Kashubia – Poland’s little Switzerland

Region:
Pomorskie
Category:
Nature, History, Eat and drink

A stone’s throw from the ferry terminal in Gdynia and the airport in Gdańsk one can find the Kashubia (Kaszuby in Polish) – an area also known as Poland’s little Switzerland thanks to its magnificent winding alpine long valleys.

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The countryside west of Gdynia and Gdańsk is surprisingly versatile. Do you just want to enjoy the summer and go canoeing or riding? No problem. Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend your time in a little bit more active way? You can try fishing, going for a balloon trip or riding a four-wheeler. Handicraft and woodwork is also on a high level. And why not pamper yourself in a spa? There are many cozy places in Kashubia.

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The present form of the whole region was shaped during the last ice age. The most special feature of Kashubia is the number of lakes (about 500) located between picturesque hills. The best way of exploring this magnificent place is to go by car or bicycle along the so called Kashubian Road from Chmielno via Zawory, Ręboszewo, Brodnica Dolna and Ostrzyce to Wieżyca. Just see how it looks from above:

In every part of Poland that is known for beautiful nature you can do plenty of different activities – anything from canoeing through riding to climbing.

The whole area is – even compared with other parts of Poland – crammed with attractions. All visitors should definitely go to the Kashubian theme park in Szymbark known for the world’s longest board, the world’s biggest piano or the famous upside down house.

A stone’s throw from Szymbark you’ll find the highest point on the European lowland – the Wieżyca hill (329 m above sea level). Go on top of the lookout tower from which you can admire a wonderful view over central Kashubia.

Don’t miss the Kashubian open-air museum in Wdzydze Kiszewskie (which, by the way, happens to be Poland’s oldest open-air museum, founded already in 1906) that has an area of 55 acres and is filled with remains of local architecture (farms, mills, smithies and sawmills). During the summer half-year various events are organized – markets, concerts, food festivals…

Kashubian people are very religious. A unique religious landmark is Kalwaria in the town of Wejherowo – a group of 26 chapels symbolizing Christ's walk to Golgotha. Kalwaria is the most popular pilgrimage destination in northern Poland. It’s a place where you can learn more about catholic traditions in Poland, especially if you come here on Good Friday while processions to Calvary are held. The chapels are beautifully located in the forest around Wejherowo – you can have genuine intimate contact with nature during this walk.

Throughout the years there have been many interactions between Poland and Scandinavia. Two of the examples are the fascinating remains in Odry and Węsiory – perhaps the most mysterious places in northern Poland. They are estimated to have been established in the 2nd century by the Goths and Gepids. Each area consists of over a hundred graves, ten burial mounds and a few stone circles (the biggest one in Węsiory has a diameter of 26 meters). Many people claim that the place radiates unique energy…

Don’t forget about the rich folk culture of the region. Kashubian people have their own language and special habits which are still cultivated. You should also listen to Kashubian music when visiting northern Poland:

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How do you get to the Kashubia? It's as easy as pie: take the plane to Gdańsk and rent a car at the airport. You can, of course, take your own car and travel with the ferry to the continent. Book accommodation directly in the region. Don't forget to take care of your travel insurance!

Region: Pomorze.

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