Nature around Poznan


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Kórnik is a place famous for the neo-gothic castle and it is located 20 km south-east of Poznan. This wonderful building is surrounded by a park, which is the oldest and the biggest arboretum in Poland. The area of the arboretum has over 40 ha. Visitors can find here about 3 thousands different kind of trees and shrubs. The oldest one is 300 years old Little-leaf linden. In the spring can be found there magnolia, azalea, rhododendron. Other species are conifers, lilacs, eadowsweets,honeysuckles,poplars and more.
The another interesting park nearby Poznan is the Wolf Park in Sobotnica within the Notecka Forest. That is only one place in Poland where the real wolves' life can be observed. Wolves are bred in conditions approximate to their natural enviroment. In Stobnica there are 8 wolves now. There can be also seen wood grouse and black grouse. Sobotnica is well-known in Poland as well as abroad. The aim of the experimental station in Sobotnica is to refute myths about wolfs and educate people about these fantastic animals.
The Rogalin Landscape Park is a protected areas in west-central Poland. It was established in 1997 and is one of the largest concentrations of centuries - old pedunculate oaks in Europe. The park covers the area of 127,5 km2 and has both natural and cultural values (for instance Palac and Park in Rogalin). The Rogalin oaks became a symbol of the Wielkopolska Voivodeship. The most famous oaks are Lech, Czech and Rus (their circumference is in turn 635, 726 i 926 cm).
Wielkopolski National Park was established in 1957 and is located 15 km south of Poznan. In the park there are 5 hiking tracks (the whole lenght is 85km), 100km cycling tracks and 30km for horse-lovers. On the area of the Park, visitors can find numerous historical and cultural monuments such as the wooden church from the 17th century, 19th century manor houses, the ruins of the 19th-century castle on the Zamkowa Island on the Górecki Lake.

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