"Old historic town of Rybnik" Rybnik by matcrazy1

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Rybnik is a city (1993 est. pop. 145,400) in Silesian Region in South Poland 31 km (19 mi) from the Czech border.
The name of the town is derived from a fish pond formerly called 'rybnik'. This term is still comes preserved in the Czech language. Originally a fish hatchery (established c.1100) noted for its carp, it was chartered in the 14th century.
Archeological excavations revealed people's presence in this area about 10,000 years ago.
Area of Rybnik in its history belonged to:
890/900-990 Great Morava and Czech
990-1327 Poland
1327-1526 Czech
1526-1740 Austria
1740-1922 Prussia/Germany
1922-1939 Poland
1939-1945 Germany
1945 -1989 Poland under Soviet communist regime
1989 - independent Poland.


Why Rybnik?

Rybnik is worth of your visit if you are in the region for at least a few hours.
Why? Mainly because of its old usually German in style architecture like picturesque houses in Main Market with the Old City Hall, the Old Castle, a few old churches and many other old monuments.
Anything more? Yes, I found quite good possibilities for eating and doing shopping.


The Old Castle

The city has many old buildings among them a feudal castle (The Old Castle) which houses districtional court now.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Architecture, eating, shopping
  • Cons:Ugly suburbs, air pollution
  • In a nutshell:History, history, history
  • Last visit to Rybnik: Nov 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2015 at 3:23 AM

    This looks like a very picturesque town :-) A shame though about the pollution. Hot beer sounds n odd but interesting idea!

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Wow, another beautiful city in Silesia. Looks basilica of St. Anthony became 100 years old this year:)

  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 5:50 AM

    I am going to visit Rybnik soon.:) I want to see some interesing places in Silesia region before I move to other part of the world.:)

  • davlaurjen's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 12:09 PM

    Rybnik is lovely.My cousin works there.We had delicious coffee and ice cream in an Italian style restaurant on the Rynek.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2005 at 9:06 AM

    What a lovely town to show us Matt! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 1:45 PM

    As I can see from your page, Rybnik has changed hand as often as some places in Istria!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2004 at 3:08 AM

    Very lovely old part of the town, Rybnik is nice really!

  • Kodi01's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2003 at 6:49 AM

    I had Polish hot wine, now hot beer and pizza, is the 2nd one free? Can I have a doggie bag? :o)) YOU make me laugh so many good memories........:o)

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 1:18 AM

    A red basilica. Very striking! And that hot beer sounds intriguing too :-)

  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2003 at 5:34 AM

    Rybnik looks like a beautiful city,very informative page,it is nice the hot beer?? I never heard about that!!!!!


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