Discover Pomorskie: 10 places to see after the quarantine’s over

Justyna Michalkiewicz - Waloszek
02.04.2020

Pomorskie is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.  For this, you’d better be prepared. While you’re waiting for the quarantine to be over, check out magnificent photographs of different locations in Pomorskie, and then check them out yourselves after the quarantine’s over. Here are 10 beautiful, yet not-so-obvious spots in the Pomorskie region that will win your hearts.

Discover Pomorskie in the forest

‘Stilo’ lighthouse and the surrounding beach

Anyone who enjoys wild beaches will love this place. It is not without a reason that someone has written “the end of the world” on the signpost that says ‘Stilo’ (historical and colloquial name, nowadays Stilo is known as Osetnik) . With a bit of luck, especially out of season, there won’t be a single soul on Stilo beach.

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A popular tourist attraction, the Stilo Lighthouse is located about 5 km from the village. At the top of the lighthouse there are two galleries, open to the public, and the trip ends with a beautiful view of the wooded coastline.

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Biała Góra – the lock that separates the Vistula and Nogat rivers

Biała Góra is a picturesque village, full of lush forests and hiking and cycling trails. Here, we will find peace and quiet, as well as crisp air. In addition, it is home to a real gem for lovers of hydrotechnical architecture and unusual buildings – a canal lock complex. Its history dates back to the sixteenth century, but over the years they were first devastated, and later renovated and extended several times. The building has two functions: first, it divides the waters of the Vistula and Nogat rivers, and second, it pleases the eye. Not without reason it is called the “Water Castle”. It is crowned with two impressive, neo-Gothic towers. And upon reaching the top of the complex, a picturesque panorama of the Vistula Valley will spread in front of our eyes.

 

Piaski & the Vistula Spit

Piaski is a village about 12 km from Krynica Morska. Peace and quiet are the most important things to be found here, but there is also forest and plenty of wild areas. Piaski is said to be the most virgin area of the Vistula Spit. Ideal for a walk along the seashore or one of the forest paths. And if you prefer lengthier strolls, you may end up at the Polish-Russian border. Remember, however, that you must not cross it. The Vistula Spit still hides many attractions, including the legendary Pirate Mountain (Góra Pirata), which is a perfect observation point for amateur ornithologists. From there, you can observe the “dance” of millions of birds, flying over a narrow strip of land. A half-kilometre-long educational trail leads to the top of the Pirate Mountain. The trail is full of didactic boards and benches scattered along it, for those seeking relaxation.

Discover Pomorskie on the beach

Charzykowy and Tuchola Forest

This once tiny village is constantly growing in popularity, especially among sailing enthusiasts. It was here, on Charzykowskie Lake, that the first regatta in Poland was organized in 1920. Two years later, the Chojnice Sailing Club was founded and continues to operate to this day. But Charzykowy is not only about sailing. You can enjoy a bath in the Charzykowskie Lake, sunbathe on a sandy beach, play on a large water slide by the lake, or get into water sports such as water-bikes or canoes. In summer you can take a cruise on the pirate ship “TUR”, which sails around the Charzykowskie Lake every hour. And if you miss the forest – visit the Tuchola Forest National Park to admire nature at its finest. The stone circles in Odry, where ancient Slavs prayed to their gods, and Wdzydze Kiszewskie open-air museum are two more places you cannot miss in the vicinity.

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Arboretum Wirty – Forest Botanical Garden

Did you know about this unique attraction? Arboretum Wirty is the oldest botanical garden in Poland, which was created at the turn of the 1970s. The area of the garden covers about 70 hectares. It is the only place in the Pomorskie region with over 830 species of trees and shrubs. The only specimen of the intermediate walnut (Juglans x intermedia) in Poland and the oldest and largest Greek fir in Poland. There is constant vegetation research under way in the garden, and a programme to restore rare plant species to nature has also been implemented. Four routes lead through the Arboretum Wirty: Widokowa, Parkowa, Azaliowy Szlak and Śladami Schwappacha (Scenic Route, Park Route, the Azalea Route, and Schwappach’s Route, respectively) . In order to fully experience this place, try planning a whole-day trip.

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Żuławy Historical Park in Nowy Dwór Gdański

Nowy Dwór Gdański is a place that beckons to stay longer. You can start your journey from the Żuławy Museum in the Żuławy Historical Park, where you will discover the multicultural history of the region. Here, you will learn about the curiosities of Czesław Milosz’s life, see the objects of daily use of the region’s former inhabitants, learn about the regional liquor produced in the area and listen to the local stories and legends. It is also worth taking the Puławy windmill trail. On the trail you will come across, among other things, the last drainage windmill in Poland from Palczewo. It is a Dutch-type building, which was built at the turn of the eighteenth century. Nearby, there is a beautiful construction – the “Mały Holender” (Little Dutchman) arcaded house, the interior of which has been arranged into a tavern that offers regional specialties.

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Rowokół – the Slovincian holy mountain

The Słowiński National Park attracts crowds of tourists in the summer. Here, you can explore, among others, the “Polish Sahara”, i.e. the wandering dunes, which, move eastwards a few meters a year under the influence of the wind. There is another spot in the park that is worth seeing – the Slovincian holy mountain. Rowokół is a moraine hill rising above Gardno Lake near Smołdzino. In the Middle Ages, Rowokół was a place of religious worship of Slavic pagans, and in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries – of Christians. Today, there is an observation tower on the top, which lures tourists, tempting them with a beautiful view of the Słowiński National Park and the Baltic Sea.

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Bytów Castle

History lovers will not be disappointed – the Teutonic Castle in Bytów is on the list of “50 Wonders of Pomorskie”. The over 600-year old walls now house: the West-Kashubian Museum, hotel, restaurant and library. So you can not only sink in the rich ethnographic collections or historical reading, but also eat well and live among Gothic architecture for a few days. Moreover, the castle’s scenery is an ideal background for special events. Among other things, city fairs, knight fights and concerts of famous and lesser-known bands are also organised here.

 

The Vistula River Museum in Tczew

The Vistula River Museum is located in a historic building, built in the second half of the nineteenth century. It used to house the Emil Klech Metal Products Factory. Its purpose changed several times to finally become “home” of the Vistula River in 1980. Today, it is the largest museum dedicated to this river in Poland. Why Tczew? Tczew used to be considered a seaport, and its development was strongly connected with the Vistula. The museum’s collection includes a record of the history of Vistula navigation, as well as an exhibition “Folk Boats of the Vistula River Basin”. The museum also hosts historical lessons and various temporary exhibitions. After visiting the museum, you should definitely take a walk around Tczew and admire the panorama of the Vistula from the boulevard, the famous Tczew Bridges, and others.

 

Kaczy Winkiel – viewpoint over the Puck Bay

Kaczy Winkiel is a showcase of the Puck commune, adored by its inhabitants and passing tourists alike. The place is eagerly visited by anglers, water sports enthusiasts and people who crave peace, quiet, and breath-taking views. The point is located between Puck and Władysławowo. It offers a view of the whole bay. In the season, there are plenty of sailboats, fishing boats and lots and lots of birds. All this creates a fabulous landscape. The entrance is free of admission, and you can easily spend 30 minutes there, admiring the view. Besides, Kaczy Winkiel is a perfect starting point for both Puck and Władysławowo. And there are other attractions waiting for you, ready to take up as much of your time as possible. And they’re sure worth it!

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