About Masurian Lake District

Located in the northern part of Poland, lies the Masurian Lakes Plateau, known as the “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. It has the biggest concentration of lakes in Poland, with 15% of area covered by water. These lakes are remnants of the ice age, when all of northeastern Poland and parts of Europe were covered by ice. There are over 4000 lakes in the whole area, linked by rivers and canals to form an intricate system of waterways. The Masurian Lakes area is also home to some of Central Europe’s largest forested areas, and thus a haven of scenic beauty.

The Great Masurian Lake district (Kraina Wielkich Jezior Mazurskich), east of Olsztyn, is a verdant land of rolling hills dotted with countless lakes, healthy little farms, scattered tracts of forest and small towns. The district is centred on Lake Śniardwy (114 sq km), Poland’s largest lake, and Lake Mamry and its adjacent waters (an additional 104 sq km). Over 15% of the area is covered by water and another 30% by forest.

The lakes are well connected by rivers and canals to form an extensive system of waterways. The whole area has become a prime destination for yachtspeople and canoeists, and is also popular among anglers, hikers, bikers and nature-lovers. Any boating enthusiast worth their (freshwater) salt should make Masuria their first port of call. The main lakeside centres are Giżycko and Mikołajki and Węgorzewo. All the lake towns lead a frenetic life in July and August, take it easy in June and September, and retire for a long snooze the rest of the year. -Source by Lonely Planet

 

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • windsurfing
  • Horse Riding
  • Ballooing
  • Parachuting
  • Riding Quads
  • Diving
  • Masuria Cruise

 

Attractions

Masuria is famous for its lakes and forests, offering a wide range of outdoor activities from sailing to kayaking and swimming. The region includes the largest lake in Poland called Śniardwy. The resort towns include the most popular Giżycko and Mikołajki, Węgorzewo, Ryn, Pisz and Iława. Giżycko is located on the shore of Lake Niegocin. It has an ancient fortress, historic church, bridges, and passenger boats to the towns of Węgorzewo, Mikołajki and Ruciane-Nida. The town of Mikołajki is a popular tourism center. In addition to lakes, the Masurian region also has many rivers used for fly fishing, and forest areas that offer many trails for trekking and biking. There is also a variety of wildlife, edible berries and mushrooms, and large protected areas, including the Masurian Landscape Park that includes 11 nature reserves such as the Łuknajno Lake that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, or the Białowieża Forest with a breeding station for European Bisons.

There are four separate boating trails set up along connecting lakes: from Giżycko to Węgorzewo and Ruciane-Nida, and from Mikołajki to Pisz and Ryn. There are also two kayaking trails along rivers, the most popular being the Krutynia River Trail. On top of that, there are several color marked walking trails with numerous points of interest for qualified tourism. They include:

  • The blue trail of K. I. Gałczyńskiego,
  • The yellow trail of K. Małłka,
  • The green round trail (okrężny)
  • Grand Trail of Mazury Garbate (Hunchbacked Mazury trail, to the north of the region)
  • The blue trail of M. Kajki

Historical sights include the ruins of Hitler’s fortified World War II headquarters, the Wolf’s Lair, near Kętrzyn (former German name: Rastenburg), which has become a major tourist destination. Source by Wikipedia