Great Masurian Lakes
Panorama of Mikołajki in the Great Masurian Lakes District
Located in the northern part of Poland, lies the Masurian Lakes Plateau, known as the "Land of a Thousand Lakes". It has the biggest concentration of lakes in Poland, with 15% of area covered by water. These lakes are remnants of the ice age, when all of northeastern Poland and parts of Europe were covered by ice. There are over 4000 lakes in the whole area, linked by rivers and canals to form an intricate system of waterways. The Masurian Lakes area is also home to some of Central Europe's largest forested areas, and thus a haven of scenic beauty.