The Northern Kaszuby. The sea side in the Kashubian version.

From Hel through Wladyslawowo till Bialogora. From Puck through Wejherowo till Sierakowice. The Northern Kaszuby along with the Landscape Seaside Park, it is a region which has a lot to offer. Opened to the Baltic Sea, friendly with Gdansk Bay, full of seaside landscapes and green hill. The Northern Kaszuby is one of the most popular touristic destination in Poland. Each year there are thousands of tourists coming here.

There is no reason to be surprised. The access to the sea it is a great advantage of the Northern Kaszuby. The touristic, as well as historical, architectural and cultural advantage  too.

The Hel Peninsula

The Hel Peninsula is unique in a European scale. Surrounded by the Baltic Sea and the Baltic Bay in the narrowest point, between Chalupy and Kuznica it is only 150 m wide! It is 34 km long and is curved at the end, looking like a scythe, Hel Peninsula is  a very divisive area when nature is concerned. There are pine forests, sand dunes and headlands here. Ornithologists appreciate different bird species flying over the peninsula and the biologists investigate the porpoises and the seals in the area.

The Hel Peninsula, Fot: Pomorskie.travel

Hel Peninsula is a currently is a tourist attraction for those who like sunbathing, water sports and cycling. Big hotel and gastronomy facilities invites the tourists, as well as the clean beaches of Jastarnia or Jurata, Wladyslawowo, Karwia or Jastrzebia Gora. We can also find old wooden fishermen huts there – who were leaving, heading to the sea at the dawn. The lighthouses were showing them the way. The most famous is the one in Rozewie and the most beautiful in Stilo, near Sasin. Despite the fact, the fisherman boats are now more modern, we can still see the old fishing boat, called “Pomeranka” in the Fishing Museum in Hel. We shall find boats all along the sea shore. Form Wladyslawowo through the charming Jastrzebia Gora, where You can see the cliff, Karwia, till Debki, Piasnica and Bialogora.

  Beach near to Choczewo, Fot: UG Choczewo

Visiting the Nothern Kashuby we cannot miss Puck. It is a charming small town with the market square and the pier, from which there is a wonderful view to the , so called “Little sea”, as Kashubians called the Baltic Bay. Close by there is a Pomeranian Cistercian Trail and many small villages with typical local architecture . Most of the houses are typical wooden black and white constructions. Near the roads there are small chapels and road crosses, passing them we should stop and cross oneself.

Wejherowo and around

When talking about the spiritual issues, it is also worth going to the sanctuary in Swarzewo and the calvary in Wejherowo. “The Kashubian Jerusalem”, this is how people call the third oldest calvary in Poland. This place is visited by thousands of people every year.

The Northern Kashuby, it is also Zarnowiec with the Benedictine Abbey. Historians stress, that is it this region where sisterhoods (along with the Norbertine, also  Benedictine), in medieval age times developed the tradition of kashubian embroidery. If You prefer legends You should visit Gniewino, with their big Stolems, the giants, who love Kashubian bread with lard.

 Calvary in Wejherowo Fot. Pomorskie.travel

The Northern Kashuby, those are also castles and mansions situated deeper in the region. Visiting the are You should definitely stop at Krokowa Castle, where duke von Krockow lived, Palace in Ciekocinko, where along with the great restaurant You will also find a stud farm, Wieniawa Palace in Rekowo or a mansion in Salino.

The Northern Kashuby, called “Norda” is a region which fascinate not only during summer time. Kashubian people invite during the Fall or Winter time, when there are less tourists, the landscapes, looking the same but with a different shape and the Kashubian food a  bit heavier and more tasty. 

Discover attractions in the Northen Kashuby

When you visiting Kashuby, it's worth visiting the Tricity, historical Gdansk, modernist Gdynia and spa in Sopot.

Chałupy

Chałupy

Chałupy, formerly a small fishing settlement located in the narrowest part of the Hel Peninsula. Currently a district of Władysławowo, with well-developed accommodation, but, most of all, a water-sports enthusiasts paradise. It is here that the wind- and kitesurfers will find their place on earth.
Chałupy became famous in the 17th Century, when King Wladyslaw IV decided to build in its vicinity a large, wood and earth stronghold with ramparts, and named it Władysławów, after his name. Kazimierzowo, another, slightly-smaller stronghold, was built near Kuźnice. Following the King's order, both were built to guard the country's northern borders against the enemy, and at the same time be a main exit base in the expeditions for the Swedish crown. The overthrow efforts failed, and the partially destroyed earthworks were covered by sand.


Chałupy is not only a quiet fishing settlement, but also the last place in Kashubia where which trials took place, in 1836. A local healer tried to help a very ill fisherman, Jan Kąkol. Despite all efforts, the man was not cured, and the blame was put on Krystyna Ceynowa, long suspected of witchcraft. The woman, convicted by the settlement's residents, was submitted to the "water test" to find out if she sided with the Devil. She was transported in a boat onto the Little Sea and thrown overboard. To the disbelief of many, she remained afloat for a long time, which was taken as an evidence of witchcraft, whereas nobody thought that her gown and skirt had acted as a buoy. When Ceynowa did not drown, the people found her to be a real witch, and killed her with their paddles. NICE PEOPLE The residents of Chałupy remembered this event for many years and it became the basis for the legend of Ortysza the Witch, and the eyewitness to the event, the tallest dune in the area, was named Ortus.


An important element in the life of the people of Chałupy is fishing. Due to the lack of fertile soil, and of the abundance of sand and forests, the residents stopped cultivating the land and begun fishing and transporting the fish to Gdańsk. Cultivating the maritime traditions, each year, in the first Sunday after 22 July, the "Kaszubskie Łodzie pod Żaglami" ("Kashubian Sailboats") are organised, a regatta of traditional fishing sailboats. Mainly Hel fishermen family clans, who compete among themselves in rope welding and net assembling . The most popular event, both among tourists and the participants, is the regatta. The Chałupy maritime tradition is closely connected with engineer Aleksander Celarek. He single-handedly reconstructed the boat in which St. Wojciech swam into Gdańsk. The vessel, named Sanctus Adalbertus, travelled to the Sacred Grove (Święty Gaj), where the saint was murdered, and took part in the annual pilgrimage of Kashubians to Puck, for the church fair of St. Peter and St. Paul.


Despite the grand maritime traditions of Chałupy, tourists associate the region with the leisurely life that can be lived here during the holidays. Numerous campsites by the waters of the Bay of Puck create opportunities for water-sports enthusiasts to be close to a real paradise, and the wide sandy beaches are ideal for relaxation and recreation in the sun and to the sound of waves, whereas the historic sites create the opportunity to discover the region's history. Close proximity to Władysławowo, Jastarnia and Hel make it possible to spend the day actively and rest from the city hustle in the quiet atmosphere of Chałupy. Nothing more, nothing less…


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