Masurian Lake District

The Masurian Lake District (Polish Masurian Pojezierze ) is a lake landscape in north-eastern Poland in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship.


The Lake District is located in the southwestern part of the Baltic country back. It consists of a large number of lakes in a glacial moraine. Characteristic of this landscape are glacial troughs between the hills, formed by the erosive action of meltwater during the melting of the glaciers, and later took up the lakes. The Lake District has a size of about 1700 km ². Development History and scenic lakes similar plates are the Finnish, the Pomeranian and the Mecklenburg Lake District and the Holstein Switzerland.


The two largest lakes in the Masurian Lake District are the Spirdingsee ( Jezioro Śniardwy; 113.8 km ² ) and the Mauersee ( Jezioro Mamry, 104 km ²). All lakes together occupy an area percentage of 7% of the area. There are about 2700 lakes with a size of about one hectare. Masuria is the largest freshwater reservoir in Poland. The highest mountains in the area are the core Höhe (312 m) southwest of the Lake District and the Seesker mountain ( 309 m) in the northeast in the Seesker heights. Important places are Węgorzewo ( Angerburg ) Giżycko ( Lötzen ) and Mikolajki ( Aiken ). About 40 percent of the Masurian Lake District are protected. The reserve to the Luknajno Lake near Mikołajki in which the largest Polish Mute Swan colony lives, is a Biosphere Reserve under the special protection of UNESCO. The 100 kilometer long river stereocam also has the status of a reserve. On the river, which connects many lakes with each other, kayak or canoe tours can take.

A significant knowledge of the Masurian Lakes was the writer Fritz Skowronnek.

Canals and waterways

Many of the lakes are connected by channels such as the Elblag canal; the channel Talcki connects the Jezioro Tałty with the Jezioro Tałtowisko. About it you can navigate large parts of the Lake District to the Baltic Sea. The Lake District is one of the main target areas of tourism in Poland with a variety of swimming holes, fishing, mooring, developed bike trails, camping facilities, hotels and restaurants.

To secure the waterway a storm warning system was set up in 2011 at the water route, with the water sports can be alerted to bad weather conditions.