We always wanted to see this place. It’s on the edge of Poland and is usually described with words such as ‘wow’ and ‘whoa’ which made us want to see it with our own eyes. Bridges, 36,5 metres in height and 180 metres in length appear suddenly. They’re standing at the edge of the forest and on a small hill which makes them look even bigger.
Lately, the area got a new owner and there’s an entrance fee. So we give the guy in the cart a few zlotys and climb up. Stańczyki is almost 100 years old. The first bridge was constructed in 1912-1914, the second one in 1917. Due to political and historical troubles – World War I and the 20s, train tracks were laid only on one of them. The railway quickly became insignificant.
It was supposed to be a part of a larger railroad from Chojnice through Czersk, Smętowo, Kwidzyn, Prabuty, Morąg, Orneta, Lidzbark Warmiński, Bartoszyce, Korsze, Kętrzyn, Węgorzewo, Gołdap, Pobłędzie and Kalwaria to Olita (towards Vilnius). However after the war they finished it and turned into a local railway.
In the end, the train tracks were dismantled by the Red Army in 1945 and that’s how it is today.