Turned into beech trees

appeared on the sea on the last night before the wedding. They anchored by the ravine of Lisi Jar, and the invaders stormed the land. Wit was in a quandary. On one hand he wanted to run to Tupadły to warn his fiancé and all the people there of the danger. On the other hand, he remembered the oath that he made in the Puck castle, that from dusk to dawn he will never leave the lighthouse. Faithfull to that oath, he remained at his post. He added wood to the fire , hoping that at least that would draw attention of the residents. But it was the invaders who saw him first. They moved towards the tower through a narrow path in the ravine. They broke into the tower and ordered to douse the fire. Wit did not listen. He wanted to protect the fire but fell slain by the enemy and the light in Rozewie went out. Instead, there were flashes of burning villages around. Seeing this, the Kashubians fled and hid in the surrounding forests. In the evening, Agnieszka slipped out of hiding, entered the lighthouse and saw her fiancé dead at the top of the tower. Distraught, she went down to the place where some of the Swedes were camping. Rising her fists, she cursed the killers, so that they would never come back home. The Swedes jumped up to avenge the insult, but suddenly they felt a strange power pinning their legs to the ground. Their shoes started growing roots, arms turned into branches, hair became rustling leaves. A forest of Swedish soldiers that turned into beech trees was now growing on the hill. From that day on, the cliffs in Rozewie are covered with beech trees trying to cover the light from the lighthouse, while successive generations of lighthouse keepers build more stories to the lighthouse, so that its light continues to be a sign for sailors and seafarers…
Franciszek Fenikowski – the greatest storyteller and a promoter of local legends – the text comes from his collection.

The Beach

The Beach – Jastrzębia Góra is worth a visit not only because of a unique character of the resort itself, but mainly because of a huge diversity of the coastline at this place. The town is located on a cliff coast, but it still has access to the beach, which is nothing but monotonous itself – in the east it is rocky, just like beaches on the northern shores of the Baltic Sea, while in the west the beach is sandy, similar to other parts of the coast. Also the cliff’s height is varied, in one place the sunbathers must get past several hundred steps to get down to the beach, on the other side – barely a couple of dozens. The beach is bustling throughout the whole summer season. In the evenings, you can meet sunset lovers and people partying at night around a bonfire.
For those who find climbing up and down the stairs difficult, we recommend the beach on the west side of Jastrzębia Góra (entrance no. 25) – behind Bałtycka street. The entrances further to the west belong to Ostrowo and Karwia – the beach at those places is very broad, there is no cliff and no crowd, even in peak season. The mouth of the river Czarna Woda is especially picturesque. It falls into the sea at Ostrowo, between Jastrzębia Góra and Karwia, about 3 km from Jastrzębia Góra. You can park Your car by the road (Warning! It’s best not to leave any valuables inside, as they can change their owner. Unfortunately, there are no official, designated, attended car parks).
The highest cliff on the coast of the Baltic Sea got a name Jastrzębski cliff (Hawk cliff). The name probably serves as a reminder of the real king, once dominating the area of Jastrzębia Góra and the coastal cliffs – the hawk. The 33 meters high cliff allows tourists to watch remarkable sunsets and enjoy a walk in the air that is highly saturated with the healing sea spray. There is a blue tourist path along the edge of Jastrzębski cliff.
Jastrzębia Góra is well known for its wonderful microclimate. Tourists that come here to relax, go back transformed, thanks to the sea spray with high content of iodine, known for its beneficial properties. However, it’s not only the sea that has this wonderful effect on well-being. The air in Jastrzębia Góra is clean and fresh. The Landscape Park can be a great variation of Your stay in Jastrzębia Góra. Tourists can enjoy the marked trails for both hiking and biking. There are reserves and nature trails marked in the Park – among others Przylądek Rozewie (Cape Rozewie), Lisi Jar or Bielawa on the mires.

Lisi Jar ravine

„Lisi Jar” is a part of the Coastal Landscape Park. It’s a narrow gorge that stretches to the shore of Baltic Sea, reaching the depth of up to 50 m. The slopes of the gorge are covered with over a hundred years old beech trees, contributing to the microclimate of this area. The ravine was once about 10 km long, but is now only 350 m long due to destructive force of the sea. Count de Rosset built the first Polish seaside lodge at the entrance to Lisi Jar. It was called “Nad Lisim Jarem” (Over Lisi Jar). Nearby there was an obelisk commemorating a legend saying that Zygmund III Waza landed in Lisi Jar after a failed expedition for the Swedish crown.

Gwiazda Północy

– The Northern Star

An obelisk named „Gwiazda Północy” (The Northern Star) is a stone placed in the northernmost place in Poland, set there at the initiative of Jastrzębia Góra Friends’ Society. It is here – and not on Cape Rozewie, as it was claimed earlier – the northernmost point of Polish coastline is found. You can find Gwiazda Północy at the end of Norwida street, right by the cliff shore. You can also reach it going through the seaside forest, from Rozewska street.

Światowid’s

– Promenade

This is the most entertaining part of Jastrzębia Góra. It is here the tourists can listen to the music and dance, spend a day with their children, enjoying local cafes, souvenir shops and many places offering entertainment and fun. There is a square with a fountain by the promenade, and at its end there is a viewpoint and an entrance to the beach.

