Photo Gallery » Cruise around Żuławy in Poland

A story from our five-day cruise on the cruise around Żuławy in northern Poland (Żuławy Loop or Żulawy ring). The Żuławy Loop is a very attractive waterway along the canals and rivers: Szkarpawa, Nogat, Wisła (Vistula). During a motor yacht cruise, you can visit cities such as Elbląg, Malbork, Tczew and, in the longer option, also Gdańsk. During these few days we sailed over 200 kilometers, with an average speed of about 10 km / h, it is only 4-5 hours of cruise per day - the rest of the time is for sightseeing and relaxation.



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Marina in Rybina

Marina in Rybina

Our houseboat Vistula Cruiser in the marina in Rybina. Here we get on board and sail east towards Elbląg. We will also reach this place at the end of the cruise.


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Houseboat cruise around Żuławy

Houseboat cruise around Żuławy

Every time I am in Żuławy, the flatness of the landscape amazes me.


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Szkarpawa river

Szkarpawa river

From Rybina, we sailed eastwards along the Szkarpawa towards the Vistula Lagoon.


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Immersed in nature

Immersed in nature

Szkarpawa is a river that practically does not flow. By sailing on it, you can immerse yourself in nature.


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Holidays on the River

Holidays on the River

If there is a nice route and a good crew, these few days on the river are a great way to spend your vacation! You are sailing on a yacht and you will admire the world from a different perspective - from the water.


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Marina in Elblag

Marina in Elblag

There is a small yacht marina in the center of Elbląg, between drawbridges, from the side of the old town. You can moor there for free and there is also a possibility of electricity.


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A cruise for nature lovers

A cruise for nature lovers

If you are nature lovers, I recommend a cruise on Lake Drużno - this place is very impressive. From there, you can continue on the Elbląg Canal to Ostróda and Iława or return to Elbląg.


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Houseboat on the Elbląg Canal

Houseboat on the Elbląg Canal

Last time, we went on a Elbląg Canal on a cruise ship - this time a houseboat - I recommend both trips!


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Ships on rails

Ships on rails

And we go... uphill... on the grass... and without electricity... so many years and it works...


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Cruise on the Nogat River

Cruise on the Nogat River

We got to the Nogat from Elbląg through the Jagiellonian Canal. We sailed the Żuławy Loop at the beginning of September and the weather was changeable. There was rain, fog, but most days it was warm and sunny with very interesting clouds in the sky.


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A sea of clouds and a river of secrets

A sea of clouds and a river of secrets

The clouds in the sky are constantly changing - a completely different view every hour. It is probably the proximity of the sea that contributes to such changeable weather in this area. The river cruise is very interesting - still new landscapes and you never know what will be behind the next bend.


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Lock on the River Nogat

Lock on the River Nogat

You have to go through several locks by boat during the cruise on the Żuławy Loop.


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Accommodation at the castle in Malbork

Accommodation at the castle in Malbork

We reached Malbork a few hours after leaving Elbląg. I recommend a very nice marina in Malbork "U Flisaka". It is a small pier, but perfectly situated right next to the footbridge over the Nogat with a beautiful view of the castle. If you look closely, you will see moored yachts on the right side of the photo. See more photos from Malbork.


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Malbork by night

Malbork by night

A night photo of the castle in Malbork taken from the U Flisaka marina. I took this photo without a tripod with a camera with matrix stabilization - time: 1 second, aperture: 4.0, ISO: 1600 - these mirrorless cameras are amazing!


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The largest castle in the World

The largest castle in the World

Is Malbork the largest castle in the world? I don't know that, but I know it's really huge. During the cruise on the Żuławy Loop, you can visit this amazing medieval fortress or fly a drone and take some photos ... but beware there is a military airport here and you have to ask for permission.


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This Houseboat can be sailed without a license

This Houseboat can be sailed without a license

This houseboat can be sailed without a license - training in the operation of the boat is provided before departure.


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The sluice and marina in Biała Góra

The sluice and marina in Biała Góra

There is a lock separating the Vistula and the Nogat in Biała Góra. There is also a modern and quite large marina. We sailed through this lock to the Vistula River.


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The Vistula is a huge river

The Vistula is a huge river

Almost 300 meters wide ... The Vistula is impressive - it's a huge river.


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Rescue operation on the Vistula

Rescue operation on the Vistula

Sailing on the Vistula, you have to pay attention to the signs on the shore, especially when the water level is low. Someone wasn't paying attention and ran aground. We had the opportunity to participate in hauling this boat out - a very interesting experience.


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The swing bridge in Rybina

The swing bridge in Rybina

There is an interesting technical monument in Rybina - a rotating railway bridge at the end of the cruise at the marina. The photo shows the workers closing the bridge.


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