ACTIVE RECREATION

There is life everywhere: around the lake, in the lake and above the lake!
It’s worth taking a boat at sunrise to see the first signs of birds, going for a walk or a peaceful bike ride.
And in the evening admire the forest, lake and clouds from a hot air balloon.

ROWBOATS, KAYAKS AND PEDALOS

Gil Wielki lake has a surface area of 539 hectares. It is perfect for a kayak trip. Along its eastern bank runs a kayak trail that leads to the Drwęckie lake, passing through the lake Iłga nature reserve. One can also take a trip to the northern part of the lake and stop off on one of the picturesque islands, or battle through the rushes to get to the wilder parts of the lake.
There is complete peace here, thanks to the ban on using motors on the lake. This is a big asset for fishermen, who like to use boats to fish for pike, perch and bream. For shorter trips we suggest taking a pedalo. Life jackets are available at the reception.

 

RENTAL PRICES:

rowboat – 30 zł/day

kayak – 30 zł/day

sailboat (type-470) – 75 zł/day

BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND FOOTBALL

In the resort there is a 2ha meadow, which is perfect for a family game of football. On the hill, in the woods you can play volleyball (dirt court) and basketball (concrete court).
Balls are available at the reception.

BOULES

The traditional French game of boules has found a place here. Maybe not played in the shade of plane-trees but instead under pines - a round with friends is very enjoyable.
A set of boules is available at the reception.

PING-PONG 
BIKE RIDES

This is a very interesting area for cyclists. One can go around lake Gil Wielki, taking a rest at the castle in Karnity (about 24 km). One can go north, towards Gubławki, situated by the beautiful bay of Krag (about 25 km). You can also go along lake Jeziorak, through Szałkowo to Iława (about 30 km). We have 8 new bikes at your disposal.

http://www.it-ilawa.pl/aleje-i-szlaki-rowerowe.html

RENTAL PRICES:

bicycle – 40 zł/day

HIKING

Many of our guests are keen on hiking, for example towards the Iłga nature reserve, towards lake Jeziorak and Makowo, or along the Kaletka – Wiewiórka – Frednowy – Wiewiórka – Kaletka trail (about 14km).

THE 4 SWINGS

For our youngest guests we offer swings and a sandpit in the playground. For slightly older kids we have swings known for their incredible view of the lake. Try them yourself!

IN THE COMMON-ROOM

On rainy days you can enjoy board games in the common-room. Alternatively, you can play a ping-pong tournament or table football with friends. We also have a big library and, for the desperate, a TV.

BALLOON FLIGHTS OVER THE LAKE

For lovers of sky-high experiences, we offer balloon flights over the lake, depending on the wind direction of course. For inquiries, please contact us individually.

WHAT TO SEE IN THE AREA

NATURE TRIPS

We are situated close to lake Jeziorak, the longest lake in Poland. It is surrounded by the Pojezierze Iławskie Landscape Park, that encompasses the surrounding forests along with thirty smaller lakes and marshes.
It is worth seeing Lake Karaś Nature Reserve, home to over 80 species of water and marsh birds or the Jasne Nature Reserve with a lake with crystal-clear water (light reaches to a depth of 14-15 m).

 

HISTORY TRIPS

In the immediate area it is worth seeing the baroque church from 1768 in Frednowy or the gothic church from c.1330 in Boreczno. In the region you can come across monuments of archeological value, for example barrows from the bronze age in Dziadyki.

Grunwald. Every year on the 15th July on the Grunwald field there is a staging of the historical battle from 1410 with the participation of about 1500 knights from Poland, Europe and the rest of the world. An impressive spectacle, which is a must see! Waiting for the event, tourists can visit the camps, take a stroll through the medieval fair where one can buy armour, swords, shields and bows. Jousting tournaments also take place.

http://www.grunwald1410.pl/

Iława. Here, it is worth visiting the gothic Przemienienie Pańskie church, the XIX century building of the Iława Railway Station and sculptures from the Kamieniec Suski palace that was burned down by the Soviets, that you can admire in the centre of the town, near the park.
In Ostróda you can visit the XIV century Teutonic Order castle that was lived in by the King of Sweden, Gustaw Adolf and later Napoleon Bonaparte. The castle was burned down during the last war and was rebuilt in 1974. Today, within its walls there is a museum, a gallery and a library.

Szymbark. Ruins of a XIV century castle destroyed by the Red Army in 1947. In the 1990’s Volker Schlöndorff filmed scenes from “The Ogre” here, with John Malkovich in the lead role.

 

OSTRÓDZKO-ELBLĄSKI CANAL

This inland canal, built in the first half of the XIX century is 130 km long and is a unique water system. The difference in height of the water surfaces between lake Druzno and the Buczyniec ramp is 99 metres. This is levelled out by 5 ramps situated within 9,6 km of each other. Thanks to these 100 year old ramps, vessels can be transported between fragments of the canal on tracks with special platforms. The canal can not only be seen from your own boat, but you can also take a cruise boat that travels between Ostróda and Elbląg.

http://www.zegluga.com.pl/

 

EVENTS IN THE AREA (2019)

Ø 11-12.05 - Air Show Lotnicza Majówka - Iława

Ø 03.06 - Folk fair - Rudzienice

Ø 11-14.07 - Reggae Festival - Ostróda

Ø 22-24.08 - XXIII Balloon fiesta - Pasłęk

Ø 06-08.09 - II Balloon fiesta - Iława

Ø    21.09 - Ultra Running -  Stare Jabłonki

Ø    7-8.11 Festiwal Pieśni i Piosenki Polskiej - Laseczno

CRUISE ON LAKE JEZIORAK

From May to October you can take a cruise on the ILAVIA ship. The ship sails daily and the cruise lasts about one hour. The route leads from Mały Jeziorak (start by the Galeria Jeziorak shopping center) towards Duży Jeziorak, where the ship goes round Wielka Zuława island. Tickets can be bought on board.

http://www.it-ilawa.pl/statek-ilavia.html

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