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 Słowiński National Park

The Słowiński National Park

Slowinski National Park is one of the most beautiful and interesting parts of Pomeranian Region. You will find here desert landscapes of moving dunes, unique peat bogs and meadows, and even woods, the slopes of the highest elevation in the area-the Rowokół mountain. The leading trails here are full of various attractions that will satisfy even the most demanding tourists.

In the area of 18.000 hectares of the Park we find not only the Baltic Sea Sahara or the unique examples of coastal nature, but also interesting places related to the far-back history of these areas. There are several trails with different difficulty and character, with a total length of nearly 150 kilometres.

BLACK CONNECTING TRAILS

Smołdziński Forest – Czołpino 3km

Smołdzino – Slowinski National Park 6km

Gardna Wielka – Slowinski National Park 5, 4km

The Main hiking trails run parallel to the sea shore, crossing along the entire Slowinski National Park. Black Trails fulfil the role of liaison routes. They allow tourists who use the accommodation, located in the Park, to reach the main gateways of the entrance Slowinski National Park, their course also provides a connection between the North and South Routes, which greatly enhances and promotes In the area Slowinski National Park.

Słowiński Park Krajobrazowy
Słowiński Park Krajobrazowy, fot. Adam Demczak

GREEN ROUTES

Rowy - Dołgie Małe - Rowy 17 km

It starts in the village of Rowy through the forest complexes SPN (Slowinski National Park), to the Eastern end of the smallest SPN reservoir - the Dołgie Małe lake (an observation platform, the area covered by strict protection due to the occurrence of vegetation).

Further on, among forested dunes the trail, reaches the sea, and then, parallel to the sea shore, it returns to Rowy. From the beach, it is the easiest way to observe the diversity of the dune ridge, subject to the activity of natural elements: sea waves and wind. Contemporary processes also reveal the history of vegetation on the Gardna Spit. Peat decks and numerous oak trunks exposed on the beach are the remains of the forests that prevailed here thousands of years ago.

Łeba - Sand dunes - Łeba 17 km

The trail starts in the seaside town of Łeba. It runs along the shore of the beach, touching the entrance to the Łącka Dune with the red trail markings. The route leads through the picturesque landscape of the Łebska Spit. A part of the route runs through the dune fields, allowing the observation of the diversified dune forms from the initial beach at the back of the beach to active dune. In the area, there is the best preserved, along our coast coastal vegetation at various stages of development, flora and alder growing along the northern shore of Lake Łebsko. In Rąbka, there is the Nature Museum of the Słowiński National Park and the headquarters of the Protective Circuit as well as the historical exhibition in the building of the former V-2 missile launcher, erected by the Nazi army during World War II.

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SPN zaskakuje różnorodnością, fot. Pomorskie.Travel

THE NORTHERN RED ROUTE

Łeba-Rowy 40km

It Leads through the Park area from the village of Łeba to the village of Rowy. Due to the difficult terrain, the distance to overcome and the lack of the accommodation along the way and gastronomic base it is a challenge for the most persistent tourists. On the route, there is a Natural Museum SPN (Slowinski National Park). Rąbka, a viewing point on Łebsko Lake, a V-2 rocket launcher.

Almost the entire route leads through the protection area of the strict "SPIT" by the most active of the moving dunes in the Park- Łącka Dune and the Czołpińska Dune. Their peaks are natural vantage points, from which you can admire the magnificent landscape of the Park. Next, the trail runs through the village of Czołpino, leading to two picturesque lakes of the pinewood of the Dolgie Wielkie and Dolgie Małe and along the northern shore of Lake Gardno to the village of Rowy.

THE SOUTHERN YELLOW ROUTE

Łeba Żnowska – Gać – Izbica – Kluki – Smołdzino along The Hill of the Rowokół - Gardna Wielka 39km

The route starts in Łeba and leads through the village of Żarnowska, Gać, Izbica, Kluki, surrounding the Łebsko Lake from the southern side. A trail with high natural, landscape and cultural values. It leads through natural complexes of pine forest, alder and birch forests as well as artificially led spruce stands on a peat substrate. Along the trail, protected by over 150 year old pine trees, marsh forest on the bog, and nesting place of numerous species of water birds.

Pomeranian Way of Saint Jackob

Trail of Saint Jacob has recently gained importance (it was added to the list of UNESCO cultural heritage in 1987) due to the desire of Europeans to return to European cultural roots. The main point is to encourage people to explore different countries and regions more slowly, and to taste the diversity of these and understand their specificity. This corresponds to ancient customs, when people spent hundreds of days on the road to Santiago de Compostella and at the same time they were in contact with cultural diversity, new ideas and development trends. The trail of Saint. Jackob also once existed in the South Baltic region, reaching from Konigsberg through Gdańsk and Szczecin to Rostock and further west.

• How the rout goes - see more
• The part of : Smołdzino-Trzebiatów - see more

 

SEE ALSO:

Attractions in the vicinity of the Słowiński National Park:

• Smołdzino: the church of Princess Anna, electricity from Łupawa
• Gardna Wielka: church, devil stone, kitesurfers
• A detour: a half-timbered church, a palace, a forgotten railway
• Rowy: beach, neo-Roman church, port
• Łeba: beach in Łeba, port, marina, Łeba attractions
• Amusement parks in Łeba: dinosaurs, seals, mazes
• Stilo Lighthouse
• Ustka: lighthouse, promenade, Ustka mermaid
• Ustka Stronghold - Interactive Bunker of Ustka History
• Museum of Folk Culture of Pomerania in Swołowo
• Słupsk: the Gryffits, Witkacy