Lubusz (Lubuskie)

Lubusz is a region on the western side of Poland; which is well-known because of its forests, lakes and parks. Nearly 50% of the province is covered in woodland and the northern and central areas are home to a multitude of lakes. Dotted around the area are bathing resorts, holiday centres and farms providing accommodation and services to the many tourists who visit Lubusz each year.

The main attractions in the Lubusz region are the Drawa National Park, the Warta Estuary National Park and the 19th century Mużakowski Park, which is a landscape park located on both sides of the Polish-German border. The province attracts cyclists, hikers, horse riders and kayakers and is also very popular with hunters and mushroom pickers.

The two main cities in the Lubusz region are Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra, the latter going by the nickname “The City of Wine" due to its many vineyards including the old Wine Park in the city centre.

The city has numerous tourist attractions and important historical sites such as the Palm House on Wine Hill and the preserved medieval Old Town and Market Square. Gorzów Wielkopolski is home to St. Mary's Cathedral, which has an interesting history and was founded at the end of the 12th century.

Another popular attraction in Lubusz is the village of Lagow; which has a spectacular lake divided by the village centre in the middle. It is also home to a castle built by the Knights Hospitallers during the 14th century.

The small town of Żagań is famous for its huge 13th-century Church of the Assumption and the Gothic 14th-century Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

South of the town of Międzyrzecz is a 30 km long network of fortifications built by the Germans just prior to World War II known as the Miedzyrzecz Reinforced Region. A section of this underground network is designated as the Nietoperek Bat Nature Reserve, central Europe’s most important bat hibernation site, which provides shelter to some 30,000 bats of 12 different species.