When water turns to ice – Poland’s tale of white, wintery nature and misty lakeside horizons that beckon you to ice skate, pirouette, paraglide, play hockey, ice curl and even ice-ski towed by a tractor… before winter-bathing on the jetty with snowy shores piled all around you, the warm glow of boutique art den Galery69 behind.
But first, for winter’s jaw dropping nature, and the fun you can have with it. Stand on Lake Wulpińskie’s deep, forest-lined shore in Poland’s secret Lake District, or ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’, Warmia & Masuria, and gaze on a winter wonderland scene of serious design vibes.
Nature is truly doing its thing in style here as the lake yearly freezes deep enough for all sorts of winter fun, surrounded by picture perfect snow-capped trees and bright blue skies. Break out the hotel’s fairy-tale white ice skates and show the Olympics figure skating team what you’re made of, grab some skis and hitch on to a tractor for a tow of the likes you’ve probably never had before, or if you’re really brave, wait until the ice starts to melt and then jump right in (hats and glove aren’t a bad idea, but apparently tops and bottoms are optional…)
Wrap up snug and cosy and plod onto the lake, warming cup or tea or coffee in hand – the perfect way to wake up in Poland’s fresh, countryside air. There’s something very James Bond about riding a tractor on a massive, filmic frozen lake, maybe you can ask to have a go – just don’t go writing your name in the snow, amigos.
The perfect winter wonderland escape for those who like to think outside of the box, Hotel Galery69 is without a doubt a design den of the most artistic, thoughtful vibes. Curated by artist owners Małgosia & Wojtek, immerse yourself in a stylish spot of honest originality and cosy simplicity. For us, a perfect winter escape.
For more of Poland’s artistic hubs, check out our Travel Journal for anti-fashion brand thisisnon, working on Coco Chanel’s oft-quoted statement, “If elegance is refusal”. Pop into Poland’s National Museum and spy work by subversive Soviet-era artist Natalia LL, or read up on the majestic history of the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’ . For more lakeside nature shenanigans peek in our Lakeside Genre.