Spectacular spiral viewing deck 72-metres above sea level dubbed most beautiful in Poland
Already being hailed as one of the most beautiful viewing platforms in Poland, a new lookout point in the north has left the public captivated with its striking, snake-like design.
Set a stone’s throw from the small Western Pomeranian town of Widuchowa close to Szczecin, the observation deck has been perched on top of the highest point in the area - Słowiańska Góra, a hill rising some 72-metres above sea level.
Staring majestically over the Lower Oder Valley, and offering stunning views over where the River Oder forks into two, the woodland structure has triggered a wave of public appreciation. Though still lacking a formal occupancy permit due to Covid-related delays, this is expected to be issued later in the month. In spring, meanwhile, it’s hoped that the ongoing pandemic will have declined enough to allow for an official grand opening ceremony.
“It has two distinct levels, and aside from the river visitors can also see, among other things, Widuchowa in its entirety,” said Paweł Wróbel, the recently elected Mayor.
“There is probably no other such tower in Poland,” he continued. “It’s an amazing structure and is both aesthetic and original… The panorama is unbelievable.”
Designed by the Szczecin-based AB Studio Projektowe Marek Antoszczyszyn and Andrzej Buko, partners in the project – thought to have cost around PLN 1.5 million – include the local landscape park committee.
Accessed by a zig-zagging pathway leading up a wooded hill, the route opens up at the foot of a circular-shaped deck nearly twenty-metres in diameter and peaking out at ten-metres in height.
“The investment is practically completed,” says Wróbel. “We are only waiting for the occupancy permit and we’re hopeful that the facility will attract a huge number of tourists to Widuchowa. We’re planning a grand opening early next year, one that we hope will be accompanied by various attractions and events.”
Though the deal to build the deck was signed just last autumn, it found itself delivered on schedule despite the challenges presented by Covid-19.
At the time, politician Jarosław Rzepa expressed his hopes for the project: “We want the beauty of West Pomerania’s environment to be discovered by as many of our inhabitants as possible, so that the Lower Oder Valley is visited by nature lovers not just from our region, but even from people outside Poland.”
Found in an area of outstanding natural beauty, aside from for the staggering views visitors are expected to flock for the ample bird-watching opportunities that the region promises. Thick with swamps, peaty bogs, forests, waterways and meadows, the immediate micro-region presents a complex combination of habitats that have proved particularly popular with wetland birds.
Of the more notable species that gather in the area, the local stork population swells to around 9,000 each autumn. Furthermore, sightings of white-tailed eagles have also been frequently reported by ornithologically-minded enthusiasts.
But while much applause has been directed towards the sleek design of the platform, the lack of parking has drawn criticism from both visitors and local residents. Wróbel, though, has already pledged to rectify the problem.
Forming part of a wider EUR 2.5 million investment to encourage sustainable tourism to the region, the observation deck at Widuchowa will be joined by another viewing platform in a nearby commune while other aspects of the overall project will include further parking spots as well as the training and recruitment of nature guides.