In northern Poland, near the town of Olsztyn, lies the Great Masurian Lakes Plateau - a vast stretch of Polish real estate covered predominantly by water and trees. Come summertime, this "Land of a Thousand Lakes" transforms into a haven for boaters, paddlers, wind-surfers, hikers and bikers, offering no shortage of opportunities to experience the country's natural beauty without leaving civilization behind. This may make the adventures slightly less extreme, but we doubt you'll hear anyone complaining.
And for the history enthusiast, the Great Masurian Plateau comes equipped with an admittedly interesting background, from medieval battlefields and Teutonic castles to consecutive WWI battles in 1914 and 1915. C'mon, history enthusiasts, medieval battlefields! This only adds to the Masurian appeal, giving travelers a variety of worthwhile reasons to come exploring.
Location:East of Olsztyn, Poland, 200 km (124 miles) north of Warsaw