Attractions in Kaszuby Region
Kaszuby is a land located in northern Poland, which is part of Pomorze. It is enhabited by Kashubs, who have their own regional language. The region of Kaszuby extends from the Baltic Sea to the south. It is sometimes describe as „Kashubian Switzerland” because of its tourist qualities. This region is full of picturesque lakes and rivers, as well as interesting attractions. The first historical mention of Kaszuby originated from the 13th century. Nowadays, this region is very popular among tourists. This article will give you information about some of the most interesting attractions in Kaszuby.
The Kashubian Etnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie
The Kashubian Etnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie is an open-air museum with more than 50 objects of folk architecture from the area of Kaszuby and Kociewie. The museum occupies the area of 22 hectares and is divided into 6 sectors, which represent the 5 areas of Kaszuby.
This institution originated from a private museum, which was established in an 18th-century hut, acquired by a teacher from a local school in 1906. In 1948, Teodora Gulgowska passed the hut along with the surrounding areas to the national treasury.
The Education and Region Promotion Center in Szymbark
The Education and Region Promotion Center in Szymbark is a private company owned by Lidia Czapiewska, located to the south from Szymbark. It has several permanent exhibits associated with the history and culture of the region. These exhibits include:
The „Kaszuby” exhibit – with a replica of a typical Kashubian noble mansion, a replica of a local wooden church and a bread oven
The „Syberia” exhibit – with an over 240-year old wooden house, which used to be inhabited by Polish exiles and the monument of Wojtek the Bear
The „Gryf Pomorski” exhibit with a replica of a World War II bunker and the Scout House.
The National Anthem Museum in Bedomin
The National Anthem Museum in Bedomin is located in a noble mansion, which was owned by the Wybikcki family between 1740 and 1785. This was the birthplace of Jozef Wybicki, who wrote the words of „Mazurek Dabrowskiego” – the national anthem of Poland.
The original building was constructed by the Gleissen-Doregowski family in the early 18th century and reconstructed into a mansion between 1772 and 1773.
The museum gathers memorials of the creator of the national anthem of Poland – Jozef Wybicki and other historical figures from his times, as well as elements of the mansion’s equipmenr from the 18th and early 19th centuries.
The castle in Bytow
The castle in Bytow is a gothic Teutonic castle from the late 14thv and early 15th century.
In the first half of the 14th century, the Teutonic Order acquired the land of Bytow. In 1390, the Teutonic Knights began the construction of a brick-made castle in Bytow. The ground works were made, and until 1396, building materials were gathered.
This building had the most important rooms, such as the refectory, the chapel and the prosecutor’s apartment. At the south-west wing, a kitchen was created with a food storage.
The Railway Museum in Koscierzyna
The Railway Museum in Koscierzyna is located in the town of Koscierzyna at Towarowa street. It was officially opened in November of 1992.
The first railway line that arrived to Koscierzyna was opened in 1885, It began in the village of Pszczolki and was owned by the Royal Eastern Railway. The year 1929, which can be seen at the building of the engine house, is the date of the creation of the current, not first, building of the engine house. Between 2013 and 2014, the office buildings and the hall were renovated, and the exhibit gained multimedia elements.
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