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Greater Poland

The Wielkopolska region is the cradle of the Polish state. The great history which began in this swathe of land in the 10th century left its imprint on the architecture of the following centuries. Large numbers of tourists are attracted to the many sights it has to offer: its magnificent castles and palaces (Kórnik, Rogalin, Gołuchów, Rydzyna, Pawłowice, Antonin, Śmiełów), impressive places of worship (Poznań, Gniezno, Gostyń, Kalisz, Ląd, Licheń), charming wooden churches (Bralin, TarnowoPałuckie, DługaGoślina), the exceptionally beautiful town halls in Poznań and Leszno and the theatre in Kalisz. Other attractions include objects associated with rural architecture, which are on display in open-air museums, as well as unique museums like the National Agricultural Museum in Szreniawa, or the part of the still working Kłodowa salt mine 600 m below ground which is open to tourists.


Rydzyna Castle is one of the most stunning Baroque buildings in Poland. The interiors, destroyed in the War, were restored using historical documentation. The prestigious halls with their magnificent stucco work and historical decorative elements are host to numerous cultural and social events as well as conferences. There is a hotel, restaurant and museum within the castle, which is surrounded by a moat and an ancient park. Along with the other buildings in the town of Rydzyna itself, they form a historical complex that is known as Poland’s Baroque jewel.

Wolsztyn–Steam Engine Shed

Built in 1907, the steam engine shed in Wolsztyn is the only one in Europe still in service. Some 30 or so working steam locomotives are stationed in the shed (including a few that run regular routes), including the pride of Wolsztyn, “Beautiful Helena” - a Polish Type Pm 36-2 steam engine that can reach speeds of up to 80 mph. When visiting the steam engine shed, it is well worth a look at the small museum room as well. In May each year the famous steam engine parades take place here, attracting tourists from all over the world with an interest in these extremely handsome machines.

Greater Poland Ring

The “Greater Poland Ring” is an outstanding boating route in Poland, and also the longest. Its 427 mile or so length encompasses the Warta and Notećrivers and the Ślesiński canal. The Greater Poland Ring is characterised by a good infrastructure for motor boat and kayak users. A journey along the full extent of this waterway lasts an average of 30 days, if the traveller also visits the many sights and enjoys the culture and surrounding nature en route. As you make your way along the Noteć you have the chance to admire the old locks which are authentic technical landmarks.