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The pearls of the region are firts co-capitals (plural!!) of Poland from Xth-XIth cent with many monument referring to the beginnings of the Polish State :  
The pearls of the region are firts co-capitals (plural!!) of Poland from Xth-XIth cent with many monument referring to the beginnings of the Polish State :  
* Two most important centres of the firt Poland : [[Gniezno]] and [[Poznań]]
* Two most important centres of the first Poland : [[Gniezno]] and [[Poznań]]
* other, which used to be very important in early middle ages, nowadays - smal villages : [[Giecz]] and [[Ostrów Lednicki]]
* other, which used to be very important in early middle ages, nowadays - smal villages : [[Giecz]] and [[Ostrów Lednicki]]

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Greater Poland (in Polish Wielkopolska) is a lake district in west-central Poland in the Voivodship (province) Wielkopolskie Voivodship.



Get in

By plane

The main (and in terms of passenger traffic) airport in the region is Poznan airport Lawica, situated very close (7 km {4 mi}) from the city centre, offering connections to more than 20 destinations across Europe, including e.g.: London, Frankfurt, Munich, Dublin, Rome, Oslo, Berlin, Stockholm, Malmo, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Edinburgh. If your region is not connected by plane with Poznan, you can try other airports in surrounding Polish regions: to Wroclaw (Breslau), Bydgoszcz or even Warsaw, which has very good train connection with Poznan. Up-to-date flight schedule [1] at Poznan Lawica Airport.

By train

Region has very good connections with most other polish regions as well as some cities abroad. Its main (what doesn't mean, that's the only one) rail junction is Poznan, offering many inter-city and international connections:

  • Berlin : 4 times a day BWE (Berlin-Warsaw-Express) train - travel time ca 3 hrs
  • Kiev : 1 daily, ca 22 hrs
  • Munich, Amsterdam, Basel, Koeln, Innsbruck : 1 EuroNight train daily
  • Warsaw : more than 15 daily, a little bit less on weekend days, mostly InterCity, EuroCity or express trains (ca 3 hrs)
  • Szczecin : 10-12 daily (only fast and express trains) (2hrs10) and two accelerated trains (2hrs30)
  • seaside resorts : Kołobrzeg / Koszalin / Słupsk : up to 8 daily (in summer season), including 2 slow trains (appr. 5hrs)
  • Gdansk (calling at Gniezno, Inowrocław, Bydgoszcz) : 6-8 daily (only fast trains - appr. 5hrs30) + 2 slow trains to Bydgoszcz (appr. 3hrs)
  • Olsztyn (calling at Gniezno, Torun) : 3 daily (only fast trains - 5hrs)
  • Lodz : 6 daily, mostly slow trains (4hrs30)
  • Kraków (Cracow) (mostly calling at Wrocław, Opole, Katowice) : up to 10 daily (7hrs), including 4 going further to Przemyśl (appr. 11hrs)
  • Katowice - up to 12 daily (a bit more than 5hrs)
  • Wrocław (calling at Leszno) : more than 20 daily. A great choice of slow, accelerated, fast and express trains (from 2 to 3 hrs)
  • mountain resorts in Sudety Mountains : Szklarska Poręba : up to 3 daily, Kudowa Zdrój - as well 3 daily (6 hrs)
  • famous mountain resort in Tatra Mountains - Zakopane - 2 overnight trains in summer and winter season (10 hrs)

Get around

By train

Trains are the basic mean of transport in the region. The main i and the most important junction is of course Poznan, but regional centres : Leszno, Ostrow Wielkopolski and Pila offer as well many good connections. The most important line in the region is the one from Warsaw via Konin, Wrzesnia, Poznan toward the western border and further to Berlin. Other lines playing great role in the transport system are :

  • Szczecin (Stettin) - Poznan - Leszno - Wrocław (Breslau)
  • from the seaside (Kolobrzeg - Kolberg, Koszalin, Slupsk via Pila - Poznań - Jarocin - Ostrów Wielkopolski i further to southern Poland to Katowice (Katowitz) or to Lodz via Kalisz
  • from Three-City (Gdansk - Danzig, Sopot, Gdynia) and from Olsztyn (Allenstein) via Inowrocław - Gniezno do Poznania
  • from Bydgoszcz via Pila to Krzyz and further via Gorzow Wielkopolskie (Landsberg) to Berlin
  • from Ostrow Wielkopolski along the southernmost parts of the region to Leszno and further to Glogow

