Town hall
Coat of arms
Country Poland
CountyIława County
GminaIława (urban gmina)
Town rights1305
 • MayorDawid Kopaczewski
 • Total21.88 km2 (8.45 sq mi)
Highest elevation
150 m (490 ft)
Lowest elevation
100 m (300 ft)
 • Total32,276
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
14-200 to 14-210
Area code(s)+48 89
Car platesNIL

Iława [iˈwava] (listen) (German: Deutsch Eylau, [dɔʏtʃ ˈʔaɪlaʊ] (listen)) is a town in northern Poland with 32,276 inhabitants (2010). It is situated in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship (since 1999); previously it was in Olsztyn Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Iława County.

The town is located in the Iława Lake District, along the longest lake in Poland - Jeziorak.[1] It is located in historical Pomesania in the area defined as Upper Prussia (German: Oberland) in Germany since the 16th century. The rivers Iławka and Tynwałd flow through Iława. Within the city's administrative area there is the largest inland island in Poland - Wielka Żuława, which has a permanent ferry connection with the city. From the west and north, Iława is surrounded by the Iława Lake District Landscape Park. Iława is a holiday, paralympic and tourist resort. In the forest just outside Iława there are two Polish Television holiday resorts (Sarnówek and Tłokowisko)[2]. It is possible to reach the Baltic Sea from Iława through Jeziorak Lake and the historic Elbląg Canal. Before World War II, the town was called "The Pearl of Oberland". The city is also known as the summer capital of traditional jazz because of the oldest festival of this music genre in Europe - "Złota Tarka" Old Jazz Meeting. Iława also includes the Pope's Calvary of the Iława Lake District, whose canoe-shaped Stations of the Cross refer to and commemorate Karol Wojtyła's two visits to Jeziorak, after which the future Pope was kayaking with young people. Iława lies on the Road of St. James (one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes in the world) which leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella in Spain.


Natural conditions

According to the data of January 1, 2009, the area of the city is 21. 88 km²,[3] placing the city on the third position in the province. The town is also the fifth largest in the Warmia and Mazury region and the fifth in the population.

Iława and its surroundings lie on undulating moraine and sandstone areas, distinguished by varied forms of sculpture. Within the city, on Lake Jeziorak (the longest lake in Poland and the sixth largest) is the island of Wielka Żuława with relics of an Old Prussian town. In the vicinity of the city, in the sand terrain, there are lakes, mainly gutter lakes, surrounded by significant forest complexes. In Iława itself, apart from the mentioned Jeziorak, there are a dozen or so smaller lakes(i.a. Little Jeziorak, Iławskie, Dół). The lakes and rivers of the Iławskie Lake land form, together with the Elbląg Canal, a widesystem of inland navigation, connecting the surrounding water bodies. This channel makes it possible to reach the Baltic Sea from Iława.


The city existed originally as an Old Prussian settlement and was recorded by Teutonic Knights in Prussia in 1305. It is documented in a manuscript by Luther von Braunschweig in 1317 and its first names are known as Ylavia, Ylaw, and Ilow.[4] It was located on the Eylenz (Iławka) River between Lakes Geserich (Jeziorak) and Eylenz (Iławskie). The town was under the jurisdiction of the komtur of Christburg (Dzierzgoń) and since 1340 under Osterode (Ostróda).

At the start of the Thirteen Years’ War (1454–1466) in February 1454, Iława sided with the Prussian Confederation, at the request of which King Casimir IV Jagiellon signed the act of incorporation of the region to Poland.[5] In April 1454 the town pledged allegiance to the Polish King. After Poland's loss at the Battle of Chojnice, in November 1454 it was taken over by the Teutonic Knights,[5] who handed over its defence to Czech mercenaries. In 1457, the unpaid Czech mercenaries sold the town to Poland. After the peace treaty signed in Toruń in 1466 the town came under Polish suzerainty as a fief.[5] In 1520 Polish King Sigismund I the Old granted Iława the right to collect tolls on the bridge over Jeziorak.

In 1525 the town became part of the Duchy of Prussia, a vassal state of the Polish Crown,[5] and in 1701 it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. Administered within the new province of West Prussia in 1773, it became part of the German Empire in 1871. During the Seven Years' War, the town was occupied by Russia between 1758 and 1762.

In 1862 the Elbląg Canal was built between Elbing (Elbląg) and Eylau by engineer Georg Steenke, which enabled the inland town to transport bulk of lumber, farm products, and other goods north to Elbing and the Baltic Sea. This was superseded ten years later by rail transport, when the Thorn (Toruń)-Insterburg (Chernyakhovsk) railway line was constructed.

