The small but busy town of Węgorzewo (ven-go-zheh-vo) on Lake Mamry is the northernmost lakeside centre for both excursion boats and independent sailors. The main town itself isn’t quite on the lake shore but is linked to it by a 2km river canal.

It’s less overrun by tourists than its southern cousins, except on the first weekend of August, when the town hosts a large craft fair, attracting plenty of artisans from around the region and beyond.