The Wisła Królewiecka

River Profile

The Wisła Królewiecka is a branch of the Szkarpawa. It is a waterway 11.5 km in length, from the village of Rybina, through Grochowo, Sztutowo, and Kobyla Kępa, to the Vistula Lagoon. Years ago, the main communication route from Gdańsk to Königsberg (present-day Kaliningrad) led this way. Later, the river gradually lost importance. In late 1970s its role was reduced to that of a land improvement canal. In 2006–2008, the waterway underwent thorough restoration. Both drawbridges (in Sztutowo and in Rybina) were made functional, power lines were raised, the river was dredged, the banks and flood embankments were regulated. In 2009, a sailing harbour called Marina Baltica was opened in Sztutowo, one of the first in the region. Despite all these changes, the river gives the impression of being wild and inaccessible, which adds to its charm.

Navigational Information

Accessibility

The river is accessible to all yachts sailing the Szkarpawa (draught up to 1.6 m / 5.25 ft). Only shallow stretches near the river’s mouth at the Vistula Lagoon may present an obstacle for keel boats with a greater draught.

Power lines
The lowest high-voltage line across the Wisła Królewiecka – 13.5 m / 44.3 ft;.

Aids to navigation
The route is not an official waterway and has no kilometre posts along its banks. There are no buoys or navigational signs, either.

Current and vegetation
The current is barely perceptible. Despite a relatively broad channel,the Wisła Królewiecka is strongly overgrown, especially between Rybina and the village of Grochowo. According to an order of the Minister of Infrastructure, it has the status of a non-navigable river. Periodically, especially in August, the river is covered with a carpet of water fern – salvinia. Along the river’s entire course, however, there is a thicket-free lane at least 2 metres (6.5. ft) wide.

Wherever possible, sail in the middle between the banks of the river.
 
Tourist Highlights

The drawbridge in Sztutowo. Out of order for years and rusting, it was a sorry sight. Since 2008 it has permanent staff and fixed opening hours: in a two-hour cycle, from 10:00 to 18:00. The post of the bridge staff is a curiosity. It is located inside the concrete base. On this bridge, one of the episodes of Four Tankmen and a Dog series (Czterej pancerni i pies) was shot. The episode was entitled “Long Patrol.”


The drawbridge in Rybina. Built in 1936 as a structure of reinforced
concrete and wood, with solutions typical for bridges this kind (counterweight). It was closed to water traffic in the 1970s, since major repairs werenecessary. That coincided with the degradation of many waterways in the area and the diminishing role of water transport. The bridge remained closed for years to be finally repaired in 2007 as part of
the revitalisation of the Wisła Królewiecka route.



The marina in Sztutowo. A professional harbour for sailors, Marina Baltica, was built in 2009. Located in a bay (the former port), just before the bridge, it is the first functioning marina on the Wisła Królewiecka route. It has solid quays as well as facilities for boaters – electricity, water, toilets, and shower. You can hire kayaks, rowing boats, water scooters or pedal boats. The proximity of the Vistula Lagoon makes it possible to call in here during Lagoon trips. In the season there is a disco every Saturday – sleeping will be difficult.




Tourist Highlights

Sztutowo – Stutthof Museum and Memorial. At the west end of Sztutowo there is the State Stutthof Museum, a former German concentration camp and labour camp. Young children are not allowed to visit the Museum. For young people, visiting it may be an instructive history lesson. The exhibits – silent witnesses of martyrdom, kilometres of barbed wire and barracks – remind of the tragic times of World War II and make a lasting impression.




Żuławy Narrow-Gauge Railway. Built in 1891. By 1920, the length of its routes was 343 km! The trains carried agricultural produce, coal, fertilisers, and building materials. Crossing the Vistula on a ferry, they reached Gdańsk. The decline of the railway began in the 1950s. In 1996, rail traffic was closed. The narrow-gauge railway was reactivated ten years later. Today, trains run from Nowy Dwór Gdański to Stegna and from Sztutowo to the mouth of the Vistula.


