This small village of only 300 inhabitants located in northern Poland, close to Elblag, welcomes everyone who enjoys real relaxation close to nature but with all modern facilities provided. Situated close to the Vistula Lagoon, it has a beach and extensive forests that form excellent conditions for horse riding or simply strolling around. You may also like to try out the popular activities of cycling, windsurfing or kite surfing.
Of the many natural attractions of Kadyny, the most noticeable is the imposing, 700-year-old oak tree. In the woods surrounding the village, you may meet wild boar, deer, pheasants and maybe even the most outstanding local animal – the Sikka deer. Presented by the Japanese Emperor to German Emperor Wilhelm II in the early 20th century, in Europe these deer can only be found in the environs of Elblag.
Kadyny is known for its stables and horse-stud, offering you the possibility of horseback riding or horse-drawn cart trips. August and September sees international horse riding events taking place here.
Another attraction of Kadyny is the palace of Schlieben family, built in the 18th century. With its half-timbered farm buildings surrounded by plenty of trees, it is really picturesque. Nowadays it serves as a hotel. Nearby you can find a Franciscan monastery from the 18th century.
If you plan to explore the neighbourhood of Kadyny, then you can choose between the former Teutonic towns of Elblag and Frombork, the Elblag Canal (a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering), or Sztutowo with its former Nazi camp. A little farther away is Malbork with its impressive castle, and the mouth of the Vistula River in Mikoszewo.
Kadyny belongs to the Elblag Uplands, a geographical region adjacent to the Vistula Lagoon – the part of the Baltic Sea limited by a narrow strip of land known as the Vistula Spit. The village is located some 20 km from Elblag and about 80 from Gdansk.
It is hard to know precisely when Kadyny came into existence, but most probably the village was founded in the 13th century by the Teutonic Knights. The first recorded owner of these lands was Hans von Baysen, a Prussian nobleman who lived in the 15th century. In the 17th century, Kadyny became a property of Schlieben family, who built a palace here. After changing owners several times, at the end of the 19th century the estate passed to the German Emperor, Wilhelm II. Thanks to his efforts, Kadyny started a period of great development with the palace being renovated and reconstructed to turn it into a summer residence for Wilhelm. The village was extended and rebuilt at the same time.