Lubusz Voivodship, located in the western part of Poland, near the border with Germany, is one of the country’s most beautiful business cards.
Picturesque natural scenery, traces of past eras, colourful tradition reflected in the ornamentation, customs and architecture – it’s all waiting to be discovered in Lubusz Voivodeship.
The diversity of the region’s attractions makes it an ideal place to spend one’s free time. Forests covering almost half of the voivodship, wetlands, surrounding areas of lakes and rivers (among others, the area at the mouth of the Warta river at its confluence with the Oder river) create a bird sanctuary, which is unique in Europe and is a favorite destination for ornithology enthusiasts.
Places of military activities, fortifications and defensive structures which can be visited (including the Kostrzyn Fortress, a former Soviet nuclear base by lake Buszno or Międzyrzecz Fortified Region), participation in the reconstruction of battles and fights – this, in turn, attracts lovers of militaria. Tourists looking for challenges and adrenaline and wishing to test their skills can go to the Lubusz bicycle trails (eg. Eurovelo 2 or bicycle trail Warta – Noteć) and water trails (eg. Water trail “Lubusz Masuria”). The richness of the flora and fauna in Lubusz Voivodship is confirmed by the several dozen nature reserves. The Lubusz Voivodship also includes two national parks – Drawa National Park and Warta River Mouth National Park and eight parks, among which special attention should be paid to the Muskau Park.
It is partly situated in Germany and it is an outstanding park complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the numerous natural attractions, another strong asset of the region is a great deal of monuments. There are almost 4000 here, which places the voivodship on the 8th place in the country in terms of the number of monuments. These include both urban systems, defense buildings, public utility buildings, castles, palaces, mansions, palace parks, farms and other residential or industrial buildings. Apart from the Muskau Park, among the most valuable attractions in the region there is the Post-Augustinian Monastery Complex in Żagań, which is one of the most precious complexes of religious architecture in the northern part of historical Silesia, dating from the 12th – 18th centuries. The complex was entered by the Polish President on the list of national historic monuments.
Soon this list will also include a sanatorium in Trzebiechów, whose decor and interior furnishings were designed by Henry van de Velde – a leading creator and theoretician of secession. Particularly noteworthy are the objects of residential architecture. There are approximately 250 of these in the Lubusz Voivodship. They are extremely attractive not only because of their architectural, but also due to their historical value. Their fates are intertwined with the stories of great European families: Kottwitz, Unruh, Schönaich, Talleyrand, von Reuss, Radziwiłł and Cosel. Due to such wonderful buildings as the Renaissance palace in Siedlisko, the early Baroque palace in Zabór, the late baroque palaces in Bojadła and Kargowa, historical palaces in Wojnowo, Trzebiechów and Klenica and Renaissance castle in Sulechów and the medieval castle in Krosno Odrzańskie, the tourist trail “Palaces and Parks on the Middle Oder River” was established.
We invite those who will not be able to see these wonderful buildings with their own eyes, to visit the internet page of the trail. One can see the palaces and parks of Middle Oder, their development for several centuries and how they looked in their richest and most complete form. The splendid mannerist columns of the ballroom presenting monsters and devils in the largest Renaissance palace in Silesia in Siedlisko; the rococo palace in Bojadła, which was built later than the Zwinger palace, but earlier than the Sanssouci one and is one of the first implementations of the rococo in Europe; the wonderful Zabór – one of the finest early baroque palaces in this part of Europe, which was built by the illegitimate son of Augustus II, a child born as a result of the king’s famous romance with Anna Constance Cosel.
During the virtual trip, one can also see the royal palace of Augustus II the Strong, king of Poland and Saxony, located in Kargowa. The king did not only leave over 300 illegitimate children, but, above all, an impressive architectural heritage in that border area. The lovers of French architecture will certainly be interested in the prince’s palace in Trzebiechów, which, together with its superb park, gives the impression as if it were brought from the Loire valley.
Great examples of monuments from all eras are extraordinarily complementing the beauty of the Lubusz Voivodship – the only wine-producing region north of Moravia. According to the legend, Bacchus, the god of wine and vines, was killed by the hands of the Titans and his blood sprinkled the Mediterranean coast, France, the Rhine area and Moselle. A few stray drops fell also in the area of the southern and western Poland. Everywhere this happened great vines grew. This is just a legend. It is true, however, that since the 10th century the Lubusz landscape has been beautified by many vineyards, the proof of which are the paintings and texts preserved to this day, among other places, in the Wine Museum in Zielona Gora. Apart from the literature and art, the wine culture and not only, the region can praise itself with as many as 34 traditional products, survived in customs handed down from generation to generation. Wine made from hundreds of years old strains, natural honey, meat, baked goods produced according to the old recipes – it all adds up to the immense wealth of flavors of the regional cuisine. One can learn about the Lubusz Voivodship in many ways, but following the culinary and wine trail is definitely the tastiest.
In recent years, the vine potential of the region has been dynamically developing, alongside the associated tourism sector, which is enoturism. The Lubusz Wine and Honey Trail is an unforgettable adventure marking the Polish alcoholic beverage, which is gaining increasing recognition around the world. It runs through the historical places associated with winemaking, as well as through places dedicated to this important regional tradition, such as Winny Park – the Palm House in Zielona Gora, up to contemporary, greatly prosperous vineyards.
The trip along the trail gives you the chance to get acquainted with the old process of producing, from the village museum in Ochla to contemporary production facilities at the local manufacturers, beginning with the plant growing to the collection, the process of fermentation and aging. The expedition gives an opportunity for direct contact with the winemakers themselves – people passionate for this uncommon work, which is grape cultivation. Lubusz Voivodship does not taste only like wine, but also like honey. Its production is booming again.
The Lubusz beekeeping traditions date back to the Middle Ages, when the beekeeping was a strong branch of the economy, and honey as well as wax were highly valued commodities on the domestic and foreign markets.
Taste the Lubusz Voivodship on the spot. For more information, please visit the website: http://atrakcjelubuskie.pl/home.html