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Top Choice Museum in The Great Masurian Lakes

Wolf's Lair

Hidden in thick forest near the hamlet of Gierłoż, 8km east of Kętrzyn, is one of Poland’s eeriest historical relics – 18 overgrown hectares of huge, partly destroyed concrete bunkers. This was Hitler’s main headqua…
Fortress in Giżycko

Boyen Fortress

The Boyen Fortress was built between 1844 and 1856 to protect the kingdom’s border with Russia, and was named after the then Prussian minister of war, General Hermann von Boyen. Since the frontier ran north−south al…
Bridge in Giżycko

Rotary Bridge

Giżycko’s working rotary bridge was built in 1889 and is the only one of its kind in the country. Despite weighing more than 100 tonnes, it can be turned by one person, and is opened six times daily to allow boats t…
Castle in Kętrzyn

Castle

Kętrzyn’s Teutonic past lives on in the form of its mid-14th-century brick castle on the southern edge of the town centre. Today the building is home to the disappointingly scrappy Regional Museum, which displays ex…
International in Giżycko

Grota

Restaurants on the marina may draw crowds with their lake-front views, but Grota gets the locals’ vote for its food. Wood-oven-baked pizzas and a mix of Polish and German cuisine fill the menu, and there’s canalside…
Historic Building in Giżycko

Water Tower

Built in 1900 in neo-Gothic style, Giżycko’s seven-storey Water Tower supplied the city with running water until 1997. Today the tall red-brick structure houses a cafe and memorabilia exhibition, but the main attrac…
Polish in Giżycko

Bar Hornet

The suitably yellow Hornet splits itself into two sections: a self-service cafeteria and a smarter sit-down restaurant. The only difference between them is the waiters, but it’s nice to have a choice! The food’s dec…
Polish in Mikołajki

Restauracja Prohibicja

Possibly Mikołajki’s best eating option has a stylishly done gangster-jazz theme. The walls are covered in pictures of famous silver-screen mobsters and celebrated jazz musicians doing their thing, as well as photos…
International in Giżycko

Kuchnia Świata

The best year-round place to eat in town, the ‘Cuisines of the World’ certainly lives up to its name, with countless reminders of the culinary world you’ve left behind, such as king prawns, Greek salads and Chinese …
Church in Kętrzyn

St George’s Church

With its squat, square tower, the Gothic church looks like the town’s second fortress from a distance. Its interior has furnishings and decoration dating from various periods, indicating a number of alterations over…