Presentation of the destination
Słupsk is a city located in an area of northern Poland that was once part of the historic Pomerania region. It is located on the Słupia River which divides the city in half, and is also quite near to the Baltic Sea. It has a population of just under 100,000 people. The area was first used as a Slavic Pomeranian settlement in the Middle Ages, before officially becoming a city in 1265. By the 14th century, Słupsk became an important trade and administrative center of the area. While it was under German rule, its name was Stolp. The city became part of Poland in 1945. It is hilly with some forest land and boasts several natural bodies of water including ponds, canals, and streams. It has a temperate marine climate due to its location near the Baltic Sea coast. The temperatures in Słupsk are hottest in July and coldest in February, and the city generally receives some snowfall in the winter months.
Points of interests / things to see
The town hall is one of the most recognizable and important sites in all of Słupsk. This historic building was built in 1901, and is full of interesting historical items and displays about the city. In the first hall, you can see the Key to United Europe, which was presented to city representatives when Poland joined the European Union. Nearby is the Amber Bear of Happiness, a local treasure. If you’re interested in architecture, don’t miss the mayor’s room with its unique construction. It has 12 walls and features original furniture and a beautiful tapestry. One of the most fascinating aspects of the town hall is its 56 m high tower. As you climb its 180 steps, you can view a gallery filled with historic photos of the city, as well as visiting its clock, which has operated continuously since 1901. It was made by a local citizen, and in 1998 a special bugle call composed for the town was added to the clock. The tune, performed by the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica, is played each day at noon. When you reach the top of the tower, you can take in the breathtaking views of the city and the Słupia River that flows through it from its terrace. There is also a popular exhibit on the evolution of Polish coats of arms.Location: Plac Zwycięstwa 3, Słupsk
One of the most fascinating sites in Słupsk is the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle complex, which currently houses collections of the Museum of Central Pomerania. The castle was built in 1507 by Bogusław X, the Duke of Słupsk. It was constructed using Gothic architectural techniques, but was later expanded in the Renaissance style. The castle was formerly the home of the Pomeranian Dukes of the Griffin dynasty. If you visit today, you can see a large number of fascinating artifacts. Permanent exhibitions of the Museum of Central Pomerania located in the museum include the treasures of the Pomeranian Dukes, Pomeranian art from the 14th through 17th centuries, an exhibit on industrial architecture, and a room filled with artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries. The second floor of the castle features a collection of approximately 200 paintings by artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, the largest collection of his works in Poland. It contains many portraits, as well as some drawings, self portraits, and photos and letters related to the artist. If you prefer music to art, then be sure to catch a concert in the Knight Chamber. This music hall is also used annually to host concerts that are part of the Polish Piano Festival.Location: Dominikańska 5-9, Słupsk
Art lovers should make sure to visit the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, also known as Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej in Polish. It is the only institution in the region that focuses on modern art. It is financed by the regional government, and is devoted to sharing modern art with the public. It has three different exhibition sites: the Small Gallery and Witches’ Tower Gallery in Słupsk, and the Centre for Creative Activities in nearby Ustka, which is located in a historic granary building on the city’s port. Each year, the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art presents more than 30 public exhibitions at its various galleries, with art from great Polish artists as well as international artists. The institution also organizes activities related to its unique exhibitions as well as general topics related to modern art, such as lectures, performances, practical workshops, and art lessons. It also arranges meetings for artists to interact and learn from each other. It was recently voted one of the best Polish modern art galleries and is visited each year by approximately 20,000 people. Location: Partyzantów 31A (Small Gallery) and Francesco Nullo 13 (Witches’ Tower Gallery) in Słupsk, and Generała Mariusza Zaruskiego 1A (Centre for Creative Activities) in Ustka, approximately 20 km north of SłupskWebsite: http://home.baltic-gallery.art.pl/home_en/
Several of the most popular tourist sites in Słupsk are its historic churches. The Church of St. Jack is a gothic church built in the 13th century. It was once used as the site of religious services for those living in the local castle, which is why it contains an impressive Renaissance altar, a polychromed pulpit, and beautiful Baroque organs. It is known for its tall tower. The Church of St. Mary is a slightly older Gothic church that was built in the late 14th century. It has been enlarged and rebuilt several times, and recently had its tower and spire rebuilt. It is much larger than the Church of St. Jack with three aisles, and has an immense 50 m high tower. It contains an altar built in 1658, as well as a beautiful pulpit covered in bas-reliefs carved from wood by local artist Paweł Wultersdorf in the early 1600s. Other interesting items include its Baroque candelabra and candlesticks. The oldest church in Słupsk is the Church of the Holiest Heart of Jesus, first built in 1281 as a wooden church. Don’t miss its fantastic stained glass windows.Location: Dominikańska 5 (Church of St. Jack), Nowobramska (Church of St. Mary), and Armii Krajowej 22 (Church of the Holiest Heart of Jesus) in Słupsk
