Masuria (Polish: Mazury; German: Masuren) is an area in northeastern Poland famous for its lakes and forests.

By the 13th century Prussia was inhabited by the Baltic Old Prussians in the lands of Pomesania, Pogesania, Galindia, Bartia, and Sudovia. The region around the many lakes became since the 18th century unofficially known as Masuria. In the southern regions, dense wilderness existed longer than in most of Europe, enabling moose, aurochs, bears, and other mammals to survive.

Masuria and the Masurian Lake District are known in Polish as Kraina Tysiąca Jezior and in German as Land der Tausend Seen, meaning “land of a thousand lakes.” These lakes were ground out of the land by glaciers during the Pleistocene ice age, when ice covered northeastern Europe. By 10,000 BC this ice started to melt. Great geological changes took place and even in the last 500 years the maps showing the lagoons and peninsulas on the Baltic Sea have greatly altered in appearance. As in other parts of northern Poland, such as from Pomerania on the Oder River to the Vistula River, this continuous stretch of lakes is popular among tourists.

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