The Land of a Thousand Lakes is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. For the Poles, houseboats are an essential part of their lifestyle. Yet the region is still relatively unknown to skippers. Go on a houseboat holiday to its northern part, which will surprise you with its unspoilt nature, rich folklore, history and diversity that you won't find elsewhere in Europe.
Paradise in northern Poland
Those who love nature and holidays in the middle of peaceful landscapes prefer to go to the Masurian Lakes in Poland. The 25 large lakes connected by canals, rivers and bays offer everything a boat enthusiast could wish for. Captains and their crews most often head either south to Lake Śniardwy or north to Lake Mamry. In the south, don't miss Mikolajki, the so-called Venice of Masuria, where in summer you will find plenty of boats and a particularly charming promenade.
The area to the south is flatter and sandier, away from the big cities and less light pollution at night, so you can watch the night sky undisturbed. In contrast, the waterways in the north are surrounded by mixed forests and fertile soil. Here you can also admire the magnificent Prussian mansions. The centre of the region is the town of Giżycko, which is considered the capital of water sports and its foundations date back to 1340, when it was founded by the Crusaders.
The town of Ruciane-Nida in Masuria
What can such a cruise on the Masurian Lakes look like? Watch the video:
In Poland, you don't have to relax only at the Masurian Lakes, we also recommend you weigh anchor in Pomerania. Your starting point for exploring this region is the town of Rybina, from which it's not far to Gdańsk. Other unique cities in the province include Gdynia and Sopot. In addition to the fabulous cities, you will be captivated by the beautiful local nature. This part of Poland is also sometimes called "Little Holland".
Who will enjoy a houseboat holiday in Poland?
- Families with children. Even smaller crew members will enjoy Poland. The area offers a wide range of activities that will keep the kids from getting bored.
- Swimmers. Jump the dart into the water straight from the deck of the houseboat! Polish lakes are perfect for swimming.
- Fishermen. Did you know that you can pull salmon, catfish and other fish out of Polish waters? Definitely take your fishing rod with you!
- History lovers. Those of you who like to spend their free time reminiscing about times long gone by will find yourselves in Pomerania, especially in the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
- Calm types. Everyone will find their own quiet piece of nature on the vast expanses of water where they can relax undisturbed.
- Traditionalists. Are you not one of those people who seek exotic experiences, but like the tried and tested certainties? You'll love Poland — it's close, they have good beer and you can speak Czech.
- Foodies. Even if it doesn't seem like it at first glance, you'll enjoy the cuisine in Poland. Order bigos, žurek or fresh fish prepared in a million ways.
- Water sports enthusiasts. Whatever water sport you want to try, in northern Poland your dreams will become reality.
- Observers. Wild ducks, lynx, deer, wolves, wild boar or beavers. All these representatives of the animal kingdom have a home in the north of Poland.