Top 10 attractions on Żuławy

Żuławy Wiślane is a macroregion in northern Poland. That’s where I spent almost two weeks on my last trip. These areas include the extensive delta of the queen of Polish rivers – the Vistula. The end  region of is adjacent to the Vistula Dam and the Gulf of Gdansk. These areas are very interesting for historical and landscape-cognitive reasons. Żuławy is loaded with interesting and little-known gems from the past. Is there anything to do here for a week? There is definitely a lot to discover …

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Cosy Frombork

Frombork small town at the coast of the Vistula Dam. Associated primarily with the outstanding astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Here this great scientist make his days in 1543. Around this character, the entire tourist trail is wind of this place.

Frombork has many beautiful monuments and are not as crowded as larger towns. The specific history of Frombork begins in 1257. When the fire of the cathedral in Braniewo forced the archbishop to transfer the center of the diocese to Frombork. At that time, the cathedral towering over the city was created with magnificent organs, which I had the opportunity to listen to.

The whole monumental interior is filled with the piercing sound of this instrument. On the cathedral hill you will also find a lookout tower and the Copernicus Museum. I can recommend the museum to the tower, however, I have some reservations. Entry for 9 PLN for an adult is a bit much considering rough concrete ceilings and stairs. In Frombork, we can still find a museum of medicine history located in the old St. Spirit. Finally, the Water Tower, the Copernicus Canal and the port. After this you can go home.

The hydro technique trail

As Żuławy is cut along the length and breadth of canals and numerous rivers, there are many interesting bridges and water pumping stations. For example, a drawbridge “4 armored in Sztutowo”. How I visited three bridges. Two road lifts over the Wisła Królewiecka and Szkarpawa are located in Rybina.

In the same town there is also a unique, on a European scale, a rotating railway bridge. The phenomenon here is the bridge mechanism from 1905. Since then, it did not require major repairs. The master adjusts the bridge daily on built-in cushions and uses a large key and his muscles to rotate the bridge. At 18:50 you can watch the bridge shows. This is a very interesting object at least for me.

Żuławy Access Railway

Established in 1886 to help the confectionery transport beets from fertile fields. I had the opportunity to go twice on board of antique cars and admire the beauty of the Żuławy landscape. By train, you can get to Mikoszewo, where Wisła joins the sea or to Sztutowo, where there is a museum of a former concentration camp. Another route of a narrow gauge we get to Nowy Dwór Gdanski, then we pass the bridges in Rybina along the way and we cross a rotating bridge.

Mouth of the Vistula

The estuary of the Vistula, despite appearances, is not located in Gdańsk. The queen of Polish rivers escapes through a channel dug between Mikoszewo and Świbno on the Sobieszewska Island. Natural paths lead on both banks. However, from Świbno, the path is more adapted for tourists. At the end there is a small view tower. On the right bank (Mikoszewo) you have to wade through the brushwood and bushes but then you can feel this unique wild climate.

Dynamic Tri-City

Any of the three cities is worth visiting. Last year, I came to Gdansk and walked through the Old Town along Motława. This year was much younger Gdynia. Sure, time will come to Sopot. I only had a few hours to explore Gdynia, but it was enough to turn out to be a beautiful city with a specific temperament. It certainly differs from Gdańsk because it is much younger.

This can be seen above all in the modernist architectural style. Gdynia is known primarily for two ships moored at the quay. We’re talking about Dar Pomorza and ORP Błyskawica. The first one was a Polish destroyer put into service in the Navy in 1937. Whereas Dar Pomorza is a three-masted sailing ship purchased for the Gdynia school of sailing. Today, both ships can be visited and such a trip will provide many impressions to the lovers of everything that floats.

Mennonite villages

today’s Żuławy are very lowland areas, sometimes even depressing. Such demographics have never been conducive to settling in these lands. It has been a sparsely populated place for centuries. It changed a bit when people from today’s Netherlands came here, so-called. Olędrzy fleeing religious persecution.

They lived here, bringing with them their culture, eating eg. famous cheese Werderkasë or the art of drainage of swamps. In Żelichów there is a former Mennonite church and an arcade house (dom podcieniowy) , which, incidentally, is not their invention.

Sandy beaches

Baltic beaches are really beautiful only you need to help this beauty a bit. I advise you to choose those more distant from the center. People are lazy and always choose an easier asphalt entrance. I always choose those less frequented. Of course, someone may disturb sticks and other organic waste at the edge, but I do not know what to do. But certainly the Baltic sunset is breathtaking.

Żuławy for a bicycle

Of course, Żuławy is a good place for a bit of pedaling. The lowland terrain will cause you to not be tired. Whole park of the Vistula Spit from Krynica to Świbno and every little-frequented asphalt road will certainly be suitable. On the way you will find endless fields or numerous ponds and lakes.

Beautiful Elbląg

Elbląg is not a big city, but it has a lot to offer.

One of the things that people come to Elbląg is a cruise on the slipways. It is a great attraction and you have to book tickets in advance.

I just went on a short cruise on the Elbląg Canal. There is also a very interesting archaeological museum to visit, where you will learn something about Vikings. You can enter the towers of St. Nicholas’ Cathedral and admire the panorama of the city. A much lower Targowa Gate was also made available. Elbląg may not break down at first, but when you go deep into its history, you can take a lot out of such a trip.

Summary + On an empty stomach

For the conclusion of Żuławy are definitely worth the attention. Good for a family, for a bike or for explorers of a fascinating past and an ordinary gray tourist will find something for themselves. And it offers tourists a man needs to eat something and here I come to help offering a range of pubs, bars and restaurants in different cities. All are good in the list, I have not collected catering traps

 “Bistro Kwadrans” GDYNIA  Kościuszko square

“Don Roberto”  FROMBORK st. Stara 1

“Keja” MIKOSZEWO st. Gdańska 82

 “Ale Lody ELBLĄG st. Mostowa 12

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 “Bar Tradycja HEL st. Wiejska 116