Lubuskie

Regional capitals: Gorzów Wielkopolski and Zielona Góra

The Region

Stara Wieś, Kinga Viveyard, Ⓒ Lubuskie Voivodship
Stara Wieś, Kinga Viveyard, Ⓒ Lubuskie Voivodship

The Lubuskie region, often referred to as ‘the green area of Poland’, encompasses the lands around the Nysa Łużycka, Obra, lower Warta and central Odra rivers. To the west, it borders on Brandenburg and Saxony in Germany and, in Poland, it adjoins the voivodships of Western Pomerania, Lower Silesia and Wielkopolska.

Landscape

The Mużakowski Park, Ⓒ Ryszard Orzechowski, Lubuskie Voivodship
The Mużakowski Park, Ⓒ Ryszard Orzechowski, Lubuskie Voivodship

Lubuskie is a highly picturesque region, with swathes of dense forest and numerous rivers and lakes. Almost fifty per cent of the region is forested, ranking it the first in Poland in this respect. The landscapes of the Sława and Łagów lake districts are just as magnetic. In order to protect this precious natural heritage, numerous reserves, landscape parks and natural landscape complexes have been established, with charming trails that wander through the scenic surroundings.

The Nietoperek animal reserve located near Międzyrzecz is one of a kind in Europe, protecting the winter habitat of over thirty thousand bats in the underground fortifications there. Equally as unique is the aquatic birds’ reserve in the Warta Estuary National Park (Park Narodowy “Ujście Warty”). The Mużakowski Park (Muskau Park), which lies within the region, has been entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage list. Another pearl of interest in the Lubuskie region is the Międzyrzecz Fortification Region, one of the largest and most fascinating fortification systems in Europe.

Cities and Sites

Town Hall in Zielona Góra, Ⓒ Lubuskie Voivodship
Town Hall in Zielona Góra, Ⓒ Lubuskie Voivodship

Gorzów Wielkopolski is not only the largest city in the region, but also its centre, a true hub of administrative, economic, cultural and social activities. Its extraordinarily advantageous location can be seen at a glimpse. Set on the banks of the Warta River, it lies at the crossroads of international road routes running from Scandinavia to the Balkans and from Germany to the Baltic countries. Cities such as Berlin, Poznań and Szczecin lie within a radius of around one hundred kilometres.

Zielona Góra is a city of nearly one hundred and eighteen thousand inhabitants. The name means ‘green mountain’ and it lies in a ‘clearing’, so to say, surrounded on all sides by densely forested, sparsely populated lands. The city is famed for its time-honoured, centuries-old winemaking tradition. This glorious aspect of its history, past and present, springs to vivid life during the annual Zielona Góra Wine Fest. Despite the sometimes severe climatic conditions, several local vineyards produce distinctive wines with a unique flavour.