Danzig, Marienburg and Masurian Lakescape
Town stories in Danzig and Warsaw, cultural stories in Marienburg and Rastenburg and landscape stories in Ermland and Masuren are waiting for interested listeners and curious observers. You will definitely get to know quite a lot about land and people! And the nature? You will experience this unique landscape on wonderful bike paths, during boat trips and on a canoe tour. Take yourself enough time to discover this wonderful country as well as for relaxation.
1. day Danzig Arrival
At 2:30 p.m you catch up with the tour guide at the hotel in Danzig. After that it will start your tour by feet through the exemplary restored Old Town.
2. day Elblag (Elbing), 55 km
After breakfast you get to Malbork (Marienburg) by train. There is enough time for an ample visit of the mightful fortification from the middle ages and afterwards you continue your bike tour to Elblag (Elbing).
3. day Frombork approx. 40km
Today's bike tour leads you to Frombork with it's famous dome. Enjoy the view over the Vistula Lagoon. Your accommodation will be in Frombork tonight.
4. day Lidzbark Warminski (Heilsberg) approx. 50 km
On the longest stage of your tour you cycle through the Ermland to Lizbark Warminski. You will see the castle of the former Ermland bishops and parts of the old fortification from the time when knights of the german order ruled this part of Poland.
5. day Ketrzyn (Rastenburg), 72 km
Today the silence will just be cut in by the clattering of storks. You cycle through picturesque villages in Eastern direction to Ketrzyn (Rastenburg). Herer you can visit a gothic castle from the second half of the 14th century.
6. day Wilkasy (Wilkassen) approx. 60 km
You drive over Gierloz, where you can visit the remains of the 'Wolfsschanze', Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia. Here failed on 20.07.1944 the assassination of the group around Count von Stauffenberg. The following bike tour leads to Wilkasy near Gizycko, the 'capital of Masuria'.
7. day Wilkasy, approx. 50 km or rest day
Today you have the choice! You can do a very scenic bike ride around numerous lakes in the Gizycko area, or just relax, bathe, swim or visit Boyen Fortress.
8. day Mikolajki (Nikolaiken) 10 - 50 km
Delight yourself on a great boat trip through the lakes of Masuren to Mikolajki (3 hrs, Euro 20,- payable on site). You can also do a 48 km bike tour, but you have to be aware of some traffic on the route. Mikolajki is a well known centre for all kinds of water sports. Here you still have enough time to discover town and harbour before you cycle the last kilometers to your hotel.
9. day circle tour Krutyn and canoe tour 25 km
A round trip leads you through beautiful nature reserves and to Krutynia river. Here a special experience awaits you: a canoe tour on the crystal clear river (no special knowledge necessary). It's the most beautiful river in Masuren (Euro 10,- per boat). You will spend the evening close to Nikolaiken again.
10. day Warsaw departure
After breakfast a bus transfer brings you to Warsaw. On a 2 hours guided tour you will visit the historic city centre. Your journey ends at Warsaw central station at about 4 pm.
Since the route descriptions indicate the mileage, we recommend that you bring your own speedometer. This allows you a smooth course of the bike tour. But you can also borrow a good speedometer against payment: 10 Euro / speedometer (together with the assembly). Please be sure to note when ypo book your tour.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
05.06. – 14.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- typical polish hotels, 2 or 3-stars category
- 9 dinner
- guided city tour in Danzig and Warsaw
- train and boat transfers
- visits and admission and transfers according to program
- maps and tour information
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your Gdansk, Marienburg and Masurian Lakescape Tour
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival to Gdansk
If you are traveling to Poland, it is advisable to travel by train from Berlin. From Berlin (main station, east train station) there are several daily trains to Warsaw, from where you can travel to Gdansk. There are also several train connections from other German cities. Find out about Deutsche Bahn at www.bahn.de The airport in Gdansk-Rebiechowo is about 10 km from the center. From the airport you can take the taxi 9686 (City Plus Taxi) to the hotel (about 20 minutes, cost about 70 PLN).
Departure from Warsaw
The journey ends at Warsaw Central Station at around 4 pm. From Warsaw you have good train connections to Berlin. If you have a longer return journey, an extra night in Warsaw is recommended.
There are direct flights from Warsaw to Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt. The companies fly daily: LOT (Polish Airlines) www.lot.com and Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com. Also recommended is Eurowings www.eurowings.com.
Warszawa-Okecie Airport is about 10 km from the center. It is with shuttle service (bus No. 175 stops, inter alia, at the train station, in the old town, about 20-30 minutes, about 4.4 PLN) or taxi to reach quickly (recommended are the following taxi companies: ECO TAXI, City Taxi and ELE TAXI). A direct and comfortable train connection is also available directly from Warsaw Central Station.
The journey takes about 20 minutes. There are several connections per hour. The MODLIN Airport near Warsaw www.modlinairport.pl can be reached from Warsaw either by bus www.modlinbus.pl or by train www.mazowieckie.com.pl.
Condition of cycle paths
The tour runs in different landscapes. Around Malbork and in the highlands, the land is rather shallow (the area is below sea level). Slightly hilly and with gentle gradients (at Elbinger Höhe and in Masuria up to 150 meters) run the other sections of the tour. You cycle mostly on side roads, which can also be busy on shorter sections, but also on sandy roads, field, forest and partly cobblestone roads.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed or 6-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 18-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All bikes are equipped with luggage bag.
The currency in Poland is the zloty (also abbreviation PLN used), 1 zloty = 100 grosz. In Poland, banks, major hotels and exchange offices (Polish: Kantor) each have money.
