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

When you visiting Kashuby, it's worth visiting the Tricity, historical Gdansk, modernist Gdynia and spa in Sopot.

Swarzewo

Swarzewo

     Swarzewo is one of the most important places of the Marian cult in Pomerania. The gothic sculpture of the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Polish Sea, a guardian of fishermen and people of the sea, has long been attracting large numbers of pilgrims. The statue, known for its miracles, is placed in the main altar of the Swarzewo Sanctuary.
The legend goes that the statue of Mary was once placed by the well on the bay in Swarzewo, by Dutch sailors, who, with their prayers, were saved from a dangerous storm. Due to the fact that there was no church in the village at that time, the statue was transported to the church in Hel. Later on, when the Reformation came and the majority of Catholics converted to Protestantism, the people of Hel threw the figure into the sea. However, it miraculously returned to its previous place in Swarzewo, and has been an object of cult in Kashubia ever since. On the shore, where it was found, a chapel was built with a miraculous spring.


Currently, in the third church in Swarzewo, the statue is placed in the main altar, but is revealed only on special occasions. The church itself, dating back to the year 1880, is one of the most interesting examples of Neo-Gothic in Pomerania. It has a rich interior, mainly Neo-Gothic, with beautiful altars (the main and side altars),and polychrome staining. There is also a very interesting painting, a map from 1684, depicting the Hel Peninsula with its environs and an illustration of the trail of the miraculous statue before it arrived in Swarzewo.


The church fairs in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Swarzewo, Queen of the Polish Sea, take place twice a year, in July and September. Apart from the church in Swarzewo, there is also a small fishermen's heritage parko n the bay. Nearby is a buoy bridge. The entire area is quite beautiful, with its view of the bay, Puck and Hel Peninsula.