The Vistula Sandbar

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The Mierzeja Wiślana (Vistula Sandbar) is a narrow piece of land between the Baltic Sea and the Vistula Bay (Zalew Wiślany).  Part of it is Polish and the rest is part of Kaliningrad (Russia)  The width of the sandbar ranges from 300 meters on the Russian side to 2 ½ kilometers on the Polish side.  For the most part it has very white sandy beaches on the Baltic side, pine and beech wood forests and some small communities that are popular during the summer months. 

 

The road along the sandbar stays mostly on the Vistula Bay side.  We drove along, as far as we could, passing through towns like Jantar, Stegna, Sztutowo, Kąty Rybackie, Krynica Morska and finally reaching Piaski where the road ended.

Bee hives in Zulawki

 

We stopped briefly at Sztutowo (Stutthoff, in German) which is the location of the first concentration camp.  There is a museum there that can be visited, but it was closed today so we just continued on until we reached Piaski.  At that point we were about 3 kms from the Russian border.  There is a road all the way to the border, but I didn’t see it and it didn’t make much sense to continue as we would have just had to back up anyway since we don’t have visas for Russia. 

 

In Piaski we were surprised to see wild boars out on the street and on the side of the road foraging for food.  There still aren't many tourists around at this time of year, so the animals are probably more comfortable being out and about.  I took a few pictures of them from the car.  The whole area is beautiful with green forests and the bay in the background. 

 

 

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