The Land of 44 Islands

If the Land of 44 Islands sounds like an appealingly mythical place, more the stuff of legends than a travel destination, then a visit to its namesake––the city of Świnoujście––will not disappoint. Part of its allure is its unique geographical position, built across a forested archipelago on the Baltic Sea.

Stretching from the Szczecin Lagoon to the Bay of Pomerania, Świnoujście reveals its multifaceted personality as you move between the three inhabited islands––which is all part of its bewitching charm. Home to a majority of the population, Uznam Island boasts relaxing beaches and resorts famed for their spa and wellness services.

Sprawling Wolin Island is Świnoujście’s transport hub, where rail passengers arrive and ferries glide in from Germany and Sweden. Anglers, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts flock to tranquil Karsibór, whose beloved bird sanctuary is home to an impressive number of rare species. Whether you’re in the mood for an action-packed weekend or a few days of rejuvenation, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Świnoujście.

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The Best of Outdoors in Świnoujście

Whether you’re after fishing, swimming, beachcombing, or birdwatching, you’ll be spoilt for things to do in Świnoujście. The family-friendly beach, holding the title as the widest in Poland, runs along the turquoise waters of the Baltic. Unlike many natural beaches in Northern Europe that tend to be rocky, expect to find soft, inviting sand––perfect for the little ones––along with a surprising amount of sunshine, thanks to the marine microclimate.

As the day winds down, relax with a cocktail at one of the relaxed beach cafes smack on the water: among the many picturesque things to see in Świnoujście, the brilliant sunsets are unrivaled.

If you’re mad about birds, or simply fancy bit of fauna with your flora, don’t miss the Karsibórska Kępa bird reserve. Located on Karsibór Island, the lushest jewel of the 44 Islands, it’s home to more than 140 species that range from the merely exotic to the endangered.

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