Duszniki-Zdrój

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Duszniki-Zdrój
Market Square
Market Square
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Duszniki-Zdrój is located in Poland
Duszniki-Zdrój
Duszniki-Zdrój
Coordinates: 50°23′N 16°23′E / 50.383°N 16.383°E / 50.383; 16.383
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Kłodzko
Gmina Duszniki-Zdrój (urban gmina)
Established 10th century
Town rights 1346
Government
 • Mayor Andrzej Rymarczyk
Area
 • Total 22.28 km2 (8.60 sq mi)
Elevation 583 m (1,913 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 5,113
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 57-340
Area code(s) +48 74
Car plates DKL
Website http://www.duszniki.pl/

Duszniki-Zdrój [duʂˈɲikʲi ˈzdrui̯]) (German: Bad Reinerz) is a spa town in the Klodzko Valley on the Bystrzyca River in Kłodzko County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. It attracts tourists from around the world.

Economy[edit]

The town's economy is based on tourism, with several hundred thousand people visiting the town and the area every year. In addition, there are several mineral water bottling plants, a traditional paper works and a crystal jewellery producer. The Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój is located in the town.

Spa[edit]

Although the area was known for its healthy waters at least since the late Middle Ages, the spa was officially founded in 1769. The natural sparkling waters of Duszniki are used in treatment of a variety of illnesses, including cardiac problems, gastrical problems. In addition, there is a number of facilities for balneotherapy located in Duszniki and an osteoporosis treatment centre.

The 16-year-old Frédéric Chopin visited the spa in 1826.

Sights[edit]

Duszniki-Zdrój most recognizable landmark is the Museum of Papermaking established in an old 17th century paper mill. It is listed as an official Historic Monument of Poland. Other significant places include the Saints Peter and Paul church, which contains a unique baroque, whale-stylized pulpit, and the Fryderyk Chopin Theatre, established in the place where in 1826, 16-year-old Fryderyk Chopin played his first concert outside of the Russian Partition of Poland. The annual International Chopin Festival is held here since 1946.

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Coordinates: 50°24′N 16°23′E / 50.400°N 16.383°E / 50.400; 16.383