Wielkopolska, as a result of being a part of Prussia for some time, shows German influence. The territory was regained and lost multiple times over the course of Poland’s history, the final instance being after WWII, when it was again able to join the rest of Poland.
Many ancient cities with long and storied histories can be found in Greater Poland. Palaces, castles, ruined fortifications, archeological sites, and cathedrals containing the relics of saints remember the origins of the Polish nation. Touring the region will offer plenty of surprises and will increase your appreciation for Poland as a whole.
Sights in WielkopolskaLike other regions in Poland, such as Malopolska and Silesia, Greater Poland has its share of sights and historical landmarks.
Poznan is one of the most popular cities to visit in Wielkopolska. Its lovely old town area is a can’t-miss attraction with a mechanical clock, while its Cathedral Island preserves remnants from the first settlement here.
Kornik Castle: Located near Poznan, Kornik Castle contains an important scientific library, a museum, art galleries, and an arboretum.
Rogalin Palace: Filled with art treasures and artifacts from throughout Europe and history, Rogalin Palace is a museum established from the collection of a wealthy local family. It is surrounded by parkland.
Gniezno: An ancient capital of Poland, Gniezno is at the heart of old Poland. Its Gothic cathedral contains the remains of St. Adalbert, who brought Christianity to the Poles in the Middle Ages. The Romanesque doors of the cathedral tell St. Adalbert’s story in bronze.
Biskupin: Biskupin is the sight of an unusual archeological discovery: a Bronze Age settlement preserved within the waters of a lake. Visitors can see how early settlers of the region lived when they explore the reconstructed fortifications and buildings.
Golub-Dobrzyn Castle: This castle is today the sight of jousting and fencing tournaments that bring medieval recreation to life. A museum and guest rooms round out the experience available at Golub Castle.
Gorzow Wielkopolski: Located in the western part of Wielkopolska, Gorzow Wielkopolski contains a 13th-century church, a Jewish cemetery, and a 19th century New Town that remained mostly intact after WWII despite Gorzow’s Old Town having been badly damaged.
All throughout Wielkopolska are historic churches and cathedrals, castles and towers, forests, waterways, and fields. If you have time on your tour of Greater Poland, exploring lesser-known spots or diverting from your original plan can be well-rewarded.
Torun is the birthplace of Nicolas Copernicus and boasts a historic core protected by UNESCO. Torun is famous for its gingerbread, which complements its annual holiday festivals well. Torun isn’t officially within the Wielkopolska region, but its proximity and popularity often make it a part of tours of Greater Poland.