"The town of golden statues and paper cockerels" Lowicz by evaanna
Lowicz Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 139 photos
Lowicz (pronounced 'woveech') is a town just over 80 km west of Warsaw, an hour's ride by train, just great for a day's trip from Warsaw or from Lodz. We visited it twice, the first time on our way to Tum and Leczyca (see my pages) and the second to see its famous museum of folk arts and crafts and the romantic park of Arkadia nearby.
We went by car and were pleasantly surprised to find ample free parking in the market square, a stone's throw from all the attractions. That was on a Sunday though - during our first trip on a weekday, even if parking was not a problem, we had been stuck in the traffic jams on the way from Warsaw.
The name Lowicz derives from the Polish 'lowic' - 'to hunt' as, surrounded by great forest, the town was the starting point for shooting parties, with noblemen and kings taking part.
The first records of Lowicz date back to 1136, when it was already, and for many centuries to come, the property of the archbishops of Gniezno. This may be the reason why this town of just over 30 000 has eight or so churches, and it had more, including two synagogues and an evangelical church.
Lowicz got its charter in 1298 and, situated along trade routes crossing Poland, was famous for its fairs. Hence, unlike other medieval towns, it has two market squares: the old and the 'new' one. Once it had a magnificent castle too, not much of it remaining and inaccessible to the public.
Nowadays, it is a pleasant clean town, with many tourist attractions, but from what we could see, undeservedly overlooked by foreign tourists. If you like baroque churches and, above all, the colourful Polish folk art, this is the place for you.
If you can, come here for one of their fairs or, even better, on the day of the Catholic holiday of Corpus Christi in late May or early June, when you can admire a procession of local men, women and children dressed in their colourful folk costumes. You will also get a chance to buy a folk art souvenir from the stalls in the market place.
But if not, the museum with its exhibition of folk arts and crafts and an open-air part welcomes visitors nearly every day. You can also visit its open-air branch at Maurzyce nearby, for which we didn't have the time.
And if you bring children with you, don't miss Sromow with its private museum of folk art. They, and the child within you, will love it.
If you happen to visit Lowicz on a hot summer day as we did, you can spend the afternoon and evening in the romantic park of Arkadia about 5 km away, open until dusk.
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