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:

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.

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.

The Calvary church of Wejherowo

The Calvary church of Wejherowo

     Popularly referred to by the Kashubians as the Kashubian Jerusalem, the Calvary church of Wejherowois the third oldest in Poland and one of the most valuable religious structures  in Pomerania. It is called the spiritual capital of Kashubia, which has long been visited by large groups of pilgrims from all over the country.
Founded by the Voivod of Malbork, Jakuba Wejher, who was the owner of these lands in the 17th Century, there is a legend connected with the origins of the Calvary church of Wejherowo. On a war expedition to Russia, Jakub Wejher, during the siege of Biała, was seriously wounded. He then swore that, if he survived, he would found in his land a church and a monastery. He kept his promise and in 1643 he built the Holy Trinity Church, and, after a few years, a Franciscan monastery and a calvary church.

The construction work began in 1649. Most of the chapels were founded by Jakub Wejher himself, and, after his death, the calvary church was further developed by his descendants and clergymen of Wejherowo and monastery in Oliwa.

The Kashubian Jerusalem consists of 26 chapels, located on the forested hills of the southern part of the town. The distances between the chapels are said to correspond to the distances between the stations of the Christ's Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. Under each of the buildings there is a handful of the soil from Jerusalem. The hills with the chapels are given biblical names, like the Mount of Olives and Golgotha.

Architectonically, the chapels of the Calvary church of Wejherowo are unique works of Baroque art in Pomerania. The most interesting buildings are the chapel of Ascension of the Lord, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Pilate's Palace, the chapel of the station where Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother, Herod's Palace, the Three Crosses Church and Christ's Tomb.

Kashubian Jerusalem is a place of numerous religious events. There are five church fairs per year, and the Way of the Cross, celebrated on every Friday of Lent. An increasingly popular event is the Passion Play, staged every Good Friday. It is a staging of Christ's Way of the Cross, with actors, extras and large numbers of pilgrims and tourists.