Spa town in Poland
Augustów, formerly known in English as Augustovo or Augustowo, is a city in north-eastern Poland with 30,802 inhabitants (2011). It lies on the Netta River and the Augustów Canal. It is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship (since 1999), having previously been in Suwałki Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the seat of Augustów County and of Gmina Augustów.
In 1970, Augustów became officially recognized as a health and relaxation resort. In 1973, surrounding settlements were named a part of it, forming a popular resort town.
Augustow has become especially popular with active tourism enthusiasts with the main attraction being the surrounding lakes and the Augustow Canal which is over 100km long and connects the River Vistula with the River Neman in Lithuania. Today, the Canal is an attractive waterway and includes the "Pope's Route", a trail of sites visited and beloved by Pope John Paul II. Watersports enthusiasts flock to the lakes district in the summer to enjoy swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, water-skiing, rowing and yachting and the Canal is also a paradise for anglers, which also has cycle and horse trails along its banks.
Augustow specialises in spa treatments of traumatic orthopaedic diseases, rheumatologic ailments, peripheral vascular diseases, neurosis and osteoporosis. The well documented peat deposits in the area, which are used in certain treatments, contain certain curative minerals. Its position and climate play a significant role in the city's Balneological worth. The essential oils and phytoncides secreted by conifers in the area act as a bactericidal, regulating blood pressure and heart rhythm and also have a positive effect on the respiratory system.