The exchange offices often offer a cheaper exchange rate. No obligation exchange at the border. Foreign currencies can be carried unlimited. In many hotels, restaurants and large shops, credit cards are accepted. American Express, EuroCard, MasterCard etc. accepted. Acceptance of credit cards is indicated by emblems. However, we recommend that you bring enough cash for your daily needs as this is less complicated.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Like a mini-state all to itself, Gdańsk has a unique feel that sets it apart from the other cities in Poland. Centuries of maritime ebb and flow as a port city; streets of distinctively un-Polish architecture influenced by a united nations of wealthy merchants who shaped the city’s past; the to-ing and fro-ing of Danzig/Gdańsk between Teutonic Prussia and Slavic Poland; and the destruction of WWII have all bequeathed this grand old dame a special atmosphere that millions of tourists now come to enjoy.
Danzig, main city
The Main City is the most representative part of Gdańsk. Reconstructed after it was demolished during WWII, this precious architectonical complex proves the past golden era of Gdańsk as the wealthiest city in the Republic of Poland in the 16th and 17th Centuries, a huge commercial, scientific and cultural centre of contemporary Europe. The wealth of the old Gdańska is proven by outstanding pieces of architecture such as the City Hall, St. Mary’s Church, the Arthus Court and the Golden Gate. Today the inner city attracts large number of tourists who want to enjoy the magic of this city.
St Mary’s Church, Gdańsk
Dominating the heart of the Main Town, St Mary’s is often cited as the largest brick church in the world. Some 105m long and 66m wide at the transept, its massive squat tower climbs 78m high into the Gdańsk cityscape. Begun in 1343, St Mary’s didn’t reach its present proportions until 1502. Don't miss the 15th-century astronomical clock, placed in the northern transept, and the church tower (405 steps above the city).
Main Town Hall, Gdańsk
The Town Hall spire, with a golden replica of King Zygmunt August on its pinnacle, dominates ul. Długa's skyline. Built in the late 14th century as the seat of city authorities, the Town Hall hosted many Polish kings. It was almost completely destroyed during WWII but rebuilt with extraordinary care. The tower contains a 37-bell clarion which was inaugurated on New Year's Eve 2000. The interior of the building, home to Gdańsk History Museum today, is lushly decorated with painted ceilings, colourful frescoes and elaborate furniture and carvings.
Malbork – a scenic city on the River Nogat, famous around the world for its gigantic Teutonic castle. Its breath-taking panorama draws tourists like a magnet and invites them to stay longer. The castle can be viewed at various times of the day and from various angles. Malbork was granted incorporation charter in 1286. The Town Hall in the Old Town, John the Baptist Church and a defensive wall complex with Garncarska Gate and Mariacka Gate were built south of the castle area. The medieval castle is evidently the city’s landmark, yet Malbork has much more to offer to tourists at all ages.
Tucked away on the northeast edge of coastal Poland, just a few kilometres shy of Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave. Its impressive walled complex overlooking the tranquil town and the water beyond is what people come to see, and the town makes for an enjoyable day trip from Elbląg or even Gdańsk if you plan things right.
Pilgrimage Święta Lipka
Swieta Lipka (Heiligelinde) is a small village surrounded by forests and lakes in Mazury region, northern Poland. It is known for Poland’s oldest Marian sanctuary which has been attracting pilgrims since the Middle Ages. The church is also a historic monument of outstanding value listed as one of the most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture in Poland. It enchants with its beautiful interior with rich décor and a unique 18th-century organ with moving figurines and bells. The importance and popularity of Swieta Lipka can be shown by the fact that it is sometimes called “Czestochowa of the North”.
Wolf's Lair, Polish: Wilczy Szaniec was Adolf Hitler's first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex, which became one of several Führer Headquarters in various parts of eastern Europe, was built for the start of Operation Barbarossa – the invasion of the Soviet Union – in 1941. The top secret, high security site was in the Masurian woods about 8 km east of the small East Prussian town of Rastenburg (now Kętrzyn, Poland). Three security zones surrounded the central complex where the Führer's bunker was located. These were guarded by personnel from the SS Reichssicherheitsdienst and the Wehrmacht's armoured Führerbegleitbrigade. Despite the security, the most notable assassination attempt against Hitler was made at the Wolf's Lair on 20 July 1944. Hitler first arrived at the headquarters on 23 June 1941. In total, he spent more than 800 days at the Wolfsschanze during a 3½-year period until his final departure on 20 November 1944. In mid-1944, work began to enlarge and reinforce many of the Wolf's Lair original buildings. The work was never completed because of the rapid advance of the Red Army during the Baltic Offensive in late 1944. On 25 January 1945, the complex was blown up and abandoned 48 hours before the arrival of Soviet forces.
Great Masurian Lakes
The Land of the Great Masurian Lakes is a lake district located in northeastern Poland. It was shaped by the Pleistocene ice age and occupies an area of 52,000 km2. Region of Masuria contains over 4,000 lakes and it’s widely known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes. The largest lake is Sniardwy (114 km2) and the deepest – Czarna Hancza (108 m). Most of lakes are linked with rivers and canals forming very good conditions for sailing. This is a sailing paradise but it’s also a perfect area for cycling, hiking, fishing, kayaking and discovering historical highlights.
Canoe Trail on the River Krutynia
It is one of the most stunning waterways in Europe. The varied route, measuring some 100km, is one of the largest “active” attractions of the Masurian Landscape Park. The Krutynia trail is considered one of the most beautiful water routes in Europe. It is very interesting and varied not only does it pass through the Piska Forest, but also from the Mokre Lake through the Mazury Landscape Park which was created in December 1977. The River Krutynia has a cult status for kayakers as the venue for organising the most picturesque kayak safaris and attracting thousands of tourists each year.
Warsaw, Old Town
Walking the streets of the Old Town and New Town allows you to rest from the bustle of central city life. Atmospheric alleys, squares, and cosy cafés create a unique sense of history, and in the summer, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries.