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Ruins of the castle
Ruins of the castle
Bobrowniki is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°46′36″N 18°57′26″E / 52.77667°N 18.95722°E / 52.77667; 18.95722
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Kuyavian-Pomeranian
County Lipno
Gmina Bobrowniki
Population 980

Bobrowniki ([bɔbrɔvˈniki]; German: Beweringen) is a village in Lipno County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-central Poland.[1] It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Bobrowniki. It lies approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) south-west of Lipno and 37 km (23 mi) south-east of Toruń. In the Middle Ages the village was one of the centres of the Dobrzyń Land.

The village contains ruins of the castle, built at the end of 14th century by Teutonic Knights at the place of a former Polish gród.

Near Bobrowniki, there is a remarkable power line crossing of the Vistula river.

The village has a population of 980.

2017 Mayoral Election[edit]

The village attracted attention in 2017 for overwhelmingly (700 to 1) electing an openly gay man sołtys (mayor)[2] in a country with strong anti-homosexual sentiment. Łukasz Włodarczyk married his partner in Scotland, although recognition of the same-sex marriage is constitutionally prohibited in Poland.


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ Butterworth, Benjamin (24 January 2017). "Nearly every resident of a Polish village voted for this gay man as mayor". Pink News. ...700 of the 800 residents voting for him. Just one local voted for Włodarczyk’s opponent, presumably himself.

Coordinates: 52°46′36″N 18°57′26″E / 52.77667°N 18.95722°E / 52.77667; 18.95722