There is a peaceful land where time stops. Where you wake up to the sound of leaves dancing with the wind. Where you fall asleep hearing chortling frogs competing with chirping birds. Where before breakfast you go to your neighbour to get fresh milk and eggs from their farm. Where you keep getting lost in the tall grass of colorful meadows and you never get enough. Where in the evening you stand on the hill and admire the pinkish Sun slowly hiding from the Moon.
The green lungs of Poland, Masurian Lake District (in Polish called Mazury), the wonder of nature. The cleanest region in Poland. A place where my heart always leads me to and every single thing I see, a moment I cherish, begs a photo.
When to go there glamping, camping or backpacking?
I would say that you should go there somewhere between June and August. The weather is beautiful, it’s sunny and the forests are so green! Bear in mind that this is the high season and bigger cities can be crowded.
For fans of winter and snow I’d suggest December to February. Remember that people can be more sluggish during this period and there’s not many things to do. You won’t be able to swim but you can ice-skate instead. Don’t forget some warm clothes as it gets quite chilly at night.
Where to camp, stay or park your van?
The Masuria region is pretty safe and calm and so are the camp sites. All camp sites in Poland have basic facilities and are usually situated among beautiful landscapes. Here are some of the most popular places for camping:
You can also book your stay via AirBnb! I think it’s a very good option to stay with the locals (why? See here!)
An interesting fact is that in Poland glamping has become more popular in the past years. Glamping is a kind of camping in nature but in a glamourous way. You don’t simply sleep in a small tent, you sleep in a luxurious, spacious one instead! Why all that? To stay close to nature but in better conditions.
How to get to Mazury?
I’d strongly suggest a road trip as the landscapes and the curvy roads are stunning. I have been to Masuria literally hundreds of times and I can never get enough of this place. Each time we go, I walk the same paths, eat the same things, see the same forests, yet it is always unique and magical. Each sunset is breathtaking, each morning is refreshing, and each night is peaceful.
If you don’t drive or don’t have much time to spend on the road, the easiest way to get there would be to go by plane to Gdańsk or Warsaw (depending to which part of this region you’re going.) Then you can take a bus, the public transport routes are fairly well developed in the area.
Buses to the smallest villages go only twice a day so it’s good to have a bike. A strong flashlight is a must!
How much will I spend on a trip to Masurian Lake District?
Good news guys!
Mazury is the cheapest region in Poland.
A room in a guest house: 7-15 EUR
A room in a hotel: 30 EUR
Local beer: 0.75 EUR
A decent dinner in a Polish-style restaurant: 5-10 EUR
Fans of glamping and luxurious spa resorts who want to pamper themselves will also find something interesting in Mazury. There are lots of chic places of that kind, just google spas in this region.
Check my guest post about the Mazury for vanlifers on Westfalia Digital Nomads.
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