When I first heard about the Kashubia region of Poland, I was very much intrigued! Kashubia is part of the Pomorskie region but is in itself, almost like a country within a country. Its boundaries are not clear or set in stone, but certainly my first visit to any kind of Kashubian territory was when I embarked on a brilliant Food Tour of seaside town Gdynia in July 2016. This map here (below) tries to identify where Kashubia is, Gdynia swallowed slightly into it, while Sopot and Gdansk are generally not seen as Kashubian towns. I will be writing more about the Kashubia region for sure, but first I decided to review the first Hotel I slept in in Kashubia – the Hotel Kozi Grod.
Best Websites to Research Kashubia:
Kashubia nearly fits into one of my Wacaday off the wall republics, similar to my upcoming tour of Leblandia. Essentially and officially Kashubia is NOT actually a country, merely a part of Poland. BUT it has its own flag, language, culture, food and people…as I discovered during my half year living in Pomorskie Province.
A volunteer group in Gdynia which runs events and programs encapsulating Kashubian Culture and ways:
But having experienced lots of Kashubian food and met up with some Kashubians in Gdansk, Poland it was time to head to the region itself. I first got my fix of Kashubian Food while living, working and backpacking in the impressive “City Hat-trick” (Trojmiasto/Tri-city) – Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia! In Summer time, the St. Dominik’s Fair in Gdansk has a few stalls about Kashubian culture and food.
While I didn’t immediately immerse myself in the local Kashubian culture here, I stayed in the village of Pomlewo in Kashubia. I was invited by my real friends Justyna and Joanna who were so nice to me. It was Joanna and James’s wedding and they got married in Tczew while the actual party (afterparty and the day after the afterparty) took place deep in the Pomorskie countryside. It was a crazy time on my journey. First up, I have put some photos of the wedding, definitely a potential entry in itself for my Curious/Quirky Encounters or Dziwaczne Odkrycia series.
The afterparty took place at the simply magnificent Hotel Kozi Grod in Pomlewo and I had a fabulous room for the night.
By this stage of my Polish adventure (August 2016), I had already toured Słowiński National Park and lesser ventured Łeba as part of a substantial final fling with backpacking which also resulted in my decision to rent a flat in Gdansk’s Stare Miasto, before settling in the beach side village of Brzezno, Gdansk. On route I backpacked Malbork, Starogard Gdanski, Tczew, Pelplin with a youthful zest.
My normal hotel reviews are usually a top 5, like the Ibis Krakow or Warszawa or the Hotel Ren in Starogard Gdanski, but here, just some photos and a general overview. This place was luxurious, relaxing and stunning.
I had my own room 62, with Wi-Fi, clean pristine bathroom, TV (not that you have time to watch it during a wedding), tea and coffee. The grounds of the hotel are huge – there is a lake and it is in truly idyllic countryside here in Kashubia. Here are some more photos from my room, the hotel grounds and the reception and main building at the hotel.
There are bars and restaurants in the complex, which of course we used. I had a lot of drinks at the wedding and a vast amount of food. Bowling, canoeing and other activities are available and the place was just a breath of fresh air. Now I share some photos from the wedding party, congratulations to Joanna and James!
Backpacking in Pomlewo, Kashubia
I also was able to tour some of the tiny village itself, Pomlewo. I even saw the village’s only “football stadium”! This is just a first delve into the Kashubian Region and I hope to write more on it this year. I hope you enjoy the rest of my photos and can get off the wall in Poland, enjoy my story of how I ended up in Poland and creating my new website.
Getting back to Gdansk from Pomlewo
To get back to Gdansk from here, the buses from Pomlewo village are quite infrequent, but I managed to sort it out alright and had a relaxing ride back to my base at the time. For the record, bus 852 was the one I got and it took around an hour back to Gdansk, costing 9 zloty, around £1.80.
Here are the details for booking the Hotel Kozi Grod, Pomlewo:
My thanks to Joanna, James and Justyna for making this experience happen for me, I am forever grateful. See you around!
Here are some videos from my time at Hotel Kozi Grod:
14 thoughts on “Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Touring Poland’s Quirky Kashubia Region, My Wedding Stay at Hotel Kozi Grod, Pomlewo”
We’re glad you enjoy your stay in our country within another country 🙂 please contact us /me if in doubt about anything. How did you like our capital, Gdansk? Beautiful, isn’t it?
Hi Seb, thanks for the comment. Yes, I loved Gdańsk! I spent 5-6 months there exploring Pomerania, I will be back soon to write about Kashubia again, I hope to meet up and do a tour of Kashubian villages! Best wishes. Jonny
I love reading your stories, Jonny! Keep up the great work.
Hi Agness, thanks for the comment and positivity! If you ever come back to visit your homeland, get in touch, I live here now. Best wishes, safe travels. Jonny
Great videos, Jonny! Enjoyed reading your post, as I always do! 🙂
Hi Agness, thanks for your comments and for following my story. I hope to meet again soon. Regards, Jonny