Kashubia

Kashubia ©Szymon Nitka/flickr

Kashubia ©Szymon Nitka/flickr

The biggest city in Kashubia is Gdansk. With about 300,000 people of the Kashubian ethnicity in Poland, their old Kashubian culture survived partially due to its folk crafts like pottery, embroidery, sculpturing, plaiting, amber-working and glasspainting. Visiting Kashubia, you will find that their traditional Kashubian wooden houses particularly in the Kashubian Ethnographic Park. This is an open-air museum which is one of the oldest and with an old village of the Kashubian fishermen. It was founded in 1906. The founders are Teodora and Izydor Gulgowski developed their hidden folk art of fine root plaitings and colourful embroidery from Wdzydze. This interesting place showcased manors, cottages, smithy, school, windmills, farm buildings, churches and craftsmen’s workshops.

Danmar House in Szymbark

In Central Poland is this attraction with an upside down house called Danmar house. This timber house is dedicated to the promotion of the Kashubian culture. You can find there a replica of an underground bunker which was previously used in the World War II. It is a called Gryf Pomorski and also a restored steam train. Other highlights include the longest plank of sawn wood in the world. It was from a Douglas fir tree which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Lech Walesa was one of the many Polish celebrities invited to saw it then.

Steam Locomotive Museum (Parowozownia at Koscierzyna)

This railway museum is in Koscierzyna and founded in 1992. It is a defunct locomotive depot near the railway station and consists steam locomotives as well as electric and diesel. You can find there diesel multiple units and also eletric multiple units for visitors. Other than the rolling stock on display, visitors can also see machines and devices which are related to the Polish railway history on exhibit.

Chmielno

The village Chmielno in the Kartuzy County is characterised by the motifs of the fish-scales and the Kashubian star. Also tulips, wreaths, lilies and all lilac branches plus those wavy lines and dots. Its history is closely linked to the history of Pomerania. That was a time close to 10000 years back when the Vistula Glacial Stage and founding of archeological traces during the Stone and Bronze Age.

Other Attractions to See

Danmar House ©glencharnoch/flickr

Danmar House ©glencharnoch/flickr

Gdansk Old Town, Sopot, Sand dunes at Leba, the Hel Peninsula, Malbork Castle, Bytow Castle, Kashubian Regional Museum in Kartuzy, Kaszubski Landscape Park and Ostrich Farm at Garczyno. Do also check out the Stone Rings Reserve in Weisior, Kwidzyn, Anthem Museum, Sianowo, Wiezyca and Golubie.

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