The city of Słupsk has two walking tours that are devoted to showing visitors all of the most interesting monuments, places, and exhibits in the city. On a nice day, take a few hours to walk one or both of the color coded tours. The blue tour starts along the left bank of the Słupia River in Victory Square, the city’s largest public square, outside of the beautiful town hall building. The path continues past a shopping mall and through another square to the 14th century New Gate, which is now used as an art gallery. Continue walking and you’ll enter the old town square, which is surrounded by important historic buildings. As the trail concludes, you can see much of the city’s old defensive walls and towers, as well as the Castle Mill and the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle. The red route also begins in Victory Square, and points out the nearby building opposite the town hall that contains Europe’s oldest wooden lift, which can be visited. As you continue, you will pass a 14th century church and the post office before reaching a spot with wonderful views of the castle. Finally, you can visit the Karol Szymanowski monument, dedicated to the Polish composer.Websites: http://www.slupsk.pl/en/dokumenty/1526.html (Blue Tour) and http://www.slupsk.pl/en/dokumenty/1525.html (Red Tour)
The Castle Mill is a water mill in Słupsk that was built in the early 14th century. This fascinating gothic style mill was built on the bank of the Słupia River and its mill wheel was located in a canal connected to it with water controlled by gates. It is one of the oldest industrial buildings in the entire country of Poland. It was also formerly used as a granary due to its large capacity and small windows. Today, it is home to several ethnographic exhibits from the Museum of Central Pomerania as well as the local Gallery of Amber. Location: Dominikańska 5-9, Słupsk
The Witches’ Tower was originally built as part of the city’s defense walls in the 15th century. In the 17th century, it was rebuilt as a prison and primarily held women suspected of witchcraft. According to local legend, a local woman named Trina Papisten was the last woman put on trial for sorcery in the city in 1701, and was then burned at the stake at the tower. You can still visit the tower and take in the site of this horrible historic event. Today, the tower has a much more positive purpose as the location of beautiful modern art exhibitions.Location: Francesco Nullo 13, Słupsk
Słupsk is home to two beautiful and innovative flower designs that decorate its public spaces. The flower clock is composed of 20,000 flowers with hands that are controlled by a satellite radio signal. The best views of the clock are from a nearby flower shop. The city also features a calendar each May through late autumn that is made from flowers. The flower calendar has been a Słupsk tradition since 1969, and is created by the Municipal Gardening Center each year from two types of flowering plants. Visit and you can take a unique photo of the date made out of flowers.Location: Stefana Starzyńskiego (Flower Clock) and Aleja Henryka Sienkiewicza (Flower Calendar) in Słupsk
If you visit Słupsk, you must visit the city’s town hall in order to see its famous Amber Bear of Happiness. The tiny amber bear statue was found in Słupsk in 1887. It is thought to be the amulet of a bear hunter, and has been dated to between 1700 and 650 BC. Due to its historical importance as the oldest item ever discovered in Poland’s Pomerania region it was placed in a nearby museum for safekeeping, but the city’s amber guild has made a copy of it that is on display to the public. Each year, the amber bear is put up for auction, the money raised goes to charity, and a new copy is put into the special display case.Location: Słupsk Town Hall, Plac Zwycięstwa 3, Słupsk
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How to get there ?
By plane: The nearest airport to Słupsk is Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (GDN). It is a small international airport that provides flights to several domestic and international destinations. It is located 125 km east of Słupsk in the city of Gdańsk. Website: http://www.airport.gdansk.pl/If your travel plans require a larger airport, you can always fly to Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), Poland’s busiest international airport. It is located 540 km south of Słupsk in Warsaw, the capital of Poland.Website: http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/pl/pasazerBy train: Słupsk has a railway station that is found at the junction of several railway lines. Due to this, the city has railway lines that run north, south, east and west that provide connections to most major Polish cities including Warsaw, Kraków, Białystok, and Gdańsk.By car: It is easy to access Słupsk by road, as several national roads and motorways pass through the city and connect it to the rest of Poland. The city itself also has an extensive road network which is currently in the process of being improved.Getting aroundSłupsk has its own public bus system that can be used to get around the city. It is also very easy to get around on foot or on bike.
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