The Mewia Łacha Reserve is an unquestionable tourist attraction. It is located in Mikoszewo and on the other side of the Vistula, in the eastern part of the Sobieszowska Island. The northern boundary of the reserve is the sea and the southern boundary of the coastal pine forest. With a bit of luck, you can meet beavers in the reserve, which have made their home by a several-hectare overgrown lake. Mewia Łacha is also a shelter for rare species of terns, which have their breeding colonies there. Rare vegetation (about 450 species of plants) to be protected, thousands of birds (about 300 species) and the unique landscape of the Vistula delta make the trip to the reserve a great adventure and an unforgettable experience.
To get from the Vistula Spit to Tricity, you can use the ferry in Świbno (Mikoszewo is on the other side of the Vistula). It is open in the season (from May 1 to October 20) and significantly shortens the distance. An additional attraction is the very fact of a “cruise” by ferry, during which you can admire the estuary of the Vistula to the sea.
The old capital of the Teutonic Knights offers a journey back to the Middle Ages! Recreated ancient interiors, porcelain and faience products, a unique amber collection or a fragment of central heating used for the first time in Europe introduce visitors to the atmosphere of simple life of medieval monastic knights.
With tourists in mind, the historical show “Light and Sound”, night tours of the castle, knight tournaments, feasts in the historic halls of the castle and numerous concerts have been prepared. For five years, a two-day event entitled “The siege of Malbork”. Then the Malbork fortress turns into a medieval town bustling with life. You can watch knightly tournaments, performances of street musicians, take part in real feasts at tables bending with food, and also do shopping at a medieval fair. The castle in Malbork was built by the Teutonic Knights in the years 1274-1457. In December 1997, the castle was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The largest Gothic stronghold in the world attracts around half a million tourists every year. In Malbork, it is also worth visiting the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Old Town Hall, St. Mary’s Gate and the Gate of St. Spirit (Pottery).
Frombork – “klejnot Warmii”
Frombork attracts tourists with its attractive location on the Vistula Lagoon and numerous monuments of Polish culture. Thanks to the port and shipping, Frombork offers rides on the lagoon, cruises to Russia and Krynica Morska. There are also circular ships to the Kaliningrad Oblast. Beautiful grounds and unforgettable views make a trip by boat or hydrofoil an unforgettable experience! In winter, the Vistula Lagoon freezes very quickly and becomes a real attraction for skaters. Shallow waters on the western side of the pier – up to 100 m from the shore, the depth does not exceed 1 m – ensure safety when practicing this winter sport. The frozen waters of the lagoon also encourage boat rides. In Frombork there is a complex of buildings on the Cathedral Hill, which was classified as zero class in the world classification of protection of monuments of material culture. The Cathedral Complex was built on the middle hill. It is worth visiting the cathedral and the bishop’s palace with the chapter house.
The great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus spent most of the years from 1510-1543 in Frombork. There, he conducted astronomical observations and wrote his main work, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. Nicolaus Copernicus’s ashes rest in the Frombork cathedral. Visitors can take part in a specially prepared screening in the planetarium or a night sky show in the observatory. Inside the Radziejowski tower, a Foucault pendulum has been suspended – a device that allows visual observation of the rotation of the Earth around its axis.
Krynica Morska is a perfect place for long trips and walks. The special location – the Baltic Sea to the north, the Vistula Lagoon to the south – creates a unique atmosphere. Clean air full of iodine, evergreen pine and beech forests, wide beaches attract nature lovers. The beauty of the area can be admired from the highest dune – Camel Garb. There is a view of the sea, the lagoon, the hills of the Elbląg Upland and Frombork. The tower of the Frombork Cathedral can also be admired from the promenade on the Vistula Lagoon. The city is prepared to accept a huge number of tourists and to fulfill all their whims. On the beaches of Krynica there are water equipment rentals, slides, changing cabins and bars where you can quench your thirst after a day of sunbathing.
An unquestionable attraction is a trip to the lighthouse. It is one of the few facilities of this type on the coast that has been put at the disposal of visitors. The lighthouse was built on a dune 29 m above sea level, it provides light visible from a distance of 18.5 nautical miles. The 26.5 m high tower offers a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
In Krynica Morska there is the Buków Reserve, where you can meet fallow deer, foxes, wild boars, raccoon dogs and a huge number of birds. 150-year-old trees and rare species of animals will surely make the walk an unforgettable adventure. In the future, Krynica Morska has a chance to obtain the status of a health resort due to the presence of mineral waters: chloride – sulphate – magnesium – sodium, bromide, iodide, boron and hypothermic waters, which are ideal for therapeutic and recreational purposes. From Krynica Morska, you can go on a boat trip to Frombork, Elbląg or by hydrofoil to Kaliningrad.
Jantar is located on the famous Amber Route, known already during the times of the Roman Empire. The town has always been famous for its wonderful taverns and the richness of amber. To this day, amber gold lovers collect it on the beaches from November to April.
In the summer season, the commune authorities organize the World Amber Fishing Championships here. Adults and children, Poles and foreigners can take part in them. From year to year, the competitions are becoming more and more popular and popular. For years, they have been the largest cultural and sports event in Jantar. The amber fishing championship is combined with other events, such as concerts, amber jewelery shows, and numerous competitions for children and adults.
In Kąty Rybackie it is worth going on a nature trip to the fauna reserve. The reserve is a refuge for over 700 cormorants. These birds feed on fish, which they eat up to half a kilo a day. Cormorant droppings cause the death of trees, which in turn causes the bird colony to move further and further to new places.
The abandoned habitats create an amazing (albeit dead) lunar landscape. The protected area covers 10.8 ha. It is all covered with old pine trees, which are 100-120 years old.