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!

 

Słupsk

Słupsk

     Słupsk is an important economic, scientific, and tourist centre of Central Pomerania. It is located in a region of unique landscapes  and clean natural environment.       The town’s rich history had its beginnings in the very distant past – during the birth of the Polish State. The times of its economic prosperity were the 14th and 16th Centuries. It was then that Słupsk was the seat of the House of Griffin and performed the role of the Duchy’s Capital. At that time it belonged to the Hanse and was one of the first centres of reformation in Western Pomerania. Beer making, amber working, and trade, including overseas, experienced intensive development thanks to the harbour in Ustka. The second half of the 19th Century saw the development of the early-Capitalist furniture, construction material, and agri-food processing industries.

Słupsk has a very interesting tourist package, presenting the rich history of the town and the region, and abounding in Pomerania's tourist and cultural attractions. The town's primary asset is its historic buildings. Its highlight is the Słupsk Town Hall, the HQ of the town's authorities from its establishment in 1901. It is a unique building for Pomerania, featuring decorative stained-glass windows and paintings depicting the history of the town. The Town Hall tower, which was opened three weeks ago, features a magnificent panorama of the city, to which you are invited by the Amber Bear of Luck.


Tourists are also drawn here by Gothic churches, mediaeval fortifications with town gates, the Witches' Tower, and the Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, which houses the Museum of Central Pomerania. Besides the ethnographical and regional exhibitions the museum also features the largest collection of works by S. I. Witkiewicz (Witkacy). It is also worth seeing the oldest lift in Europe - a technical monument in the Department Store at Plac Zwycięstwa.


One of the first amber guilds in Pomerania was founded in Słupsk. Its tradition is cultivated by amber galleries. Tourists can see and purchase hand-made objects of amber or listen to stories and legends on how the valuable material is formed and processed.


Słupsk is also used as a base camp for trips to the regional sites, already recognised throughout Poland, such as the Checkered-House Land, and the Hydroelectrical Power Plants Route. Another magnet for tourists is the Słowiński National Park and the "Dolina Słupi". Landscape Park. Activity tourism is rapidly developing. Słupsk is attracting more and more canoeists and anglers, and it draws tourists with its regional network of hiking and cycling routes, where, among other things, horse riding trips are organised. In the summer season, the seaside resorts effectively complement Słupsk's tourist assets. The well-developed transport network makes it easier for tourists to reach their holiday destination. In the summer, such resorts as Ustka, Rowy, Darłowo, Jarosławiec, and Łeba organise a number of promotional events, featuring the tourists and residents of Słupsk. The traffic also goes in the reverse direction - entertainment events organised in Słupsk also attract many tourists and people living in nearby resort towns, not only those close to the seaside. All these attractions, along with the opportunities provided by the town, comprise a complementary and thorough tourist package that caters to all needs, even those of the most demanding clients.

On the square by the Town Hall you will meet the Słupsk Bear of Luck, which provides information on Słupsk, greets tourists, and guides you around the town hall. As legend has it, the figure of the Amber Bear, a talisman of a bear hunter, is one of the most carefully-protected museum items in Europe, never leaving the safe of Kulturhistorisches Museum in Stralsund. In 2003, the Słupsk Bear was returned to the residents of Słupsk. A copy of the figure was displayed in the Town Hall. The pleasnt Bear is a symbol of luck for the town's residents and tourists.