In Two Places At Once

The town of Świnoujście sits on a little island of Uznam at the very tip of Poland’s northwest. There are no roads connecting downtown Świnoujście with mainland Poland. Unless you’re coming from Germany, to get here you must take a (free of charge) ferry.

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Being a coastal town, the biggest draw here is the beautiful beach. In the summer this place must be swarming with tourists. The sand is soft and the sand expansive. Even though Baltic is not exactly the warmest sea to swim in, this is a wonderful spot for a summer holiday.

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Świnoujście is also known for its many seafood eateries. Always fresh, the fish dishes I sampled here were perfection!

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When you get tired of Polish food, there are other restaurants as well.

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Because both Poland and Germany are now a part of the EU, the border with this neighboring country is hardly even visible. When Nani and I visited, we were staying in the western part of town, very close to the border. So we decided (meaning I decided and forced her to go with me) to walk on over to Germany, by walking along the beach.

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There was no marker, not even a post, announcing your transition from one country to another. We knew we were in Germany when we started seeing German signs.

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Coming back we took a different route. There is an excellent bike trail here and a nice wide walking path.

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Here at least there is a border marker. I decided to stand in both countries at once. Because, why not?

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Polish side of the border still has a very retro looking border tower (that metal structure visible in the background). It is now unoccupied.

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The German side has solar panels, because green energy bitches!

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The downtown Świnoujście is very cute.

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Lots of Germans come here for a night out because it’s inexpensive and the food is fantastic. But beware of “amber” stands along the beach! I bought myself what I thought was a beautiful amber ring (for next to nothing) and it turned out to be plastic!

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The town has some beautiful older buildings.

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As well as some modern developments.

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There are plenty of lovely parks to take a stroll in.

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And, apparently, wild boars too! This sign is advising you not to feed them. Jesus, if I saw a wild boar feeding it would be the last thing I’d want to do… These things are vicious!

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So yes, if you’re in this part of the world, Świnoujście is worth a visit. Buy your amber from a certified dealer and enjoy the beaches and gastronomy!

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