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
Hel Peninsula. Between the sea and the bay
The Hel Peninsula, fot. pomorskie.travel
The Hel Peninsula (or Hel Split) is for many people a paradise on earth. Sandy scythe, due to its shape, departs from the mainland and digs deep into the Baltic Sea. It separates the waters - disturbed Baltic Sea from the Gulf of Gdansk and the peaceful Puck Bay.
Due to the unique location of the Spit, You visit one place with two different landscapes - impatient, typically marine and calm, relaxed from the side of Puck, Rewa and Gdynia.
The areas of the Hel Peninsula were inhabited in the Stone Age. Today, on 35 kilometers of land, there is a land full of beaches, forests and typical marine vegetation.
Hel Peninsula, fot. Kacper Maksymilian
Chałupy, Kuźnica, Jastarnia, Jurata and Hel - each of these places is different and each of them – if We want it or not - we will visit if we travel through the split from Władysławowo to Hel.
Peninsula for active people
Hel Peninsula is a paradise for those who nature and sport. In spring and summer, the Puck Bay is full of people who love water. Winds and kitesurfing, diving and jet-skiing are practiced here. A little further, from the side of the Gulf of Gdansk and higher towards the Baltic Sea, there is no shortage of sailors and surfers either. Hel Peninsula offers not only opportunities, but also tools for learning water sports. There are numerous surfing schools here, where you can learn, for example, kitesurfing and rent equipment. With a bit of luck, you can feel like a fisherman and sail out to the Baltic Sea to catch fish for dinner. Let's not forget about the visits to the Fishing Museum, where we will find out how fish were once fished on the Peninsula.
Fishing port in Jastarnia, fot. pomorskie.travel
By the way, you can admire amazing species of flora that inhibit the dunes so they will not move (Hel Dunes Reserve). Pay attention to them while walking along the seashore.
Attractions of the Hel Peninsula
The most popular and largest city in this region is Hel. It is necessary to go to the headland itself, that is the end of the Peninsula, from which there is a view of the boundless Baltic Sea. Hel for children is primarily a seal centre, where you can see the floating and playing seals. It's also worth taking a look at feeding time - fun of observing seals eating lunch guaranteed!
Seal Aquarium in Hel, Fot. pomorskie.travel
History enthusiasts will surely visit the Museum of Coastal Defence, as well as take advantage of the Military History Trail.
In the season in the towns located on the Hel Peninsula you cannot be bored. There are plenty of bars, a bistro, restaurants, where we can eat a tasty fish and spend time with friends. You can visit the beach at any time of day or night. Although Hel Peninsula hosts thousands of tourists each year, we are able to find a beach that is completely empty.
How to get to Hel Peninsula?
The most popular way is of course the car, but due to the big traffic jams in the season, it is not recommended to travel to these areas by car. You can go to Hel by train, and it is definitely worth to go by catamaran or a ship. In the offer of Gdańsk Shipping Company (Water Tram) there are many convenient tourist connections. You can also rent a yacht in a private company and on the Peninsula to swim on your own terms.
Sunrise in Jastarnia, Fot, Witold Hintzke
Hel Peninsula. Between the sea and the bay
How does a lighthouse work? "We are here so that this lantern never goes out"
Co o Kaszubach turysta wiedzieć powinien
Wielkanoc na Kaszubach
The Calvary church of Wejherowo