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If you are looking for a place where you can relax in the tender embrace of nature – go to Kashubia. This is one of the most beautiful regions in Poland, a paradise on earth, full of forests, lakes, charming valleys and flowered hills. Here are the most interesting attractions and the most beautiful places in Kashubia.

We went for a spring walk in Kashubia with a licensed and respected guide of the region – Michał Maj. He took us to places that delight us with the richness of nature and silence. These are the ones we appreciate the most. He also showed us the most sought-after tourist pearls that refer to Kashubian culture and history.

The mysterious stone circles

We begin our tour of Kashubia in a place of reflection and reverie, namely where stone circles rest. There are several such clusters in the region, as we wrote about in the article on esoteric tourism in Pomerania. Stone circles, also called places of power, are associated with the ancient cult of burying the dead. In the Uniraga cemetery, you will find more than 2,000 barrows. Stone circles can also be admired in Węsiorach. When visiting these places, remember to keep calm and pay due respect – our ancestors are buried here.

Created by nature

If you are interested in natural monuments – we recommend seeing the Royal Stone on Jastrzębia Góra in Ostrzyce. It is an erratic boulder made of biotite gneiss, named the Royal Stone to commemorate the visit of King Wilhelm IV of Prussia to the site in 1851. A red trail leads to it from the centre of Ostrzyce village, so it’s a great opportunity to take a scenic walk.

Spring walks are pure pleasure and the Kashubian Switzerland is full of trails to enjoy. Michał Maj recommends, among others, a hiking trail around Lake Dąbrowski in Gołub. It is a natural body of water surrounded by forests and meadows – a straightforward 5.8 km route. From time to time you may encounter anglers or other hikers here. If you want to get to know the place from the perspective of the water, we recommend renting a water bike or a boat at the community bathing site in Golub. Speaking of walks, it is worth noting that the entire Kashubian Landscape Park is an ideal place for hiking. There are also beautiful cycling trails. This nature reserve is sure to delight you.

Spring walks are pure pleasure and the Kashubian Switzerland is full of trails to enjoy. Michał Maj recommends, among others, a hiking trail around Lake Dąbrowski in Gołub. It is a natural body of water surrounded by forests and meadows – a straightforward 5.8 km route. From time to time you may encounter anglers or other hikers here. If you want to get to know the place from the perspective of the water, we recommend renting a water bike or a boat at the community bathing site in Golub. Speaking of walks, it is worth noting that the entire Kashubian Landscape Park is an ideal place for hiking. There are also beautiful cycling trails. This nature reserve is sure to delight you.

The Wybickich Manor – a place with soul

After the walk, we can stop for tea and a delicious apple pie in Sikorzyn. There stands a romantic manor house, which for three centuries belonged to the Wybicki family, from which comes Józef, the author of the words to the Polish national anthem. The Wybickich Manor is a place with soul, history and a beautiful adjoining park. There you will find majestic sculptures and a labyrinth where you can really get lost. On occasion, you can buy homemade jams, liqueurs and honeys in the manor house. You can also take a guided tour of the manor house.

Kashubian attractions – observation tower and Kashubian Gate

Fans of viewpoints with a climate will be delighted with Sobótka Mountain in Ręboszewo, on top of which stands a replica of a wooden windmill of the koźlak type. The windmill offers a panoramic view of the Kashubian National Park. An additional attraction of this place is a charming café, where you can taste homemade cakes and drink delicious coffee.

For beautiful views, it is also worth visiting the viewing tower in Przytarnia. It is a 40-metre high structure with two terraces overlooking the Wdzydze Landscape Park. Also popular in Kashubia is the viewing tower on top of Wieżyca, from the top of which you can admire the beauty of the Kashubian Switzerland.

Let’s move on to Chmielno, where you will find Tamowa Góra, which offers one of the most beautiful views in Kashubia. On the other side of Kłodno Lake you will find Stone Park, which consists of a promenade and a square overlooking the water and forests of the Kashubian Landscape Park.

Another equally interesting attraction is the Kashubian Gate, an isthmus between two lakes – the Lower Radunskie and the Upper Radunskie. These picturesque lakes are separated by a narrow road, which can be driven through by car. The proximity of the lakes on both sides is truly impressive!

Other tourist attractions in Kashubia – Museum of Kościerska Land, Accordion Museum, Railway Museum

If you like museums, we recommend, among others, those in Koscierzyna: Muzeum Ziemi Kościerskiej, where you will find many exhibits and archaeological finds from the Kościerska area and handicrafts of the Kashubian people. The museum units are: Railway Museum and Accordion Museum.

Both establishments contain many exhibits. In the Railway Museum, you will find the most numerous exhibition of rail vehicles in northern Poland – some can be entered, which is an additional attraction. In the Accordion Museum, the core of the exhibition is made up of instruments from accordionist Paweł Nowak’s private collection. The full collection numbers as many as 180 instruments, so it is a real gem for accordion lovers.

