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. pomorskie.travel

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. pomorskie.travel

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!

 

Rowy

Rowy

     Rowy is a beautiful seaside village located on the Baltic coast, at the mouth of the river Łupawa. Once primarily a fishing village, in the 20th  century has evolved into one of the most attractive tourist resorts in the Kashubian region.

According to an old legend, the rise of this village was due to refugees from Wolin who, after the invasion of the Danish on the city in the 9th century, were forced to flee, they set out on a journey in search of their new place on earth. They found it here in Rowy. Today, after more than a thousand years, Rowy still remain a place where a newcomer can find peace and a bit of space for himself.


The location of the village undoubtedly consists of its unique appeal. From the north the village prides itself on the beautiful wide beach with a 30 meters high cliff, while on the south and east Rowy borders the Slowinski National Park, listed by the UNESCO to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. At the entrance to the SNP visitors can learn about the shifting sand dunes and existing here fauna and flora in the small Natural Park Museum. In the close area of the Park and Rowy there is also Gardno Lake perfect for windsurfing and sailing fans.


Although Rowy is a very old village, with a long and interesting history, to our own time there have not survived virtually no historic buildings. In fact, the oldest historical building is a neo-Romanesque church of 19th century, built from glacial boulders and stones. It has an interesting black stone built into one of the walls of the building, around which over the years accumulated some legends. One of them tells the story of a bet between a fisherman and the devil. The fisherman to save his endangered soul, set a condition - he will give his soul to the devil, if the devil builds in the village a church before roosters crow announcing the dawn. The Devil agreed to the bet , gathered all the other demons and began the construction. The construction went so fast that the devil would get a poor little Fisherman soul to the eternal torment in hell, but the fisherman outwit the devil and he crowed like a rooster himself, and then followed his crowing all the roosters. Enraged devil set fire to the building and escaped. After the incident what was left was a black stone, which has been built into the wall of the church and still adorns it.


Rowy has a wide range of accommodation. Tourists can relax in elegant holiday resorts, boarding houses, private homes or are at the campsite.


In the summer it hosts many cultural events (the biggest of them is National Mascots Meeting) and tourist attractions, such as, among others. amusement park, miniature golf, go-kart and bike rentals or fishing boat trip on the Baltic Sea. Active guests can enjoy a tour around many bicycle paths there. Rowy is also an excellent base for many other interesting places, such as the open-air museum in Kluki and numerous museums and monuments of Ustka and Slupsk.


After a busy day the holiday makers can satisfy their hunger at the local restaurants and fish frying joints serving regional dishes ranging from traditional Polish cuisine to more sophisticated. Rowy is a great place for all who wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle of civilization, while not sacrificing the comfort. Rowy also called "Polish Riviera" combine the calm atmosphere of a seaside village with attractions for everyone.