"Suwalszczyzna - the north-eastern corner of Poland" Suwalki by evaanna

Suwalki Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 180 photos

This page is not only about Suwalki (pronounced souvowkey), a town in north-eastern Poland, but the whole region, called Suwalszczyzna, the Suwalki Lake District, abounding in lakes, forests, morainal hills, whole fields of boulders and stones, all of them being the remainder of glacial activity here thousands of years ago. The fields are sometimes so steep that there have been cases of tractors overturning on their slopes. It's a little known region of Poland, a gem waiting to be discovered by tourists from abroad.

The first time we stayed there we found accommodation on a farm near Rutka-Tartak. There was a small lake nearby with banks overgrown by reeds so you could only get to it walking on the unsteady pier. All around were hilly fields and hardly any forest. As there was not much to do within walking distance, apart from feeding the farmer's goats and sampling the landlady's delicious cooking, we went on sightseeing trips every day, not that it was easy. The bumpy local gravel roads did not encourage driving but once you got onto the asphalt, you could visit many interesting places, which I will describe in my tips.

We revisited the area in 2007, 2008 and in August and then September 2009, staying at a house that a friend of ours had built there since so I have been able to add many new tips. The roads have greatly improved since our first stay and, with little traffic, can be a biker's paradise, if a little hilly at places. We were now able to spend hours on our enormous verandah, watching animals like deer coming near and even had some visitors on the verandah itself: large grasshoppers, frogs, lizards, swallows flying to and fro. Just watching them was pure pleasure, enhanced by the sounds of the Chinese bells on our verandah swinging in the wind. We were also able to visit Vilnius twice, a tiring trip of over 400 km both ways but worthwhile all the same. And this year (2009) we did even more sightseeing in Lithuania.

  • Last visit to Suwalki: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 30, 2012
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  • bakalapoe's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Love your Suwalki travel page! Nice photos, great travel tips! Greetings from Greece, Apostolos

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    This is such a lovely and green region. The monastery history was fascinating to read. YOu again have done a wonderful presentation with good pictures and comments.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    This is an excellent page, chocked full of lovely photos and interesting information. So many different sights to see! I like the sound of your accommodation too, very reasonable and nice meals, what more could you ask for!

  • Sep 13, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Great picture of Scenery of the Suwalki region. The clounds in this picture are very beautiful. Nice tips! full of information!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at the updates and new tips that you have added to this page since December 27, 2007. I hope they find a good use for that listed Trakiszki Railway Station and don't just let it fall apart!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 5:39 AM

    LOVE this page! Great job. Monks on knees leave me teary..Skansen always a favorite. Jewish cem. tip sent to friends/excellent idea to commemorate-folk art would occupy me for hours. Thanks for a terrific page.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:13 AM

    Very enjoyable page on Suwalki Ewa esp. the Lithuanian Farm, the Anthill Cake, the timber churches. The amazing thing was a Celtic Festival in the middle of Poland.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 3:35 AM

    Wonderful Suwalki page! The churches and the statues, Old Market Square and the Jewish Cemetery certainly look interesting to visit. Lake Wigry and Lake Hancza certainly look amazing! ~ho & pang

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    great page, but I am not even going to attempt trying to pronounce the name of this place ;-)

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    They had to remove the pope's chair so people wouldn't fight over it....LOL

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