|Gmina||Brodnica (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Jarosław Radacz|
|• Total||22.87 km2 (8.83 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||87–300 to 87–302|
|Area code(s)||+48 56|
Brodnica [brɔdˈɲit͡sa] ( listen) (German: Strasburg in Westpreußen or Strasburg an der Drewenz) is a town in north-central Poland with 28,574 inhabitants as of 2014[update]. Previously part of Toruń Voivodeship province, from 1975 to 1998, Brodnica is situated in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship since 1999. It is the seat of Brodnica County. The nearby Brodnica Landscape Park, a protected area, gets its name from Brodnica.
Brodnica is the capital of the district whose present quarter Michałowo, a settlement mentioned as early as in 1138 and then in 1240 as castrum Michałowo, hides relics from Neolithic era. As it is confirmed in old documents Michałowo was the capital of the Masovian Castellany. The town was chosen owing to its good position on the Drwęca (on the trade route leading from Masovia to Prussia) and a customs house between Dobrzyń and Chełmno Land (mentioned in 1252).
The first reference to the town of Brodnica dates from 1263. In 1285–1370 the construction of the Gothic Church of St. Catherine took place. Brodnica received town privileges in 1298. Although the Teutonic rule ended here with the Treaty of Toruń 1466 (as on the entire Chełmno Land), Brodnica remained in the hands of Teutonic Knights until 1479. A favourable location on the intersection of important routes used for transportation of different goods (wood, fish, furs, animal skin, grain, wool) accelerated the development of the town, making it an important trading centre, the status still reflected in the number of well-preserved granaries along the Drwęca. In the Teutonic state Brodnica was the seat of the Commander: in the Polish Republic it was the capital of the district starosty, and the former Commander's lands were then royal property. Between 1486 and 1604 the town belonged to the Działyński family, then between 1604 and 1625 to Anna Vasa of Sweden who was the royal sister of Sigismund III Vasa, King of Poland, Lithuania, and Sweden. In later years it was the property Queen Cecily Renata, Chancellor Jerzy Ossoliński, Queen Maria Casimira, and Marshal Franciszek Bieliński.
Brodnica was incorporated into the Kingdom of Prussia in 1772, during the First Partition of Poland, but in 1807, during the Napoleonic Wars, Brodnica became part of the Duchy of Warsaw. Between 1815–1920 Brodnica was again under a Prussian administration as part of the Prussian-led German Empire in 1871.
The 19th century saw 20 thousand Polish soldiers interned after the failure of the November Uprising (1830–1831) and many townspeople and noblemen involved in the January Uprising (1863). It is in Brodnica region too that Masovian insurgents sought refuge from Russian persecution after the failure of the January Uprising.
Between 1886 and 1910 Brodnica received railway connections with Działdowo, Grudziądz, Iława, Sierpc and Jabłonowo Pomorskie, which made it an important railway junction and triggered the industrial progress. In the 19th century the Chełmno Land (and Brodnica in particular) was a refuge of Polish patriots who contributed greatly to social, cultural and economic life of the region, like Ignacy Łyskowski.
During World War II approximately 1,000 Jews and Gypsies inhabitants were murdered by the SS and the Selbstschutz, and, after the war ended, most of German inhabitants were expelled or killed by the Polish and Red Army during the expulsion of the Germans.
Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". (Marine West Coast Climate).
