In terms of tourism, the area around Słupsk is one of the most interesting regions in Poland. Both Słupsk – a seven-hundred-year-old town, and other fascinating sites, combined with the vicinity of the sea, make it an increasingly-common popular destination for tourists.

Słupsk lies a short distance from the sea, and the sit on which it was founded is a crossing of the Słupia with an ancient route going from west to east along the the Baltic Sea coast. The town, population one hundred thousand, nurtures its historic sites, and especially the local Castle of the Dukes. It also makes every effort to foster local culinary traditions, and to be a significant cultural hub. It hosts music and theatre festivals and artistes’ meetings, and it has its own fair and sporting events. Having at its disposal the largest collection of Witkacy’s work in the world, the oldest operating lift in Europe, and a leaning tower, the Capital of the Słupsk Land has a good reason to advertise itself with the slogan, “Słupsk – more than you think”.

The Capital is matched by the entire region. Its greatest attractions (besides the beautiful Baltic beaches) are the shifting sands near Łeba, called “the Pomeranian desert” and the Checkered-House Land – the area of characteristic rural architecture connected with the Slovincian culture, once inhabiting this place. No less great are the water courses and hydrotechnical monuments of the Słupsk Land. Cutting through stunning landscapes and areas of protected nature, the canoe trails deliver not only experience of invigorating contact with nature, but also to learning about many interesting solutions used in water management and ways to obtain renewable energy from the force of the flowing river waters.

The Słupsk land is a place of diversity, as well as activities, culture, and water tourism. Its untouched nature and well-preserved historic buildings, great beaches and wonderful local cuisine  make it the dream holiday destination .

The hydroelectric power plants on the Słupia and the Łupawa

The hydroelectric power plants on the Słupia and the Łupawa

The Słupia and the Łupawa are gorgeous rivers occasionally flowing through truly pristine areas, fascinating tourist trails for canoeists, and also very busy rivers. For more than one hundred years, their waters, set to work by man, have produced environmentally-friendly electrical energy.

Central Pomerania's tourist attractions include the hydroelectric power plants on the Słupia and the Łupawa, as well as their tributaries. The oldest of them date back to the 19th Century, such as the Struga Power Plant, established in 1896 on the Słupia, where the original water turbine is still working, making it the oldest active hydroelectric power plant in the world. The Gałąźnia Mała hydroelectric power plant, built in the early 20th Century, once the largest such structure in northern Europe and a model for similar facilities, is considered the most beautifully-located of these. Very often the places in which the power plants operate have a long history of using the energy from flowing water for human purposes. This is the case at least with the Skarszów Dolny power plant, located by the Skotawa, a tributary of the Słupia, which originally featured a water-propelled paper mill on the foundations of which now stands the building of the power plant.

Nine of these power plants operating in the region have been made available to tourists. You can visit all Słupia's hydro plants and three on the Łupawa. The fascinating technical solutions of the plants themselves, as well as their accompanying hydrotechnical structures such as weirs, canals, dams, and pipelines, enjoy great popularity among tourists, particularly canoeists, who gladly turn their heads from the slightly monotonous beauty of the landscape to take a look at historic power generation technologies. The hydro plant in Gałąźnia Mała is considered the most interesting from the tourist point of view, which, besides the operating power equipment, features an exhibition that shows the development of hydrotechnical thought and the various applications that man has invented to take advantage of flowing water.

The hydroelectric power plants on the Słupia and the Łupawa are well worth visiting, if only to learn that using renewable energy sources is by no means an invention of our time.