Get to know the unknown West Pomeranian Voivodeship
The West Pomeranian Voivodeship, due to its location by the sea and neighboring Germany, is a very popular destination - both by Polish and foreign tourists. The Westpomeranian Region has a lot to offer them, which is why we have selected the most interesting places worth visiting while spending time in these regions. From the island of Wolin to the promenade in Kołobrzeg - get to know the unknown West Pomeranian Voivodeship!
West Pomeranian Voivodeship: Wolin National Park and the Viking open-air museum
The area of the Wolin National Park includes, among others, the largest Polish island, Wolin. However, this is not the only attraction of the park - the most beautiful section of the cliff coast in the whole country, beech forests, the coastal strip of the Baltic Sea and the Świna delta are impressive. The most popular trail in the WNP is the red trail running along the Baltic coast. It is 19 kilometers long and crosses places such as Kawcza Góra, Koprowo Lake and the Kikut lighthouse.
A trip to the Wolin National Park will also please history fans, because there are traces of settlements and places that reflect the historical beginnings of settlement and fishing. In Wolin itself, a must-see is the open-air museum of the Slavs and Vikings on the Ostrów island. Visitors can see for themselves what life was like in the 10th century. It is shown by the built replicas of huts, gates with military fortifications, embankments and the harbor wharf.
West Pomeranian Voivodeship: Dziwnów and the ruins of the castle in Trzęsacz
Trzęsacz is a town famous for the ruins of a church with only one wall left. What's so special about it that tourists only go there to see it? The ruins of the castle in Trzęsacz are a perfect example that man cannot beat nature. The building was built on a cliff shore, which goes back deeper and deeper into the forest every year, while the sea takes the castle piece by piece. The Gothic church was built in the 15th century, and after 400 years the sea had approached the building by the entire 5 meters. The first walls of the castle were taken by the sea in 1901. Tourists were provided with a special viewing platform from which they can admire the wall. It is worth seeing until the sea demands it.
In turn, Dziwnów, apart from the beach, has one of the few in Europe a drawbridge. The first bridge of this type was built in Dziwnów in 1956, but due to the fact that it was made of wood, it eventually had to be replaced with a more solid structure. It happened in 1994. From the bridge itself there is a beautiful view of the river backwaters, but the most onlookers are when the structure rises. In summer you can see it at any even hour.
West Pomeranian Voivodeship: Cistercian monastery in Kołbacz and lighthouses
The abbey in Kołbacz lies at the intersection of the Cistercian and Romanesque routes. Construction of the monastery began in the early 1200s and took over 100 years. Already in the fourteenth century, the abbey was a dynamically developing religious and economic center. Elements of the building's architecture, such as decorative cornices or a rosette on the top of the west façade, impress not only the connoisseurs of the subject. Inside, only stone epitaphs and a richly decorated, baroque pulpit have survived.
The West Pomeranian Voivodeship is also famous for its lighthouses. They can be seen in Świnoujście and in Jarosławiec. Once they pointed the way home to stray boats, today they are an unprecedented tourist attraction. In particular, the lighthouse in Świnoujście, which already in the years when it was built, was an extraordinary construction achievement. To this day, it is the tallest lighthouse in the entire Baltic Sea and one of the tallest in the world. It is 65 meters high, and visitors have to climb 300 steps to get to the top. The lighthouse in Jarosławiec is half as small, but the range of its light is 42 kilometers.