Welcome to Giżycko
Masurian Lake District – New7Wonders of Natury
Welcome to Giżycko – the heart of the Land of the Great Mazurian Lakes
Giżycko is the largest town on the trail of the Great Mazurian Lakes. It is situated on a narrow pass between lakes Niegocin and Kisajno, in one of the most attractive regions of Poland, and perhaps Europe, as well.
Giżycko is truly part of “the land of a thousand lakes”, whose greatest attraction is nature. There are over 100 lakes around Giżycko. They surround it on all sides: Lake Niegocin (seventh largest in Poland with 26 km2) in the south, Lake Mamry (second largest in Poland with 104.5 km2 and up to 43.8 m deep) in the north, Lake Tajty in the west, and Lakes Wojnowskie and Grajewko. Niegocin and Kisajno (comprising Lake Mamry) are connected with two canals. The Giżycki (Łuczański) Canal, 2.13 km long and 1.9 m deep, dug in 1772 as the first of the eight canals connecting the Great Mazurian Lakes, runs through the very town. The Wilkaski Canal passes the town in the south-west, connecting Lakes Niegocin and Tajty with Lake Mamry. For this reason, a part of Giżycko is, in fact, an island. Within the town limits, there are also Lakes Popówka Mała and Popówka Duża.
The town at Lake Niegocin is the centre of water tourism and iceboating. The extensive water surface and flat banks provide excellent conditions for sailing. The lakes are full of white and multi-coloured sails, yachts, kayaks, water-cycles, and numerous windsurfers. Frequent sailing events and races are organised in the summer, and iceboating competitions in the winter. The town is a water trail hub. From here, one can set off to the south through Mikołajki to Ruciane-Nida and to the north to Węgorzewo. There are numerous marinas and white fleet ports on lake banks. Individual tourists and groups can board any of the Mazurian Fleet and privately-owned pleasure cruisers.
Giżycko is one of Poland’s largest holiday and tourist resorts, and thanks to its popularity among tourists, it has been dubbed “the summer capital of Poland.” Guest are awaited by the many restaurants and cafes, accommodation suited to every budget with hotels, guesthouses, holiday centres, campsites and holiday houses as well as a rich infrastructure for sports and leisure.
The appealing natural surroundings provide an ideal base for all forms of active recreation, and particularly cycling and canoeing, walking, excursions, jogging, horse riding, mushroom picking and fishing. What is definitely a unique attraction are the beavers residing in Borecki Forest. One can meet them eye to eye at the exhibition enclosure in Wolisko.
Only in Giżycko can you get the real taste of Mazuria!
Welcome to Giżycko – the heart of the Masurian Lake District .PDF
Giżycko. A walk around the town .PDF
The BOYEN FORTRESS of Giżycko .PDF