Powisle. The kingdom of plumps and the Teutonic castles.
Situated on the east coast Powisle is at the bored of two vaivodeships: Pomeranian and Warmian-Mazurian. Luckily for the Pomeranian, in its borders there are many lakes, rivers and forests full of beautiful walking paths. Those who love history and architecture will come to Powisle to visit the castles, fortresses and crypts, which there are quite a lot of them.
Powisle is situated in the area of Lower Vistula , which is the land of beautiful landscapes and quite complicated history. This land changed its nationality many times and finally became part of Pomerania and Poland.
Flavours of Powisle
Powisle is rich with lakes and rivers. There are also forests here, which are an excellent palace for strolling and active way of spending time. There are also quite a lot of farming areas, which especially in the Spring time create charming panoramas and orchards with apples, pears and plumps. Those are the plumps that locals farmers are so proud of. The plump of Powisle is a rarity and the good of the region. The most famous plump is from the Neborowo Wielkie. It is used for a classical plump jam and the tincture, which is the hallmark of the region.
Powisle is appreciated not only for its geographical location and features. This is the land where there are two artefacts from the Teutonic times.
Powiśle - what's worth seeing?
First, let’s go to Kwidzyn, called the capital of the Lower Powisle. Over the city, situated at the Liwa river, there is a castle of the wormer chapter house of the Pomesanians. The castle was modelled on the other Teutonic castles from the region. The castle was built in XIII/XIV c. and during its golden age it was the centre of the religious and political – administrative life. The most characteristical feature of the castell in, so called “Gdanisko”, the tower emerging form the castle walls. It was connected with the rest of the castle with the corridor supported on brick arcades. It looks really spectacular and visiting Kwidzyn You have to drive down Gdanska Street, beneath the arcades. Visiting the city, it is worth looking at the former. Medieval, brick city walls from XIV c. , four-storey granary, brick granary from XVIII and the crypt of the three Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order in the St. John Evangelist Cathedral.
Castle in Kwidzyn, fot: pomorskie.travel
Sztum, situated at the two lakes: Sztumskie and Barlewickie is another stop while visiting the region. Sztum is famous not only due to its beautiful location at the two lakes but because of its history so much joined with the Teutonic Order. This was the place where in XIV c. Teutons built the defensive fortress, which became the sit of the mayor. The fortress was built from the field stones and the bricks, due to that it lasted till today. Now, it is a part of the Castle Museum in Malbork. There is also a Sztum Land Gild, so the knight tradition is still alive in the city.
Driving around Sztum, it is worth to see Waplewo Wielkie, to see the Sierakowski Palace. This place, during the difficult times of XIX c. was the centre where Polish tradition, culture and language was cultivated. There were many Polish aristocrats, artists, poets and writers coming here.
The Sierakowski Palace in Waplewo Wielkie, fot: M. Michalska
In Prabuty, on the other hand, almost at the border of the Pomeranian and the Warmian-Mazurian vaivodeships, it is worth visiting the underground waterworks route. The corridors under the Old Town were built around XVIII due to many dangerous fires.
Powisle, during the day full of charm, in the evenings, mysterious. Who knows, maybe in the former Teutonic castle, there are still some ghosts of the Grand Masters?
Kwidzyn is located in the vicinity of the Miłosna forest complexes which are perfect for foot, bicycle, and equestrian tourism, thanks to the many paths and labelled tourist trails. The forested areas comprise a natural reserve, the "Kwidzyn Stipa" - a site of steppe vegetation.
The following marked tourist trails run through Kwidzyn: the Napoleon foot trail (coloured green), the Copernicus trail (red), the bicycle trail "Across the Lower Vistula Valley", foot trails in Miłosna forests, and a canoe trail down the Liwa River which flows through Kwidzyn and neighbouring areas.
The town of Kwidzyn is also an important cultural and entertainment centre of the region. The numerous outdoor events in the summer, concerts, fests, and sports and recreational events encourage both locals and visitors to participate in the town's daily life. Besides a cinema and a theatre stage featuring guest shows, the cultural life is stimulated by libraries, the Kwidzyn Cultural Centre, cultural associations and organisations, and musical bands. Younger people can spend their free time in of the many cafes and youth clubs.
The abundance of recreational sites and sports facilities complement the list of attractions - sports halls, a roofed swimming pool, a stadium with a sports-and-recreation complex. The Kwidzyn Sports and Recreation Centre organises and coordinates local initiatives for active leisure.
Kwidzyn is a green town filled with parks, and inhabited by young, energetic people; a tourist-friendly place fostering sustainable, ecologic growth, with ample cultural, entertainment, and leisure opportunities.
The most valuable monuments of Kwidzyn:
- the Cathedral and castle complex erected in the mid-14th Century,
- the defensive walls - remnants of 14th-Century Gothic bulwarks
- the District Palace
- the edifice of the Land Court
- the parish Church - a sacral structure constructed in 1846-1858
- the edifice of the Polish consulate in Germany - constructed in the late 19th Century
- the Post Office edifice - made of red brick echoing the English neo-Gothic style of the early 20th Century
- the Court edifice - neo-Gothic, built to English designs in the 2nd half of the 19th Century
- the Polish Gymnasium - erected in the 1st half of the 20th Century
- the Railway Station - neo-Gothic, from the early 20th Century
- the former barracks - a complex of neo-Gothic buildings
- the Granary - an imposing Baroque granary constructed of brick in 1742, with four floors and a loft.
The regional products of Powiśle
The Castle in Kwidzyn
The Palace of the Sierakowski Family in Waplewo Wielkie
The underground route in Prabuty
The Crypt of Teutonic Grand Masters in Kwidzyn
The Teutonic castle in Sztum