What to see in the town of Ełk:
1. The Castle of the Teutonic Knights
The most famous monument of the town of Ełk is the Castle of the Teutonic Knights, built in 1406 under the guidance of Urlich von Jungingen. Initially, the castle was built of wood, but it was destroyed by a fire. Reconstruction has deeply changed the look of the former stronghold. To the castle leads a historic bridge, surrounded by water, beautifully illuminated in the evening.
2. The Ełk Lake and the Promenade i Promenada
Extensive sports and leisure facilities support lovers of active recreation. By the lake in Ełk there has been created a guarded urban beach as well as sports equipment rental (canoes, pedal boats) and a marina. It’s a place where you can spend your time chilling, in peace and quiet. A long, well-kept promenade, from which there is a magnificent view of the lake, attracts both tourists and residents. The vibrant place is full of restaurants, which offer fresh and tasty fish, cafes and pubs.
3. Museum of Water Drop
The Museum of Water Drop is located in the Water Tower which was built in 1895 and which allowed to supply citizens of Ełk with water. In the museum we can see interesting exhibits – original, old devices, as well as a gallery of old photos showing Ełk from the 20th century, among others.
4. Narrow-gauge railway
It’s a historic railway, built from 1910 to 1917, from which you can admire the architecture of the town of Ełk and a magnificent landscape of the surroundings, reaching the village of Sypki.
5. Jan Paweł II Square
The place of summer cultural events, with amphitheatre, fountain and a statue of Saint John Paul II. A well-shaped plant space with water elements encourages meetings and leisure.
6. Historical Museum
The most important museum in Ełk, opened in 2012 by the residents because the exhibits and exhibitions, which present history and culture of the town and its surroundings, come directly from them. A particularly interesting object is the historical rolling stock.
7. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
A characteristic religious building in the town centre, built in 1850. It has an ornamental decoration in Kashubian-Masurian style. Its biggest attraction is the anthem of the town of Ełk, played everyday at noon.
8. Water park in Ełk
A swimming pool complex with numerous attractions. Both adults and children will surely have a great time here. There are waterslides, swimming pools, paddling pools for toddlers, sauna and relax zone, and jacuzzi available.
9. St. Adalbert Cathedral
A historical church in Neo-Gothic style from 1893. The cathedral draws attention not only by its architecture, but also delights with its furnishing, where you can admire numerous historical, Gothic sacral objects.
In order to find out more, it’s worth to visit the official tourist portal of the town of Ełk.