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Sailing in Mazurian Lakes

Visit the sailing capital of Poland and commence your journey into the wild on board of a chartered sailing boat, motorboat or yacht.

A one- or two-day lasting trip is virtually for everyone, regardless of their age or sailing skills. Breath in the fresh air and sightsee the historic towns of Masuria!

With a spare day or two while in Poland, it is a great opportunity for many to combine their interest in history with an active way of spending their time.

Upon arrival to Masuria (the Eastern- and Northernmost region of Poland, reachable by high-speed railway services), you may either hire a boat directly (after having completed a few-hour lasting training session) or have your cruise operated by a qualified instructor.

The Masurian District is exceptionally abundant in lakes and woodlands, many of its varied inland-water itineraries starting in such worth-seeing marina towns as Giżycko, Mikołajki, Ostróda, Węgorzewo or Mrągowo, among others (yet all of them offering a number of tourist-oriented hotels, spa facilities, and campsites).

An impressively efficient system of canals and natural river connectors between individual lakes makes sailing in Masuria a highly customizable experience – therefore, it is possible for holidaymakers to tailor the route of each cruise to their individual needs.

The natural and historic heritage of Poland hidden in the woods of Masuria includes the UNESCO-listed Elbląg Canal, the largest lake in Poland (Sniardwy), the grave of Copernicus in Frombork or the habitat of European bison in the Borecka Forest – not to mention a number of cathedrals, cobbled streets of historic old towns of Masuria and the music festivals the region if so famous for.

The text was written in December 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Bartosz Budrecki, a volunteer from Poland.



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