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Castle in Kórnik

Castle in Kórnik

The beginnings of the Kórnik castle go back to the 15th century. Its current neo-Gothic form stems from the mid-19th century. Its interiors are filled with antique furniture from various styles and times, paintings and sculptures by Polish and European masters, antique coins, military accessories, and an ethnographic collection. A real gem is the library from 1828, with a unique collection of around 400 thousand volumes. Legend has it, that at night the castle is haunted by the ghost of Biała Dama - the White Lady.
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The Kórnik Arboretum

The Kórnik Arboretum

The famous Kórnik castle is surrounded by an expansive park. It is the largest and oldest arboretum in Poland, and its history goes back to the mid-18th century. Around 3 thousand species and varieties of trees and bushes can be found here - the oldest being the 300-year-old lime trees. The park is at its most charming in the springtime, when the magnolias, the azaleas and the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Even the proverbial "gruszki na wierzbie" (pears on a willow) can be seen among them.
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Museum Palace in Rogalin

Museum Palace in Rogalin

One of the most impressive aristocratic residencies in Poland is located in Rogalin. The 18th century, late-Baroque palace hosts the museum of the Raczyński family, as well as a carriage house, a painting gallery and a church from 1820, stylised as a Roman temple. The palace is surrounded by a park with the largest concentration of oak trees in Middle-Eastern Europe, whose history dates back nearly 700 years - the most famous of which are Lech, Czech and Rus.
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Wielkopolski National Park

18 areas of strict protection with the joint acreage of 260 hectares (over 640 acres) have been established in the park. They protect among others 32 monument trees. Five signposted hiking trails with the joint length of 85 kilometers run through the park. Seven walks run across these trails. Over 100 kilometers of cycle paths are available in the park, as well as 30 kilometers of horse riding paths. In the park there is also many listed buildings and the WNP Nature Museum in Jeziory
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Former Cistercian Church and Monastery in Owińska

Former Cistercian Church and Monastery in Owińska

The monastery was raised around 1250. Today, it is a late Baroque church of John the Baptist, and the monastery walls house the Educational Centre for Visually Impaired Children. In the nearby park there is the only Spacial Orientation Park in Europe, where the visually impaired children learn how to move about in an open space. The unique Typhlological Museum also resides here. The whole area can be visited via an outdoor game, “Wokół klasztoru w Owińskach” (“Around Owińska Monastery”), available for download at www.czerwonak.pl
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"Puszcza Zielonka" Landscape Park

"Puszcza Zielonka" Landscape Park

Located East of Poznań, this landscape park is the perfect place for family leisure and recreation. The bicycle path network of "Puszcza Zielonka" and its surrounding areas, over 220 kilometers long, is one of the most interesting and richest in Wielkopolska. Many other paths have also been charted here – hiking, kayaking, horse-riding, and the unique Trail of Wooden Churches, where you can learn about the wooden religious architecture of these areas.
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Oak Trees of Rogalin

Oak Trees of Rogalin

Rogalin Landscape Park is famous for its magnificent oak trees – nearly two thousand of them, in fact, with many classified as nature monuments. The most famous of them are Lech (6.33 in girth), Czech (7.35 m in girth, unfortunately dead since 1992) and Rus (9.15 m in girth, currently the thickest of all the Rogalin oak-wood forest), as well as Oak Edward (6.18 m in girth). They grow near the Rogalin Palace, in the picturesque scenery of the naturalistic landscape park.
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Tarnowskie Thermal Baths

Tarnowskie Thermal Baths

Tarnowskie Thermal Baths is a modern pool and recreation complex. An exceptional aqua park which acquires its water from geothermal springs 1200 meters underground, delivering water at the temperature of over 45.7 degrees Celsius. Three zones – recreational, sports and sauna with pools and many water attractions are great fun for the kids. Outside, there is a large, sandy beach with a playground, a graduation tower, a beach volleyball court and leisure zones.
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National Museum of Agriculture and Agricultural-Food Industry in Szreniawia

National Museum of Agriculture and Agricultural-Food Industry in Szreniawia

The Szreniawa Museum is the only museum facility of this rank in Poland, and one of few of its kind in Europe. The collection includes over 20 thousand pieces, exhibited in 13 pavilions, and in a historic 19th century palace and park. Tourists and residents can enjoy a wide variety of displays and permanent exhibitions. The museum also prides itself in its numerous special events - the Easter and Christmas Markets, the Pentecost Carnival, or the Beer Festival.
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Windmill w Rogierówko

Windmill w Rogierówko

Although the actual date of its creation is not known, the history of the windmill dates back to at least 1905. It was built by a German foreman for countess Wiśniewska. It is a typical smock mill, octagonal in plan - the only one of its kind in Poland. The lower level used to house a steam engine. The entire wind propulsion was made using lignum vitae, an exotic type of wood. Nowadays, the mill houses the Millery Museum - a part of the Museum of the First Piasts at Lednica.
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Beekeeping Museum

Beekeeping Museum

Prof. Ryszard Kostecki Beekeeping Heritage Park and Museum is the largest outdoor ethnographic museum in Europe, with a unique collection of beehives, illustrating the history of apiculture and beekeeping on Polish soil. Among the exhibits there are figural hives (in the shape of a person or an animal), as well as architectural, basket, box hives, and bee gums (sections of hollow trees). The oldest hive is 600 years old. A big attraction is a special demonstrative hive, allowing for the close observation of the intimate lives of bees.
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The water tower

The water tower

The water tower is the most recognizable building on Śrem’s skyline. It was built in 1909 and it goes up nearly 48 meters. It was designed to resemble Gothic wall towers. Inside, there is a tank with 240 cubic meters capacity, which holds the construction of the roof. In the night scenery the tower is a particularly impressive sight, as it is beautifully lit. It is believed that where the tower now stands, up until the 17th century, there was the St. Nicholas Church - the first temple in the city.
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Museum of Greater Poland Uprising in Lusowo

Museum of Greater Poland Uprising in Lusowo

The museum was named after General Józef Dowbor Muśnicki. Its collections include exhibits connected with the insurgents of the Greater Poland. An equally important part of the exhibition are the memorabilia related to General Dowbor Muśnicki and his family, and particularly with his daughters Janina and Agnieszka who died in Katyń and Palmiry in 1940. The last part of the exhibition is related to the battles fought by soldiers of Greater Poland outside of Wielkopolska between 1919 and 1920, among others the Polish-Soviet war.
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Baszta Halszki (Museum – Górków Castle)

Baszta Halszki (Museum – Górków Castle)

Baszta Halszki (Halszka’s Keep) is a late-Gothic tower from 1518 and is a remainder of the former castle. It owes its name to Duchess Elżbieta Ostrogska, or Halszka. In the 16th century, at the decree of king Zygmunt August, she was to be married off to Łukasz III Górka against her will. According to legend, he locked her in the tower for 14 years, putting a black metal mask on her face. Today, the tower houses a museum with a collection of religious icons among its exhibits.
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Poznań Episcopal Palace in Buk

Since the beginning of its existence, Buk has been owned by the Poznań Church and it has been the home of Poznań Episcopal Palace since the 14th century. In its walls, in 1414, king Władysław Jagiełło received Ulrich von Plauen - the brother of a Prussian master, devoid of power. In time, the sumptuous building had been turned into a palace, which saw the death of bishop Andrzej Bninski in 1479 and, in 1520, of bishop Jan Lubrański, one of the most important figures in the history of Poland during the Renaissance period.
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