The Summer Capital of Poland
Giżycko is located within the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship between Lake Mamry and Lake Niegocin and is a very popular summer tourist destination, particularly with those who enjoy getting out on the water.
The region is the water sports capital of Poland and it is dominated by the Great Masurian Lakes. Every year, thousands of kayakers, windsurfers and sailors arrive in the province to have fun on the water. You’ll find over 100 lakes around Giżycko including Lake Mamry, which is the second largest lake in Poland at 104 km².
The town is located on the northern shore of Lake Niegocin and is the largest sailing centre in the lakes, and the focal point of the seasonal tourist trade.
The lakes provide excellent conditions for sailing and during the summer, the town hosts sailing events and races. During the winter, the area is popular with iceboaters. Popular sailing routes from Giżycko include the journey north to Węgorzewo and south to Ruciane-Nida via Mikołajki.
Giżycko has a lot to offer in addition to water sports, the town has numerous historical monuments, including a huge 14th century Teutonic castle. Tourists are well catered for, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes in addition to a good assortment of accommodation options. The area surrounding the town is ideal for cycling, canoeing, walking, jogging and horse riding.
Around and About
At 24,192 square kilometres, Warmia-Masuria is not the biggest region in Poland but it sure has a lot to offer. Once you’ve explored the lakes, you can experience water of a different sort on one of the world’s most intriguing canals, the Elbląg–Ostróda; which runs 80.5 kilometres southward from Lake Drużno to the river Drwęca and lake Jeziorak. The canal uses a system of inclined planes between lakes to overcome a 100 m difference in water levels and is considered one of the most significant monuments related to the history of technology.
The region also has countless rivers, swamps and wetlands to have fun in. The River Krutynia, which flows from Lake Warpuńskie into Lake Bełdany is a popular destination for kayakers and is considered to be one of the most picturesque waterways in Poland.
The region is home to Hitler’s wartime hideout, the Wolf’s Lair, one of Europe’s most significant WWII sites. There’s also Palaces, Gothic castles, Gothic churches and museums to explore.
One of the most-visited attractions in Warmia-Masuria is the Lidzbark Castle; which was the residence of bishops for hundreds of years. It was here that Nicolaus Copernicus sketched the first draft of his theory on the movement of the Earth.