Wągrowiec (pronounced Vongrovyets) is a city in Greater Poland.
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 Cistercian 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 forest. 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.
In the region of Wągrowiec buses have (apart from the line to Poznań) more importance than trains. Regular buses run to :
- Bydgoszcz : up to 5 daily
- Gniezno : up to 12 daily
- Łekno (the remnants of the Polish oldest Cistercian monastery) – over 25 daily
- Piła - do 7 daily
- Poznań - up 18 daily (the journey may take a long time, especially due to traffic in Poznań itself)
- Rogoźno - a change for trains going to Poznań or northwards Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) at the Baltic Sea is possible – up to 8 daily
- Tarnowo Pałuckie (the Polish oldest wooden church) – over 20 daily
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 itself is a small town, so all main attractions are accessible on foot. Wishing to visit Lekno or Tarnowo Pałuckie you have to use out-of-town PKS buses.
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-Cistercian 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-etiquettes, 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 Cistercian 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 forming 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
- Bar "Widzińscy", 11, Skocka str., ☏ .
- Bar "Arka", 1, Żeromskiego str., ☏ .
- Bar "Pod Korfantym", 4, Lesna str., ☏ .
- Bar "Siódemka", 7, Pocztowa str., ☏ .
- Bar "Bachus", 50, Janowiecka str, ☏ .
- Bar "Pod Meduzą", 6, Lipowa str., ☏ .
- Bar "Rybka", 2, Dworcowy sq., ☏ .
Mid-range and splurge
- Restaurant in Hotel Pietrak, ☏ .
- Dom Bankietowy "Neptun", 13, Kościuszki str., ☏ .
- Pizzeria "Micolo", 23, Rynek sq., ☏ .
- [dead link] Restauracja Jamajka, 129, Kcyńska str., ☏ .
Restaurants in the vicinity
- Restaurant Marcel, Kobylec 136, ☏ .
- The Cantine of Holiday Centre „Adrian" in Skoki at the Budziszewskie Lake, ☏ .
- The Cantine of Holiday Centre "Expans", at the Budziszewskie Lake (nearby Rościnno), ☏ , .
- The Cantine of Holiday Centre, 7, Wczasowa str., 62-085 Skoki, ☏ .
- Restaurant "Dwór Grylewo", Grylewo 25, ☏ .
- Cafe "Justynka", 15, Brzozowa str., ☏ . Mon-Fri 9:00 - 21:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 - 22:00.
- Cafe in the Sport and Recreation Centre, 59, Kościuszki str., ☏ , .
- Pub "El Toro", 59, Reja str., ☏ .
- Angel's Pub, 2, Srednia str., ☏ , . Extra biliard and live music with a DJ
- Pub "Astra", 9, Jeżyka str., ☏ .
- Street Club, 23, Opacka str., ☏ . A combination of a pub and a disco with a chimney hall.
- Sport and Recreation Centre OSiR in Wagrowiec, ☏ .
- Rest Centre in Wagrowiec, ☏ . Summer season only.
- [formerly dead link] Rest Centre "Łodzianka" in Wagrowiec, ☏ . Open from may till September.
- Camping and Caravaning Site Jagitur Camp, 59, Kościuszki str., ☏ , . Open 15th June - 31st Aug.
- Hotel Pietrak, ☏ .
Accommodation in the vicinity
- Hotel Marcel, Kobylec 136, 62-100 Wągrowiec, Phone : +48 67 262 11 07,  [formerly dead link]
- Holiday Centre "Adrian" in Skoki on the Budziszewskie Lake, Phone : +48 67 261 83 66
- Holiday Centre "Expans", in Roscinno, on the Budziszewskie Lake, Phone : +48 61 848 93 07, or +48 61 840 32 61
- Holiday Centre, 7, Wczasowa str., 62-085 Skoki, Phone : +48 67 812 48 81
- "Demar" Holiday Centre, 3, Zamkowa str., 62-085 Skoki, Phone : +48 61 892 56 01
- Youth Centre Antoniewo, Phone : +48 61 812 42 51, 
- Agritourism - Potulice 30, 62-100 Wągrowiec, Phone : +48 67 261 68 88
- Grylewo Palace, Grylewo 25, 62-100 Wągrowiec, Phone : +48 67 261 28 87 - a big palace from XVIIIth cent., an old park nearby, 2 hectares at the lake bank
For more information – ask in the City Office, 15a, Kosciuszki Str (close to the Train and Bus station), phone : +48 67 262 15 22 or visit the official Wągrowec web-site (in English) :  [dead link]
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 polychromies 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 presbytery : 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 Cistercians in Poland, with preserved parts of the old city planning; in its western part - old gothic church from XVIth cent, three-aisled.
- Prusce - a classicistic 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 forest 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.