After careful evaluation, the scientific committee of the Swiss Tourism Awards then selected the city of Elbag and awarded the prize:
Elblag is a city located in the northern part of Poland, in the Warmia and Masuria region.
It lies on the border between two geographical areas: the delta of the Vistula River and Upland Elbląg, which furrowed by ravines, prevails over the waters of the Vistula Lagoon. The great diversity of the Elblag landscape provides ideal conditions for various forms of leisure and recreation. Elblag is a dynamic developing city, an industrial, academic and cultural center, as well as an ideal base for tourists, a stop on the way to the Mazurian Lakes or seaside destinations along the Vistula Spit. Elblag Ostroda Canal, a unique monument related to the history of technology, which uses a remarkable system of hauling. The canal begins in Elblag and travels through Lake Druzno, a nature preserve and bird sanctuary.
Elblag offers a number of picturesque walking and biking trails in the Bazantarnia Forest. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy Mountain Chrobry with its landform features, 400m straight-line lifts, and 58m altitude ensure good conditions for skiers and snowboarders to indulge in winter fun. Elblag has many tourist attractions in the reconstructed Old Town, where you can admire these medieval and Gothic buildings such as: St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Art Center-El Galleria or the Market Gate. The historic center today is a place where people meet, stroll along the old streets, or take part in numerous events organized for tourists and locals.