About the region
The Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, with its capital in Olsztyn, is located in north-eastern Poland and borders Russia to the North, and four voivodeships on the Polish side: Podlaskie, Mazowieckie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Pomorskie.
Warmia and Masuria is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, work and duties. This is a place where you should put your phone aside and re-establish a bond with nature, listen to the sounds of nature and be with your thoughts.
No crowds, relaxation in the bosom of nature and … lakes …
- Business tourism in Masuria
Most Poles associate Masuria with leisure, but in recent years the Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodship has enjoyed growing popularity not only among tourists, but also businessmen. The region focuses not only on the development of traditional leisure tourism, but also business tourism. In the off-season, the local hotels fill up with conference and congress guests. Many companies decide to organize an incentive or integration trip in the region. For this reason, in addition to typical leisure facilities, numerous Warmian-Masurian conference centers are being created, which offer space for the organization of training or other events.
The possibility of contact with nature and a wide range of activities are the reasons why many institutions decide to organize business, scientific or medical conferences in Masuria – this way, they provide participants with a few hours or days of relaxation in an unpolluted environment.
It is a real paradise for travellers of all ages and individual preferences. Sailing enthusiasts will let themselves be carried away by the winds, and the canoeing trip will definitely be remembered by participants for a long time. Tourists will be interested in the Gothic Castles Trail or charming towns.
Hotels and conference rooms in Masuria are as good as the most modern and comfortable in large cities ones. Among the lakes, forests and gardens, where the microclimate is conducive to relaxation, you can find places where all the senses can relax. Many facilities offer a wide range of spa treatments.
Below is a list of the most popular hotels with conference facilities. Some of them are located in historic spaces, such as the Ryn Castle or the Klekotki Mill.
- Hotel Ireny Eris Wzgórza Dylewskie 5*****
- Hotel Mkołajki 5*****
- Natural Ekologiczny Hotel z plażą na wyspie
- Zamek Ryn 4****
- Pałac Mortęgi Hotel & SPA 4 ****
- Hotel Robert’s Port 4****
- Przystań Hotel & SPA; Hotel Mrągowo Resort & Spa 4****
- Hotel St. Bruno 4****
- Hotel Willa Port Art & Business 4**** Elbląg
- Hotel Mazury Golf & Country Club; Centrum Konferencyjno-Rekreacyjne Mercedes Club Mrągowo
- Pałac i Folwark Galiny Klekotki Conference & SPA
- Hotel Tajty3***
- Dworek Wapionka 3*** Mazurski Raj Hotel Marina & SPA
- Kadyny Folwark Hotel & Spa 3***
- Hotel Ognisty Ptak 3***
- Mikołajki Resort & SPA 3***
- Hotel Star Dadaj *** Resort & Spa na Mazurach3***
- Warmiński Hotel & Conference 3***
- Hotel Gołębiewski w Mikołajkach 3***
Conference and business venues
The development of business tourism, including the conference industry, is one of the goals of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship development strategy – many hotels and training centres could modernize and invest in conference room equipment thanks to co-financing from regional European Union funds. Full conference rooms in Masuria translate into greater income of the region from taxes and, above all, more work for the inhabitants of the towns where the conferences are held.
One of the most original places for organizing a conference is the Wolf’s Lair located in the woods next to Kętrzyn – the ruins of Adolf Hitler’s war headquarters. In the masked headquarters, you can organize a conference for up to 200 people (it can also accommodate 55 guests).
Dzyndzałki with hreczka ( sort of dumplings with buckwheat), plińce with pomoćka szmurkul, and Masurian cobblestone for dessert. The cuisine of Warmia and Mazury combines the flavors of Old Polish, German and borderland cuisine. It is delicious, natural and simple, and full of flavor.
- A fish from under the ice
In Masuria you will try smelt – tiny fish that are difficult to taste elsewhere. Its fishing is carried out only in winter, when the Masurian lakes are bound by ice. We can try this Masurian delicacy in the form of a crispy miller’s smelt basking in sauces, or accompanied by salads, cheese toast and mayonnaise sauce or with salads.
- The Potato Kingdom
Warmia and Mazury is a beautiful region and has long been rich in potatoes. The local housewives were able to conjure up a sophisticated dinner and sweet dessert.” Plińce z pomoćka” are hashbrowns with a fluffy mass of cottage cheese and cream.
- Masurian desserts
During the Christmas season, the table is ruled by cobblestone, a type of gingerbread, but it differs from traditional one. It took its name from the fact that its top layer consists of small, tightly adjoining paving stones.
Talking about the sweets we cannot forget about the “sękacz”. Its ingredients are: real country eggs, plain butter and good flour. It is baked on a fire, and two specialists for an hour and a half carefully turn and pour over the dough to obtain a cake weighing over 3 kg, the taste of which is unique.
The most interesting attractions
The capital of the region, a city with a soul, where history is intertwined with modernity. While in Olsztyn, it is impossible not to visit Nicolaus Copernicus. It was in the Olsztyn castle that the astronomer wrote the first two chapters “On the revolutions of the celestial spheres. The Gothic castle dates back to the 14th century and now houses the Museum of Warmia and Mazury. The obligatory point of the trip is a photo with Copernicus, near the entrance to the castle there is a monument to the astronomer in the form of a bench.
- The Elbląg Canal
One of the world’s most amazing channels. The 84 km long route connecting Ostróda with Elbląg is not only the longest artificial waterway in Poland, it is a real masterpiece of 19th-century technical thought. The difference in levels along the entire route is as much as 103 m, and ships and boats have to overcome a complex system of locks and slipways. Especially the latter are impressive – the units influence special movable platforms, then they leave the water and move on … on the grass.
- Wolf’s Lair
More than 800 days – that is how long Adolf Hitler spent in his main war headquarters, hidden among dense forests near the village of Gierłoż, about 8 km from Kętrzyn. The commander of Nazi Germany stayed here (with a few breaks) from June 1941 to November 1944. A real secret city was built especially for him, consisting of nearly 200 buildings, including as many as 50 bunkers. Here, the Fuhrer made key decisions about the fate of World War II. When the defeat of Germany was imminent, the Nazis decided to withdraw and blow everything up. That is why today the Wolf’s Lair consists mainly of huge stretches of concrete ruins scattered among the greenery, which bear a shocking testimony to the power of the Third Reich – and remind us of its final fall.
- For ornithologists
Ornithological reserve on Lake Łuknajno. The reserve, included in the international network of biosphere reserves under the aegis of UNESCO, is one of the largest refuges of mute swans not only in our country, but also in the whole of Europe. It is enough to put on rubber boots, equip yourself with binoculars and climb one of the local observation towers – watching the dignified birds from the ducklings family provides many unforgettable impressions.
The ideas for incentives in Masuria
Masuria can charm everyone who visits there, numerous hotels offer a number of activities:
- Sailing, canoeing, cycling, birdwatching, mushroom picking or just blissful laziness by the water are among the ideal offers.
- The offer of attractions also includes windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing, horse riding, bicycle paths, and walks.
- Hotels provide sports facilities for active people, and for those wanting to relax-sunbeds, beaches and a wide range of spa treatments.
- There are also food and cooking workshops organized by hotels for culinary enthusiasts.
- Numerous castles in the region are an ideal environment for organizing unusual sightseeing in the form of a field game.