Many people will visit museums when they travel, it‘s perhaps one of the best ways to learn about the history and culture of the country you are visiting. If you are passionate about traditional culture and want to see more unusual rural architecture and local handicrafts, then the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie definitely should be added to your travel bucket list.
Located in northern Poland, Wdzydze Kiszewskie is a tiny village with a big attraction, famous for its open-air museum displaying the typical rural architecture of Kashubia. This picturesque Kashubian Ethnographic Park was founded in 1906 by Theodora und Isidor Gulgowski, is the oldest one in Poland. After more than a century, the museum stretches upon 22 ha of lush green land beautifully situated at the bank of the lake Gołuń surrounded by all kinds of local architectures including cottages, manors, a school, smithy, windmills, churches, farm buildings, craftsmen’s workshops and other traditional buildings from Kashubia and nearby Kociewia. Up to know, many of the buildings still function as they used to, such as a steam-driven sawmill and the lovely wooden church from 18th-century which is still performing Mass and the occasional wedding today.
In addition to wooden houses decorated with authentic furnishings, another highlight of the museum is the massive collections of the local handcraft presenting the beauty of Kashubian folk art. Visitors will marvel at the intricate and colorful embroidery from Wdzydze.
With lovely rural buildings and its picturesque location, the Kashubian Ethnographic Park is a really nice place to visit, indulging in local traditional culture and unwinding in nature, especially for families with children!
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