The Mazurian Lake District, known as 'a land of thousand lakes' in northeastern Poland is a beautiful and unique land of lakes and forests. The lakes - linked by canals - create a Europe-wide unique waterway of over 140 km long. The breath-taking landscapes are matched by a wealth of wonderous wildlife.
The region offers a vast range of activities - from sailing and water sports to walking, cycling and mushroom picking. It has long been a paradise for sailing enthusiasts and it has the perfect conditions for kayaking and canoeing. Another attractive option (this time for cyclists) is over 600 km of cycling routes around the lakes and in the forests.
The tourist facilities are well developed in the Marurian Lake District. There are numerous yacht, boat and bike rental places, over 1000 mooring sites, marked trails and a good range of accommodation.
The Mazurian Lake District was one of the finalists competing to become one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature www.new7wonders.com
The main places in the region are:
Gizycko - the tourist and recreation centre.
Mikolajki - an old fishing village, known as the sailing capital of Poland.
Ruciane-Nida and Wegorzewo are also worth a visit when you're in the area.
Summer is the best time for water sports and walking or cycling.
The nearest airports are in Gdansk and Warsaw. From there you can take the train to Olsztyn and then a coach to your destination. In the summer, there is a direct train connection from Warsaw to Gizycko. Check PKP trains for your journey.
Some useful websites on the area:
http://mazurycudnatury.org/pl/galeria.html - a website with great pictures and a link to a voting site for one of new 7 world wonders.
www.gizycko.turystyka.pl - a website with general information about the region as well as Gizycko.
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