Warmia and Masuria
Warmia and Masuria
Warmia and Masuria - the land of lakes and monuments from the Middle Ages
Warmia and Masuria is the region offering quite a lot to tourists, including the business community. Summer attracts boaters, kayakers, windsurfers, divers and anglers, and winter - amateurs of sled dog racing, ice boats lovers and skiers. The history lovers will, most certainly, be attracted by many monuments left behind by the Teutonic Knights and the Prussian State - castles, religious monuments, typical Prussian architecture. All this in a beautiful natural landscape of hills, forests and a thousand lakes.
The summer capital of the region is Mikołajki with the stunning nature, great conditions for water sports and seasonal cultural events. During the season, it hosts regattas and the "Festiwal Szantowy Wioski Żeglarskiej” (Sailing Village Shanty Festival). Gołębiewski Hotel in Mikolajki offers the largest conference facilities in the region that can accommodate up to 3000 people.
In the summer Giżycko welcomes the largest Polish festival of shanties "Shanties in Giżycko". Mazury is also the Polish capital of country music. Polish and international stars of this music genre perform sine the 1980s in the summer holidays at Country Picnic in Mrągowo . Giżycko is known as the sailing capital of Poland It is one of the main ports on the route of the Great Masurian Lakes.
The Great Masurian Lakes are the most popular inland sailing area in Poland. Hundreds of companies offer charter boats for even the most demanding sailors, the modern and luxurious yachts which have all the amenities and are built according to the latest trends. The Great Masuria Lakes Trail waits for the sailors. It is beautiful, varied and provided with great facilities and it takes more than 10 days to cover the trail.
The region is also famous for fortifications. Fortified castles were built here in the Middle Ages by knights of the Teutonic Order. Teutonic fortresses remained in Ryn and Kętrzyn. In the southern part of Grunwald gmina there is a battle field, where in 1410 the Polish and Lithuanian army led by Władysław Jagiełło defeated the Teutonic Order in the greatest battle of the late Middle Ages. Every year on the 15th of July, on the anniversary of the battle, the staging of the battle attracts crowds of spectators and hosts brotherhoods of knights from all over Europe.
When in Masuria one can also visit the German bunkers from the Second World War. The most famous of its kind is the Wolf's Lair in Gierłoża, the headquarters of Adolf Hitler – leader of the Third Reich. Although blown up by the Soviets and rubbed by looters after the war, and then nibbled by time and encroaching nature - it still looks impressive.
There is also the only Polish monastery of Old Believers (Orthodox believers who refused to accept the schism - the reform of the Orthodox Church) in Wojnowo and the sanctuary of St. Mary in Św. Lipka, sacred jewel of baroque architecture, called the Czestochowa of the North.
The emerging convention centres and modern hotels make the region increasingly attractive to conferences. The variety of landscape and offered sports and recreation activities is a perfect background for the organisation of incentive and teambuilding events. The major hotels include Hotel Spa Baths Medical Warmia Park, Arena OSTRÓDA the Hotel Zamek Ryn.