Lying directly on the Great Masurian Lakes, the petite town of Mikolajki is a popular holiday and water sports resort, rightly dubbed “the Pearl of the Masuria”. Well-known as host to numerous summertime regattas, it attracts thousands of sailing enthusiasts every year. Another magnet for tourists and visitors is the annual Festival of Sailors’ Songs, featuring the finest performances of shanties.
The gateway to the enormous Lake Sniardwy, called “the Masurian sea”, Mikolajki is a smart and cosy town with some delightful red-roofed houses and three bridges. Though tourism has taken over the town with hotels, shops and eateries, the effects of this have not been too detrimental and Mikolajki still manages to preserve its charm. So, whatever your idea of holidays on the lakes, Mikolajki is sure to deliver what you enjoy.
Mikolajki is a small town of about 4,200 inhabitants, located in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodship in the north eastern part of Poland. The town lies right in the heart of the Great Masurian Lakes, between two narrow ribbon lakes – Lake Mikolajskie (499 hectares) and Lake Talty (1160 hectares), and Lake Sniardwy, the biggest lake in Poland and covering 11,383 hectares.
The name of this former village, a town since 1726, derives from Saint Nicholas, protector of sailors and patron of a chapel standing on the windmill hill. The name appears for the first time in documents from 1444. These documents confirm the granting of land near Mikolajki, then a village belonging to the church, by the Teutonic Grand Master to a nobleman called Wawrzyniec Prus.