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
Next to the conveniently-located investment areas, Rumia's assets include the proximity of ports and a container terminal, and lower property prices than in the nearby towns. The Rumia Urban Commune has been a three-times winner of the Fair Play Commune contest. It has also received an honorary distinction for "the Golden Business Location".
Explorers of historic traces will encounter here the ruins of a mediaeval church (devoted to the patrons St. Stanislaus in 1583, the Holy Cross in 1686, the Holy Cross and St. Nicholas in 1710) after one of the oldest Pomeranian parishes, and a historic cemetery which surrounds the former church. There is also an obelisk erected in honour of Duke Mściwój II. The renovated White Manor by national road No. 6 (Sobieskiego Street) also merits attention - built in the early 20th Century, today it serves as a hotel as in its early days. Near the manor flows the Zagórska Struga River, starting from Lake Marchowo, through the whole town, and eventually reaching Puck Bay to the north of Mechelinki.
The most picturesque hiking trail leads into the Zagórska Struga Valley, which resembles a mountain gorge. Fatigued hikers will have the chance to relax in the Municipal Park on Starowiejska St., by the river which overflows here forming a small pond. Stone-set alleys, benches, playgrounds, wooden arbours, a footbridge and a canoe pier, create a congenial atmosphere. Around the corner, the Municipal Culture Centre, housed in a 19th-Century manor, holds an exhibition entitled "From the Earth's history" featuring its most interesting artefact - a 2-thousand-year-old female skeleton discovered during excavation works in Rumia. Continuing your trip, you can take a stroll along the pedestrian-bicycle precinct on Żwirki i Wigury St. - an investment for which Rumia has received a distinction from the Voivodeship Governor in a contest for the "Most beautiful public space in the Pomeranian Voivodeship."
Quite a peculiar attraction is the Cactus Garden of Mr & Ms Hinz, considered one of the biggest in Europe. Among other things, visitors can admire over 6 thousand succulent species and varieties, a huge aloe tree, and the so-called "mother-in-law's cushions".
Rumia boasts a calendar filled with regular events as a permanent part of the town's life. The flagship event at the international level is the Rev. St. Ormiński International Religious Music Festival, held in October. Festival competitions and concerts take place in the Virgin Mary Help of Christians Church. July and August provide an opportunity to enjoy the Summer Organ Concerts with prominent acts from Poland and abroad. The complex of the Municipal Sports and Recreation Centre holds multi-regional sporting events, such as the International Art Gymnastics Tournament "the Baltic Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup", the Rumia Open Volleyball Championships for the Mayor's Cup, the Peace Marathon, and the Rumia Open Table Tennis Championships. Also the advanced indoor swimming pool at Rodziewiczówny St., the pitch in the "Blisko - Boisko" programme by Middle School No. 4 and two pitch complexes in the "Moje Boisko - Orlik 2012" project host more and more sports and recreation events. These include the "Masters Rumia" Swimming Competition, the National Aquathlon, and activities in the Orlik Academy and a competition for the Cup of PM Donald Tusk.
Hel Peninsula. Between the sea and the bay
Boże Narodzenie na Kaszubach
How does a lighthouse work? "We are here so that this lantern never goes out"
Co o Kaszubach turysta wiedzieć powinien
Wielkanoc na Kaszubach
The Calvary church of Wejherowo