A traditional wooden carving close to the River Obra in Stary Dworek.
Images of and information on the village of Stary Dworek, near Skwierzyna, in Poland.
Children fishing for tiddlers in the River Obra in Stary Dworek in Lubuskie, Poland.
Some things that not everyone will know about Stary Dworek:
- Prior to the end of the second World War, Stary Dworek was called Althoefchen and part of Germany.
- The name Stary Dworek means ‘Old Manor House’.
- The population of Stary Dworek currently numbers around 240.
- The baroque style Church of St. Joseph in Stary Dworek dates back to 1776.
- The ruins of an eighteenth century manor house and distillery survive.
- The ruins of part of the Międzyrzecz Fortified Region, can still be seen in Stary Dworek.
- The River Obra in Stary Dworek is well-loved by canoeists and kayakers in Poland.
What remains of the old manor house in Stary Dworek, Lubuskie, western Poland.
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The Obra River
The bridge over the River Obra in Trzciel (Tirschtiegel) in 1912.
The Obra is a river which flows through the provinces of Wielkopolskie and Lubuskie in the west of Poland. Over the course of the Obra’s 164 kilometres it passes through the towns and villages of Babimost, Kościan, Kargowa, Zbaszyn, Trzciel, Miedzyrzecz and Bledzew until meeting the larger River Warta in Skwierzyna. Along its route the Obra also flows through several picturesque lakes filled with fish. During the summer months the river is frequented by canoe and kayak enthusiasts and an established canoe trail exists.
A rowing boat on the River Obra near Zbąszyń (Bentschen). c.1912.
Interesting things about the Obra River:
- A wide variety of mammals inhabit the countryside along the banks of the Obra. These species include beaver, otter, deer, badgers, hare, and wild boar. Turtles and water snakes are commonly seen in the Obra itself.
- Some of the fish to be found in Obra include catfish, trout, grayling, perch, pike, powan, barbel, and catfish.
- Local legend tells of a giant catfish that dwells in one of the lakes close to the end of the river in Skwierzyna. Local fisherman speak of ducks being eaten and small dogs disappearing!
People swimming in the River Obra in Miedzyrzecz (Meseritz) in the mid 1930s.
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A stem locomotive crossing the railway bridge over the Obra River in Meseritz in the early years of the 20th century.
Three old picture postcards featuring the River Obra in Meseritz. Since 1945, Meseritz has been known as Miedzyrzecz and part of Poland.
An old postcard of the bridge over the River Obra in Meseritz as it looked in 1935.
The River Obra in Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz) on a picture postcard posted to Berlin in 1903.
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More information on the River Obra.