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Greater Poland Voivodeship [1] (pl. Województwo wielkopolskie) is a province in the Greater Poland region of Poland.


Greater Poland Voivodeship


Other of interest[edit]

  • Dziekanowice
  • Gołuchów — with a beautiful renaissance castle and the aurochs stockyard
  • Kłodawa — with the biggest operating salt mine in Poland
  • Kórnik
  • Licheń — with the largest church in Poland, the Sanctuary of Our Lady
  • Mogilno
  • Ostrów Lednicki — remnants of the Duke’s palace (palatium) and a fortress from the early history of Poland together with 2 preserved baptism bowls from 960s
  • Owińska — a small village close to Poznań
  • Puszczykowo
  • Rogalin
  • Swarzędz — with the only bee-keeping museum in Poland
  • Szamotuły
  • Wągrowiec
  • Wolsztyn — world-famous for its working steam trains depot, the only one in Europe still in operation; also offers wonderful lakes, an open-air museum and the Robert Koch Museum
  • Żnin

Other destinations[edit]


Cities like Biskupin and Kalisz in this region date back to the 7th century BC and 1st century after Christ, respectively. Greater Poland was the also the core of the early medieval Kingdom of Poland and is often regarded as the cradle of Poland, as the Polish Piast Dynasty emerged in the 9th century in this region, conquering the other Polish provinces in the 10th century. The first Polish capitals and church centers where in Giecz, Gniezno and Poznań. However, the region was destroyed by the invitation of the Czech king in the early 11th century and Poland's capital moved to Kraków in Lesser Poland in 1040. A century later Greater Poland became a duchy within the Seniorat of Poland. It was the local duke Przemysł II who first reunited Poland and became the first new king of Poland in 1295. In the beginning of the 14th century Greater Poland became a province (or voivodeship) of the Kingdom of Poland. During the Second Partition of Poland in 1793 much of its territory was annexed by Prussia, but regained independence as part of the Duchy of Warsaw between 1807-1815. After the Congress of Vienna it was again annexed by Prussia. Following World War I it became part of the Second Polish Republic, but was annexed by Nazi-Germany as the Warthegau after the Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939. It is again part of Poland since 1945. The Polish October, a anti Soviet uprising, took place in Poznań in 1956, giving the beginning of the Hungarian Uprising that followed this event. Nowadays Greater Poland Voivodeship is one of the strongest economic regions in Poland.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Poznań has a major international airport with scheduled connections to many European cities. As the A2 motorway and the railway line from Berlin to Warsaw runs right through Wielkopolskie, one can also arrive at the airports of either national capital and continue to the region by ground transport.

By train[edit]

Polish National Rail Carrier PKP (in the cooperation with Deutsche Bahn) offers daily connections to Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Amsterdam and Innsbruck. Besides : one can use many long-distance connections to the region from Warsaw, Wrocław, Cracow, Gdańsk, Toruń, Szczecin and almost all other bigger polish cities. Most of these connections are served by PKP Intercity. The main railway hub in the region is Poznań, but express trains, TLK-trains and intercity trains stop usually as well in Leszno, Gniezno, Piła, Kalisz and Konin. The fast (pospieszny in polish) trains stop as well in smaller towns.

Get around[edit]


Warta River near Wronki





Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

Greater Poland Voivodeship borders seven other Polish provinces:

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