Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and is located on the Łyna River in north eastern Poland. It’s by far the biggest city in the region and is the transport hub for other towns in Warmia and Masuria and also a popular tourist destination.
Olsztyn was founded in the 14th century and was originally under the control and influence of the Teutonic Order prior to coming under Polish control following the Treaty of Toruń in 1466.
Visitors to the city have plenty to see, favourite spots include the medieval Old Town & High Gate, St. James Pro-cathedral, the castle and the Museum of Warmia & Masuria.
The Pro-cathedral was formerly a Parish Church and dates back more than 600 years, it is regarded as one of the greatest monuments of Gothic architecture in Poland.
The castle is well-maintained with a splendid enclosed courtyard and city views. It was built between 1346-1353, and in the early days was the home of the Teutonic Knights. The Museum of Warmia & Masuria is housed inside the castle.
Olsztyn is a renowned cultural and academic centre, boasting a large Philharmonic Orchestra and a university in addition to numerous cinemas, theatres, restaurants and cafes.
Great Masurian Lakes
Warmia-Masuria (Warminsko-Mazurskie) 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.
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.