|Climate data for Brodnica|
|Record high °C (°F)||15.0
|Average high °C (°F)||2.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−1.2
|Average low °C (°F)||−4.6
|Record low °C (°F)||−28.5
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||25
|Average precipitation days||14||12||11||9||11||12||13||13||9||12||14||12||142|
|Average relative humidity (%)||81||82||75||68||63||68||70||72||74||77||80||82||74|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||56||67||118||179||230||237||236||229||171||122||55||40||1,740|
|Source: Polish Central Statistical Office (closest city on record|
|1772||1,283||in 228 households (Feuerstellen)|
|1783||1,853||with the garrison (315 persons belonging to two squadrons|
of a hussar regiment founded in 1773), mostly Lutherans, 27 Jews
|1890||6,122||incl. 2,587 Protestants, 3,048 Catholics and 480 Jews (2,000 Poles)|
|1905||7,217||incl. 2,702 Protestants and 318 Jews|
|1931||8,521||approx. 800 Germans|
Brodnica is located in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship on an important route transit over the small river Drewenz, about 48 kilometres (30 miles) south-east of Grudziądz, 90 kilometres (56 miles) south-west of Olsztyn and 98 kilometres (61 miles) south of Elbląg.
Points of interest
Worth noting is the War cemetery in Brodnica established by the Germans during the World War I. 15 November saw a burial of 25 German soldiers killed in the Russian offensive. In 1920 31 Polish soldiers killed during the battle of Brodnica with the Bolsheviks on 18 August were laid to rest here. In 1943 German soldiers who died in the local hospital together with those who lost their lives on 21 January 1945 during the Soviet offensive were put in the ground. A curiosity is that the Red Army soldiers who died on the same day were buried here as well. It is also a burial place for UB people notorious for waging war with Polish anti-communist partisans after 1945.
Sport in Brodnica
The sports teams in the city include the football club Sparta Brodnica, the handball MKS Brodnica club, the Karate Shotokan Brodnica club, the Aikido Brodnicka Akademia Aikido club, the boxing Klub Bokserski Gladiator Brodnica, and the MMA Fight Team MMA Brodnica.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Brodnica is twinned with:
- Strasburg, Germany
- Brørup, Denmark
- Kėdainiai, Lithuania
- Kristinehamn, Sweden
- Chamalières, France
- Koprivnica, Croatia
- Hummelo en Keppel, Netherlands
- Sevan, Armenia
Famous people who were born or lived in Brodnica and Brodnica County
- Martin Truchseß von Wetzhausen – Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
- Simon Syrenius – Polish botanist and academic
- Anna Vasa of Sweden – Swedish princess made starosta of Brodnica in 1605 by Sigismund III Vasa
- Wojciech Dębołęcki – Polish monk, writer and composer
- Ignacy Łyskowski (1820-1886) – Polish writer, educator and agronomist, patron of library in Brodnica
- Paul von Krause – German jurist and politician
- Robert Garrison – German film actor
- Stanisława Walasiewicz – Polish athlete, who became a women's Olympic champion.
- Jan Zumbach – Polish fighter pilot who became an ace during the Second World War
- Małgorzata Birbach – Polish long-distance runner
- Łukasz Fabiański – Polish footballer
- Jakub Wawrzyniak – Polish footballer
- Robert Kłos – Polish footballer
- Jakub Zabłocki – Polish footballer
- Daniel Trojanowski – Polish rower
- Patryk Kuchczyński – Polish team handball player
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brodnica.|
- Climate Summary for Poznan, Poland (nearest city on record)
- Handbuch der historischen Stätten: Ost und Westpreußen, Kröner, Stuttgart 1981, ISBN 3-520-31701-X, pp. 215–216.
- Johann Friedrich Goldbeck: Volständige Topographie des Königreichs Preussen. Part II: Topographie von West-Preussen, Marienwerder 1789, pp. 42–44.
- August Eduard Preuß: Preußische Landes- und Volkskunde. Königsberg 1835, p. 437, no. 46.
- Michael Rademacher: Deutsche Verwaltungsgeschichte Provinz Westpreußen, Kreis Strasburg (2006).
- Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon, 6th edition, Vol. 19, Leipzig and Vienna 1909, pp. 95–96.
- Der Große Brockhaus, 15th edition, Vol. 18, Leipzig 1934, p. 234.
- Sparta official website. Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
- MKS Brodnica official website.
- Karate Shotokan Brodnica official website.
- promotional video
- Boxing club official website
- Fight Team MMA Brodnica official website