Fishing only in Masuria
Fresh fish on holiday is a classic. It has to be fresh and taste. In the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes there are plenty of fish, one could say that Warmia and Masuria is a land flowing with fish. So we set off onto the trail of places where they serve fresh, delicious and aromatic fish. We also chose regional dishes made of fish, which one cannot find by the sea.
“Ucha” is a traditional Masurian fish soup. The name comes from the Russian word “yucha”, meaning infusion. The soup is prepared from several species of freshwater fish, these can be: roaches, perches or trout. Traditionally, such soup was prepared on the hearth. Now, to obtain this specific smoky aroma, smoky tree twigs are immersed in the pot with the stock. “Ucha” should be an essential bouillon with a distinct, fishy taste.
Szwaderki near Olsztynek
The fish farm in Szwaderki is based on conscious and ethical breeding of fish. In accordance with nature and tradition they provide fresh fish and preserves. It is a must for all those who seek good taste – you can taste fried fish, smoked fish, marinated fish and, most importantly, always fresh ones.
The whole secret of the taste lies in the fact that the fish are smoked naturally and then prepared in a simple form – because good taste defends itself, does not need any fancy additives. Szwaderki also provides amateurs of casting the rod with one of the most charming fishing spots in the region.
Special Permit Fishery Zezuj and the Nice Valley
For those who would like to catch a fish themselves and relax at the shore of the lake, we have suggestions for places that are a paradise for anglers. Between Olsztyn and Olsztynek, near the Pasłęka River, there is a Special Permit fishery named Zezuj. Near Miłakowo there is another charming place for angling enthusiasts – Miła Dolina (literally: Nice Valley).
The fish bites everywhere – you will find here more than 7 hectares of waters richly stocked with carps, crucians, tenches, breams, roaches, pikes… Apart from fishing, the area around the Nice Valley is a great place for a walk, riding a bicycle, gathering mushrooms, picking berries and enjoying the fact that there are places where life goes by more slowly.
Fish Restaurant Młyński Staw (Miller’s Pond) in Janów
Here, we’re sure we won’t buy fish in a sack. Always fresh fish are caught in the surrounding lakes. If you feel like carp, pike, zander or whitefish, head towards Miller’s Pond. Be sure to try the eel smoked in the restaurant’s own smokehouse, it is an absolute delicacy.
Restauracja na Wodzie in Mikołajki
As the name suggests, the restaurant is on the water, all so that hungry sailors can moor their boat and grab a delicious fish straight from the water. A great advantage of the place is the view over the city and the lake. The dishes are based mainly on fish from own catches, so we are sure we will eat well here.
Fishbark – Sailor’s Friedry on Lake Szymon
A floating restaurant on the water must be a chad. The Sailing Friedry is located on the Great Masurian Lakes Trail, on Szymon Lake. You can only find a barge serving fresh and smoked fish on the water. The restaurant operates during the season, from Corpus Christi until the end of September.
In case of bad weather there is a specially closed space to protect yourself from wind and rain. Just moored at the barge and see that these delights over fried pikeperch and mint with chips in this place are no fairy tales.
"Dzyndzałki z hreczką", "plińce z pomoćką", "szmurkul", and for dessert: "brukowiec mazurski" – where to start discovering the cuisine of Warmia and Masuria? The cuisine of Warmia and Masuria combines flavours of old Polish, German and borderland cuisine. It is delicious, natural and simple, yet full of flavour.Find out more