Slupsk Land. Where history meets modernity 

Open to the Baltic Sea, decorated with the picturesque Slupia River, with numerous monuments of the city of Slupsk, examples of classic wooden constructed houses and evidence of progressive hydrotechnical thought, the Slupsk Land is an extremely attractive area of Pomorskie region It is worth staying here for longer.

The region's largest city, as the name suggests, is Slupsk. It is a city that is over 700 years old and is proudly dominated by the Gothic Pomorskie Dukes' Castle with the restored Richter's granary, a mill and the Mill Gate. The history of Slupsk dates back to the formation of the Polish state. It was here that the Gryfit family ruled, whose memory is still alive in the historic walls of the city. Numerous monuments (along with the castle, there is also the town hall with magnificent stained glass windows) make Slupsk a city frequented visited by tourists.

Not everyone knows that it is in Slupsk, in the mentioned above Pomorskie Dukes' Castle, that the world's largest collection of paintings by avant-garde artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz is located. The Central Pomorskie Museum gathered over a quarter of a thousand portraits, paintings and drawings by Witkacy.

Kolekcja prac Witkiewicza w Muzeum Pomorza Środkowego, fot.

There are also those who do not know that it is in Slupsk, in the department store building at Plac Zwyciestwa, that there is a real technical monument - the oldest elevator in Europe.

Seaside attractions
If you ask about the coastal attractions of the Slupsk region, there is only one answer: Ustka. It is a beach resort that is teeming with life in spring and summer. The beach in Ustka is a paradise for those who care about the proximity of the city and great infrastructure (eastern beach) and for those who want to calm down and peace (western beach) lying on the sand.

Ustka is also a health resort where cardiological and rheumatological diseases are treated. Brine and peat found in this area is a natural remedy for many ailments. Ustka has also great restaurants, there are summer concerts, walks along the sea. There is a lighthouse in Ustka that is over 100 years old, is still shining. The lighthouse in nearby Czolpino and the Stilo lighthouse, which is considered to be one of the most charming in the whole of Pomorskie region, is also worth Your attention.

Latarnia morska w Ustce, fot.

However, the Slupsk region is not only the Baltic Sea. It is also the Slupia River with the Papal Canoe Trail commemorating the water expedition of Karol Wojtyla from 1964. The trail is almost as long as the river itself, and its passage provides unusual sensations, both sport and aesthetic. It is worth emphasizing that part of the Slupia River Valley is a beautiful landscape park with numerous species of flora and fauna, as well as, on the other hand, an example of technical progress. It was here at the beginning of the 20th century that hydroelectric power plants were erected, which, still operating, are open to visitors. Those interested in this type of attraction will certainly be interested in the fact that the Zarnowiec Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest pumped storage power plant in Poland, is also nearby.

Historic pearls of the region
Characteristic black and white country houses. White, because painted with lime. Black because with beams covered with tar. This is how traditional houses of the Slupsk region looked (and still look). Lots of them here, especially in the area of ​​Swolowo. It is not without the reason that this area is called the Checkered Land. Well-preserved examples of wooden house construction are the reason why Swolowo was baptized with the name of the European Village of Cultural Heritage. The Pomorskie Folk Culture Museum in Swolowo takes care that the rich Pomorskie peasant's barn, bread house, and cottage of the farmer continue to be attractive for Guests.


After a visit to the Pomorskie farms of rich peasants, it is worth going to Kluki, where the Museum of the Slovinian Village is located. This is a unique open-air museum, where you can see how the Slovinians, the indigenous people of this land, lived here 200 years ago. We visit cottages with well-maintained, though modestly arranged rooms, home gardens, fishing huts, necessary in the vicinity of the lakes Gardno and Lebsko. Finally, we will eat wafers, baked on the spot according to ancient recipes.

It is worth ending your visit to the Slupsk region with a concert. Yes, at the Charlotta Valley complex in July and August each year there is a Festival of rock Legends, a unique musical feast for all lovers of the best music!


The Papal Canoe Trail

The Papal Canoe Trail

     “Through contact with nature you can rest truly and deeply...” are the words of Pope John Paul II, who was the canoeing patron of the route on the Słupia, and who, in 1964, as the Kraków Archbishop of Kraków, entered a canoe, and with a group of friends struggled with the river for eleven days.

The canoe trail, whose name refers to the most famous of Polish canoeists, Karol Wojtyła, covers most of the course of the Słupia. It was established as a result of the cooperation of the Local Governments of the ten Communes through which it runs and it not only commemorates a trip in the company of the Pope-to-be from nearly half a century ago, but also his approach to nature and active leisure, with which he was commonly associated.

The route runs from the Kashubia's Gowidlin to Słupsk, and contains 10 stops, the location of which reflects the probable places in which Karol Wojtyła and his thirteen friends camped in 1964. The route has been equipped with information boards for canoeists, and the local residents have also placed historic stones dedicated to John Paul II.

A trip down the Papal Canoe Trail may be treated like a pilgrimage, but it can also be satisfying without adding the spiritual dimension. In both cases you can see beautiful nature and wonderful landscapes, but also test yourself in fighting with the water. The Słupia, particularly in its upper course, has the character of a highland river in some sections, with all the consequences of this fact - a rapid current, and a great number of obstacles - such as shallows, boulders and tree trunks. Some of the route is even termed "the extreme Słupia". Those canoeists who are less confident in their skills can start the trip a little further downstream, where the current is calmer and you can even see small children in canoes. Journeying down the Papal Route you will see the historic, one-hundred-year old, yet still working hydroelectric power plants, which are open to visitors, watch the nature reserves along the way, with their natural peculiarities, and, with a little luck, see the white-tailed eagle. A week of rowing, which is the average time needed to cover the 133-km Papal Trail on the Słupia, is a considerable physical effort, but one that guarantees great rest of the kind that was recommended by Archbishop Karol Wojtyła.