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. pomorskie.travel

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. pomorskie.travel

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 beaches of Ustka

The beaches of Ustka

     Ustka’s beaches offer more than just water and sunbathing on golden sands. The two beaches of Ustka, divided by the harbour, provide an experience that is on a par with that of the best-known beaches in the world.

For more than a dozen years, sunbathers in Ustka have been asking themselves the question - the east beach or the west beach? The dilemma is no less difficult than it is pleasant, as both beaches have a plethora of attractions. The east beach, located along a promenade, in the close vicinity of the oldest part of the town, is easily accessible, so it enjoys popularity all the year round. It is the site of the beach social life, and beach sports - volleyball, and also football. Water equipment rental facilities have various devices to let you feel at least some of the excitement of struggling with the sea. It is a true paradise for children. Big slides, inflatable castles and trampolines let the children jump off their excess energy. The beach kindergarten - a truly unique solution - allows parents to take a break from the joys of sunbathing with their children. The needs of disabled people and people with prams are also catered for - wooden platforms lead you straight to the water.


Sunbathing on the western side of the Słupia's mouth is slightly different. First of all, you need to get there. It is not, however, an obstacle, but rather an additional attraction, as transport on the waters of the harbour channel is provided by a ferry that runs every fifteen minutes during the season. The west beach may be reached by taking the "Ustka steam-engine train" or on foot, by traversing the 3-kilometre-long path over the bridge on the Słupia.


The west beach is considerably wider than the east beach, and much wilder, which usually makes it less crowded. Although the beach infrastructure is clearly not as rich here, it is an excellent place for everyone who likes a more traditional model of spending time at a beach. Bathing security is watched over on both beaches by lifeguards.


In the evening, when the beach is becoming empty, the beach life moves on to dozens of small bars and more sophisticated places near the east beach. You can also stay on the beach and take advantage of the illuminated playing fields, or listen to a beach concert, or dance in a beer tent.


Among the other wonderful Polish beaches, both beaches in Ustka reveal themselves as places for everyone to find something for them.Seaside rest can be practised here until the small hours. It is no wonder then that the beaches in Ustka have for years enjoyed a well-earned popularity.