Historical Towns and Villages
This is one of the newest cities in the region – it was granted city privileges in 1962. In its history, the town of Korsze, first mentioned in historical sources in the 16th century, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the second half of the 19th century.
Because of its location in Prussia, a railway hub connecting two international railroads: Berlin – Wystruć and Königsberg – Odessa was established. A large train station and adjacent maintenance infrastructure were built there, including an engine house for several locomotives, which caused a dynamic development of the town during the rest of the century. These days, not much remains of the old hub, even though it is still an important station; however, the border changes after World War II diminished its importance. Among the remaining infrastructure there are a few interesting buildings and objects, such as the train station and the vast network of tracks, but the most visible are the water towers. The balloon-shaped one was built in 1915 in place of another one, destroyed during the Great War. It is a unique, Klonne-type building, the tank of which can hold up to 500 cubic metres (500 tonnes) of water. Only three water towers of this type exist in Poland (in Dąbrówno and Runowo Pomorskie). The second tower was built in the end of the 19th century. A water pumping station is also nearby.