New flights to Masuria: Discover the region of a thousand lakes with Sprint Air14.01.2016
Lakes, rivers, great forests, and rolling hills in a region with more than 3,000 lakes provide the ideal setting for canoe and hiking trips. The Masuria region, called Mazury in Polish, is Poland’s most popular and well-known holiday region.
The eastern part of the province – called a voivodeship – is dominated by the vast Masurian Lake District. It was formed during the last ice age, approximately 10,000 years ago. More than 2,700 of the lakes are bigger than one square kilometre, and most are connected by waterways totalling 200 km in length. Water sports enthusiasts will find everything their hearts desire, from sailing to kayaking and angling.
The village of Krutyń, situated to the west of the Great Masurian Lakes, is the centre for kayaking in the unspoilt landscape of the Krutynia valley.
Giżycko is the summer capital of Masuria and one of the major sailing centres in the region. Another important sailing centre is Mikołajki, idyllically situated between two lakes. The marina here was enlarged at the turn of the millennium and a new promenade was built on the shore of Lake Śniardwy.
The Masuria region covers the Polish part of former East Prussia. It has had a chequered history over the centuries, shaped by the conflicts between the Teutonic Order, the Kingdom of Poland, and the former Duchy of Prussia. Since the 18th century, this region and its vast number of lakes as a whole have been named after the Protestant settlers who came from Mazovia between the 15th and 18th centuries. Masuria is situated in the northeast of Poland and is now a part of the Province of Warmia-Masuria (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship).
For holidaymakers interested in history there is much to see:
One of the biggest marinas in the region was built in Sztynort, around 20 km north of Giżycko. A baroque palace built 1689-1695 is located here on a picturesque peninsula between Lake Mamry and Lake Dargin and is the former seat of the von Lehndorff family.
Around 15 km to the north of Kętrzyn is one of the most beautiful and biggest palaces in Masuria. The baroque palace of the von Dönhoff family was completed in 1716. After the death of the last von Dönhoff, ownership was transferred to the Stolberg-Wernigerode family, whose coat of arms still adorns the entrance today.
Ryn, a holiday resort on the lake of the same name, is noted for its Gothic fortress built by an order of Teutonic Knights. The four-winged complex was built from 1377 and has intermittently served as a prison. Since 2006 it has accommodated a conference and spa hotel.
At the northern tip of Lake Mamry (105 sq. km) is the town of Węgorzewo. In its Museum of Folk Art, visitors can experience how the rural population of Masuria lived. The open-air museum, with its own ceramic and weaving workshops, artificial flower cottage industry, and smithy, lets visitors experience the exhibits close up and try various things out (Muzeum Kultury Ludowej, ul. Portowa 5).
The new Olsztyn-Mazury Airport was developed on the former Szymany military airport. This modern commercial airport has a terminal with a usable floor space of 6337 m². The Polish airline Sprint Air will begin serving a new flight connection from Berlin to the holiday region of Masuria from 21 January 2016. The connection to Olsztyn-Mazury Airport will be available on the flight schedule three times a week from Berlin Tegel. The airline will be operating Saab 340 aircraft with 33 or 34 seats on the route. Sprint Air has to date operated as a domestic charter and freight service provider for the Polish airline LOT.