For some, houses with a soul are only wooden houses. Their interiors are saturated with the scent of boards and resin, they can tell many stories, woven sometimes creaking in the ceiling and log walls. Those who would like to hear their stories, especially the "talkative" houses, will find houses in the open-air museum.
Szymbark is located in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, in the heart of the Kashubian Landscape Park. It is located near Kościerzyna, in the most attractive part of Kashubian Switzerland - at the foot of Wieżyca. In the Szymbark forest there is the Center for Education and Promotion of the Region , an open-air museum. Tourists visiting it can not only see the old buildings, but also learn about the culture, traditions and customs of the former inhabitants of the region.
Stand on your head in Szymbark!
The heart of the open-air museum in Szymbark is the House standing on its head (Dom do Góra Nogami). It is an original building that is an allegory of communism, and at the same time a challenge for the labyrinth. It's not so easy to convince your brain that you are not walking on the ceiling at all - especially since you enter the house not through the door, but through the window.
An important point on the map of the Center is also the Siberian House , brought from Irkutsk, the Salino manor and the bunker of the Pomeranian Griffin. In the open-air museum, you can also see the largest piano and the longest plank in the world .
The admission ticket costs PLN 15. In the case of organized groups, the cost is PLN 12 / person. From April 26 to October 9, the Center is open from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (on Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.). From November 1 to the end of March, it is open until 5.00 p.m.
Tasty Kashubian fucks
Since we are in Kashubia, it is worth getting acquainted with the flavors of the local cuisine. It is impossible to ignore the traditional pancakes with a slightly playful name of ruchanki . Those interested in their taste can get to know it at the Ethnographic Museum in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, as well as during a visit to one of the agritourism farms.
Kashubian cuisine is very nutritious, filling and fatty, and its basic specialties are meat dishes: fish, pork, goose and other lean. Several regional dishes were awarded in culinary competitions, for example, in 2008 the fish soup was nominated for the Pearl, and it also won the second place in the competition Our Culinary Heritage - Tastes of the Regions. Goose lard was awarded the 1st place in the Lębork competition in the category: ecological dish, and in the category: taste , swede soup was the winner of the 1st place.
No awards or distinctions, but undoubtedly an interesting dish is birch soup - made of brzad, i.e. dried fruit. Quite original taste, which will not appeal to everyone, but it does not prevent it from appearing on the Christmas Eve tables of the inhabitants of Kashubia.
Camping in Kashubian Switzerland
People wishing to get to know Kashubian Switzerland better (be it from the culinary or tourist side) will be satisfied with their stay at Camp No. 20 in Przywidz . It has been run for over three decades by the Herbasz family, and is situated on Lake Przywidz, among greenery. Beautiful flowers grow at the entrance, which are looked after by the campsite host, Mrs. Lucyna.
The facility has been awarded many times for its activities - including twice it took first place in the "Mister Camping" competition. It is liked by tourists, also from abroad. Caravanning enthusiasts will find a place in the very center, including connections for campers and caravans. An adult will spend the night at the campground for PLN 11 / day, while a camper stand costs PLN 16 / day.
In addition to delicious pancakes, Kashubian Switzerland offers its guests attractions in the form of the oldest open-air museum in Poland, i.e. the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, the open-air museum in Szymbark, magnificent views of the landscape reserve "Wieżyca Peak" or 2 hiking trails and 4 lakes in Kartuzy. And that's just a fraction of what you can see here.
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