Leśniewo, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship

Leśniewo [lɛɕˈɲɛvɔ] (German: Fürstenau)[1] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Srokowo, within Kętrzyn County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland, close to the border with the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia.[2] It lies approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) east of Srokowo, 19 km (12 mi) north-east of Kętrzyn, and 85 km (53 mi) north-east of the regional capital Olsztyn.

Leśniewo
Village
Upper Lesniewo sluice. The location where the emblem of the Third Reich used to be visible at the top.
Upper Lesniewo sluice. The location where the emblem of the Third Reich used to be visible at the top.
Leśniewo is located in Poland
Leśniewo
Leśniewo
Coordinates: 54°12′50″N 21°33′31″E / 54.21389°N 21.55861°E / 54.21389; 21.55861
CountryPoland Poland
VoivodeshipWarmian-Masurian
CountyKętrzyn
GminaSrokowo
Population
330
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Masurian Canal
Łyna Rivers
Allenburg I
Allenburg II
Groß Allendorf
Wilhelmshof
Georgenfelde
Langenfeld
Russian-Polish Border
Klein Bajohren
Sandhof
Lower Fürstenau
Upper Fürstenau
Lake Mamry

Before 1945 the area was part of Germany (East Prussia). The village has a population of 330.

To the northwest of the village there is Diabla Góra. To the west of the village there is the Masurian Canal, near the village there are two unfinished sluices: Leśniewo Górne (Upper Fürstenau) and Leśniewo Dolne (Lower Fürstenau). Both were constructed during the period of German Empire in 1906 and continued in the Nazi Germany period in the 1940s. Because of both World Wars, both attempts did not manage to finish those sluices. A legend says that they were to be used for U-boats that would sail for repairs through the canal inland or for barges. It is not known what would they be used for exactly. They are about 45 meters long in their current state. Had it been finished it could have been larger. Today it is a tourist attraction.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Territory of Germany" (in German). 2017-11-11.
  2. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.


Coordinates: 54°12′50″N 21°33′31″E / 54.21389°N 21.55861°E / 54.21389; 21.55861