The greatest asset of Northern Poland is its location on the Baltic Sea, which substantially determines the nature of the local economy. In the Western Pomerania, the Pomerania and the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeships, the major cities, which are particularly attractive in investment terms, are Szczecin, Kołobrzeg, the Tricity, i.e. Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, as well as Toruń and Bydgoszcz.
The economy of Northern Poland is substantially based on the maritime industry (repair shipyards and shipbuilding yards specialising in the production of offshore vessels and elements for the production of renewable energy), the petroleum industry, the food industry (e.g. related to fishing and fish processing), the metals and machine industry, the wood and furniture industry, the construction industry, as well as on industrial automation and the power industry.
Nature on the Baltic Coast
Because of its diversified landscape, Northern Poland offers favourable conditions for cultural and active tourism. Particularly valuable places include national parks: the Woliński, the Słowiński and the Bory Tucholskie National Parks. Interesting sensations will also be experienced when visiting the Hel Peninsula, the Vistula Spit and Żuławy. Noteworthy landscape parks include the Brodnica, the Gopło, the Chełmno, the Vistula, the Słupia Valley, the Wdzydze, and the Kashubian Landscape Parks, as well as the nature reserve known as the Leon Wyczółkowski Old Polish Yews.
Traces of the past in northern Poland
When visiting Northern Poland, you can go back to the times when Pomerania was inhabited by the Teutonic Knights. The traces of the Teutonic past include the Bytów, the Kwidzyn, the Gniew and the Człuchów Castles, as well as the Malbork Castle, which is the most outstanding one and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. An exceptional city is Gdańsk, with its extraordinary Old Town, numerous Gothic churches and modern cultural facilities, such as the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, the European Solidarity Centre and the Maritime Culture Centre. Another place entered into the UNESCO World Heritage List is the Old Town in Toruń. When in Northern Poland, enthusiasts of old culture should visit the Checked Houses Land, and, in particular, Swołowo, with the Pomerania Folk Culture Museum, as well as the Museum of the Slovincian Village in Kluki, the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie and the trade village Faktoria in Pruszcz Gdański. An important place of religious worship is the Wejherowo Calvary.
The sea, bays, rivers and lakes – water is an inseparable element of excursions to Northern Poland. The rich offer of water activities (e.g. cruises, canoeing trips, kite surfing, and windsurfing) will meet the expectations of the most demanding tourists. The region is also a perfect venue for cycling tourism.