For so long Poland’s fairy-tale expanse of dense woodland and its treasure trove of interconnected lakes upon lakes upon lakes was kept secret from many eyes. But now, the flight path to Poland’s quietly hidden Lake District, Warmia Mazury, has opened up and more eyes are beginning to look upon the wonder that is up to 2,000 lakes, surrounded by dense, verdant green forest.
A mythical panorama of natural wonder, its soothing scenes are made all the more intriguing when reconciled with the fact that this part of Poland was once part of East Prussia and, going back, was even once the stronghold of Teutonic Knights. Ethereal and mysterious indeed - who knows what these lakes and trees have seen?
To add a heightened sense of wonder to your soulful Polish refuge, we recommend a stay at an artist’s abode – namely Galery69 – which is calmly perched on the shores of Lake Wulpinskie and just south of the region’s main city, Olszytn (should you wish for a touch-in with city buzz) but we don’t think you will.
Crafted by the artist owners, each piece of furniture has been conceived of with Galery69 in mind, inspired, possibly, by the impossibly beautiful decking that leads you from Galery69 and straight out on the lake.
Designers, explorers and creatives, Malgosia and Wotjek already have a successful furniture company that partakes in the hotel’s décor, and they themselves bring tremendous fun and joy to every room.
Think vast windows, hammocks, deckchairs, salvaged woods and knotted textiles; this is a tactile, exciting and inspiring place.
Pick up a paddle and head out on the lake; with the trees protecting you as you pass you will fall through to another era, another time, and who knows – you might even see a Teutonic Knight slipping between the trees.