Or maybe ... a holiday in Giżycko?

Or maybe ... a holiday in Giżycko?

GIŻYCKO - the capital of the Great Masurian Lakes Region , lies on a narrow isthmus between the lakes Niegocin and Kisajno . Within its borders there are two small lakes: Popówka Mała and Popówka Duży. Giżycko is the largest city and at the same time the main holiday and tourist center of the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes. There are 9 harbors in the city with approx. 600 berths, several beaches and places for fishing. Both on Niegocin and Kisajn there are guarded beaches. The shoreline of both adjacent lakes is almost 5 km long. There are over 100 lakes in the vicinity of the city , and thanks to the exceptionally favorable conditions for sailing, many water harbors and cyclical regatta events, Giżycko, with a population of around 30,000, is calledWater capital of Poland .

Part of the city lies on the so-called "Giżycka Island" , cut off by the following canals: Łuczański, Piękna Góra and Niegociński as well as the lakes Niegocin, Kisajno (part of Mamry) and Tajty. Giżycko is also the border between the wild north, dominated mainly by sailors, and the more motorboat south of the Great Masurian Lakes Trail, which is a unique opportunity to enjoy both types of rest on the water in one city.
The areas surrounding the city are perfect places for practicing all forms of active tourismNumerous bike, kayak and yacht rentals will fulfill the wishes of the most demanding customers. Amateurs of horse riding and diving will find conditions to pursue their passion, and instructors who will take care of their safety, and anglers will catch the fish of their lives here. In the evening, after an eventful day, in the picturesque scenery of the Boyen Fortress amphitheater, you can listen to a concert of your favorite artist or go to the bustling city beach , where Giżycko's social life focuses in summer.

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photo: Krzysztof Nowosielski

 The history of the city was often turbulent. While in Giżycko, it is worth seeing the wing of the Teutonic castle from the 14th century, take a walk along Pionierska Street, which was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and survived to this day without major changes, visit  the Evangelical church designed by the eminent architect Karol Fryderyk Schinkel, where every year there is the famous International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music . The operation of the 19th-century swing bridge on the Łuczański Canal is spectacular ,dug in 1772 as the first of eight canals connecting the great Masurian lakes. It is the only facility of this type in Poland, built on the Łuczański Canal to facilitate communication between the Boyen Fortress and the city. Its movable drawbridge span to the side, not upwards, is 20 m long, 8 m wide and weighs over 100 tons. It was and is turned by hand by one man. A characteristic and visible point of the city is the Water Tower from the end of the 19th century. The restored one is today a unique attraction of Giżycko and the best vantage point. There is also a local museum and cafe inside. Undoubtedly the biggest and very original attraction is the Boyen FortressIt is one of the best-preserved monuments of the 19th century defensive architecture in Poland. Today, the fortress serves as a summer entertainment center, where, in the picturesque scenery of the amphitheater, numerous concerts and festivals are organized that already have a reputation, such as the Sailing and Sea Song Festival "Szanties w Giżycko", which has been gathering loyal audiences for many years There is also a youth hostel, a museum, a motorcycle and scuba diving club in the fortress. Near the fortifications, there is the St. Bruno, the alleged place of the martyrdom of a missionary from Querfurt.


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Kanał i Rowery
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7 most interesting places in Giżycko

1. Boyen Fortress
2. Swivel bridge
3. Viewing tower
4. Pier and beach in Giżycko
5. St. Brunona
6. Pasaż Portowy
7. Port of passenger ships

7 most interesting hotels in Giżycko

1. St. Bruno
2. Masovia
3. Imperial
4. Giżycko
5. Wodnik
6. Masuria
7. Europe

7 best restaurants in Giżycko

1. Porto
2. Gray Heron
3. Cloud Brewery
4. Tavern Marina
5. Mousepad
6. Puzzle of Taste
7. Harbor