A small town (26 thousand inhabitants) in north-east Greater Poland, appr. 60 km NE of Poznań at the banks of Wełna river and Durowskie Lake. The history of the city (and its surroundings) is inseparably connected with the past of the Cistersian Order in Poland.
Wągrowiec has a very convenient, but – due to infrastructure – not very fast connection with Poznań, calling at Skoki, Murowana Goślina, nearby Puszcza Zielonka forrest. There are 8 to 10 trains daily (depending on the day) – with air conditioning low-floored diesel units. In 2010 the line Poznan-Wagrowiec will be repaired, afterwards the travel time will be shortened by 25-30 minutes, and the whole journey will take appr. 1 hour.
Wągrowiec has as well train links to small town of Golancz (20 km, 25 minutes) – 5 trains daily, but this line has very small importance for tourists (apart from maybe cyclers and anglers, as the line runs among lakes and forests.
You can easily gat to Wągrowiec from surrounding cities using regional roads : 196 from Poznań, 190 from Gniezno, 241 from Bydgoszcz or 251 from the Żnin area (important for those, who want to combine a stay in Wągrowiec with a visit to Piast Route.
Wągrowiec has several important high-class monuments :
a late gothic parish church from XVIth cent, built upon older, romanesque fundaments with three-aisle, hall interior. The most important person linked with this church is priest Jakub Wujek (a later rector of the Jesuit College in Poznań) – the person, who made the first Bible translation in polish. One can find Wujek’s monument in from of the church – it’s a reconstruction, the original one was destroyed by Nazi Germans during WWII.
the post-Cistersian church and monastery, existing in its present form since XVIIth cent, earlier monastery buildings have burnt in 1744. In the interiors : a precious altar with a baroque relief, nearby a high-school building, where in 1899 Stanislaw Przybyszewski (A famous polish poet of that epoque) took his final exams.
A Regional Museum – in the so-called abbot-house, rebuilt after a fire in 1987, with historical and ethnografical collection of Pałuki (a region on the borderland of Greater Poland and Kujawy), with a usual, but unique collection of match-etiqettes, coins and orders.
a bifurcation – that means simply a river-crossing, of two small river flowing throughout Wągrowiec : Wełna i Nielba. The crossing is man-made,. The fisrt canal was built by Cistersian monks in the Middle Ages to improve the city defensive system. Later on – in 1880 – during meliorating works, a new cala leading southwards was dug foriming a crossing that way. An interesting thing is, that – despite of the artificial character of the crossing - only appr. 15% of waters of the two rivers mix, the rest flow in their own river-beds.
The Lakinski Piramide - a grave of captain of horse from the Napoleon Army, Franciszek Lakinski in the shape of a piramide
It’s a good idea to spend one night in Wągrowiec and visit as well at least some of the surroundings :
Popowo Kościelne – a wooden church from 1629, rebuilt one century later, nearby : a lime-tree with a circumference of 450 cms.
Tarnowo Pałuckie – the oldest of the wooden churches in Poland (XIVth cent) and as well one of the most precious. In the interiors there are marvellous polichromies from the mid-XVIIth cent, covering all the walls; on the northern wall scene from the life of St. Margaret, on the southern one : of St. Nicolas (the patron of the church); in the presbitery : scenes from the New Testament.
Budziejewko - an erratic block of St. Adalbert, where the saint was preaching before his lethal mission to the Prussians; circumference : 20,5m. It's the oldest protected by law eraatic block in Poland (since 1840)
Łekno - originally the oldest city of the Paluki region, the first place of Cistersians in Poland, with preserved parts of the old city planning; in its western part - old gothic church from XVIth cent, three-aisled.
Prusce - a clasicistic palace from 1788, projected by the architect from Warsaw Jan Christian Kamsetzer, being for several decades a patern for many other residences in Greater Poland. Nearby - the English Park with oak trees with the circumference up to 7 metres. On the way between Prusce and Wagrowiec a small building used to collect toll.
The Debina natural reserve - old oak-tree forrest with one of unique places in westren Poland, where grey heron nests.
Wagrowiec can be as well the starting point for excursions to the northern parts of the Piast Trail.