Slupsk Land. Where history meets modernity 

Open to the Baltic Sea, decorated with the picturesque Slupia River, with numerous monuments of the city of Slupsk, examples of classic wooden constructed houses and evidence of progressive hydrotechnical thought, the Slupsk Land is an extremely attractive area of Pomorskie region It is worth staying here for longer.

The region's largest city, as the name suggests, is Slupsk. It is a city that is over 700 years old and is proudly dominated by the Gothic Pomorskie Dukes' Castle with the restored Richter's granary, a mill and the Mill Gate. The history of Slupsk dates back to the formation of the Polish state. It was here that the Gryfit family ruled, whose memory is still alive in the historic walls of the city. Numerous monuments (along with the castle, there is also the town hall with magnificent stained glass windows) make Slupsk a city frequented visited by tourists.

Not everyone knows that it is in Slupsk, in the mentioned above Pomorskie Dukes' Castle, that the world's largest collection of paintings by avant-garde artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz is located. The Central Pomorskie Museum gathered over a quarter of a thousand portraits, paintings and drawings by Witkacy.

Kolekcja prac Witkiewicza w Muzeum Pomorza Środkowego, fot.

There are also those who do not know that it is in Slupsk, in the department store building at Plac Zwyciestwa, that there is a real technical monument - the oldest elevator in Europe.

Seaside attractions
If you ask about the coastal attractions of the Slupsk region, there is only one answer: Ustka. It is a beach resort that is teeming with life in spring and summer. The beach in Ustka is a paradise for those who care about the proximity of the city and great infrastructure (eastern beach) and for those who want to calm down and peace (western beach) lying on the sand.

Ustka is also a health resort where cardiological and rheumatological diseases are treated. Brine and peat found in this area is a natural remedy for many ailments. Ustka has also great restaurants, there are summer concerts, walks along the sea. There is a lighthouse in Ustka that is over 100 years old, is still shining. The lighthouse in nearby Czolpino and the Stilo lighthouse, which is considered to be one of the most charming in the whole of Pomorskie region, is also worth Your attention.

Latarnia morska w Ustce, fot.

However, the Slupsk region is not only the Baltic Sea. It is also the Slupia River with the Papal Canoe Trail commemorating the water expedition of Karol Wojtyla from 1964. The trail is almost as long as the river itself, and its passage provides unusual sensations, both sport and aesthetic. It is worth emphasizing that part of the Slupia River Valley is a beautiful landscape park with numerous species of flora and fauna, as well as, on the other hand, an example of technical progress. It was here at the beginning of the 20th century that hydroelectric power plants were erected, which, still operating, are open to visitors. Those interested in this type of attraction will certainly be interested in the fact that the Zarnowiec Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest pumped storage power plant in Poland, is also nearby.

Historic pearls of the region
Characteristic black and white country houses. White, because painted with lime. Black because with beams covered with tar. This is how traditional houses of the Slupsk region looked (and still look). Lots of them here, especially in the area of ​​Swolowo. It is not without the reason that this area is called the Checkered Land. Well-preserved examples of wooden house construction are the reason why Swolowo was baptized with the name of the European Village of Cultural Heritage. The Pomorskie Folk Culture Museum in Swolowo takes care that the rich Pomorskie peasant's barn, bread house, and cottage of the farmer continue to be attractive for Guests.


After a visit to the Pomorskie farms of rich peasants, it is worth going to Kluki, where the Museum of the Slovinian Village is located. This is a unique open-air museum, where you can see how the Slovinians, the indigenous people of this land, lived here 200 years ago. We visit cottages with well-maintained, though modestly arranged rooms, home gardens, fishing huts, necessary in the vicinity of the lakes Gardno and Lebsko. Finally, we will eat wafers, baked on the spot according to ancient recipes.

It is worth ending your visit to the Slupsk region with a concert. Yes, at the Charlotta Valley complex in July and August each year there is a Festival of rock Legends, a unique musical feast for all lovers of the best music!


     The name “the Checkered-House Land” (“Kraina w Kratę”) first appeared as the title of a photography exhibition organised in 1995 in Słupsk and presenting the beauty of the traditional architecture of Pomerania’s villages. The name turned out to be so apt and catchy that today, after nearly twenty years, it is used as an official term and a local tourist brand.

The Checkered-House Land is the area of timber-framed architecture, featuring beams pitched black and whitened spaces of fillings, giving the buildings a characteristic checkered look. The capital of the Checkered-House Land is considered to be Swołowo, a village near Słupsk, with about seventy buildings constructed in the traditional style. One of the historic cottages of Swałowo houses a branch of the Museum of Central Pomerania, which has organisational and scientific patronage over the Land. Its entire area features information boards, allowing not only the precise identification of the towns which feature the tokens of the Land's architectural traditions, but also the learning of the history of individual sites. The Land has more than a dozen thematic tourist routes, whose total length is nearly 400 km. The names of some of the routes sound very mysterious. Do names such as "The Dismantled Tracks Route", "Mikołajkowy" or "The Ring of the Griffins" not inspire you to go on a trip?

Besides the "checkered" form of the building façades, the Land is dominated by thed oval or circular layout of villages, which is characteristic of very old settlements. The typical "checkered" cottage also has a very characteristic form with a residential building in the background, outbuildings on both sides of a sizeable courtyard and an obligatory gate, as well as a gate building from the side of the road. Apart from "checkered" cottages, this style was also employed to construct churches, manors, and public-utility buildings. This type of building may be seen in Darłowo, Sławno, Ustka, Słupsk, and many other seaside villages and towns. An important centre of the "checkered house" is the open-air museum of the Slovincian country in Kluki, where an original farmstead was preserved, with additional buildings, previously in danger of collapse, later moved here from other locations.

The Checkered-House Land is a boundless area stretching along a 50-kilometre-wide seaside belt, whose length is 80 km. Strewn around the beautiful scenery, the traditional historical buildings, other than those known from central Poland, are definitely well worth recommending.