Kujawy is the land of milk and honey, or at least that’s what it used to be. It is an interesting area in terms of etnography and history, located in the area of the kujawsko-pomorskie region, between the upper Noteć from the west and the Vistula river from the east.
Cities in Kujawy
The historical capital of Kujawy – the former territory of Goplan and Polan tribes was Kruszwica, but later it lost this title for the benefit of Włocławek. Today, the most meaningful cities in Kujawy include the beautiful Bydgoszcz, Włocławek, Inowrocław and the southern districts of Toruń.
But the region of Kujawy mostly consists of inanimate nature and gorgeous landscapes – moraine hills, strips of dunes, shining lakes and streamers of fields meandering along the river valleys. Because of the fact, that in Kujawy you can find the most diverse types of soil – Chernozem, this region is sometimes called the „Polish granary”. This picturesque place breathes with peace and joy, and that’s why here you can take a break from the crowded cities and everyday problems.
In Kujawy you can encounter approximately 600 lakes – mostly postglacial, from which the largest one is obviously Gopło – a natural water reservoir extending at the length of as much as 24 kilometers. Gopło is associated with the earliest time in the history of Poland and the legend of Popiel. At the lake you can find an ornithological reserve, and the wider area went under protection in a form of the Nadgoplański Park Tysiąclecia landscape park.
The folklore in Kujawy
Kujawy is an incredible place, where the interesting folklore and and local customs are still alive and carefully cultivated in the everyday life. This can be seen in the dialect, costumes, dancing
(kujawiak, mazurek, oberek), songs, and of course in numerous customs ad rituals. The best way to get familiar with all of that, is to plan a longer visit in Kujawy, especially on an agritourism farm.