Rybina waterway junction. This is a unique place where waterways meet and numerous hydrotechnical facilities may be seen. It is the fork of the Szkarpawa, the Wisła Królewiecka, and the Linawa. Somewhat further than that of the Szkarpawa, there is the outlet of the Tuga. Rybina has Europe’s only working swing bridge, opened manually. There is also a pumping station there, a drawbridge over the Wisła Królewiecka, and a
drawbridge over the Szkarpawa.



INTRODUCTION

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Part One. Discovering the Żuławy Loop

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Tales of the Loop: A Page from History

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Harmony: The Key to Reading the Landscapes of Żuławy

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Architecture: The Land of Arcaded Houses and Hydrotechnical Monuments

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Part Two. The Sailing Routes of the Żuławy Loop: Sailing and Sightseeing

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The Vistula

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The Martwa Wisła, the Śmiała Wisła, the Motława Gdańska

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The Szkarpawa

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The Wisła Królewiecka

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The Elbląg River and the Jagielloński Canal

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The Nogat

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The Wielka Święta–Tuga

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The Vistula Lagoon

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Pasłęka River and the Canal of Pasłęka

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The Kaliningrad Lagoon

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Part III. The ABC of Sailing: Before You Sail on the Żuławy Loop

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Proposed Trip Routes

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II. The Little Loop of Żuławy

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III. To the Capital of the Vistula Żuławy

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IV. From Gdańsk to the Vistula Lagoon

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V. Down the Vistula to Gdańsk

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VI. Around the Vistula Lagoon

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Informator

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Captain’s Tips

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signs shipping

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signs shipping

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Część IV. Nautical Base of the Żuławy Loop. Ports and marinas.

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Mooring Platforms in Tczew

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The passenger and yacht harbour in Tczew

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The fishing port in Świbno

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The fishing harbour in Mikoszewo

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Marina in Błotnik

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Harbour „Tęcza”

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River side hostel in Wiślinka

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Maritime Yacht Club “Neptun”

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Marina Delphia Yachts - Górki Zachodnie

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Gdańsk Shipyard Yacht Club

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Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

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Academic Maritime Club in Gdańsk

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AZS Cosa - Academic Sports Association in Gdańsk

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The National Sailing Centre of the University School of Physical Education and Sport

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Gdańsk Maritime Club Yachting Harbour

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Marina on „Tamka” Street

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Yachting Harbour “Stewa”

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Northern Yacht Club Harbour

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WOPR Gdańsk Harbour

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Marina Gdańsk

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Kayak and Motorboat Harbour “Żabi Kruk”

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Marina Sienna Grobla II

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Polish Maritime Club Harbour (Wisłoujście)

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Mooring piers in Drewnica

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Harbour in Żuławki

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Mooring piers in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Osłonka

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Houseboat Harbour in Rybina

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Marina Baltica in Sztutowo

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Yacht harbor in Sztutowo

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Yacht Wharf by the Zygmunt August Boulevard in Elbląg

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Yacht harbor Fala

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The marina of Scout Water Centre “Bryza”

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Yacht Club Elbląg

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Yacht harbor in Biała Góra

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The harbour of the Sports and Leisure Centre in Malbork.

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Castle Harbour in Malbork

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“Park Północny” harbour in Malbork

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The harbour in Kamienica Elbląska

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The harbour in Nadbrzeże

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The harbour in Suchacz

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The harbour in Kadyny

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The harbour in Tolkmicko

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The port in Frombork

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The port in Piaski

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The yacht port in Krynica Morska

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The fishing port in Krynica Morska

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The port of Kąty Rybackie

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Yacht harbor in Kąty Rybackie

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Sailing harbour “Neptun” in Kąty Rybackie

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The port of Nowa Pasłęka

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“Dom Rybaka” harbour in Stara Pasłęka

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Stara Pasłęka harbour

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Yacht harbor in Braniewo

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Explanation of the symbols of services available on harbours and their surroundings (1.5 km).

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Water nodes of the Żuławy Loop.

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Gdańsk Water Tram

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Legend

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