TOURISM is the highest form of practicing various types of individual
and group tourism like hiking, biking, sailing, horse riding,
skiing and so on. It
requires practical skills, resourcefulness, experience, physical
fitness, versatile knowledge and sightseeing culture. Such
tourism can combine sightseeing and recreation values with competitiveness.
The advantages of the surface, landscape and nature, service
base and recreation facilities of Suwałki Region, its youth
hostels, riverside hostels, camp sites, agrotourist houses,
water equipment rentals and horse riding centers provide excellent
conditions to practice classified tourism. Hiking and biking
use about forty well-marked trails of a total length of 1067
They run across the most beautiful and precious corners of the
region and at the same time help to find your way about the
area and ski easily in winter. Lovers of water sports appreciate
rivers of Suwałki Region. Canoe trips from Lake Wigry along
the Czarna Hańcza and the Augustów Canal are rightly one of
the most attractive in Poland. Also other rivers like the Rospuda,
Marycha, and Biebrza along which you can sail from Lipsk across
the whole Biebrza National Park, have their fans. Another recommendable
route is the roundabout trail from Lake Sajno near Augustów,
along the Netta River to the place where it joins the Biebrza
from where you can go back to Augustów along the Augustów Canal.
On the other hand, waters of Lake Wigry and lakes of Augustów
are a perfect place for sailing, while forests, meadows and
fields - for horse riding. Briefly speaking, Suwałki Region
offers conditions in which one can try and test all forms of
classified tourism. They are worth using!
tourism in Poland is mainly the subject of interest of the Polish
Tourism and Sightseeing Association. It has its agencies also in
Suwałki Region - in Augustów and Suwałki. These branches of the
Association, following the statute aims, organize courses for tour
guides, mark tourist trails, promote the region (for example by
publishing materials about this area), organize bike trips and walking
tours, canoe trips and sailing races. Also a few travel agencies
and yachting clubs participate in organizing and popularizing classified
tourism. Suwałki Region is presented in well-prepared guidebooks
and tourist maps, where hiking trails and kayak routes are marked.
Across the region, there run about 40 marked trails of a total length
of more than 1000 km.
branch of PTTK,
16-400 Suwałki, T. Kościuszki 37, tel./fax (087) 566 79 47; tel.
566 59 61. They offer their own accommodation facilities:
- PTTK Center in Stary Folwark, tel. (087) 563 77 27 (youth hostel,
canteen, campsite, water equipment rental, car park).
- PTTK Riverside Hostel in Gawrychruda, tel. (087) 563 92 60 (bungalows
- The local branch of PTTK organizes: canoe trips on the Czarna
Hańcza (group and individual), walking and skiing tours, coach trips
and yacht races. They have their own tour guides.
Augustów Branch of PTTK, 16-300 Augustów, Nadrzeczna 70a,
tel. (087) 564 38 50. They run the tourist service office, yacht
port, water equipment rental (kayaks and sailing boats); they organize:
canoe trips, yacht races, walking tours and coach trips. They have
their own tour guides.
Active Tourism Office "Kajak", Białystok, Piastowska 17/71,
tel. (085) 732 67 88 (canoe trips on rivers of the northeast Poland).
Tourist Office "Sirocco", Augustów, Zarzecze 5a, tel. (087)
643 31 18 (individual and group canoe trips on Suwałki rivers).
Bicycle-hire service "Aga-To", Suwałki, Wojska Polskiego
14a, tel. (087) 644 54 72 (biking tours)
Tourist Enterprise "SZOT", Konwaliowa 2, tel. 644
67 58, fax 643 43 99
centers (stud farms)
near Giby 516 53 51
Płociczno Tartak 567 92 63
Leszczewo (on Lake Szelment Wielki)
Suwałki, W. Reymonta 149 567 47 05
Żarnowo I, nr 35 644 79 97
Club PTTK, Suwałki, T. Kościuszki 37 tel./fax 566 79 47
Interscholastic Sports Center, Stary Folwark 566 30 03
Suwałki Regional Sailing Association, Suwałki, 1 Maja 15 566 65
and maps of Suwałki Region
Katarzyna and Tomasz: Suwalszczyzna, Zaniemenie. Przewodnik. (Suwałki
Region. Behind the Neman). Białystok 1999
Baturowie Irena and Wojciech: Po ziemi augustowskiej. Przewodnik
dla turysty i wczasowicza. (On Augustów Land. A Guidebook For Tourists
and Holidaymakers). Second edition. Suwałki 1997
Batura Wojciech: Szlakami południowej Suwalszczyzny.(On the Southern
Suwałki Region Trails). Suwałki 1999 Maciejewski Stefan: Po ziemi
suwalskiej. Przewodnik turystyczny. (Across Suwałki Land. A Guidebook).
Second edition. Suwałki 1998
Maciejewski Stefan: Rowerem po Suwalszczyˇnie. (Cycling Across Suwałki
Region) Suwałki 1995
Maciejewski Stefan: Szlakami północnej Suwalszczyzny. (On the Northern
Suwałki Region Trails). Second edition. Suwał-ki (in the press).
Merson Ellen, Borejszo Jarosław: Rowerem po Wigierskim Parku Narodowym.
(Cycling Across Wigry National Park). Krzywe 1999
Sokołowski Zbigniew: Województwo białostockie. Przewodnik. (Białystok
Province. A Guidebook). Warszawa 1972
Śleszyński Marek: Polska północno-wschodnia. Przewodnik kajakowy.
(The Northeast Poland. A Kayak Guidebook). Białystok 1966
Suwałki Region. Tourist map: 1:100000, Warszawa 1998
Suwałki Landscape Park. Tourist and sightseeing map: 1:50000. Second
edition. Warszawa 1997
Wigry National Park. Tourist and nature map: 1:45000. Białystok