Wandering with Napoleon through Warmia and Masuria
The legend of Napoleon Bonaparte turns out to be still alive. The testimonies of the memory of the famous emperor of the French and his achievements are also visible in Warmia and Masuria. His troops operated in this region, especially in the years 1806-1807, fighting with the forces of Prussia and Russia.
So here are the places where Napoleon stayed, where he commanded, rested or lived. Thanks to this, we can learn and experience the history of the great leader more easily.
To commemorate past battles
He fought many battles and skirmishes in these area, which are now an incentive to organize historical reenactments. The reenactment of the battle in Lidzbark Warmiński is particularly known. It is a festival that combines tradition with history and many attractions for entire families.
Before the battle, viewers can visit the reenactors’ camp and admire a drill show performed by them. Everyone has a chance to see the command staff and meet Napoleon there. Exhibitors and craftsmen also participate in the festival, including purse makers, felt makers, blacksmiths, carpenters and potters.
The Battle of Heilsberg (today’s Lidzbark Warmiński) was fought on 10 June 1807. In terms of the number of troops and the losses suffered by both sides, it was the largest Napoleonic battle fought in today’s territory of Poland.
The blue walking trail (40 km) runs in the area of Olsztyn and Dobre Miasto. It commemorates the battle of Dobre Miasto, fought on 5-9 June, 1807. In each town along the trail, there are plaques presenting the history of the skirmishes between both armies.
The second walking trail, also marked in blue (39 km), runs along the route of the march of Napoleonic forces during the war with Russia and Prussia. The trail begins in Barkweda, goes through such places as: Gutkowo, Mątki, Jonkowo, Łomy, Pupki, Gołogóra, Skolity, Dąbrówka, and ends in Konradów.
The Battle of Jonkowo (also known as the Battle of Barkweda) took place on 2-4 February in 1807 and ended with a French victory. This paved the way for Napoleon to attack in the north and east directions.
The Culinary Heritage Network "Warmia Mazury Powiśle" is currently the largest in Poland, and one of the largest regional organizations in Europe supporting the production and popularization of natural and traditional food consumption, and promoting local entrepreneurship and tourism.Find out more
Old activities, traditions and folk customs are an integral part of the life of the past. It is worth recalling and showing them, teaching young generations what our ancestors used to do. In Masuria, you can find many places which organize shows and workshops of old crafts.Find out more