Wolin is the largest Polish island. It is here that the summer capital of Poland is located, as they sometimes say about Miedzyzdroje. It was there that the legendary castle of Vineth was swallowed up by the sea due to the crimes of the inhabitants. Today the island is one of the most beautiful places in Poland. Wolin Island is located in northwestern Poland.
It is separated from the mainland by the Dzivna Strait and the Szczecin Bay, and from Uznam Island, which lies on the border between Poland and Germany, through the Strait of Pigs. As befits the largest Polish island, there is much to boast about here, and it’s not just about the beaches. This is one of the first associations that comes to mind when we think of Wolin. The park is located in the center of the island. This is the first marine park in Poland, and among its greatest assets is the most beautiful part of the coast of the Polish cliff – it is worth mentioning that the highest cliff of our coast is located on the island of Wolin.
You should definitely visit when visiting the island. It is located about 4 km from Miedzyzdroje, and the entrance is located next to road number 102. After entering the summit, you will see a view extending from the Pomeranian Bay, Miedzyzdroje, Swinoujscie and the German city of Ahlbeck. Gosan is a great place to enjoy the sunset! There are three more observation decks in Wolin National Park, one of which is very beautiful.
From Mount Kawcza you can admire the Pomeranian Bay and Mierzeja Przytorska. Until recently, you could reach the top, including wooden stairs leading up from the beach. However, as a result of abrasion, a fragment of the cliff on which the staircase is based was partially destroyed.
– As a result of a technical analysis for safety reasons, taking into account the precautionary principle, the stairs were excluded from service. The observation deck on Mount Caucha is of course available.
You can get to it by walking along the red hiking trail that runs along the crown of the rock, explains Marek Dylowerski, Deputy Director of the Wolin National Park.
This is an artificial aquarium that attracts attention with an unusual blue-green color. It is located near the village of Wapnica. Before the war there was a chalk mine, which was later flooded. It is the combination of the chalk bottom and the splitting of the light that makes the water of the lake so unique. You can admire this lake.
One of the most beautiful lakes of the Wolin National Park is Lake Zeice. You will reach a green path. It has the original shape of a croissant, and in the center is a peninsula with the remains of an early medieval fortress. Don’t forget about him. The last point is Zelonka in the town of Lubin near Miedzyzdroje. From there, a beautiful panorama opens up of part of the Szczecin lagoon and the backwaters of the rear delta of the Swina River. There you will see over 40 small islands, often with original names such as Konski Smug, Zajecze Legi or Wydrza Kepa.
Their formation is closely related to the term “back” – formed as a result of the settling of silt and sand carried by reverse currents, which are formed when strong winds from the north blow from the sea. In the delta of the Svin River, a canoe was created, consisting of 44 islands, which originates in Marina Carsibur. You can also go rafting along the coast of Wolin Island (start there). An important place on the tourist map of the park, which is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The farm has 28 hectares, most of which is intended for nesting bison. It is important to note that this is not only a popular attraction, but also plays an important role – it is a breeding center for bison and a place where other forest animals undergo rehabilitation. Here you can also meet wild boar, roe deer or white-tailed eagle.
Did you know that the inhabitants of the farm have their own names? These bison start with “Po”, like Poland, and Pomorzak or Poznaniak II, for example. Other animals are, for example, Danusia, Gucio or Filip. You will see exact replicas of items from the early medieval Wolin, look into reconstructed huts, see how the inhabitants of these areas once lived and worked, how they made tools and other items of everyday life. And all this is surrounded by reenactors dressed in historical costumes that create the atmosphere of this place. The open-air museum is located on Volinskaya Kep – a small island, which is connected to the island of Volin by a swing bridge in the city of the same name. It passes through the Dzivna Strait, is 135 meters long and is one of five of its kind in Poland. It is worth devoting some time to this place for historical reasons.
On the Hill “Hangers” there is a barrow cemetery of the 9th-10th centuries, which belongs to the group of the oldest early medieval necropolises in Western Pomerania. The hill is named after it because it was a place of execution for pirates and other criminals. If there is an island, then there must be a resort. On Wolin is one of the most popular on the Polish coast – Miedzyzdroje, which for years was a beautiful pier almost 400 meters long.
Take a walk in the evening when atmospheric lighting adds charm. You can take a walk along the famous Promenade of the Stars, where handprints were left by the most famous Polish artists, including Agnieszka Holland, Stanislaw Tym, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jan Machulski and Janusz Gajos. Some compare the Promenade of Stars to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, but there are only stars with names on stone slabs – hand and footprints can be seen at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Swinoujscie is also located on Wolin Island, albeit partially (the city is also located on the islands of Uznam and Carsibour). It’s definitely worth it if you get the chance to ride on Usedom Island. It is here that the Swinoujska beach is located, which has received the prestigious Blue Flag for 14 times in a row and is the longest beach in Poland.
There is no other beach in Poland in terms of length and width, and the water in the sea is the warmest. Those who prefer more secluded places, less crowded, should visit the Pomorski Stone, which is located near Wolin Island. – There are no stalls with cheap toys or stalls with kebabs and waffles. It’s quiet here, a beautiful marina and a meal you won’t eat anywhere else.