INTRODUCTION

Jacek Protas
Marshal of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship


The Warmińsko - Mazurskie Voivodeship is famous for its excellent sailing conditions and its abundance of water attractions. It is commonly associated with the Great Masurian Lakes, a water system unique in Europe and in the world. Few people know that our region has much more to offer to tourists seeking adventure on board a yacht. The Elbląg Canal – linking Ostróda, the Iława Lakeland, and Elbląg – delights with worldunique incline planes. Sailing further towards Elbląg, you pass Lake Druzno, which is an ornithological reserve of great value. At the seaport in Elbląg, you may choose a direction for waterway exploration. Sailing west, you may reach Gdańsk directly or allow a few days for exploring the waters of the Żuławy Loop: The Nogat, which is the border between the Warmińsko - Mazurskie and Pomorskie Voivodeships, and the Jagiellonian Canal – one of the oldest in Poland. Alternatively, you may set off north for the Vistula Lagoon, which is not for nothing called “a sea kindergarten” by sailors and provides extraordinary thrills in safe conditions. It is worthwhile to give it a try and… return. I wish you fair winds and safe sailing on the waterways and water bodies of the Żuławy Loop.


Mieczysław Struk
Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship


For centuries, rivers were not only an inseparable element of the landscape of Pomerania but also a source of its inhabitants’ affluence. It is on rivers that, from the Middle Ages, goods arrived here from the interior of Poland and Europe. Amber, grain, cloth, and coal were all transported by water. At the beginning of the 20th century, carriers specialised in the transport of building materials. Passenger vessels also appeared. The Pomeranian Province has the most elaborate network of inland waterways in Poland, developed over centuries of work by Poles as well as citizens of East Prussia, Hauländer (Dutch) settlers, and subjects of the Teutonic Order state. Unfortunately, in the 1970s the significance of water transport to economy started to decrease and the infrastructure began to dilapidate. At present, thanks to planned regional development policy, the local government of the Pomorskie Voivodeship has been successfully restoring the splendour of hydrotechnical facilities, locks, drawbridges, and ports. New marinas and piers emerge year by year, built for tourists, who are becoming the main users of the waterways of the Żuławy Loop nowadays. It is with great pleasure that I present to you this guide, which takes you for a trip along the outstandingly beautiful waterways of Pomerania. My pleasure is all the greater because a huge part of the sailing infrastructure presented in this publication is an effect of “The Żuławy Loop Project – Water Tourism Development. Stage I,” implemented by local authorities.
 
What is the Żuławy Loop?

The Żuławy Loop is a touristically and environmentally attractive waterway connecting the water trails of the Vistula, the Martwa Wisła, the Szkarpawa, the Wisła Królewiecka, the Nogat, the Śmiała Wisła, the Wielka Święta – Tuga, the Motława, the Jagielloński Canal, the Elbląg, the Pasłęka and the waters of the Vistula Lagoon. It is 303 km of unforgettable adventure for a kayaking, yachting, motor boat or houseboat trip.

It is worth noting that the Żuławy Loop also forms a part of E 70 Waterway, running from Rotterdam, through Berlin inland waterway hub and northern Poland, to Kaliningrad, and further
along the Neman (down the Pregolya and the Deyma as far as Klaipeda).

“The Żuławy Loop Project – Water Tourism Development. Stage I,” which has been recognised as one of the key tourist undertakings of supra – regional importance in the Innovative Economy Operational Programme 2007–2013, Measure 6.4 “Investments in tourism products of supra – regional importance.” The project is being implemented by local government partners from the Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship.

Apart from the water routes of the Vistula Delta and water tourism infrastructure, the Żuławy Loop comprises numerous attractions connected with the cultural heritage of the Vistula Żuławy. This region abounds in world - unique historic buildings: Gothic castles or arcaded houses, as well as hydrotechnical monuments: drawbridges or locks. The Żuławy Loop area is undeniably a place for relaxation and active recreation, with extraordinary landscapes and fascinating nature. See you on the water!

How to Use the Guidebook

The guidebook in your hands is meant to facilitate safe navigation on the watercourses of the Żuławy Loop and encourage independent exploration of tourist attractions in the Vistula Delta. It has been divided into four transparent parts: Discover the Żuławy Loop, Navigation Routes of the Żuławy Loop, ABC of Sailing, Nautical Base of the Żuławy Loop.

The first of these will bring to you the magic landscapes of the Żuławy Loop as well as the history of this land and its people. You will learn why Żuławy used to be referred to as the Polish Netherlands and explore the nooks of arcaded houses and Gothic castles.

The second part is a practical guide to the rivers and water bodies of the Żuławy Loop, thanks to which you will safely navigate the water trails of this area.

The rivers in the guidebook are described in the direction in which most pleasure sailing proceeds. And so, the description takes us down the Vistula River, from Korzeniewo to the Przekop Wisły Canal – but it takes us up the Nogat, from its mouth at the Vistula Lagoon, as far as its connection with the Vistula through the lock in Biała Góra. The north marked on the fragments of maps in the margin will help you find your bearings.

