Poland

On the way to Lithuania

We left another lovely lake in Masuria to drive along the Russian border and into Lithuania. It was interesting to see such a remote area and the changes after we had crossed the border. We had spent the night at one of the wonderful lakes of Masuria near Mamerki. We found some wood and enjoyed …

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@ Wolfsschanze

The Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair), Hitlers main quarter during the last years of the war, was a strong contrast to the churches we had visited the same day. But first we went to a museum of military trucks and tanks to get into the right mood ūüėČ Russian KRAZ-255 B of 1982 – the right vehicle …

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Camino Polaco

We felt like on a pilgrimage, visiting 2 important churches on the camino to Santiago leading through the north of Poland. The first church was in Roszel (R√∂ssel) where a Gothic castle stands on a steep hill side above the river Sajna, built 1350‚ąí1401 by the Teutonic Order. It is now a hotel but the tower and the …

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Exploring Masuria

We were now in Masuria, the region in the northeast of Poland famous for its 2,000 lakes. And lakes we saw. Wherever you look, there is a lake – fascinating! We took the bikes to explore the area. We also noticed, that in this area the tarmac ends as soon as you leave the main roads. The dirt roads …

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Olsztyn

With Olsztyn (Allenstein) we had reached the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, an area we are going to explore more during the next days. But first we did a tour through town and visited an open air museum south of Olsztyn. Farmhouse from the 19th century From 1516 to 1521 Nicolaus Copernicus lived at the …

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Exploring Warmia

We were now in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship or province where we want to do some hiking. Here some impressions of our first tours. From Pieniezno (Mehlsack) we went on a hike along the valley of the Waltz (Walsch). We had found a beautiful private camping at this village and could start from there in the morning …

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Kopernik & Frombork

With Frombork we had reached the town where Nicolaus Copernicus (Kopernik in Polish) worked as a mathematician and astronomer. The famous church of Frombork was under big renovations, which will make it a great place to visit maybe next year ūüėČ Nikolaj Kopernik Frombork (Frauenburg) The brick Gothic cathedral was finished in 1388 and is …

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The Elblag Canal

Near Elblag a canal connects rivers and lakes to form a waterway once required to transport goods. The height difference couldn’t completely be solved with locks but instead inclined planes were installed where boats would be transported on carriages! We had to see that!! We started with the bikes just below one of the inclined …

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Malbork & the Teutonic Order

With Malbork we had reached the once very powerful headquarter of the Teutonic Order (Deutscher Orden) and its mighty fortress. We were very impressed by this huge and luxurious castle of some crusaders we had not really known much about before our visit to this area of Poland. Malbork Castle We had reached Malbork south …

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