One of Wielkopolskie’s most attractive areas is the region known as the Warta Lakes. The Miedzychodzko-Sierakowskie lakes include more than 100 lakes, footpaths, cyclepaths, and forests, nature reserves, and numerous recreational facilities.
A sail boat on Lake Mierzynskie,in the Warta Lakes, north-west of Poznan, Poland.
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A paddle steamer boat on the River Warta in Gorzów Wlkp (Landsberg an der Warthe), c.1918
The River Warta
The River Warta (Warthe) is a river in west-central Poland. It is a tributary of the mighty Oder / Oder river. With a length of approximately 800 kilometres (500 miles) the Warta is Poland’s third longest river. It is navigable by boat for more than half of its length from where it meets the River Oder / Odra in Kostrzyn on the Polish / German border right through to Konin. The Warta river is connected to the River Vistula by the River Noteć and the Bydgoszcz Canal near Bydgoszcz.
The bridge over the Warta (Warthe) river in Skwierzyna (Schwerin an der Warthe), c.1937.
Interesting Warta related facts
- The Warta flows though many fascinating towns and cities. These include: Częstochowa, Warta, Koło, Śrem, Poznań, Wronki, Sieraków, Międzychód, Skwierzyna, Santok, Gorzów, and Kostrzyn nad Odrą.
- The Warta river is mentioned in the second stanza of the Polish national anthem.
- The Warta is popular with anglers and fish such as catfish, river trout, grayling, perch, pike, and barbel are frequently caught.
- The section of the Warta between Skwierzyna and Gorzow is often paddled by more adventurous canoe and kayak enthusiasts.
A scan of a water colour painting of the River Warta near Santok, Lubuskie, Poland.
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