It so quiet that one can hardly belive this place used to be visited by kings, princes and hetmans. The famous locar fairs bustled with activity. Trade was brisk at Jewish stalls, a kantor was singing in the synagogue and Polish police made sure that nobody violated its peace on holidays.


Practical Information:
The Tykocin synagoue has collections of Judaic items and interior arrangements of Jewish homes (a Rabbi's  room prior to    a Seder supper), and the nearby seminary has a museum with an archeological exhibition, town-house interiors, and an ancient pharmacy. Open for visits daily from 10 to 17 (closed on Mondays and days following national holidays). Normal ticket 5PLNm discount - 3PLN.
The nearby Choroszcz has the Branickis  former summer palace, with museum of palace interiors (late 18th century)
Knyszyn (16 km from Tykocin) has a monument to the last Jagiellon, Zygmunt August, and the branch of the Regional 
Museum has a dispaly regarding the town's history and Zygmunt August.

Bird habitats form one of the attractions of the area, with two hundred species of birds and wild animals such as otters, beavers, foxes, deer and elks. The best seasons to see them are spring and autumn.

One can stay in private accommodation without difficoulty, or in pensions either less expensive  The Hause Under a Black Stork, 0-85 7187408) or dearer (Dworek nad £¹kami, 0-885 7187079).

Meals are reserved in the Tejsza restaurant (in the cellars of the seminary near synagogue), where one can try Jewish cuisine delicacies at attractive prices, such as the ''cymes'' (beef in carrot with sultanas), ''kugel'' (a potato cake with poultry sausage), or ''kreplech (ravioli  with beef).



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