20th century

After Poland regained its independence in 1918, the East Prussian plebiscite of 1920 allowed the residents to cast votes either in favor of remaining in Germany or becoming a part of Poland. The vote took place amid persecution of Polish activists by the German side.[6] Ultimately the town voted to remain in Germany by 4,746 to 235 votes. It became part of Regierungsbezirk West Prussia in the Province of East Prussia.

Towards the end of the World War II, most population left the town, and the Soviet Army destroyed approcimately 85% of the town.[7] After World War II, Soviet pressure at the Potsdam Conference led to Iława inclusion in the Polish territory. The historic Polish name Iława was adopted to replace the Germanized name.


The name Iława is thought to originate from the ancient Prussian word ilis, meaning black. The related Baltic-Slavic word ilo or ilu means the black colour but also mud. The name might refer to the swampy area where the city lies, or to the dark water of the lake Jeziorak.[7]

The oldest written form of the name Iława is Latin Ylavia. This form appeared on a location document from 1317. Later documents of 1333 and 1334 mention Ylav, while the variety Ylau is mentioned in 1338. In the fifteenth century, the form Ylow and Ylow Thethonicalis appeared. In the years 1430 and 1438, the documents issued by the Dzierzgon command post spoke of Deutschen Ylaw. In the years 1443, 1457 and 1458 the town was named Ylau, and in 1456 it took the form of Ilau, then in 1459 it was changed to Eylaw. The name Deutze Eylau is used in 1457 and its other form Dwetsch Eylau in 1468. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the names Teutschen Eylau, Deutscheneylau and Theuto Ilavia appear. In the 18th century, the Deutsch Eylau form was adopted, valid until 1933. On 1 January 1934 the name was changed to Stadt Deutsch Eylau (Stadt - en. The town), and since 1945 the Polish name of the town is Iława, which was officially approved on 7 May 1946.[8]

Symbols of the town

On the coat of arms of Iława there is the figure of the Mother of God with the Child in her arms, who sits on the throne at the city gate. The coat of arms of Iława was amended by the resolution of the City Council of May 28, 1998.[9]

Iława's city bugle-call was approved by the resolution of the City Council of August 29, 1996. It is played every day at 12.00 on the trumpet from the town hall tower. It was composed in 1995 by Henryk Majewski - a well-known jazz musician, one of the organizers of the Złota Tarka festival held annually in Iława.[9]

The flag of Iława was approved by a resolution of the City Council of April 24, 1997. It depicts the coat of arms of Iława and ten alternately arranged wavy stripes in white and blue, which symbolize waves of Jeziorak lake.[9]

Neighbourhoods in Iława


Data as of 30 June 2009:[10]

Description In total Woman Man
Unit people % people % people %
Population 32 349 100 16 975 52,2 15 516 47,8
Population density


1485 775,8 709,1

According to the data of 30 June 2008 the city had 33 775 inhabitants.

Partner cities

City Country Date of agreement sign
 Gargždai  LTU 1998-05-30
 Herborn  DEU 1998-11-21
 Tholen  NLD 1994-06-01

Economy and industry

In Iława County there is the second lowest unemployment rate in Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship (5. 8%) just after Olsztyn County (5. 1%) - data as of the end of August 2016. Iława is a subzone of the Warmia and Mazury Special Economic Zone.[11]


Cultural life

The town holiday is June 11, commemorating the location of Ilawa in 1305.[12] Most of the cultural events in the city are under the patronage of the Iława Culture Centre. At the ICK there is the "Pasja"; cinema, where DKF "Kadr"; operates. There is the Municipal Public Library[13] in Iława, as well as the District Pedagogical Library, which is a part of the District Centre for Education Development[14] in Iława, and a branch of the Warmia and Mazury Pedagogical Library of Iława. The Karol Wojtyła Foundation in Elbląg. There are several art galleries in the city.[15]



Local media

Local press



Local websites

Iława in culture

In 1974, the film Gniazdo directed by Jan Rybkowski was recorded on Wielka Żuława Island, telling the story of the first years of the Polish state.[26] The action of two adventures of "Pan Samochodzik"; - Nowe przygody Pana Samochodzika[27] and Pan Samochodzik i złota rękawica by Zbigniew Nienacki - took place in Iława and at Jeziorak. In November 1995. Volker Schlöndorff (author of, "Blaszany bębenek";) shot scenes for his film King Olch[28] with John Malkovich in the ruins of Szymbark Castle (8 km from Iława). In 1989, TVP recorded a documentary film Bloody Ilawa[29] about the Ilawa prison famous for its rebellion, pacification and self-mutilation, as well as for the beating of the interned in spring 1982.