The network of main lines is supplemented by local ones with several connections daily :

  • Pila - Walcz (6)
  • Pila - Zlotow - Chojnice (5 to 6)
  • Poznan - Wągrowiec - Gołańcz (7 to 9)
  • Poznań - Grodzisk Wielkopolski - Wolsztyn (8 to 10)
  • Gniezno - Września - Jarocin - Krotoszyn (and further Wrocław) (3 to 5)
  • Jarocin - Leszno (4)
  • Ostrów Wielkopolski - Krotoszyn - Leszno (5 to 8)
  • Leszno - Wolsztyn (5 to 7)
  • so-called coal-magistral in the easternmost parts of Wielkopolska, but - as it joins not-touristic places - is play very little role for travellers.

Several trains on the routes from Wolsztyn to Poznan (departures from Wolsztyn appr. 5:30 and appr. 11:30, and from Poznan appr. 9:30 and 15:30) and from Wolsztyn to Leszno (departure from Wolsztyn appr. 6:00, back from Leszno appr. 15:30) are served - as the only ones in Poland - by steam locomotives. (Departures are given "appr." because of frequent timetable changes, which are the result of many track-works, especially in the Poznan juction).

It's essential to mention as well about narrow-gauged railways - some of them are used only for weekend and tourist traffic, but in the region we have the first independent from the nationl carrier (PKP) and private line : 23-km section from Stare Bojanowo (on the Poznan-Wrocław line) via Smigiel to Wielichowo. Every day more than 10 trains run on the route. Timetable : [2] (the carrier's - SKPL's - trains run as well on the other lines in the region : see below). As well narrow-gauged trains run on the following routes :

  • Środa Wielkopolska - Zaniemyśl
  • Pleszew - Pleszew Miasto (SKPL)
  • Opatówek - Turek (SKPL)
  • Gniezno - Witkowo
  • Bialosliwie region (nearby Pila)
  • a small part of the Krośniewice Commuter Line crosses Wielkopolska region (SKPL)


The pearls of the region are firts co-capitals (plural!!) of Poland from Xth-XIth cent with many monument referring to the beginnings of the Polish State :

  • Two most important centres of the first Poland : Gniezno and Poznań
  • other, which used to be very important in early middle ages, nowadays - smal villages : Giecz and Ostrów Lednicki

Other bigger cities worth spending and least few hours in each are :

Smaller towns with interesting monuments, events and traditions :

  • Kórnik (18 kms south-east from Poznan) wit a neogothic castle with wonderful interions and furniture and a dendrological park and - last bu not least - with an extremely precious Library with manuscripts dating back to XIIIth centuy
  • Rogalin (16 kms to the south from the city) with a baroque-klasicistic palace and its famous paiting collection of Raczynski family, horse cabs and very famous oaks (in total : more than 500), including three well-knows trees : Lech, Czech i Rus.
  • Puszczykowo (15 kms to the southm very easily accessible by train) - a very interesting travel museum of a polish traveller Arkady Fedler, the seat of the management of Greater-Poland National Park with a nature museum.
  • Swarzędz (just out of the city limits to the east, toward Warsaw) - a small city famous for the unique in Poland (and one of few in Europe) bee-keeping open-air museums.
  • Nowy Tomysl with the biggest basket of the world and the Basketry Museum
  • Szamotuly - a town 35kms NW of Poznan with an incredible Icon Museum, Halszka Tower and collegiate church

In Greater Poland it's worth sometimes to drive out of main roads to see e.g. :

  • palaces in Dobrzyca, Śmiełów, Gołuchów or Antonin
  • Szreniawa (15 kms to the south-west) - famous for the Agriculture Museum and the Bierbaums-family viewing tower
  • Kazimierz Biskupi near by Konin with an old romanesque church
  • Kłodawa with the biggest working salt mine in Poland
  • Tarnowo Pałuckie with the oldest wooden church in the country





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