Each watercourse and water body of the Żuławy Loop is described in a separate chapter, comprising a brief outline of navigational and tourist information followed by a precise navigational description of the route. The introductory part features a clear waterway scheme, with river kilometres as well as main navigational obstacles and tourist attractions marked on it. Just next to each scheme, key information is provided about the character of the river or water body and sailing tips are given. Clear boxes present tourist and hydrotechnical highlights, encouraging the reader to learn more about the route. Further pages describe the route, pointing out its dangers. Where possible, the river kilometre corresponding to a given piece of information is provided. The descriptions of waterway stretches are worth reading before setting out on a boating trip. This will prepare you better for sailing and prevent you from overlooking the most interesting attractions.

The third part of the guidebook is a kind of captain’s lecture. Written in accessible language, it contains a number of tips on basic safety rules and on how to behave on the water, prepare for a boating trip, or equip a boat. The information given here is worth learning: it will prove invaluable in moments of despair on the water.

Part four are the sheets of marinas containing photos, schemes along with bathymetry, and the list of services provided at and in the vicinity of each marina.

INTRODUCTION

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Part One. Discovering the Żuławy Loop

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Tales of the Loop: A Page from History

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Harmony: The Key to Reading the Landscapes of Żuławy

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Architecture: The Land of Arcaded Houses and Hydrotechnical Monuments

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Part Two. The Sailing Routes of the Żuławy Loop: Sailing and Sightseeing

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The Vistula

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The Martwa Wisła, the Śmiała Wisła, the Motława Gdańska

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The Szkarpawa

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The Wisła Królewiecka

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The Elbląg River and the Jagielloński Canal

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The Nogat

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The Wielka Święta–Tuga

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The Vistula Lagoon

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Pasłęka River and the Canal of Pasłęka

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The Kaliningrad Lagoon

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Part III. The ABC of Sailing: Before You Sail on the Żuławy Loop

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Proposed Trip Routes

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II. The Little Loop of Żuławy

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III. To the Capital of the Vistula Żuławy

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IV. From Gdańsk to the Vistula Lagoon

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V. Down the Vistula to Gdańsk

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VI. Around the Vistula Lagoon

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Informator

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Captain’s Tips

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signs shipping

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signs shipping

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Część IV. Nautical Base of the Żuławy Loop. Ports and marinas.

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Mooring Platforms in Tczew

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The passenger and yacht harbour in Tczew

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The fishing port in Świbno

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The fishing harbour in Mikoszewo

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Marina in Błotnik

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Harbour „Tęcza”

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River side hostel in Wiślinka

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Maritime Yacht Club “Neptun”

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Marina Delphia Yachts - Górki Zachodnie

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Gdańsk Shipyard Yacht Club

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Joseph Conrad Yacht Club

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Academic Maritime Club in Gdańsk

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AZS Cosa - Academic Sports Association in Gdańsk

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The National Sailing Centre of the University School of Physical Education and Sport

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Gdańsk Maritime Club Yachting Harbour

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Marina on „Tamka” Street

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Yachting Harbour “Stewa”

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Northern Yacht Club Harbour

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WOPR Gdańsk Harbour

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Marina Gdańsk

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Kayak and Motorboat Harbour “Żabi Kruk”

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Marina Sienna Grobla II

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Polish Maritime Club Harbour (Wisłoujście)

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Mooring piers in Drewnica

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Harbour in Żuławki

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Mooring piers in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Rybina

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Yacht harbor in Osłonka

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Houseboat Harbour in Rybina

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Marina Baltica in Sztutowo

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Yacht harbor in Sztutowo

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Yacht Wharf by the Zygmunt August Boulevard in Elbląg

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Yacht harbor Fala

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The marina of Scout Water Centre “Bryza”

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Yacht Club Elbląg

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Yacht harbor in Biała Góra

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The harbour of the Sports and Leisure Centre in Malbork.

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Castle Harbour in Malbork

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“Park Północny” harbour in Malbork

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The harbour in Kamienica Elbląska

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The harbour in Nadbrzeże

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The harbour in Suchacz

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The harbour in Kadyny

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The harbour in Tolkmicko

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The port in Frombork

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The port in Piaski

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The yacht port in Krynica Morska

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The fishing port in Krynica Morska

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The port of Kąty Rybackie

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Yacht harbor in Kąty Rybackie

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Sailing harbour “Neptun” in Kąty Rybackie

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The port of Nowa Pasłęka

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“Dom Rybaka” harbour in Stara Pasłęka

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Stara Pasłęka harbour

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Yacht harbor in Braniewo

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Explanation of the symbols of services available on harbours and their surroundings (1.5 km).

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Water nodes of the Żuławy Loop.

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Gdańsk Water Tram

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Legend

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