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 .
 

Swołowo

Swołowo

     Swołowo is a village located just 15 kilometresfrom Słupsk, an extraordinary place due to the preserved oval shape of the oldest part of the settlement, which indicates its early-mediaeval origin.

The oldest mentions of Swołowo date back to the early 13th Century. It was then granted to the Joannites, who resided in the nearby Sławno and it remained the property of those "knights in habits" for nearly 200 years. In a way characteristic of the area, and popular one thousand years ago, it was shaped in the form of an ellipse covering the stream flowing in the centre, with a pond. On the central square of the village, also oval, stands a small church, originally erected by the Joannites, and today featuring traces of its oldest Gothic style. Its its current form evokes Danish churches, or those seen in southern Sweden. The village is situated in a small valley, the centre of which overlaps with the central square, and whose slopes, as we go further away from the church, are slowly rising. The original buildings are dominated by "checkered houses" - residential houses and outbuildings with a timber-framed structure, black beams and white fillings. Several dozen over-one-hundred-year-old buildings of this type, preserved in a better or worse condition, make Swołowo the Capital of the Checkered-House Land - the area of the characteristic architectural style. One of Swołowo's cottages, once belonging to a peasant named Albrecht. now houses a branch of the Museum of Central Pomerania in Słupsk, whose employees work on the consistent concept of preserving the unique form of the whole of Swołowo and its buildings, most of which is in private hands. There are plans to establish a Centre for the Cultural Animation of Pomerania in the Albrecht Cottage.

 

The Swołowo Village, proudly bearing the title of the "European Cultural Heritage Village", is a place worth seeing, not only for its extraordinary historical assets, but primarily because of the amazing beauty of both the village and its immediate surroundings.