Tag: Drawa National Park

Tag: Drawa National Park

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.

West Pomerania (Zachodniopomorskie)

West Pomerania (Zachodniopomorskie) in north west Poland has a border with Germany to the west and the Baltic Sea to the north and is considered to be one of the greenest regions in Poland and also one of the most attractive for tourists. There’s plenty on offer for visitors including beaches, woodlands, national parks, lakes, seaside resorts, golf clubs, cycling routes and health spas.

Its capital and largest city is Szczecin; which is a busy working port. Other important ports in the region are Świnoujście and Police. The major seaside towns in West Pomerania are Międzyzdroje, Dziwnów, Kołobrzeg and Mielno.

West Pomerania has a very diverse landscape ranging from sandy beaches to lakes to large forests. One of the most popular forests in the region is Wkrzańska Forest; which is shared between Germany and Poland with 22% of the forest being on the Polish side.

The province has two national parks, Wolin National Park, situated on the island of Wolin and Drawa National Park; which is a part of the huge Drawsko Forest.

It also has 6 natural parks, 75 reserves, 3 forests and upwards of 1,100 Sites of Unique Nature.

Each year, many tourists visit the Crooked Forest located near the town of Gryfino. It is a grove of about 100 oddly-shaped pine trees planted around 1930. The reason why the pines are shaped this way has never determined and remains a mystery to this day.

Golfers can enjoy a good choice of courses such as: Binowo Park Golf Club, Amber Baltic Golf Club, Modry Las Golf Club & Kamień Country Golf Club.

Szczecin was once called Stettin and was a city located in Germany. It was transferred to Poland at the end of World War II. The city is known for its 19th-century Wały Chrobrego, or Chobry Embankment, and the renovated Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, now a cultural centre.