Poland unforgettable memories

Attractions in warmińsko-mazurskie region

Masurian Lake District

There are few countries in Europe with so many lakelands as Poland. The Masurian Lake District with its "capital" in Mikołajki is a paradise for sailors and surfers. Two biggest lakes in Poland: Śniardwy (113,8 square km) and Mamry (105 sq km) with a lot of smaller lakes around them offer the tourists a rich variety of water sports, nice accomodation and opportunities to admire the natural beauty of flora and fauna (eg. beavers, turtles, bats or elks) of the region. There are plenty options of hiring yachts, canoes and enjoying shorter or longer trips along the water routes.

Hotels in Mikolajki, in the heart of the Masurian Lake District

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Elbląg Canal

Although the canal is nothing unusual in this part of Europe, the method of transporting the ships through the land has nothing comparable neither in the continent, nor in the world. The trip from Ostróda to Elbląg takes 11 hours (you can also choose shorter options of 4,5 or 6 hours) and along the way the ship sails partly on the water and partly... on the grass. The construction from the 19th century allows the special ramps to make the ship move without the water and without asking the passengers to leave the ship. This unique cruise is also worth experiencing because of the views - the nature which surrounds the route consists of various species of plants and animals, both living in the water and on the land.

More: http://www.zkm.nazwa.pl/en/page/13

Hotels in Ostróda & Hotels in Elbląg

 

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Gierłoż - Wolf's Lair of Adolf Hitler

While he was realizing his damaging mission in Europe, Adolf Hitler had his main base in Gierłoż. It was called "Woolf earthwork" and during the second world war, exactly between 1941 and 1944) played a role of a Nazi decision center. Perfectly hidden in the forest, a huge base wasn't seen even from above, avoiding aircraft attacks. A few metres thick concrete walls were supposed to protect Führer and his closest coworkers. Now the majority of buildings is destroyed (were blown up while Nazis were leaving), but their size still impresses strongly. There is a museum also, set in one of survived buildings, where you can find things which used to belong to Hitler. One of those found most recently is the radiator which had been placed in his room.

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf%27s_Lair

http://www.wolfslair.pl/

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Frombork

This small and calm town surrounds the medieval cathedral which in renaissance times was also a residence of Nikolaus Copernicus, an astronomist – the one who finally discovered and proved that it is the Earth which goes around the Sun, not opposite. Fans of stairs climbing can reach the top of cathedral tower and admire marvellous view over the Vistula Lagun, which stretches beyond it. For those who prefer to enjoy views from the ground, there is a museum of Copernicus or a planetarium where watching stars and planets are the attractions. Close to the cathedral there is also a small museum of Warmia-Mazury region with some traditional clothing, furniture and opportunity to taste some bread with lard, pork scrwatchings and onion.

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Grunwald

Polish history is marked with numerous wars and battles, but nobody knows why the Battle of Grunwald is the most famous and even small children remember the date of it and legends connected with defeating The Teutonic Order in 1410. Neither was the battle the most crucial for the history nor Polish souvereigns took advantage of it. But the victory was so spectacular at the moment that it has stayed in peoples’ minds till these days. Now in Grunwald we have merely a field with a monument and a small museum, but once a year (a weekend closest to 15th July) the field changes into a great festival of medieval times. The battle is performed by knights’ brotherhoods and the whole surrounding (tents, stalls, clothing) is arranged as if it was in 15th century.

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