One of the finest restaurants in the Kociewie region is here, the restaurant at Grodzisko Owidz. Indeed it also shares its name with the village’s main attraction – the museum and medieval castle. Head to the restaurant and feast your eyes on a truly magnificent selection of traditional Polish food. From the range of soups such as żurek to seafood dishes like śledź to typical Polish pierogi, this is as tasty as Polish rural cuisine gets. For large events and parties, don’t be surprised if copious amounts of Polish vodka are consumed. In fact, one of the country’s leading vodka distilleries, Sobieski, is only a few kilometres away in the city of Starogard Gdański.
Get into the medieval spirit in Owidz by becoming a medieval archer for the day! At Grodzisko Owidz, you have the chance to pretend you have time warped to the medieval era. You can dress up like a medieval archer, fully equipped with hat, sword, suit and shield. You will get full training and will be able to fire some arrows in this unique medieval setting, grabbing pictures that will certainly impress your friends on Instagram.
For a taste of Polish countryside life in the modern day, there are quite a few options to go horse riding here in and around Owidz. The actual horse racing stadium is a few miles north, on the edge of Lake Kochanka near Starogard Gdański and Kokoszkowy. The stadium can organise horse riding lessons and trials, and there is also the option to watch horse racing competitions here.
The biggest attraction in Owidz and, of course, the main reason that tourists and locals come here is to visit the museum and castle at Grodzisko Owidz. This is a cultural experience that is actually a reconstruction of an entire medieval village. It was opened in 2012 to give visitors the chance to experience and understand medieval life in Owidz. This will provide a memorable and fascinating insight into the history of the region, through Teutonic times to the present day. It’s a castle and a museum all in one. You can spend a few hours in here. The centre holds archaeological festivals, archery competitions, mock battles and courses in pottery making. All this happens among traditional wooden cottages within a rural wooden custom-built village featuring ancient craftsmen in a rustic setting. Don’t miss it.
Here in Owidz there are remains of a palace, known as Dwór rodziny Grąbczewskich, which means the Manor of the Grąbczewski family. It can be hard to find, but one of the local tourist websites has the details on it, click here to find how to get there. It is on Szkolna Street.
One of the biggest charms of villages such as Owidz is that you can escape the city life here. There are lots of countryside lanes, pretty fields and lakes on the edge of the village. Start at Park Zabytkowy in Owidz and stroll through the pleasant fields. If you head here in spring, you will delighted to see the blossoming yellow rapeseed oil fields.
The Wierzyca River runs through the Kociewie region, passing through Owidz, and also leading to the region’s lakes. Canoes and kayaks can be hired from Powiew, or you could also bring your own and sail down the river. Guides are available to ensure safety. Be aware this is a spring and summer activity normally, because the river can freeze over in winter months. Head to the riverside at Rycerska 2 to book your trip.