Get to know the unknown Pomeranian Voivodeship
The Pomeranian Voivodeship enjoys unflagging popularity, both among Polish and foreign tourists. No wonder - the land offers a lot of attractions for visitors, and thanks to the access to the sea its reputation will never diminish. However, Pomeranian Voivodeship is not only Gdynia and its sandy beaches! Get to know this voivodeship better and find out what to see in it when coming on vacation.
Pomeranian Voivodeship - the king of all castles in Malbork
Erected in stages by the Teutonic Knights, at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, it was the seat of the great masters of the Teutonic Order and the authorities of the Teutonic Order. In the following centuries, the castle was taken over by Polish kings, the authorities of Royal Prussia and the Maritime Commission. It was devastated and destroyed many times, but each time it got back on its feet. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for 21 years. The castle is one of the finest examples of medieval defensive and residential architecture in Europe, so it's no wonder that it is so popular.
Visiting the entire fortress takes almost 4 hours, and during this time tourists can see the High, Medium and Low Castle, which include, among others, the Chapel of St. Anna, a courtyard surrounded by a cloister, the Chapel of St. Lawrence or the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Malbork Castle is situated on the route of Gothic castles, of which there are many more in Pomerania. On the route, you can also visit the Teutonic Castle in Sztum and Bytów, the Castle of Warmian bishops in Lidzbark Warmiński or the Castle in Nowe.
Pomeranian Voivodeship - Tri-City and a bit of history
Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot are the epicenter of cultural events in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is here that the largest music festival in Poland, Opener, or the film festival in Gdynia, which annually gathers the greatest stars of Polish cinema, takes place.
A must-see in Gdańsk is undoubtedly the shipyard, which has witnessed many important historical events. It was here that the Independent Self-governing Trade Union "Solidarity" was established and the August 1980 agreements were signed. The old town with the historic market square is also very impressive. During the tour, it is also worth visiting the Uphagen House, which was the Gdańsk city councilor and juror. He came from one of the richest families in Pomerania, therefore his house is a real work of art.
Sopot is most famous for its pier, which is the longest in Europe - it measures exactly 511.5 meters and is made entirely of wood. At its end there is a yacht marina. While strolling along the seashore, it is also worth visiting the lighthouse and the very characteristic spa house, which impresses with its architecture.
Pomorskie voivodeship - Pomorskie national parks
The Pomeranian Voivodeship is also rich in greenery - there are Bory Tucholskie National Park, Słowiński National Park, Coastal Landscape Park, Bory Tucholskie Biosphere Reserve and protected areas of Słupsk County. A characteristic feature of the above-mentioned parks is a large number of lakes - seven of them located in the Bory Tucholskie National Park form a sequence called the Struga Seven Lakes, constituting a small river with a length of 13.9 km.
In turn, peat bogs, wetlands and lakes that make up the biosphere in the Słowiński National Park have been entered into the network of World Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. However, the most popular in this park are the moving dunes, which form the dune belt of the spit. The layout of the dunes changes with the gusts of wind, so that the landscape constantly looks different.