Mikołajki

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Boat tourism on the lake at Mikołajki

Distance

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Ryn
17 km,
Ruciane-Nida
23 km, 27 km,
Orzysz
33 km, 40 km SE, 66 km NE, 70 km SV, 90 km SE

Population

4.000 (2001)

Location and history

Mikołajki is located in the area called “Land of the Great Masurian Lakes”. The small town is located on both sides of the estuary connecting the two lakes: Lake Mikołajskie (500 ha) and Lake Tałty (782 ha). Lake Mikołajskie has a direct, natural connection with Lake ardniardwy (10,970 ha), the largest lake in Poland. You can also get to Mikołajki by waterway, namely from Giżycko, Ryn, Ruciane-Nida and Pisz.

Where Mikołajki now lies, in the very oldest, ancient Prussian period, there was a settlement whose inhabitants were engaged in fishing, weaving, felling of trees and logging. Mikołajki is first mentioned in historical documents in 1444. At that time, a certain Wawrzyniec Pruss of the Grand Knight of the Crusader Order, Konrad von Erlichshausen, was awarded a piece of land near the church village of Mikołajki.

The name of the village comes from the name of the patron of the church, Saint Nicholas. During the time under Prussia, the city's name was Nikolaiken. Saint Nicholas (in Polish: Mikołaj) was a patron of sailors and waterways, and his name was thus associated with this initially modest, Masurian village. By 1726, the city had grown so much in importance that it was granted the market town rights of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I.

Tourist attractions

The city's main tourist attraction is without a doubt the rich opportunities for water sports of all kinds. a very good sailboat harbor, which, in conjunction with the many taverns and cafes by the boat docks and the cozy atmosphere of the city, attracts numerous sailing sportsmen and other tourists from home and abroad. Tourists arriving without their own boat can choose between several, short and longer excursions aboard the passenger boats sailing to Giżycko, Ryn and Węgorzewo.

Other attractions include:
The evangelical chapel, now the Roman Catholic parish church, from 1910.
The evangelical church complex from the 19th century.
The cemetery chapel from the 19th century.

Residential houses on the streets of Kajki, Kolejowa, Mrągowska, Okrężna, Kowalska, Plac Wolności, Plac Kościelny.
The evangelical and Jewish cemeteries
Furthermore: the gas station, the railway station, the mill complex, the old school and the railway and pedestrian bridge.

Surrounding Area

The reserve at Lake Łuknajno.
sanctuary “Jezioro Łuknajno” has been subject to conservation regulations since 1937. After the war, in 1947, the area was recognized as a bird sanctuary. In 1977, this reserve was incorporated into the international network of biosphere reserves under UNESCO’s board.

One year later, the reserve was recognized as an important habitat for waterfowl under the RAMSAR Convention. sanctuary “Luknajno Lake” is almost 710 ha and is located approx. 5 km east of Mikolajki. The reserve includes the largest collection of bud swans in Poland; up to 2,500 of these birds have been counted.

Only a few kilometers from Mikołajki, there are a number of natural areas that are unique in terms of flora and fauna, namely in the nearby “Masurian Landscape Park”.


From the marina of Mikołajki

Accommodation

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In relation to the size of the city, Mikołajki has a very large number of accommodation options; not least there are many guest houses, but there is also no shortage of hotels and campsites. There are also several hotels, private rooms, campsites and farm holiday opportunities (agrotourism).

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