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 .

The Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

The Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes

     North Poland, at least its Castles, makes us get used to Gothic.  However, among the red of the Gothic brick of Pomeranian castles there shines (both literally and metaphorically) the Castle in Słupsk – a true gem of Renaissance architecture. Its history dates back to the early 16th Century, when it was established as a Gothic stronghold of Bogusław X, Duke of Pomerania.

The place where the Castle was built has a long defensive tradition, as it is the former location of the town of Słupsk. After less than a century from construction, the Castle was rebuilt according to the fashion of that time as a beautiful residence of the Pomeranian House of Griffin. Despite later devastation, numerous adaptations to changing needs, a fire, and war-time destruction, it was possible to recreate its former beauty after World War II. Not only is it worth looking at the extraordinary and harmonious architecture of its exterior, but it is also a good idea to visit the Museum of Central Pomerania in its interior. Here you can see some very interesting exhibits of historic items connected with the history of Słupsk and its environs. The rich illustrative material to complement the exhibition allows us to trace the changes undergone by the town, and its characteristic buildings over the course of more than seven hundred years of history. When organising the exhibition, a lot of attention was paid to the Castle itself and its former hosts - the Pomeranian Dukes and the de Croy family. The museum has a well-founded pride in its collection of works by Stanisław Witkiewicz (Witkacy), which can only be envied by such "Witkacian" centres as Kraków or Zakopane.

The Castle complex also features the Castle Mill - one of the oldest technical monuments in Poland, which recalls the first half of the 14th Century and currently houses ethnographic exhibitions; the Młyńska Gate - an imposing Gothic structure, once protecting the crossing on the Słupia; and Saint Hyacinth's Church - the former Castle chapel - a Gothic church with Baroque furnishings and tombs of the Griffins, as well as the reconstructed Castle garden.

After visiting Słupsk Castle you can take some rest at a teashop in the old Richter Granary, which was moved from the town centre to the Castle and included in the museum complex in the 1990's.

The Castle in Słupsk is a place that will delight an individual sensitive to architectural beauty, and also enthusiasts of art, especially inter-war art. The residents of Słupsk should also definitely see it, if they have not done so yet, as this place has everything they need to better understand their own town.