On the trail in the Great Masurian Lakes

As the majority of them are interconnected by a network of rivers and canals, the Great Masurian Lakes can be travelled across without ever leaving one’s kayak or sailing boat.

This water route, Europe’s longest, is known as the Trail of the Great Lakes. It can be entered from the marinas of Mikolajki, Ruciane-Nida or Wegorzewo. This excursion requires a welltrained team, good boat and fair winds. Only then you can navigate to heart’s content. This trip on the lakes may become more like an adventure at sea, as it takes a 100-kilometre cruise in continuously changing landscapes, rivers and lakes, reaching at the end the largest Polish lake.

Poland’s deepest lake, Lake Czarna Hancza (108 m) issues forth a river, which, together with the Augustow Canal, creates an 80-kilometre long route with more than 18 locks and running amidst the most beautiful natural scenery.

A cruise along the Elblag Canal can be very exciting. Built some 150 years ago, this 62-kilometre long canal is still admired for the sophisticated technology and perfect workmanship. It has two locks and five original slipways which help carry heavy boats across dry land on railmounted trolleys to bridge the gap between waterways on different levels. At one point the difference in height is as much as 25 metres.

After an enjoyable cruise, stop for a rest in one of many Masuria country inns and sample the European white fish, which, according to the locals, tastes better than anywhere else in Europe.