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Old Photographs of Meseritz


A Fiat 125 and pedestrians in the centre of Międzyrzecz, c.1985.

Miedzyrzecz is a town with a population of 20,000 on the river Obra, at the confluence with the river Paklica. In the middle ages the stronghold protecting Great Poland from the west, it was mentioned in Thietmar's chronicle under the year 1005 and received town rights in 1259. Most of what you see today dates from the Prussian period of the town's history, which continued until the end of the second world war when the town became Polish.

Notable attractions in Miedzyrzecz include a moated castle built by King Casimir the Great, and the former residence of the starosta dating from 1719 next to the castle. This now houses the town's museum, which includes a unique collection of coffin paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Nearby is the castle gatehouse, which now houses the tourist information office and a rather nice cafe bar.  

Other places worth checking out elsewhere in Miedzyrzecz are the neoclassical town hall and church of St Adalbert, both dating from the 19th century, and the Gothic Parish Church of St John the Baptist built in the 15th century.

Any visit to the area is incomplete without a visit to the Międzyrzecz fortifications built on Hitler's orders between 1934 and 1938. 

The area around Miedzyrzecz, like most of the province of Lubuskie, is heavily forested and is rich in wildlife from white storks and wild mushrooms to woodpeckers and wild boar. The Międzyrzecz district also has numerous lakes suitable for swimming, canoeing and kayaking, and fishing.

Old photographs and postcards of Meseritz

Polish name: Międzyrzecz

German name: Meseritz

Polish Province : Lubuskie / Lebus / Lubusz

Previous German Province: East Brandenburg / Neumark / Posen 

Nearest City: Gorzów Wlkp

Nearby Villages and Towns: Bledzew; Bobowicko; Boryszyn; Brojce; Bukowiec; Chycina, Dabrowka Wielkopolska, Glebokie; Gorunsko; Gorzyca; Gościkowo; Kalawa; Kalsko; Keszyca; Keszyca Lesna; Kuligowo; Kursko; Kręcko; Lagow; Lubniewice; Lubrza; Lutol MokryNietoperek; Nowa Wies; Nowe Gorzycko; Lubikowo; Obrzyce; Paradyz; Pieski; Policko; Pszczew; Rogoziniec; Rokitno; Skwierzyna; Sokola Dabrowa; Stary Dwór, Swiebodzin; Templewo; Trzciel; Wojciechowo; Wolsztyn; Wysoka; Wyszanowo; Zemsko; Zbaszyn; Zbaszynek; Zolwin

Local Attractions: castle; museum; historic buildings; Paradyz; Nazi-era Miedzyrzecz fortifications; Nietoperek bat reserve; fishing and canoeing/kayaking on the Obra River; attractive lakes and forests; interesting wildlife including beavers, black wild boar, and black storks.

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