.


  • Glaznoty – an Evangelical-Methodist Church and a brick viaduct of the now obsolete railway from Samborowo to Turza Wielka,
  • Lake Francuskie – the name is forever tied to the drowning of French soldiers by local peasants in the year 1813,
  • Dylewska Góra – the highest mountain on the European Lowland, located East of the Vistuala river - 312 m above sea level,
  • Rożental – a wooden St. Vitus church from the year 1761

Culinary heritage

  • Karczma nad Sandelą – Old-Polish cuisine. The whole-roasted turkeys, oven-roasted ham and roasted piglet are very popular.
  • IRMAG confectionery– home-made cakes based on their own recipes,
  • Fruit and Vegetable Processing Plant – preserves based on regional resources.

Cittaslow Supervisor:
Supervisor Cittaslow Lubawa – Martyna Pryba