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Turistic-Recreational Complex "Kaszubskie Oko" is a facility established in 2006, offering a variety of attractions for tourists visiting the municipality of Gniewino. The architecture of the complex was designed in the shape of an eye, with its most important element being the "iris" in the form of a 44-meter-high Observation Tower. To see the upper reservoir of the Żarnowiec Hydroelectric Power Plant, Żarnowieckie Lake, an 18-windmill farm, or ships sailing on the Baltic Sea, all you need to do is climb 212 steps or take the elevator. The observation point is located at an altitude of approximately 150 meters above sea level. The tower itself has the shape of an hourglass with a central core, around which spiral stairs ascend. The base of the tower is a green mound with railings, inside of which are office spaces.The recreational outdoor elements of "Kaszubskie Oko" include, above all, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a standard playground, and a "pirate ship" playground, walking areas, a barbecue area, and a chess field. The whole complex is complemented by a garden surrounding the tower with two water features in which fountains are placed. For both adults and children, the "Kaszubskie Oko" Restaurant and a small snack bar will surely catch your attention.
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Discovered in 1818 the greatest curiosities of inanimate nature in Poland. It is located 15 kilometers from Puck, in the village Mechowo on the edge of the Forest Darżlubskiej. The largest cave is about 61 meters in length. In the upper half of the corridor there is a chamber surmounted by a dome of unusual colors and shapes of formations, one of which, due to the form and color, was named as the bleeding heart.
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Rzucewo was the residence of the Catholic line of the Wejher family, who had their castle here, destroyed by the Russians in 1734. For three centuries, the Rzucewo estate was connected with the Wejher estate and had the same owners. The properties were separated in 1827 when Rzucewo, through a marriage, came into the possession of the von Below family and belonged to them until 1945. At the initiative of the Belows, an impressive neo-Gothic palace was built on the estate between 1840-45. During the communist era, the estate was transformed into a state-owned farm, and the residence housed a vocational school and agricultural technical college. In the 70s and 80s, the palace changed hands several times as various institutions attempted to turn it into a recreational center. It was only successful when the "Kashubia" Company acquired the residential complex in 1994 and adapted it into an elegant accommodation facility called "Jan III Sobieski Castle."The palace consists of two basement wings arranged on a common axis. The eastern two-story wing has a layout similar to a square, with elevations framed in arcade panels and a square tower on the side. The western wing is one-story, rectangular, distinguished by a low, octagonal corner tower. It also features an impressive three-arched portico. While exploring the stylish interiors, it is impossible not to notice the intricate network vaulting in the hall. The two-level library in the corner tower is also noteworthy, housing an exhibition depicting the history of the palace.The park surrounding the residence is much older than the residence itself, as, according to historical records, it was established during the time of King Jan III Sobieski. Allegedly, the king personally planted some trees, such as linden trees, forming a magnificent avenue connecting Rzucewo to the nearby Osłonin, partially preserved in a four-row layout. The park is adorned with noble species of monumental trees, such as plane trees and edible chestnut trees, as well as garden architecture. Among the trees, there is a 19th-century hunting lodge, equally old stables, granaries, and the von Below mausoleum.
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Along the shores of Puck Bay, there are remnants of a seal hunters' settlement. Archaeologists discovered its traces in the late 19th century, but more extensive research was conducted in the 20th century, both in the early and late parts of it. The settlement was inhabited during the Late Neolithic period (2500-1700 BCE), and its inhabitants left behind not only stone tools but also a multitude of seal bones. According to the announcements from the Puck municipality, the settlement is planned to be reconstructed to bring the life of the ancient people closer to tourists.
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Maintained in the English style, full of exotic trees, alleys, canals, and resting places. The spacious, well-kept park surrounding the residence is older than it. It was created based on manorial and bourgeois gardens, so it features an impressive old-growth forest that is 300-400 years old. Due to its age, an extensive network of ponds, and diverse plant life, the Wejherowo park is compared to the one in Gdańsk Oliwa.
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In the 17th century, a Swedish ship wrecked near Rozewie. The entire crew, including the captain, perished, except for the captain's daughter, who was saved by a local fisherman. Grief-stricken, she settled in Rozewie and decided to light a bonfire on the hill every night to prevent similar tragedies. Some say the local population helped her in this endeavor. The captain's daughter continued to light the bonfires every night until her death. It is believed that the ship struck a rock known by fishermen as the "devil's rock" or "demon stone," under which, according to local tales, the devil resides and drowns anything that comes within its reach.The lighthouse in Rozewie was built in 1822 on the site of an earlier wooden structure, which supposedly existed since the 17th century. Due to the surrounding forest, it was raised twice: in 1910 and 1978, eventually reaching a height of 32.7 meters. Before the war, the lighthouse was visited by Stefan Żeromski, which is why it bears his name.In 1961, a small exhibition dedicated to the writer was set up in the lighthouse, later expanded to include the exhibition "History of Maritime Lighthouses." From May to September, the museum exhibitions are open to tourists from 10 am to 2 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm. In other months, visits are possible only by prior arrangement.The octagonal lighthouse, built in 1875, served as an auxiliary structure. In 1910, after the older lighthouse was raised, it was decommissioned. Next to it stands an obelisk commemorating the reclamation of the coastline by Poland and a bust of Żeromski.
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One of the attractions of Wejherowo is the Przebendowski and Keyserling Palaces, which were given their final shape in the mid-19th century. Currently, it represents a neo-Gothic style with distinct Renaissance elements. The building's structure, unusual for Pomeranian palaces, in terms of shape and appearance, is reminiscent of villas in southern Italy.The palace now houses a museum that collects and promotes Kashubian and Pomeranian literary and musical heritage, as well as other cultural treasures associated with them. The museum has gathered over 100,000 exhibits, including historically valuable source materials that allow us to learn about the history of Wejherowo, including documents with the Wejher family's autographs. Exhibitions, literary competitions, conferences, meetings with creators and regional activists, concerts, and book promotions take place here.The palace is a one-story building with an attic floor, high basements, three-winged, with an open courtyard facing north. The main wing is distinguished by central facades covered with stepped attics, similar-shaped gables, and attics crowning the side wings. On the garden side elevation, there is also a terrace and a small balcony on the short axis. The palace interiors have preserved the enfilade layout and original woodwork. The main halls are adorned with stucco ceilings and 19th-century wall paintings in the Pompeian style depicting Mediterranean landscapes. Original fireplaces have also been preserved in several rooms.
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Collection considered one of the largest in Europe. It comprises 6,500 species and over 2 million specimens. It's hard to believe that it all began 40 years ago with a cactus in a pot on the windowsill. The acquaintance with another cactus enthusiast resulted in importing the first seeds from Hamburg. Over time, these prickly plants displaced our native vegetables and flowers. In 1982, cacti and succulents already occupied the entire area of the 1,266 m2 greenhouse and ground cultivation. Among them, the Texan varieties stand out, reaching over 7 meters in height, as well as "mother-in-law's chairs" - round cacti with a diameter of one meter, and very rarely flowering in the collection, Haageocerus versicolor and Cereus peruvianus with their blooming underlay.The collection in Rumia has been repeatedly awarded at various national and international exhibitions. Its headquarters is here, at the Gdańsk Branch of the Polish Cactus Lovers Society. An attractive place on the coast, frequently visited by numerous tours. As a souvenir from the seaside, you can purchase a prickly plant here.
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