Barczewo (distance 13km) is called the Venice of Warmia. This is because of several bridges and footbridges located over the picturesque rivers Pisa and Kiermas. Our most famous inhabitant was born in 1877. Feliks Nowowiejski, an outstanding Polish composer, creator of, among others “Legends of the Baltic Sea”, “Hymn of Warmia” and “Rota”, a song considered to be the second anthem of Poland. Every year in Barczewo and the district the Feliks Nowowiejski International Festival of Choral Music is held with an accompanying scientific and historical symposium at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Salon. In the salon, situated where the composer’s family home used to stand, you can see memorabilia of the Nowowiejski family
Olsztyn (distance 27km) Here you will find something for lovers of monuments and history, water sports, atmospheric pubs, educational entertainment for children and local markets. There are several lakes within the city limits. In the Olsztyn Old Town, in addition to the atmospheric tenement houses, it is also worth seeing the St. Jacob’s Cathedral basilica in Olsztyn and the town hall in the middle of the market square. Olsztyn’s Old Town is small, but beautiful and full of atmospheric pubs and restaurants. Right next to the Old Town is the Central Park with an impressive illuminated fountain at night.
Mrągowo (distance 35km) is for everyone. If you are looking for a healthy dose of excitement and fun, the Mazury Cabaret Night in Mrągowo will provide. Next it’s time for country music – Mrągowo and Mazury are famous for it, and Polish cowboys come to the city on the last weekend of July to have fun at the famous Country Picnic. Every year music lovers from all over Poland await this unusual combination of musical impressions in Mrągowo. So don’t miss Mrągowo!
Mikołajki (distance 60km) are commonly known as the summer capital of Mazury. The city is situated on the Mikołajskie Lake. Mikołajki are also the marina of the Mazury Shipping Company. In the sailing village there is a large, well-equipped harbour, numerous taverns, frying rooms and a bistro. During the season, many cyclical events and regattas are held here.
Kadzidłowo – safari in Mazury (distance 63 km) here you will see: bison, wolves, cranes, Dybowski’s Siberian deer, and numerous forest birds.
Ostródzko-Elbląski Canal (distance 69km or 139km) The longest sailing canal in Poland, which connects lakes and rivers by means of slipways and water-gates, allowing you to sail for example from Szeląg Wielki to the Baltic Sea. The real attraction are sections of the route where ships are transported to the next basin on special rails which go on the grass. In the 2007 plebiscite of the “Rzeczpospolita” newspaper, Elbląg Canal was named one of the seven wonders of Poland and in 2011 it was recognized as a monument of history.
Święta Lipka – Marian Sanctuary (distance 50km) this famous Marian sanctuary is a “Pearl of the Baroque” of historic value, thanks to magnificent examples of late Baroque architecture. Here you can see a main altar, side altars, an exquisitely made tabernacle, a pipe organ, frescoes in the church and cloister, a forged gate, sculptures in stone and wood, artistic metalwork.
The Copernicus Trail – we invite you to walk in the footsteps of Nicolaus Copernicus. In Olsztyn, at the High Gate, the Copernicus Route begins, which leads through Dobre Miasto, Lidzbark Warmiński, Pieniężno, Braniewo to Frombork. Near the Olsztyn castle there is a monument to the Great Astronomer.
Mazurolandia is an attraction park located in Mazury, in Gierłoż near Kętrzyn (distance 74km). Here you can combine great fun with discovering the monuments, culture and history of the Warmia and Mazury region. Visitors can partake in interesting attractions and spend time in the nature, getting to know Warmia and Mazury and militaria from the Second World War and medieval times. In Gierłoż, you can also visit Adolf Hitler’s headquarters – the Wolf’s Lair.