Ogonki owes its popularity to its great location between Wegorzewo and Gizycko, in the heart of one of Poland’s most attractive regions – Masuria. If wonderful lakes, deep forests and the availability of a wide range of water sports and other activities is not enough, you can always explore the numerous historical monuments to be found locally.
Ogonki is a village where aficionados of active breaks will feel in their element. Not only can you sail, undoubtedly the most popular sport in Masuria, but also canoe, row a boat, fish, cycle or ride a horse. The clean air and rich wildlife attract the kind of people who want to hide away their busy everyday lives. The extensive wooded area of the Borecka forest lies only about 20 km to the east.
There are also fascinating historical sights in the neighbourhood. Some of them remind us of the times of the Teutonic Order (a castle in Wegorzewo), while some are monuments to the Prussian period, like Gizycko’s star-shaped Boyen fortress. Several unusual places date from World War II – including Himmler’s bunker in nearby Pozezdrze (part of the fort system built to defend Hitler’s headquarters in Gierloz) and other bunkers in Ogonki.
Situated only 6 km southeast from Wegorzewo, Ogonki lies on Lake Swiecajty, which is connected to Lake Mamry, the second largest Masurian lake. The lakes of Masuria are linked, so that it is easy to explore all the interesting nooks of that region by sail or by canoe. Near Ogonki there is also another lake, the Stregiel.
During the Middle Ages, this area was incorporated into the sphere of influence of the Teutonic Knights. During a later period the territory of Masuria became a part of Ducal Prussia (a fief of the Polish Crown for a period) and then the Prussian and German Empire. It became a part of Poland only after World War II.