This former gem of Eastern Prussia’s today is being called the summer’s capital city of Warmia and Mazuria. Surrounded by 9 lakes. Ostróda is a very dynamic city. In the summertime it is host to numerous events like the popular concerts by the shores of Lake Drwęckie.
Western Mazuria owes its beauty to hundreds of years of glaciations. The glacier moving forwards and backwards formed numerous elevations, valleys and thousands of lakes. Nowadays we may explore these beautiful hills while riding a car, a train or another means of transportation.
The Grunwald battlefield is doubtlessly the most attractive place nearby the village of Grunwald. This is where on 15 July 1410 one of the biggest medieval battles including 50 thousand knights was carried out. Every year thousands of visitors and hundreds of knights cover long distances in order to take part in a gigantic re-enactment commemorating the glorious victory of Władysław Jagiełło over the Teutonic army.
This is an enchanting, fast developing city by the arterial road E7, where town and detached houses are being renovated and the Teutonic castle by the market square is certainly more splendid than ever. There also remained a part of the medieval city wall. Near its vestiges you will find a small place selling the best wafers in town.
The 14th century Gothic castle was erected amongst the waters of lake and river Drwęca. This former fortress was first made of wood, then reconstructed and made of bricks. It had a rectangular ground plan, a court in its middle and a moat surrounding the monument.
The open-air museum in Olsztynek - Built in 1910, it is one of the oldest open-air museums in Poland. It is situated on the beautiful outskirts of Olsztynek, among ponds, small forests, fields and meadows. Numerous animals live here. You will be able to watch horses (especially the Poilsh race Konik) cows, goats, sheep, rabbits and various birds.
The Bartholomew church is a site of interest. Its belfry was formerly part of a 14th century church. Currently, it is standing by a church built in 1898-1901. You should also see the belfry in Boguszewo, the hotel "Zamek Karnity" and the 19th century manor in Malinnik.
When visiting Western Mazuria it is impossible not to come to Iława, the second largest city in this region. Thanks to its fantastic location at the shores of the longest and the sixth largest lake in Poland, Jeziorak, Iława holds the title of makes it a wonderful place for sailors, canoeists and other sportsmen.
Frombork is a small town on the Vistula Lagoon. Due to its history this picturesque venue is also veritably magic. In the 13th century the cathedral was erected and the town became the seat of the Cathedral Chapter. The town's first settlers came from Lübeck thus the town was granted Lübeck city rights on 8th July 1310.
Olsztyn is the capital of one of the biggest recreation areas in Poland, Warmia and Masuria. This fact, as well as various attractions located within the city make it a place of interest for visitors from Poland and abroad.
The gothic castle of Malbork was erected by the Teutonic Order in 1274-1457. It is one of medieval Europe's biggest fortresses and a classic example of medieval defensive architecture. In 1309-1457 the castle was the seat of the Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order, while the town of Marienburg was the Order-State's capital.
The Masurian Lake District is an exceptional region both nationwide and Europe-wide. It stands out due to its manifold flora and fauna as well as its architectural monuments. Tourists, water sports fans and anglers just love it.
The city of Nidzica is being called the "Gateway to Warmia and Masuria" . Its surroundings are a Europe-wide seldom occurring composition of hills, lakes and forests rich in blueberries, mushrooms and deer.
The city of Mrągowo offers an outstanding variety of activities. If you enjoy laughing, you should visit the annual cabaret festival. Still, there is also the Mrągowo Country Music Festival, which is famous all over Poland. The Polish cowboys come to town on the last weekend of July in order to celebrate the Country-Picnic.
In Poland, Gietrzwałd is known due to its place of pilgrimage. After the convent of Łąki was closed, Gietrzwałd became a target for its pilgrims. The convent of Łąki, standing on the shores of Drwęca river near the city of Nowe Miasto, used to have a figure of Holy Mary, which was crowned in 1752.
Since the Middle Ages this famous Marian sanctuary has been attracting pilgrims not only from Prussia and Warmia but also from far away regions of Poland. The basilica is also a historic monument of outstanding value listed as one of the most magnificent objects of late Baroque in Poland.
The Lake district of Iława constitutes a precious fragment of the Green Lungs of Poland. Many unique species of animals and plants which can be found here, and interesting landform features make from this place one of the most beautiful areas of our country.
The remains of the former Führerhauptquartier are located in the middle of Masuria and are overgrown by forests. The complex is a hidden town in this thickly wooded area featuring 200 buildings such as bunkers, barracks, 2 airports, an energy plant, a train station, conditioning devices, water works, heating plants and two teleprinter terminals.
Are there any mountains in Western Mazuria? Yes there are! Tourists call the Wzgórza Dylewskie Landscape Preserving Park the mazurian mountains. The highest venue (312 metres above sea level) in the park, The Dylewska Mountain, is situated in the village Wysoka Wieś. At its top there is a look-out and the origin of a nature trail.