The Żuławy Ring and The Ostróda-Elbląg Canal
The Żuławy Ring Trail provides the water sports enthusiasts with a unique one-way offer – we return to the base in Rybina without repeating the same route. Travelling along the 200 km trail within one week is not a problem and it is not tiring – cruising at optimum marching speed of 8,5 – 9 km/h takes about 25 hours, i.e. maximum a few hours a day. On the way we pass interesting, in terms of hydro-engineering, locks and drawbridges, which is an additional attraction of our journey. However, there is always time for relaxation and admiring the unusual wildlife of this piece of Poland, located below the sea level. To those who need silence and peace we offer layovers at the wild, picturesque river banks. We will also have enough time to become familiar with the numerous tourist and sight-seeing attractions of the region. After berthing in one of the spacey and well arranged marinas (furnished with full infrastructure, i.e. toilets, showers, water intakes and connections to power supply for the yachts), we may go to the town. There are interesting historical places, museums, galleries awaiting us and climatic cafés and restaurants also serving local cuisine. Therefore, Żuławy is an ideal place for family holiday.
The Ostróda-Elbląg Canal is immensely interesting in terms of hydro-engineering, with a globally unique system of boat transporting tracks. As the extension of the Żuławy Ring trail it enables reaching the Jeziorak Lake as well as the towns of Iława and Ostróda or even further - Stare Jabłonki. On the way we will pass two narrow, almost miniature locks and the only tunnel in Poland located along a water trail – a really unique hydro-engineering structure. Moving along the canal by means of the tracks brings about a lot of emotions. On one of the canal sections, 9,6 km long, the boat is transported by five subsequent tracks on a special platform moving on rails. Thus it passes 2300 meters of dry, land covered with grass, being elevated together with the passengers on board on the height of almost 100 m.