Heritage sites

Most historical buildings have been preserved on Bałtycka street. This is where the first guest houses in Jastrzębia Góra were situated. On the Królewska street You can still admire the first two villas – Pawłowicz’s villa and Szymański’s “Kaszuba”.Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking
in Jastrzębia Góra

There are over thirty-two kilometers of trails of varying difficulty levels designed for Nordic Walking in Jastrzębia Góra area (including Karwia and Rozewie). Nordic Walking Park Jastrzębia Góra is a network with common points of various routes, allowing You to customize them. The routes are clearly marked with signboards.
Nordic Walking Park Jastrzębia Góra’s offer is addressed to Nordic walking enthusiasts, as well as amateurs of other outdoor activities, such as cross-country skiing or jogging.

TRAIL No. 1 – green
– length – 5,5 km;
– trail type – loop
– estimated time – ca. 1 h
Start of trail – by Bulwar Nadmorski (Seaside Boulevard) in Jastrzębia Góra.
After 400 m there is a viewpoint – path through the park – entrance to the beach (no. 25) – crossing with the black trail – tunnel – gorge – streets of Jastrzębia Góra – crossing of the road no. 215 – forest – Gwiazda Północy (The Northern Star) – Nadmorski Bulwar (Seaside Boulevard)

TRAIL No. 2 – red
– length – 10,7 km;
– trail type – loop
– estimated time – 2 h
Start of trail – on Bulwar Nadmorski (Seaside Boulevard) in the center of Jastrzębia Góra.
To begin with the red trail coincides with the green and black trails – after 1,8 km there is a pulse measurement point – crossing with the black trail – access to Pucka street – crossing Pucka street – entrance to the forest – reaching a military unit – turn left – crossing of the road no. 215 – Rozewie lighthouse – pulse measurement point – Lisi Jar – beach – forest – crossing with the green trail – Nadmorski Bulwar (Seaside Boulevard)

TRAIL No 3 – black DIFFICULT
– length – 16,2 km;
– trail type – loop
– estimated time – 3 h
To begin with the black trail coincides with the red and green trails

Forest path towards Karwia – sand dune (15 m above sea level) – crossing the mouth of Czarna Woda river – pulse measurement point in Karwia – along the road (no. 215) 2 km along the sidewalk – dirt road towards Ostrowo – crossing the mouth of Czarna Woda river – pulse measurement point – crossing with the green trail – tunnel under Pucka street – access to road no. 215 – Nadmorski Bulwar (Seaside Boulevard).

Lighthouse at Cape Rozewie

This is the oldest structure of this type on the Polish coast. In addition there is a small museum inside the lighthouse, where among its collection You can see a cross-section of lighthouses from antiquity to the present times. The Rozewie lighthouse is situated at Przylądek Rozewie (Cape Rozewie), in the northernmost part of Poland, just by the eastern border of Jastrzębia Góra. The lighthouse was heightened several times, and now it consists of a brick base and a metal tower. The lighthouse is open for visitors and from the top You can enjoy a vast panorama. It is worth visiting the area to admire the architectural artistry of the building and go to the nearby nature reserve Przylądek Rozewski and a rocky beach. In the lighthouse You can see the engine. There are also two monuments near the building: Stefan Żeromski’s bust and a memorial commemorating that the Polish Army took over Pomerania in 1920. Not far away there is another, inactive lighthouse. Around the lighthouse there is a parking lot, a toilet and a small food stand.

Height of the lighthouse: 32,7 m
Height of the light: 83,2 m above sea level.
The light’s reach: 26 m
Geografical location:
latitude 54°49’54” N
altitude 18°20’20” E

Rozewie lighthouse
phone no. 58 674 95 42

Church

The magnificent church of saint Ignatius of Loyola hosts organ concerts in the summer, under the patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki, a great admirer of Jastrzębia Góra.

The church is relatively new, it was built in the mid-80s of the twentieth century. Its structure is based on two floors – ground floor, designed for year-round use, primarily for parishioners, whereas the balcony, which can accommodate up to 2000 people, is opened in the summer season for all visitors on Sundays and during the concerts.
Four International Summer Music Festivals “WORD AND MUSIC AT THE JESUITS’ have been organized in Jastrzębia Góra, as well as seventeen  summer Organ and Chamber Music Concerts under the artistic direction of prof. Eugeniusz Brańka.
Mechanical pipe organ dedicated to Professor KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI built in the church currently has 77 tones, and according to plan it will ultimately have 105 tones. The first pipe in the assembly of Jastrzębia Góra organs was set in by KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI 06.08.2007.
5 November 2008 Gdańsk Metropolitan Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź blessed the mechanical organs, while Krzysztof Penderecki was giving out symbolic pipes with his notes.
8 November 2009, during KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI’s festival concert, a chamade pipe, 76th tone in our organs, was blessed by Polish Primate, Cardinal JÓZEF GLEMP.
During the V International Summer Music Festival July 7, 2010, during KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI’s concert, another 77th tone was blessed – second chamade pipe, whereas 14th and 21st of August concerts were held by the participants of a Master Course by Prof. TERESA ŻYLIS-GARA.
At the same time we would like to meet young talents, who would be able to hone their artistic skill under the guidance of renowned artists. A Master Course for 75 young, talented artists was held in July and August 2009 by: TERESA ŻYLIS-GARA, ROMAN PERUCKI, JAROSLAV TUMA /Czech Republic/, FRANZ HAUK /Germany/, ANGELO CASTALDO /Italy/, PIERRE PINCEMAILLE /France/.
ROBERT GRUDZIEŃ was the artistic director of the first three International Summer Music Festivals „WORD AND MUSIC AT THE JESUITS” – Jastrzębia Góra. From the fourth festival onward, this position has been assigned to Professor ROMAN PERUCKI, chief manager of POLISH BALTIC FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN PHILHARMONIC in Gdańsk.
Parallel to the concerts we also organize photography exhibitions of Father Czesław Kozłowski, SJ.