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More Than Just Lakes
July 2, 2010   
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Warmia and Mazuria is a magnificent tourist destination and a region worth living in. As residents of this region, we are well aware that we live in a very special place, but the most important thing is that growing numbers of tourists from across Europe and elsewhere are also growing aware of Warmia and Mazuria’s unique value.

Few other places in the world have such an intriguing history and traditions and such beautiful nature, forests and lakes. While camping in a tent by a lake seems to be a less popular form of tourism these days, we still have plenty of camp sites for those who buck the trend and like to spend their free time in this way.

Tourism today is linked with enormous spending on environmental protection, infrastructure, security systems and college courses adapted to the needs of the labor market. Modern tourism is facilitated by fast telecommunications systems that enable tourists on the other side of the globe to sit back in front of their computers and book a vacation or a weekend at a Warmia and Mazuria hotel. This is how I understand opening our region to the world in this age of rapid development of technology. This is the direction we have planned for our region to take.

In addition to carrying out new investment projects, we have also been involved in an international campaign to promote the beauty of our region in the New7Wonders competition. The Mazurian Lake District is the only Polish entry in the competition. Nature is the treasure and hallmark of the region, which attracts millions of tourists every year. We have taken great care to protect our lakes and have built modern and environmentally friendly tourist infrastructure. We make sure that sailors and fans of water sports are safe and we have made every effort to radically improve the natural environment.

Warmia and Mazuria is more than just “a land of a thousand lakes.” The gem of the western part of the province is the Elbląg Canal, a wonder of architecture and technology. One day it will become a goldmine for local communities. We want to improve the condition of the canal bed and we have been working on a project called “The Ring of Żuławy” to link the local inland waterways, the delta of the Vistula River, and the Vistula Lagoon. Work is under way to open the E-70 International Waterway, which in the future will enable direct navigation to Warmia and Mazuria from western Europe—so it will be possible to set sail in Antwerp, Belgium and travel all the way to Klaipeda, Lithuania, via Berlin and Elbląg. The Elbląg Canal and the Vistula Lagoon are popular with thousands of water sports enthusiasts and many anglers come to our region for weekends.

We are carrying out all these projects together with other local governments, focusing on tourists who are rarely interested in where one province, county or community ends and another begins; all they want is to relax in an interesting and safe environment.

While losing nothing of its pristine natural beauty, Warmia and Mazuria is working hard to satisfy even the most demanding tourists. It does not matter if your idea of taking a vacation is about being in motion or just sitting back and relaxing. Whether you enjoy sailing, horse riding, canoeing, sleeping in a tent, searching for unique interiors and architecture, exploring new flavors and scents, or watching sunrises and sunsets, our region is just the right place for you, all year long.

Warmia and Mazuria is waiting for you!
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