Ciechocinek

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Ciechocinek
Saline graduation tower in Ciechocinek
Saline graduation tower in Ciechocinek
Coat of arms of Ciechocinek
Coat of arms
Ciechocinek is located in Poland
Ciechocinek
Ciechocinek
Coordinates: 52°53′N 18°47′E / 52.883°N 18.783°E / 52.883; 18.783
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Kuyavian-Pomeranian
County Aleksandrów
Gmina Ciechocinek (urban gmina)
Area
 • Total 15.26 km2 (5.89 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 10,855
 • Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website http://www.ciechocinek.pl

Ciechocinek [t͡ɕɛxɔˈt͡ɕinɛk] is a spa town in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, located on the Vistula River about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Aleksandrów Kujawski and 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of the city of Toruń.

Ciechocinek is known for its unique[clarification needed] 'saline graduation towers'.[1] Experts have considered the local saline springs to be of extreme value and named the thermal spring no. 14 "a wonder of nature". The therapeutic qualities of these springs are directed toward curing cardiovascular, respiratory, orthopedic, traumatic, rheumatic, nervous system and women's diseases.

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Following the invasion of Poland at the beginning of the Second World War, Ciechocinek was occupied by Nazi Germany and incorporated into the Reichsgau Wartheland as part of the district/county (kreis) of Hermannsbad (1941-1945). During the war the town functioned as a military hospital and also as a health resort for German citizens.

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Coordinates: 52°52′0″N 18°48′0″E / 52.86667°N 18.80000°E / 52.86667; 18.80000