Powiśle covers land bordering on the Pomeranian and Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeships and is located on the right bank of the Lower Vistula valley. It is a region with a fascinating, though checkered, history, which had frequently changed its statehood affiliation, as can be seen today in the traces left on monuments.
The earliest mentions of this place date back to the times when it was under the rule of the Prussians, with two of their lands in Powiśle: Pomesania and Pogesania. The Prussians disappeared from the then political reality, wiped out by the sword-and-cross armed Teutonic Order. The latter imposed a permanent imprint on local vicissitudes. Along the Vistula, from Grudziądz up to the spot where Nogat joins it, tourist attractions are dominated by medieval castles - a remnant of the dreary times of Christianisation in Prussia. Once these structures were abundant here, with practically every town having one. Two of them - in Kwidzyn and Sztum - have survived to the present. The Kwidzyn castle of Pomesanian Chapter, along with the adjacent cathedral, forms one of the best-preserved medieval strongholds in Poland. Patterned after Teutonic castles, it delights spectators with the simplicity and harmony of its austere body. In the vaults of St. John’s Cathedral rest the remains of three Grand Masters of the Order. The Sztum stronghold and the partially-preserved summer residence of the Grand Master serve as a venue of medieval fairs and knights’ tournaments.
Another tourist attraction of Powiśle, Sierakowski Palace in Waplewo Wielkie, originated in times closer to us. At the seat of this famous Pomeranian family, the Polish identity was fostered during the partition period. Currently, it houses the Museum of the Tradition of Polish Nobility and the Pomeranian Centre for Contacts with the Polish Community Abroad. The monuments of technology include mid-19th Century sluices on the Nogata River in Biała Góra and a hydrotechnical structure which is still operational and dates back to the early 20th Century.
Powiśle can be recommended as a really-attractive region for cultural tourism. The multiethnic tradition, beautiful monuments, interesting places - all this just waits to be discovered!