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:

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.

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

When you visiting Kashuby, it's worth visiting the Tricity, historical Gdansk, modernist Gdynia and spa in Sopot.

It is the Pomeranian regional good, the sign that represent Pomerania and it is the reason why every year, at the beginning of July hundreds of people come to Kashuby, to Brodnica Gorna, to celebrate this special event. Ladies and gentlemen: Kashubian Strawberry!

A regional treasure. The region's hallmark, and the reason why each year, in the beginning of July, so many tourists in Pomorskie flock to the small town of Brodnica Górna to join a unique celebration. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the delicious Kashubian Strawberry!

-In the ancient times, heart-shaped fruit - such as strawberry - were symbols of the goddess of love. The love goes on, and everyone is waiting impatiently for the first strawberries - says Renata Horczak, owner of Pałac Poraj. - Everyone loves them for their colour, flavour, and aroma. Their many applications could serve as material for more than one cookbook - she says, jokingly.

The most "strawberry" county in Poland, Chmielno in Pomorskie, contains 44% of certified Kashubian Strawberry plantations. They received special EU designations, and they are tended to according to special regulations of the European Commission. Kashubian Strawberry (Honeoye, Senga Sengana, and Elsanta varieties), or Kaszëbskô Malëna in Kashubian, has been registered in November, 2009, as a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU.

-Kashubian Strawberry is unique. Its aroma and deep, red colour remind of the most beautiful time of the year- summer. I have to say that all strawberries that we use in our kitchen have been grown by us. We use only natural fertilisers that, combined with enough sun, yield product that provides an unmistakable experience to the palate - says Dariusz Potrykus, head chef at Nordowi Mol restaurant.

During season, Nordowi Mol restaurant always has a batch of traditional strawberry kompot (non-alcoholic beverage made with fruit and sugar). This year, strawberries will be added to dumplings (pierogi), meringue with strawberries and mascarpone, and as a main dish in strawberry cold soup with semolina.

As experts say, Kashubian Strawberry owes its unique properties to the microclimate in which it is cultivated. Cool nights and warm days are a great preservative. The fruit growth is slowed down, and fructose content is higher. This is why Kashubian Strawberries are so sweet, juicy, firm, and just unbelievably delicious.

Renata Horczak from Pałac Poraj gives more great qualities of Kashubian Strawberry. - Basically, it's perfect for anything. Starting with prosecco-based cocktail with white chocolate, through cold soup with watermelon, millet pudding with strawberries, and hundreds of different no-bake cheesecakes. An interesting fact: before the war, my grandmother and her mother would puncture each strawberry with a needle, dip it in alcohol, and put in hot simple syrup. The next day, they would slow-fry them, and put into jars after cooling down. They also used white strawberries (also known as pineapple strawberries). They were supposed to be the best for making jams, because of their scent and beautiful, light-pink colour, which was then desired after frying.