mineral water of the Solankowa Dolina
17-19 march 2024
Ciechocinek, Poland

Conference Idea

We would like to devote our conference to the history, discovery and development, as well as the assessment of mineral and health-promoting resources of the Ciechocinek brine (balneology), but not only that, we want to discuss the importance of the geological structure of the Toruń Valley located in the Vistula Pravalley and the location of groundwater in Kujawy and Pomerania, and in particular the development of the health resort Słońsk-Ciechocinek. We will also want to discuss matters related to the development of balneology and the health-promoting activities of health resorts in Poland (e.g. Inowrocław, Wieniec, Gołdap) and neighboring countries (Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and/or Slovakia). In addition to therapeutic topics, we will also discuss matters related to the aesthetic impact of spa infrastructure (biocenosis, biotopes, architecture, etc.).

About Solankowa Dolina

Ciechocinek is the most famous health resort in Poland due to the world’s largest brine graduation towers and the unique active salt works in Europe – a Monument of History. However, when telling the true story of Ciechocinek, one should first focus on Słońsk. It was in Słońsk that the first salt works were established, where the first drilling and research of brine sources began. In Polish studies on the construction and history of the graduation towers and salt works in Ciechocinek, the significance of Słońsk is not emphasized. The year 2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of construction of the Ciechocinek Salt Factory and the 230th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s stay in Słońsk. Alexander von Humboldt conducted research in Słońsk on the Vistula in May 1794. The purpose of the expedition leading through Kołobrzeg, Inowrocław, all the way to Słońsk, Raciążek, Wołuszewo was to prepare a report on the possible exploitation of existing brine sources for industrial purposes. This report went missing.

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