Kadyny (Cadinen) historic village, Vistula LagoonKadyny (Cadinen) historic village, Vistula Lagoon

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    Interesting village Katherine, but quite famous in Poland!
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      Very good description Katherine. Good tip for a unique visit!
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      Yes!
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      Yep, because it is a small village...
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Kadyny is a little village on the Vistula Lagoon inhabited by c.a. 600 people.

My experience, Explo description: 

In the middle ages (early middle ages) there was an Old-Prussian settlement of the Pomezan tribe here
(read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Prussians)

Later – in the late 13th century the land was invaded by the Teutonic Order.

Some of its history at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutonic_Order

also at
http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/en/historia/indexh.php )

As it was in custom for the Teutons, they established a village in the place of the ruined Prussian settlement, as it was a good strategic place.

First mention about Cadinen comes from 1255.

I shall not tell all the history of this village here... Nevertheless - the Great History entered Kadyny - and sometimes we do not realize this...

In late 19th century the last owner of the village – an Elblag merchant demised it to Kaiser Wilhelm II. The village became the Emperor’s property 15 December 1898. And this was when the summer residence was built and also the village was modernized in an Ordenstil (monastic style).
A school was opened in 1905 and a famous Cadinen Maiolica manufacture was organized. Because of rich layers of clay around a trick factory also was established there (the bricks signed CADINEN with a picture of the imperial crown still can be found on many buildings in the region !)
From 1937 till 1944 Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (the grandson of Wilhelm II) with his family resided there.
He managed to flee right before the general attack on the unarmed village by the Soviets (the Soviet troops were seeking the famous Amber Room in the palace, it is a miracle they did not blow the whole place up).

While still being Cadinen – the imperial stables were one of the breeding places of the famous Trakehner horses. Today – there still are stables and horses are being kept there – but after 1945 nothing is the same there.

This place – being a little dot on the map has something in it… It is the atmosphere. Probably because of the people that made the history of this place.
And those were fantastic and significant to the history people.

Starting with Johannes von Baysen. When you visit Kadyny you can’t and won’t miss the famous Bażyński Oak Tree. A tree huge like this can seldom be seen. During the I WW about 14 soldiers with equipment could shelter inside. Von Baysen was the one who went to the Polish King to ask for incorporation of the land into the Polish Crown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirte...

Johann Theodor von Schlieben was another very interesting person. He was born in Brzeźnica (Birkenfeld) on the 26th of December 1638 and died in January 1695 – he was buried in Św. Lipka (Heiligelinde) – according to his last will.
He was the Livonian (Inflanty) Voivode (somewhere around 1681 till his death I think) and was one of most active leaders of the anti-electoral opposition in Ducal Prussia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gr...

He was son of Albrecht (colonel in Polish Royal service) and Elisabeth Truchses von Wetzhausen (in this family there was one of the Teutonic Grand Masters

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin... )

After Kalkstein was kidnapped from Warsaw by Elector’s agents Johann Theodor von Schlieben fled to the Polish Crown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ...

He converted to Catholicism (famous became his demonstrative burning of books by Luther and Calvin) and finally - in agreement with the Bishop of Warmia he founded a bernardine monastery in Kadyny.

The other owners of the village also became the sources of gossip – as one of the Schwerins : Wilhelm Friedrich Karl v. Schwerin.
He lived a life very similar to the famous “Lügerbaron” von Münchausen (some of the local authors say – that von Schwerin’s life was even more colourful. But such were the times – as both lived more or less the same time – 18th century).

The other Schwerin – Wilhelm Friedrich Karl loved the military training. He ordered everyone from the village to line up alongside the long lane leading from the tiny port – whenever he arrived by a boat. He also ordered special lights to be placed alongside the lane… and he also ordered cannonade. He also ordered a lot of wine. And cheese. He loved both. But then complained about the quality of wine, hoping for a reimbursement.
One of his wine suppliers wrote back (when again Schwerin complained about the low quality of wine – which was known around as perfect) –

Dear count von Schwerin –
do not dip cheese in wine,
as it might loose the taste, not gain…

The family of the Kaiser also left their significant trace here. When a child from the village drowned in the small pond in the village centre – Augusta Victoria, Wilhelm’s imperial wife decided to build a small fountain there. So as to prevent from the next accidents. She was known for being a very fine person – and a very caring one too.

The Emperor himself visited the Cadinen Maiolica Manufacture as often as he could to … check the design of the new patterns. He had a good taste – so some of the designs were his ideas. What a pity all that was ruined in 1945 and after the war it has not been reactivated. A huge source of income for this poor now village and region – was missed…

Well – there is a lot more of that gossip, and stories to be told…. But then you would have to come here...
When you do - do not forget to eat the fantastic choccolate cake at the Kadyny Hotel... I am doing that very often wheb I guide my groups around....

Visiting Kadyny - one has to stop at the Kadyny Country Club Hotel for a splendid chocolate cake.

Horses are kept in the former imperial stables - it is possible to take a ride.

A walk around into the forests give a good opportunity to breathe fresh air and admire unique sights

My personal recommendations: 

There is a 900 years old oak tree. One of the oldest in Poland.

How getting there: 

By car only. It takes about 2 hrs drive from Gdansk.

A tip to eat: 

http://www.kadyny.com.pl/new2/conte...
It is a restaurant in the Kadyny Country Club Hotel.

Kadyny Country Club
82-340 Tolkmicko
Kadyny
Poland

Phone : 00 48 55 2316120
Fax 00 48 55 2316200

www.kadyny.com.pl
kadyny [at] kadyny [dot] com [dot] pl
kadynycountryclub [at] kadyny [dot] com [dot] pl

There is also :
Silver Bell
Srebrny Dzwon

Hotel Srebrny Dzwon

Kadyny 31
82-340 Tolkmicko
tel. +48 55 231-34-34
fax +48 55 231-34-36
e-mail : biuro [at] srebrnydzwon [dot] pl

A tip to sleep: 

Hotel Srebrny Dzwon

Kadyny 31
82-340 Tolkmicko
tel. +48 55 231-34-34
fax +48 55 231-34-36
e-mail : biuro [at] srebrnydzwon [dot] pl

Kadyny Country Club
82-340 Tolkmicko
Kadyny
Poland

Phone : 00 48 55 2316120
Fax 00 48 55 2316200

www.kadyny.com.pl
kadyny [at] kadyny [dot] com [dot] pl
kadynycountryclub [at] kadyny [dot] com [dot] pl

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

24 hrs

Visit duration: 

Some of my tourists rent a car in Gdansk and stay in Kadyny for a day or two touring the near and far vicinities.

Entry fees: 

all on the internet sites of the hotels