Wielkopolski National Park is a popular getaway for Poznan locals! If I lived in Poznan, I’d be there every weekend!
Located just 15km south of Poznan, Wielkopolski is easily reached by bus or train (the Poznan to Wroclaw line), or you could even cycle there for more of a work out.
There are two look out points which are worth the climb. The first is in a wooden church that dates back to the 17th century. Unfortunately it was closed when I was there, but I did climb the second look out tower (pictured below). You get a bird’s-eye view over the entire park (the first photo in this post) and on a clear day can see Poznan!
Wielkopolski is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists and something that not even all the locals know yet is that there’s a small beach by the lake of the look out tower! It was too cold for swimming during my visit, so instead I cycled the mainly flat terrain so that I could cover more territory and make the most of the few hours I had there. It was a great way to see the park. There are five tourist tracks, each marked with a different colour of sign that total 85km. In general though, the park is not well signed, so it’s worth picking up a map from the Museum and Ecological Educational Center in Jeziory.
There are a whopping 40 species of mammals found in the park, including numerous bats! I didn’t see any of them, but I did hear a lot of birds.
In summary, I enjoyed my visit to Wielkopolski National Park. While it doesn’t have the “wow” factor, that some other national parks do, it is a nice easy getaway from Poznan where you can be active, or relax along the lake with a picnic. I left feeling very relaxed and full, after stopping for lunch at TASTE_it Restaurant in the HOT_elarnia Hotel and Spa.
For further information, visit the City of Poznan’s official site, which describes a few of the trails.
Note: My visit to Wielkopolski National Park was made possible by the City of Poznan. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.