In terms of tourism, the area around Słupsk is one of the most interesting regions in Poland. Both Słupsk – a seven-hundred-year-old town, and other fascinating sites, combined with the vicinity of the sea, make it an increasingly-common popular destination for tourists.


Słupsk lies a short distance from the sea, and the sit on which it was founded is a crossing of the Słupia with an ancient route going from west to east along the the Baltic Sea coast. The town, population one hundred thousand, nurtures its historic sites, and especially the local Castle of the Dukes. It also makes every effort to foster local culinary traditions, and to be a significant cultural hub. It hosts music and theatre festivals and artistes’ meetings, and it has its own fair and sporting events. Having at its disposal the largest collection of Witkacy’s work in the world, the oldest operating lift in Europe, and a leaning tower, the Capital of the Słupsk Land has a good reason to advertise itself with the slogan, “Słupsk – more than you think”.

The Capital is matched by the entire region. Its greatest attractions (besides the beautiful Baltic beaches) are the shifting sands near Łeba, called “the Pomeranian desert” and the Checkered-House Land – the area of characteristic rural architecture connected with the Slovincian culture, once inhabiting this place. No less great are the water courses and hydrotechnical monuments of the Słupsk Land. Cutting through stunning landscapes and areas of protected nature, the canoe trails deliver not only experience of invigorating contact with nature, but also to learning about many interesting solutions used in water management and ways to obtain renewable energy from the force of the flowing river waters.

The Słupsk land is a place of diversity, as well as activities, culture, and water tourism. Its untouched nature and well-preserved historic buildings, great beaches and wonderful local cuisine  make it the dream holiday destination .
 

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy)

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy)

     Almost everybody in Poland has heard of Witkacy, the artist. The master of shocking colours and psychedelic visions, a genius portraitist, playwright, traveller, photographer, philosopher... the number of fields taken up by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewcz is truly remarkable. This artist is rightly associated with Zakopane and Kraków, but “Witkacy’s map” features one more, extremely important place – Słupsk.

He was born in Warsaw, the son of two artists - a painter (father) and a musician (mother). His godparents were Helena Modrzejewska - the icon of Polish theatre, and Sabała, a Podhale highlander and story-teller. Witkacy grew up to be an incredibly colourful yet controversial figure. Even when he was a child he met the luminaries of Polish culture and art - no wonder then that he chose an interesting yet difficult way to pursue in his own art. He spent all his life looking for the artistic absolute, which he called "pure form". He sought it with equal enthusiasm in painting and in literature. He was an esteemed painter and a frequently-staged playwright. His extremely colourful personality and eccentric behaviour and views, as well as a certain "vogue for Witkacy", made him one of the most important personages of pre-war Poland's artistic and social life. The pursuit of pure form, although interesting, did not yield profit, which led him to paint commissioned portraits within the framework of the "S. I. Witkiewicz Portrait Company". Although he did not set much store by this field of his work, it is the portraits of famous and unknown people, sometimes realistic, but just with a hint of metaphysics, and sometimes utterly fantastic, that brought him the most fame and recognition.


Sailing the vast seas of pure form did not shelter Witkacy from the winds of history. He took part in World War I as a soldier and officer, although he never related his wartime adventures. He also witnessed the outbreak of the Russian revolution and the beginning of World War II. For years he had prophesied the invasion of the Asian civilisation on Europe, so when he heard that the Soviet army had enteredPoland in September 1939, he committed suicide. Can we find it all in his works?


The largest collection of Witkacy's works in the world is not to be found in the south of Poland, in places where he lived, drew, painted, and wrote. Owing to the fifty years of the steady collection of the artists' works and memorabilia, the Mecca of Witkacy's admirers is Słupsk. The Museum of Central Pomerania, located in the beautiful Słupsk Castle, holds more than 250 works by Witkiewicz. There is no other place where you can see the paintings, the drawings, and particularly the numerous portraits representing all periods in his artistic life, as well as all the characteristic techniques and styles employed by Witkacy. You just have to see it.