Kashubian museums worth seeing

If, on the other hand, you are interested in the history and cultural heritage of Kashubia, you must visit the Kashubian Museum in Kartuzy. The museum’s exhibits are housed in eight exhibition rooms. On the ground floor, you will find basic objects related to the activities of the Kashubian people who lived there, and on the first floor – folk art creations.

Also worth a visit is the Museum of Kashubian Ceramics in Chmielno, which is the legacy of the Necel family. In the pottery workshop, decorative and utilitarian vessels are still being made, including very traditional ones dating back to ancient times. It is a living museum where you can not only see the exhibits, but also watch the potter at work on the potter’s wheel and try your hand at the art of pot making yourself.

We also recommend visiting the Fisheries Museum in Hel, full of issues related to the history of the Baltic Sea and fishing in the region. Here you can see, among other things, th

Or maybe you want to see the world’s longest board? You can find it in Szymbark. Right next to it stands the upside-down house, which you can enter to feel the “turbulence” of the modern world. There is also the House of the Siberian along with a whole educational and historical trail.

Open-air museums – Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie and Slowinski Village Museum in Kluki

The Museum in Wdzydze Kiszewskie has a very rich history – its beginnings date back to 1906 and it is the oldest open-air museum in Poland. Initially located in an 18th-century Bohemian cottage, today it has expanded to 22 hectares on the picturesque Gołuń Lake. A visit to this place is like a journey through time. Here you will see, among other things, cottages, manors, smithies, inns and windmills – a total of more than 50 buildings which will transport you back to past centuries. When visiting the open-air museum, it is also worth visiting Lake Wdzydze, called by some the Kashubian sea.

An equally interesting object is the Museum of the Slovincian Village in Kluki. The Kluki open-air museum takes you back in time, thanks to which we can get to know the life of former Slavs. It is a unique and authentic place, where you can see live former inhabitants of Kluki, their customs and rituals. It is definitely worth taking part in the Black Wedding, which takes place annually at the beginning of May in the open-air museum. The main attraction of the event is peat digging, but you can also see the former Slavs at work and taste delicacies according to traditional recipes.

We recommend taking a guided day trip to the Black Wedding, organised by Pomorskie Tours.

Mansions and palaces of North Kashubia

The Trail of Northern Kashubian Mansions and Palaces is an attraction you need to plan ahead.You will find 22 buildings along the route, and each of them carries a unique story. In some of them you will see exhibitions, in others you will stay for the night, and in the morning you will be treated to a delicious breakfast full of local delicacies. On the trail you will find, among others, Rzucewo Castle, Żarnowiec Manor and Żarnowiec Lake, Krokowa Castle or Ciekocinek Palace. When visiting Żarnowiec, you will surely be delighted by the monastery complex, which is a valuable monument of northern Kashubia.

It is worth reading the publication “On the trail of manors and palaces of Northern Kashubia“, which describes the qualities of all the buildings.

Bory Tucholskie – the world of plants and animals in Kashubia

If you love communing with nature, Bory Tucholskie National Park is the perfect place for a spring walk. Silence, tranquillity, birdsong, the sound of water and the rustling of a passing lizard will be your travelling companions. Be prepared for long hikes among the varied forest terrain. You may encounter many unique animal species here. Keep calm when a roe deer, deer or wild boar stands in your path. You will be lucky if you see a hare, badger or fox. Enjoy this time alone with nature – a premium service these days.

Where to eat in Kashubia? Where to sleep in Kashubia?

When visiting the Tuchola Forest, you can’t miss the Notera Hotel Spa. It’s an elegant establishment situated on the shore of a lake with a stunning view. In the hotel’s Las i Woda restaurant you will find – as the name suggests – the gifts of the Tuchola Forest at their best. Chef Maciej Hippler has composed a menu that is hard to forget. The food here is simply excellent.

Notera Hotel Spa Wczasowa 1, 89-606 Charzykowy, Polska https://hotelnotera.pl/ hotel@hotelnotera.pl +48 512 795 025

In the area around Rewa you will find a good restaurant serving Polish cuisine – Chëcz Kòle Szpërka (the name of this place is written in Kashubian and means – a wooden hut next to the headland in Rewa). It is a family restaurant with more than 30 years of experience, which is located on the bay itself. The restaurant’s terrace therefore offers a beautiful view of the sea. The base of the dishes on the menu is fish from local fishermen and seasonal produce in its original form.

Leśny Dwór Stefana Żeromskiego 15, 83-320 Sulęczyno, Polska https://lesnydwor.pl recepcja@lesnydwor.pl +48 691 992 588

If you are in the Sulęczyn area – we recommend stopping for lunch at Leśny Dwór. Let the delicious Kashubian cuisine delight you! The hotel’s Biôłi Trus restaurant is a nod to local quality produce. On the menu you will find modernised versions of regional recipes with respect for their history and ingredients. We can reveal that their herring with sour cream, apple and potato pancake has stolen many a heart. Vegetarians, on the other hand, will certainly appreciate the Kashubian cheese soup with roasted leek.

Other good Kashubian restaurants recommended include Stary Browar Kościerzyna and Czarny Kos.

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