Old town of Tarnow

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Tarnow is a fairly large Polish city at the edge of the Tartras Mountains at the south eastern part of Poland. It has about 100 thousands inhabitant in the city and the town is located on an important cross road which connects the cities of Krakow in Poland with Lvov in the western part of Ukraine. There are further connections to the eastern part of Slovakia leading out of Tarnow.

The city dates back to 1105 and the name comes from the Slavic word tarn which means thorny plant – their might have been thorny plants back a thousand years ago but they have managed to clear them away from the city center so you can enjoy a walk around the old town.

The city became a part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire after the first partition of Poland in 1772 and it remained a part of Austria-Hungary up until the end of World War I. the city became the center of the movement for a free Poland and they tried to inspire a polish uprising in the region of Galicia which was the Austria-Hungarian part of what is now Poland. The movement was unsuccessful and the area stayed a part of Austria-Hungary up until World War I where Austria-Hungary was allied with Germany and on the losing side of the war.

Today the city seems fairly quiet but it is well worth going to visit the old town. The main point of interest in the center starts at the stair with the grave of the Unknown Soldier. From here you can walk onto a large street which will lead you to a small square with some nice houses and a few restaurants. You will also pass a statue of an old Polish king.

Rynek square in Tarnow

The main point of interest in the city is the main square or the Rynek square where you find a lot of nice old houses and a few restaurants around the square. On the center of the square you find the old town hall of Tarnow which has been turned into a museum and it is possibly the most interesting sight in the city.


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