In the past, a place of worship for the Slavs, now a hiking destination and a place to admire the panorama of the Kashuby Lake District from the top of the observation tower named after John Paul II. In winter, the southern slopes of the hill turn into a paradise for skiers and snowboarders.
The tradition of climbing the Wiezyca dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. At that time, viewpoints were particularly popular. In the 1890s, the first observation tower was erected here, which was dismantled just before World War I. Its place was to be taken by the stone Bismarck Tower, but the Germans managed to make only the foundations.
Later, there were two more wooden towers on the top, which were demolished in the 1980s. The current one, made of metal, with a large platform above the tree line, gives you the opportunity to admire the view on every side of the Kashuby land. From the tower there is a view of the Szymbarskie Hills, “Kolko Radunskie”, you can also see the “Kashuby Road”.
The approach to the top takes about 15 – 30 minutes and you can choose one of 3 routes:
- from Szymbark,
- from the Kashuby People’s University,
- from the Zukowo – Koscierzyna road. The route leading from the car park (additionally payable) to the top is a few hundred meters of approach along the edge of the nature reserve, which is protected by a beech forest. Current ticket prices for the observation tower.