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!

 

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.