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
An idea for the trip: Wejherowo
City Park, photo by Sebastian Mitroszonek, resources of the County Office in Wejherowo
We often associate Kashuby with cities such as Kartuzy or Koscierzyna, but we often forget that Kashuby also covers the northern part of the Pomorskie Voivodeship. Wejherowo is one of the most famous cities in this part of the region. We invite you today for a day trip around this amazing city, you will sing Kashubian notes and find out why it is a favourite city of Star Wars fans.
The easiest way to get to Wejherowo is by the SKM -fast Tri-city local train. It runs in this direction every 20 or 30 minutes, and the ticket price is less than 10 PLN. The inhabitants of Gdynia are of course the closest, as they will go to Wejherowo for just over half an hour. For someone starting a trip from Gdansk, the journey will take around an hour. The low price is not the only Advantage of traveling by rail. Choosing this way of traveling is not limited by the number of places in the car, we also save time and inconvenience associated with looking for a parking space.
Wejherowo has prepared something special for the youngest guests: the trail of Kashubian Notes. It is a route consisting of fourteen points, along which we get to know not only the Kashubian alphabet but also the history of the city. The maps of the route can be found in Wejherowo tourists information points and on the Internet.
And where will Kashubian notes take us? Following their footsteps, we will see, above all, the beautiful Town Hall in Wejherowo in the Old Market Square. If you go on a trip at the weekend in the late spring or summer, you will have the opportunity to visit it with a guide. The Town Hall is located in the very centre of the city, on the Wejher Square. It is also here, that we can find a monument to the founder of the city, Jakub Wejher. The city owes him not only the creation and its name, but also the construction of the famous Calvary, thanks to which Wejherowo is today called the Spiritual Capital of Kashuby. The Wejher Monument is also a huge attraction for ... fans of "Star Wars"! When snow covers it in winter, it looks like Darth Vader, one of the most important characters in the film. No wonder that the fans of this film are organising meetings in Wejherowo.
Calvary of Wejherowo, photo by Sebastian Mitroszonek, resources of the County Office in Wejherowo
Calvary of Wejherowo is another point on the Kashubian Notes route, which you simply must visit, not only because of its spiritual significance, but also because of the diversity of architecture or location in a beautiful, forested corner, and each of the 26 chapels has its own, a unique story worth knowing. Time travel enthusiasts will surely be interested in the fact that the first pilgrimages to Calvary in Wejherowo took place in the 17th century!
Near the Calvary there is the Aleksander Majkowski Park, where the last three points of our trail are located. The park is a wonderful place to rest after walking the entire route. The Wejherowo Park is bustling with life in beautiful weather. Among the charming alleys, there are plenty of places to relax - whether on a bench under an old tree or on the grass in the sunshine. There is also an amphitheatre in the park, where various cultural events and concerts take place. Events also take place in the nearby Przebendowski and Keyserling Palace, where the Museum of Kashubian-Pomorskie Literature and Music is located. This is where we find the last note. Can you imagine a better ending to our music tour than the Museum of Music?
Przebendowski and Keyserling Palace, photo: Marek Palubicki, resources of the County Office in Wejherowo
Speaking of music ... if you have been following the marked trail all the time, you must have passed a modern glass building. If at the beginning of your trip you did not want to spend too much time next to it, be sure to come back to the station. This building is the Kashubian Philharmonic, operating in this place since 2013. This is another point on the map of Wejherowo, which has a rich offer of music and cultural events.
Isn't Wejherowo the most musical and songful city in Pomorskie? It's best to take the train and see it for yourself. Each of you will surely go the entire route for sure!
See also: Kashuby and their attractions.
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The Calvary church of Wejherowo