Jewish cemetery

The Jewish cemetery in Iława was established shortly after 1812 and covered an area of 0. 44 hectare.[30] It was devastated by the Nazis and then liquidated by the communist authorities between 1975 and 1976. The land and the remains of the people buried there were used to renovate the IKS Jeziorak stadium. Currently in its place there is an IKS Jeziorak training pitch.


Iława is a centre of water sports. The city has many marinas, water equipment and bicycle rentals. The town has a sports stadium, a sportsand entertainment hall, a sports swimming pool (Sports and Recreation Centre), a bowling alley, a Pump track extreme cycling track, a skatepark, an indoor ice rink, a traffic town, 2 guarded beaches, 3 Orlik pitches, a motocross-bike and bicycle track, a forest shootingrange, a rowing track, a mini-golf course, and several gyms. On November 18, 1992 at the Municipal Stadium in Iława a friendly football match between Poland and Latvia took place.[31]

The Iława Sports Centre for Tourism and Recreation operates in Iława, which supports various sports sections. In the city there is a sports club Jeziorak Iława, consisting of several sections, among others football, handball, table tennis and taekwondo. Moreover, there are local clubs, institutions andassociations in Iława which bring together people who practice, amongothers martial arts, rowing, volleyball, tennis, athletics, swimming, shooting and cycling.[32]

There is a troop of the Polish Scouting Association in Iława. There aretwo multi-level teams, three teams of hikers (16–21 years old), oneteam of older scouts (13–16 years old), four teams of scouts (19-13years old) and four teams of chefs.[33]

Touristic trails

Walk trails[34]

Bike trails[35]

Kayak trails[36]

Sail trails[36]

Notable residents


International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Iława is twinned with:


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  2. ^ Tłokowisko Ośrodek Wypoczynkowy Telewizja Polska S.A. | Siemiany .
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  13. ^ "Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna w Iławie" . biblioteka.ilawa.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  14. ^ "Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna w Iławie" . pcre.ilawa.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  15. ^ a b "Atrakcje Iławy" . it-ilawa.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  16. ^ a b c "Imprezy w Iławie" . WP abcZdrowie (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  17. ^ "Iława - W rytmie jazzu. Atrakcje turystyczne Iławy. Ciekawe miejsca Iławy" . polskaniezwykla.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  18. ^ "Jeziorak Szanty • Szantymaniak •" . szantymaniak.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  19. ^ "Tegoroczna Iławska Fama Rock Festiwal w nowej formule" . ilawa.wm.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
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  21. ^ "Iława. Powstaje muzeum wojskowości i motoryzacji z torem taktycznym [ZDJĘCIA]" . infoilawa.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  22. ^ "Po kolejnym spotkaniu w sprawie iławskiego muzeum. Mamy pierwsze informacje o kosztach" . infoilawa.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  23. ^ "Panorama Regionu" . Encyklopedia Warmii i Mazur (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  24. ^ "Polska Prasa | Powiat iławski miesięcznik regionalny" . polskaprasa.cba.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  25. ^ "Biuletyn Uroczysko - Park Krajobrazowy Pojezierza Iławskiego" . parkikrajobrazowewarmiimazur.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  26. ^ "Jak w Iławie "Gniazdo" kręcili - wystawa fotograficzna" . mojemazury.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  27. ^ "Nowe przygody Pana Samochodzika" . Lubimyczytać.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  28. ^ Król Olch / Der Unhold (in Polish), retrieved 2020-01-25
  29. ^ "FilmPolski.pl" . FilmPolski (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  30. ^ Przemysław, Burchard. "Przemysław Burchard: Pamiątki i zabytki kultury żydowskiej w Polsce": 49. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  31. ^ "18.11.1992 - Iława - Polska 1:0 Łotwa - mecz towarzyski - Historia Polskiej Piłki Nożnej - hppn.pl..." hppn.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  32. ^ Jaskuła, Patryk. "Mikołajkowe zawody piłkarskie_Aktywnie" . Ośrodek (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  33. ^ "http://ilawa.zhp.pl/" (in Polish). Retrieved 2020-01-25. External link in |title= (help)
  34. ^ "Szlaki piesze" . it-ilawa.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  35. ^ "Aleje i szlaki rowerowe" . it-ilawa.pl. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
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