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 River Słupia

The River Słupia

     The Słupia is a river that has its source somewhere in the peat bogs of the Kashubian Lake District, and it flows through moraine hills, several lakes, and after passing Słupsk, to which it has given its name, connects its waters to the Baltic in Ustka. It flows among forests, plains, sometimes in a rapid mountain current, works hard in several hydroelectric power plants, and eventually turns into a sea harbour.

The popularity of the canoe trail on the Słupia is rising with each year. The trail is almost as long as the river itself, sometimes quite difficult, requiring rather advanced skills, but it provides the experience of a mountain stream, which is unexpected so close to the sea. The section of Rynna Sulęczyńska, known as the "extreme Słupia" is famous among canoeists, as it offers rapid currents and hundreds of obstacles along the way, such as shallows, boulders, and tree trunks cropping out from the water. There are also calm and easy sections, where entire families go canoeing. The most famous canoeist to have rowed on the stream of the Słupia was Karol Wojtyła, who later became the Pope, and is now the beatified John Paul II.


Some of the Słupia valley constitutes a landscape park, including forest-covered moraines and numerous historic architectural sites, mainly churches, but also fine parks and palaces. The park features more than a dozen nature reserves aimed at protecting the rare or endangered species of fauna and flora, including the King of the birds, the white-tailed eagle, which can be seen with a bit of luck as it majestically soars above its domain.


Among the wild backwoods of the Słupia valley we can also find very interesting technical monuments. In the first quarter of the 20th Century four hydroelectric power plants were built on the river current, which have successfully operated and provided green energy to the present day. Today they are also a tourist attraction.


The final section of the Słupia is the sea harbour in Ustka. The old name for Ustka - Stolpmünde - means "the mouth of the Słupia". Ustka is a very old harbour with nearly one thousand years of history. Today it is mainly a tourist and yachting harbour with several-dozen-metre-high sea walls which allow taking a stroll to the sea. The harbour in Ustka, similar to the one in Copenhagen, has since recently featured a bronze Mermaid who stares curiously into the distance.


The Słupia, a 140-kilometre-long river, has for centuries been the axis of the region's life. Today it is primarily the focus of tourist interest, full of diverse attractions, both for those who love challenges, and for those who just seek undisturbed peace and quiet.