Czaplinek is located in the Drawsko Lakeland, between the Drawsko and Czaplino lakes, at the intersection of the national road No. 20. The oldest traces of settlement dating back to 2,500 years were discovered on the island of Bielawa on Lake Drawsko and in Stare Drawsko. At the beginning of our era Germanic Goths were here, after them came the Slavs, whose stronghold in the twelfth century most probably burned Bolesław Krzywousty, including Slavic Pomerania to Poland. In autumn 1286, the duke of Wielkopolska, Przemysław II, brought to this area knights of the Order of the Temple of Jerusalem who built the Temple Castle – Tempelborh / burg next to the existing fishing village. Around 1300, Czaplinek’s land was incorporated into Brandenburg, and later into the Kamieński bishopric. In 1368, these lands were purchased by Kazimierz III Wielki. In the hands of Polish Czaplinek, he remained until 1668, when he was in the hands of Brandenburg. In the 17th century, the city experienced a very lively development. At that time Czaplinek did not bypass the great fires that destroyed the city almost entirely. In the second half In the 18th century, Drahim castle gradually lost its importance to the city, and the castle began to fall into disrepair. At the end of the 19th century, a railway line was brought to the city. The construction of roads, paved streets, gas network, a post office with a telegraph was started. During the World War II in Czaplinek and its vicinity, a labor camp was created for Soviet prisoners of war, and a large group of Poles were employed by Germans as forced laborers.

Czaplinek is currently a tourist town. There is a accommodation base here, a large marina.
In Czaplinek, Rafa river rafting begins.
At ul. Drahimska Lake Drawsko has been designated a summer swimming pool.
Urban layout (downtown).
Church Holy Trinity from the thirteenth century, restored in 1725.
Wooden belfry at the parish church from the 18th century.
Town Hall from 1845, ul. market 6.
Czaplinek – photo gallery from 2012