Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship is situated in the north-eastern Poland. It is the fourth largest Polish province with an area of more than 24 thousand square kilometers. To the North there is Russia's Kaliningrad Autonomous Region, which means that voivodeship's border is also Poland's Northern border. It also shares a short land border with the Kalningrad Oblast on the Vistula Spit.
The capital of the voivodeship - Olsztyn has more than 176 thousand residents, however, administrative authorities are located at the two opposite ends of the region – Elbląg (126k ihabitants) and Ełk (57k). Other major cities are Ostróda (33k), Iława (33k), Giżycko (30k) and Kętrzyn (30k).
1 463 000 people live on the area of Warmian Masurian Province and among them there are members of 15 churches and religious communities and some ethnic minorities such as Ukrainians or Greek-Catholics. The distance from Olsztyn to major cities: Kalningrad (145 km), Warsaw (220 km), Vilnus (400 km), Berlin (500 km). Major part of the province has agricultural character but its natural resources such as several thousand lakes interconnected by waterways as well as large forest areas are used for diversification of tourist services.
The following institutions take care of tourism development in the region:
Warmińsko-Mazurska Regionalna Organizacja Turystyczna
ul. Staromiejska 1
tel. (89) 535 35 65
tel. (89) 535 35 67
fax. (89) 535 35 66
Departament Turystyki Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Województwa Warmińsko-Mazurskiego
ul. Mariańska 3, pok. 308
tel. (89) 521 69 00
fax.(89) 521 69 09