The Northern Kaszuby. The sea side in the Kashubian version.
From Hel through Wladyslawowo till Bialogora. From Puck through Wejherowo till Sierakowice. The Northern Kaszuby along with the Landscape Seaside Park, it is a region which has a lot to offer. Opened to the Baltic Sea, friendly with Gdansk Bay, full of seaside landscapes and green hill. The Northern Kaszuby is one of the most popular touristic destination in Poland. Each year there are thousands of tourists coming here.
There is no reason to be surprised. The access to the sea it is a great advantage of the Northern Kaszuby. The touristic, as well as historical, architectural and cultural advantage too.
The Hel Peninsula
The Hel Peninsula is unique in a European scale. Surrounded by the Baltic Sea and the Baltic Bay in the narrowest point, between Chalupy and Kuznica it is only 150 m wide! It is 34 km long and is curved at the end, looking like a scythe, Hel Peninsula is a very divisive area when nature is concerned. There are pine forests, sand dunes and headlands here. Ornithologists appreciate different bird species flying over the peninsula and the biologists investigate the porpoises and the seals in the area.
The Hel Peninsula, Fot: Pomorskie.travel
Hel Peninsula is a currently is a tourist attraction for those who like sunbathing, water sports and cycling. Big hotel and gastronomy facilities invites the tourists, as well as the clean beaches of Jastarnia or Jurata, Wladyslawowo, Karwia or Jastrzebia Gora. We can also find old wooden fishermen huts there – who were leaving, heading to the sea at the dawn. The lighthouses were showing them the way. The most famous is the one in Rozewie and the most beautiful in Stilo, near Sasin. Despite the fact, the fisherman boats are now more modern, we can still see the old fishing boat, called “Pomeranka” in the Fishing Museum in Hel. We shall find boats all along the sea shore. Form Wladyslawowo through the charming Jastrzebia Gora, where You can see the cliff, Karwia, till Debki, Piasnica and Bialogora.
Beach near to Choczewo, Fot: UG Choczewo
Visiting the Nothern Kashuby we cannot miss Puck. It is a charming small town with the market square and the pier, from which there is a wonderful view to the , so called “Little sea”, as Kashubians called the Baltic Bay. Close by there is a Pomeranian Cistercian Trail and many small villages with typical local architecture . Most of the houses are typical wooden black and white constructions. Near the roads there are small chapels and road crosses, passing them we should stop and cross oneself.
Wejherowo and around
When talking about the spiritual issues, it is also worth going to the sanctuary in Swarzewo and the calvary in Wejherowo. “The Kashubian Jerusalem”, this is how people call the third oldest calvary in Poland. This place is visited by thousands of people every year.
The Northern Kashuby, it is also Zarnowiec with the Benedictine Abbey. Historians stress, that is it this region where sisterhoods (along with the Norbertine, also Benedictine), in medieval age times developed the tradition of kashubian embroidery. If You prefer legends You should visit Gniewino, with their big Stolems, the giants, who love Kashubian bread with lard.
Calvary in Wejherowo Fot. Pomorskie.travel
The Northern Kashuby, those are also castles and mansions situated deeper in the region. Visiting the are You should definitely stop at Krokowa Castle, where duke von Krockow lived, Palace in Ciekocinko, where along with the great restaurant You will also find a stud farm, Wieniawa Palace in Rekowo or a mansion in Salino.
The Northern Kashuby, called “Norda” is a region which fascinate not only during summer time. Kashubian people invite during the Fall or Winter time, when there are less tourists, the landscapes, looking the same but with a different shape and the Kashubian food a bit heavier and more tasty.
Discover attractions in the Northen Kashuby
In summer Debki is full of beach goers and tourists , but outside of high season it is a haven of peace. The beach is empty and you can go for a stroll admiring the wonderful seaside landscape seasoned with a picturesque estuary of Piasnica river.
The main wildlife attraction of Debki is situated at the Piasnica river the reserve Piasnickie Meadows, with many preserved and protected valuable plants characteristic of small rivers, and oak and birch forests. Next to the bridge on Piasnica recently there was set a replica of the border post which stood in this place in the interwar period. In the close area, there is also an information board describing the problems of Polish border and Germany from the interwar times.
Piasnica River, that flows into the Baltic Sea through the Lake Żarnowieckie is perfectly suitable for canoeing. Piasnica watercourse is very shallow and calm therefore it is suitable for families rafting with children. The opening place for rafting is the sluice located at the bridge on the provincial road between Zarnowiec and Wierzchucin. Through Debki there also runs the International Cycling Route R-10 and the northern Kashubian bike trail, so cycling is a good alternative to relaxing on the beach.
In addition to natural, recreational and landscape attractions in Debki you can see some interesting examples of regional architecture. Before the war in 1935 a wooden church was built here, referring in its design to Kashubian patterns of architecture, with its interior designed by a sculptor from Wiele - Teodor Pliński. The simple décor of the church highlights wooden Stations of the Cross and the bas-relief of Our Lady of the Marine. During the war the altar was destroyed and was reconstructed later in 2009.
An interesting monument in the village is also a thatched Kashubian cottage, which dates back to the late 18th century. It is not open to the public, but with a little luck and good will from the owners there is a chance to see the house.
Boże Narodzenie na Kaszubach
How does a lighthouse work? "We are here so that this lantern never goes out"
Hel Peninsula. Between the sea and the bay
Co o Kaszubach turysta wiedzieć powinien
Wielkanoc na Kaszubach
The Calvary church of Wejherowo