Welcome to Augustów
The town itself has retained little historical character due to WWII – during a two-month battle in 1944, the town switched hands several times and much of it was destroyed. Its history, however, dates back to the time of King Zygmunt II August, who in 1557 founded the town and modestly named it after himself. Despite the strategic location, its development only really began in the 19th century after the construction of the canal bearing the town's name.
Today, Augustów has the aspirations of a posh resort town that are tempered by a somewhat shabby reality. It shakes off its winter torpor during the busy summer season, when it's a popular weekend escape from Warsaw.